News. Debate. Community. Levers for a better democracy.
March 3, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Probing the Electorate: What do Republicans think should be done?

Organizer: R Street Institute

The 2020 election led to claims that the result was rigged and littered with vote fraud. What do the voters truly think? Extensive new polling conducted by the R Street Institute takes a deep dive into the Republican electorate, with a particular emphasis on six swing states. The poll provides significant insight on issues ranging from mail-in voting and drop boxes to nonpartisan redistricting and campaign finance reform.

Join us as Jonathan Bydlak, head of R Street's Governance program, sits down with pollster Ryan Tyson to shed light on the findings, as well as Steven Greenhut, senior fellow and lead author of R Street's new paper, "The Case Against Restricting Voting Access."

Location: Webinar

March 3, 2021
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (Eastern)

Ranked Choice Voting is Coming to NYC

Organizer: Harvard Business School Club of New York

Starting in 2021, ranked-choice voting will be used for all New York City elections. Voters will choose more than one candidate, in order or preference, and an automatic "instant runoff" process will decide the 50 percent winner. Will this work? Is it fair? Why complicate things?

In this webinar, you will learn how to cast your RCV and get the viewpoints of a candidate who experienced it, a prominent fairness advocate, the executive whose NYC team is responsible for introducing RCV, and a leader of a prominent election reform movement. Our panelists will discuss the plusses and concerns of RCV in the context of the City's present voting system, including how a candidate adjusts strategy, how a voter decides whom to choose, and how New Yorkers are being educated on RCV and encouraged to vote. You will participate in an RCV simulation, and Q&A will follow the discussion.

Location: Webinar

March 4, 2021
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Eastern)

National Phonebank to Pass the For the People Act

Organizer: RepresentUs

Our elections are broken, Congress is stymied by partisan gridlock, and attacks on the foundation of democracy have been chipping away at the public's trust in our most sacred institutions. If there has ever been a time for sweeping anti-corruption reform, it's right now.

The Senate has announced that its first piece of legislation will be the For the People Act — the most comprehensive anti-corruption reform since Watergate. As part of our national campaign to Put Democracy First, we're connecting RepresentUs members across the country to Congress, to demand that they pass the For the People Act.

We're calling RepresentUs members and bringing them to action to fight corruption.

Location: Virtual

March 4, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Eastern)

How Can We Make Political Campaigns More Ethical?

Organizer: Project on Ethics in Political Communication

The president of the American Association of Political Consultants and Democratic consultant Rose Kapolczynski, AAPC ethics committee chair and Republican consultant Dan Hazelwood, and School of Media and Public Affairs student Sydney Register join the director of the Project on Ethics in Political Communication, Peter Loge, for a conversation about how we can make political campaigns more ethical.

Location: Webinar

March 5, 2021
12:00 PM (Mountain)

2020 Census Updates

Organizer: National Conference of State Legislatures

Get the latest census update from James Whitehorne, chief of the Census Bureau's Redistricting & Voting Rights Data Office.

Location: Webinar

March 9, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Defending Democracy: What the Media Can Do to Protect the Truth and Defeat Disinformation, Part I

Organizers: Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Center for Media Innovation, Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Thomas Jefferson University and Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association

U.S. democracy is in great peril if we operate with alternative sets of facts, something that culminated with the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. How can we explain our role in a way that helps the public better evaluate the information they read and see? What are media across Pennsylvania doing already? What responsibility should the owners of Twitter, Facebook,and other social media platforms have? This first session will focus on studying online disinformation's spread and impact.

Location: Virtual

March 13, 2021
10:30 AM (Central)

Deep Dive into Money in Politics

Organizer: American Promise North Texas

$14 Billion was spent on federal races in 2020, the most expensive election in history. Most of that money came from big donors, whose contributions to super PACs are "speech" that can't be regulated. Learn why we need a constitutional amendment to fix big money's grip on our political system and how you can help build support for it in North Texas.

Location: Webinar

March 15, 2021
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

State & Federal Women Legislators Forum

Organizer: Women in Government

Engage with first term Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) and WIG Board Director & state Rep. Heather Crawford (R-S.C.) as they discuss Congress, the synergy between state and federal policy makers and the importance of women's leadership.

Location: Webinar

March 16, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Defending Democracy: What the Media Can Do to Protect the Truth and Defeat Disinformation, Part II

Organizers: Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, Center for Media Innovation, Lenfest Institute for Journalism, Thomas Jefferson University and Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association

U.S. democracy is in great peril if we operate with alternative sets of facts, something that culminated with the riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6. How can we explain our role in a way that helps the public better evaluate the information they read and see? What are media across Pennsylvania doing already? What responsibility should the owners of Twitter, Facebook,and other social media platforms have? This second session will focus on explaining the NewsGuard PA Media Trust Project.

Location: Virtual

March 31, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Power Shifts in Washington: How Elections Affect Advocacy Strategies

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

A new Congress means new committee and subcommittee chairs, new alliances, and significant changes in the political terrain on Capitol Hill. When power shifts in Congress from one political party to the other, an advocate who may have been represented by an anonymous backbencher the year before might become the conduit to the most important legislator for their cause. This presentation will show advocates the value of identifying key committee chairs; and why some citizen advocates have more influence than others in specific parts of the legislative process.

Location: Webinar

April 30, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes of Congressional Decision Making

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Many Americans believe that lawmakers are unreachable – that they don't care about what constituents think and that influencing legislative outcomes is impossible and a waste of time. Yet CMF research shows that Members of Congress strongly believe that constituents are a valuable and informative resource in the decision-making process. Your "backstage pass" will dispel myths about Congress and provide practical strategies on how decisions are really made and by whom.

Location: Webinar

May 17-19, 2021

Urgency of Civility: A Springboard for Action

Organizer: The Urgency of Civility

The planning for the 2021 Urgency of Civility has already started! The 2021 Urgency of Civility conference will be May 17-19, 2021. Mark the date in your calendar.

The location of the 2021 conference will at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. We will have one evening session at the US Capital Building, home of the US Congress in Washington D.C.

Location: George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria, VA

May 21, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.

Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA

June 2-11, 2021

2021 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting

Organizers: American Democracy Project and NASPA

The 2021 Civic Learning & Democratic Engagement Meeting will facilitate exchanges of knowledge and develop a sense of community around our shared civic learning and democratic engagement work. The theme for CLDE21 is "Defining the Path Forward." The past year has created unique challenges for our institutions, students, and communities, and CLDE21 provides an opportunity to come together to reflect on the lessons learned and identify opportunities to help define our path forward.

Participants will have opportunities to network and develop their civic-minded thinking and practices through plenary sessions, special topic sessions, concurrent sessions, and civic cafes.

Location: Virtual

June 17-18, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Advanced Facilitation Skills Workshop

Organizer: Essential Partners

Anyone who leads meetings can be thrown off balance in difficult moments. The difficulty might be an unexpected tension among group members or challenges to the facilitator's legitimacy. As a facilitator, you avoid "deer in headlights" moments by developing the capacity to stay cool and think on your feet.

This workshop helps experienced facilitators navigate these delicate, confrontational, or explosive moments effectively, with purpose and poise. The curriculum leverages reflective practices and real-world scenarios to develop a facilitator's existing tools to meet the needs of the most challenging circumstances.

Location: Webinar

June 30, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Grassroots’ Return on Investment: Turning Advocacy into $$$ for Your Network

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Why do so many nonprofits, associations and companies have headquarters in Washington, DC or at least a Washington office? (Hint: this is not a trick question.) Obviously, these groups understand that decisions made in Washington can have a big impact on their members, agencies, employees, and their operations. This program will unpack results from CMF's survey of national advocacy groups and the government relations professionals who represent them, and will examine advocacy strategies that groups primarily invest in, why, and how much those strategies influence congressional decisions. The program also presents research on how advocacy departments can add value not just to an organization's legislative agenda, but to the financial bottom line of the group and its network.

Location: Webinar

Sept. 30, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Stay-cation Advocacy: Building Relationships Back Home

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Members of Congress often are harried and overbooked when in Washington. Interacting with lawmakers back home can be the best strategy to get "quality time" with key decision makers. In this session, participants will learn about who lawmakers listen to and why; the most effective tactics and strategies to use in the district or state; how to build long-term relationships with lawmakers and their staff; and the best opportunities for setting up meetings and events back home.

Location: Webinar

Nov. 18, 2021
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences

Organizer: Essential Partners

This one-day workshop uses real-world case studies to introduce participants to the theory and practice of EP's Reflective Structured Dialogue framework. For three decades, our unique approach has transformed conflicts across the country and the world—but the basic principles of EP's framework are applicable to local community issues, organizational development, congregations, and everyday conversations.

Intentional communication helps individuals, organizations, and communities build trust, enhance resilience, and engage in constructive conversations despite deeply-held differences of value, belief, opinion, or identity. This workshop provides a set of simple tools to achieve those goals.

Location: 186 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Suite 212, Cambridge, MA

Dec. 31, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)

Using Research to Connect the Dots Between You and Your Lawmaker

Organizer: Congressional Management Foundation

Despite the narrative presented by Hollywood and the media, lawmakers are people too. Before being elected, they had careers, attended schools and universities, or volunteered in their community. This presentation will explore strategies for using research to connect the dots between issues advocates care about to those that their Members care about.

Location: Webinar