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May 12, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)

Reimagining Civics and History Education in America

Organizer: National Conference on Citizenship

January 6th, 2021, served as a national wake-up call to reprioritize civics and history education in America. To strengthen the foundation of our democracy, it is clear we need to work towards a shared understanding of our government, voting process, and democratic principles - as well as build critical skills like media literacy and respectful dialogue.

To bring civics and history education to the forefront, American schools and educators are in need of more support, resources, and partnership. Join us to learn about the resurgence of civics education and how we can play a part.

Location: Virtual

May 16, 2021
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM (Eastern)

The People National Assembly: Seeking Effective Elections

Organizer: The People

This year will mark our 3rd annual (Virtual) National Assembly of The People, and we are excited to bring people from all over the country and political spectrum together to find common ground around our theme of Seeking Effective Elections.

When you think of what it means to have effective elections, what does that look like to you? Is it access? Transparency? Security? Who makes the ballot? The influence of money? Ensuring the effectiveness of our elections is a top priority no matter your perspective, and we believe this is a crucial place for finding that common ground.

The event will not only provide the opportunity for some meaningful conversations and bridge-building, but also to hear from those actively involved in reform, and we will take it one step further with the collective creation of action steps forward towards real system reform.

Location: Virtual

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 19, 2021
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (Eastern)

How Business Skills and Tech Can Stop Our Two Parties From Tilting at Windmills & Solve Election Problems

Organizer: Reform Elections Now

Our two political parties are following the teachings of Don Quixote in the debate about election rules. While there is little evidence of cheating or fraud, both sides are galloping towards the windmills, while spewing fake rumors to voters. The irony is that all the election problems should be relatively easy to solve.

Our election system was designed in the 18th century. But in the 21st century we now have the technology to create systems that make it easy to register and vote, prevent undocumented immigrations from voting, eliminate risks from mail-in votes, and make counting seamless and secure. If we can track people who have received Covid vaccines, why can't we use modern technology and simple business techniques to fix our election problems?

Please join Reform Elections Now for a presentation and discussion of how upgrading our election systems to the 21st Century can resolve the disputes, making the voting process much easier and enable Americans to trust the results of their elections.

Location: Virtual

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

May 21, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (Eastern)

How to Revive the Open Government Partnership Process With the New Biden Administration

Organize: Open Gov Hub

The United States was a founding member of the Open Government Partnership one decade ago. But in recent years the domestic OGP process stalled, while America retreated from its global leadership role promoting democracy and human rights, and new threats to democracy emerged at home.

We can restore the U.S. as a leader of democratic values abroad by reviving the domestic OGP process in the U.S. - which brings together reformers inside and outside of government to define and implement priority changes to bring about more transparency, accountability and civic participation.

Join the Open Government Partnership and Open Gov Hub for the launch of a new report that outlines how to get there.

Location: Webinar

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