Join us March 7 for an evening of thought-provoking discussion.
How do we encourage civic engagement to foster a greater sense of community in Lexington?
And how do we encourage people to get involved when some issues can be divisive and hard to talk about with people on the other side?
This is the second event in a series of conversations co-sponsored by the Lexington Lyceum Advocates and LexObserver. These community conversations take place in an interactive format: brief remarks by experts in the field, followed by a moderator-led Q&A discussion with audience members, and culminating in break-out sessions in small groups, led by the panelists.Come to talk, share, question, listen, and learn!
Dr. Ofrit Liviatan, Citizen Assemblies, Divided Societies
State Sen. Michael Barrett, 3rd Middlesex District, Mass.
Jerren Chang, GenUnity
Anil Ahuja, Lexington Indian American League Getting Involved Group
March 7, 7:00-8:45 p.m.
Lexington Community Center
While not required to participate, the panelists have made some suggestions for additional reading and resources on this topic that you may enjoy:
- Anything But Steady (Ofrit Liviatan)
Novel based on intellectual and scholarly work that teaches about the conflict in Ireland, its past, present and its evolving future
- Building a Beacon of Hope in Boston (Jerren Chang and Henry Santana)
Op-ed co-authored with the Boston Mayor’s Office about plans to promote civic engagement in the city in 2023.
- Citizens’ assemblies: are they the future of democracy? (The Guardian)
- Flipping tables and killing darlings (Courtney Martin)
The author invites us to let go of good/bad binaries, “acknowledge our power and our struggle wherever we sit on the hierarchies,” and align “our hope for humanity with the ways we try to grow and change every single day.”
- Our Common Purpose – Reforms to Reinvent Democracy for the 21st Century
- The Relational Work of Systems Change (Katherine Milligan, Juanita Zerda & John Kania)
The authors reinforce that systems are made up of people, and lasting change must stem from changes in how we relate to one another.
- Rethinking Civic Engagement (Brennan Center for Justice)
- What Is Civic Engagement? Definition and Examples (ThoughtCo)
- What Makes Someone a Good Member of Society? (Pew Research)
This event is co-sponsored by the Lexington Lyceum Advocates and the Lexington Observer