Civic Revitalization: Local Democracy

Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service UW Center for Civic Engagement
Address: 625 Stewart Avenue, Wausau WI

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The theory and practice of ‘public work,’ are transforming civic and professional practice in the United States and abroad.

David Mathews, President, Kettering Foundation

Communities across the nation face fragmentation and polarization. Yet cities and towns, large and small, also have potential to be the seedbed for a rebirth of citizenship and democracy, providing an alternative to the national politics of blame and gridlock. This symposium at the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service in Wausau will introduce civic leaders from Wisconsin to the new Midwest Public Work Academy and Small Cities Democracy Project. Participants will:

  • Engage in a high level conversation with thought leaders across multiple sectors including business, education, government, healthcare, foundations, and more.
  • Share perspectives, examples and leading practices in citizen-centered efforts to address public problems.
  • Learn from case studies of effective citizen-government and red-blue partnerships for the common good such as Clear Vision Eau Claire, Better Angels, and Public Achievement.
  • Receive training from internationally recognized leaders in public work, including Harry Boyte, Marie Ström, and Mike Huggins.
  • Receive a free copy of Harry Boyte’s newly published book, Awakening Democracy through Public Work.
  • Learn about how your organization or community can plug into the growing movement around public work being organized by the new Midwest Public Work Academy based at Augsburg University.

Cost: $75 per person (includes lunch and book)
Note: Registrants limited to 75