Economic Prosperity Series: Citizen Deliberation Results

In December, January and February, WIPPS, along with the Marathon County Public Library and the T.B. Scott Free Library, hosted deliberative forums sponsored by the Kettering Foundation on issues critical to the nation’s economic future. Results from 250 forums in 30 states, including the forums held in Merrill and Wausau, will be presented May 5 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Join forum participants in the Sonnentag Room in the UW Center for Civic Engagement for a livestreaming of the National Press Club panel discussion on Thursday, May 5, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program is divided into two sections: “Health Care Costs” will be discussed from 8:30-10 a.m. and “How to Make Ends Meet” from 10-11:30 a.m. Merrill residents can view the livestreaming at T. B. Scott Free Library, 106 W. 1st Street.

The panel will focus on topics discussed at the deliberative forums: “How can we reduce health care costs and still get the care we need?” and “How should we spread prosperity and opportunity?”

John Greenwood, who moderated the forums in Wausau and Merrill, will be in Washington, D.C., serving as a panelist at the National Press Club event. He was asked by the Kettering Foundation to participate because they were impressed by the health care deliberative forums he moderated at T.B. Scott Library and the Marathon County Public Library.

As a panelist, Greenwood will be a direct link between our community’s citizen opinion and public policy makers in Washington. He’s a WIPPS outreach consultant. WIPPS is located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County, Wausau.

The Kettering Foundation of Dayton, Ohio is a research organization that focuses on the work of citizens in shaping decisions in democracy. The deliberative forum process was designed to inform government officials about how citizens respond to the difficult trade-offs that are inescapable in policy making.