Making Democracy Work

Civil Discourse

A recap of two successful events

What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need?

For those of you who attended the talk with Dr. Martin Carcasson on a hot July 8th at the Scripps Ranch Library, thanks for being there. His presentation was illuminating and energizing for the assemblage of academics from local colleges and Leaguers from as far away as Orange County. A huge "shout out" and thanks to Dr. Carcasson who waived his usual fee to be with us. Another "shout out" to our fantastic collaborative partner, Dr. Carl Luna, Political Science Professor at Mesa College and co-founder of Restoring Respect. This is just the beginning of a continuing conversation. You will want to stay tuned.

A reporter from the Independent Voters Network, Jane Susskind, was in the audience and posted this article about the event.

In addition, we were invited to write an Op-Ed piece for the Voice of San Diego. Find it here.

Many of you asked for copies of Dr. Carcasson's slides. Click here for those.

Also, a video of a previous talk by Dr. Carcasson can be found at this link.

Our conversation is far from over. We hope you will be part of it by sharing your thoughts and ideas and joining us in future events.

Do We Have to Take This Much Initiative?

Panel at January 2013 Event

We were pleased with the attendance at our panel discussion on the Initiative and Referendum process focusing on civil discourse. Pictured are our moderator from State League, Trudy Schafer; Glenn Smith, Professor of Law at Cal Western; Robert Stern, former president of the California Center for Governmental Studies; Thad Kousser, Political Science Professor at UCSD; and Joe Mathews, commentator and author of California Crack-up. A stimulating conversation.

If you missed it or want to see it again, click here to see video of this terrific event.

Civil Discourse is our League's issue for education and advocacy. To learn about our Civil Discourse programs follow this link.