“Can We Talk? Tools for Creating Civil Discourse,” Sept. 18

Join the Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution and Conflict Transformation Project of ASU’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication for an interactive conference focused on methods for cultivating civil discourse in diverse settings (e.g., neighborhood meetings, city council interactions, HOA issues).

  • Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
  • Time: 8-11:45 a.m.
  • Place: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 East Missouri Ave.

Keynote speaker Richard C. Reuben, a law professor from the University of Missouri, will focus his remarks on Deliberative Democracy, an approach to democracy that emphasizes face-to-face dialogue and decision-making based on reason and mutual understanding rather than traditional interest group competition.  Then pick a session from several case studies presented by well-known individuals who will share their personal experiences using structured civil discourse techniques to help create successful outcomes when faced with very difficult public issues and conflicts.  To round out the morning, you’ll participate in one of four hands-on workshops to experience a specific method of bringing people together to discuss tough issues and create workable solutions.  Conference fee: $60.  For program details or to register, click here.

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