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Your Voice Matters Cleveland: Shaping Civic Engagement in the 21st Century

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Your Voice Matters Cleveland: Shaping Civic Engagement in the 21st Century


The American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) launched the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship to enable more Americans to obtain the values, knowledge and skills needed for participation in a 21st-century democratic society. The Commission will deepen the national dialogue around democracy, citizenship, and community, by exploring civic and political participation in the United States today and will set out a plan of action for promoting the values and behaviors that define effective citizenship in a diverse 21st century democracy.

AAAS has selected Cleveland as a location for one of the community conversations. This is an exciting opportunity for people to contribute to a national report and recommendations about what civic and political participation and effective citizenship can and should look like. People will have time to share their experiences (both challenges and opportunities) of living in a democracy today and respond to recommendations put forth from other communities. 

Examples of questions that may be asked are:



What does it mean to be a "good citizen" today? An American?



What are the responsibilities of each of us living in a democratic society? 



What values are important to making sure our representative democracy work? 



AAAS is honored to co-host the meeting in Cleveland with the following local organizations:



Cleveland Baptist Association



Facing History and Ourselves



National Institute for Civil Discourse/Revive Civility Ohio



University Settlement



We encourage people of all backgrounds to participate in this dynamic conversation so that the recommendations reflect the diversity of this country.  This will be an interactive 4-hour event, focused on structured table conversations and use of technology to collect themes and recommendations. 

The event is happening at a central location with free parking and on a RTA transit line.



Map The Centers for Families and Children, 4500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, United States
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