Making Democracy Work

Team Chair:  Marybeth Falzareno: mmbbme@comcast.net

Regular meeting times are the second Wednesday of every month 6:16-8:15 pm in the LWVBAE office, 2530 San Pablo, Berkeley.

NEXT MEETING:  Wednesday, June 14, 6:15-8:15 pm

 

The Making Democracy Work Team formed in Spring 2017 recognizing the need to have more civil discussions with people outside our normal sphere.  To seek commonalities rather than simply stating our opinions.

Our long term goals are to help:

  • Return to respectful communication in public discourse
  • Return to finding common ground rather than domination
  • Improve the mental health of the community
  • Move away from the polarity of parties

We have connected with the National Issues Forum who have an expertise in convening and facilitating forums for deliberation, seeking commonality among diverse participants. So they can provide the “nuts and bolts” of how to do such a forum. Whereas, we in the League want to engage all community members in democracy. It is a beginning partnership but holds much promise.

Some topics we are considering at this point are safety and justice, climate change, and wealth disparity.