Meet 'First Wave' Cities in Orlando, Tues. Oct. 21st
Democratic Governance at the Neighborhood Level:
What Have We Learned?
An event organized by Grassroots Grantmakers and the
Deliberative Democracy Consortium, with assistance from
the National League of Cities and NeighborWorks America
November 11th, 2008, 9am-5pm
Thirty years ago, a new democratic experiment began in a handful of American cities. In Portland, Oregon, and a number of other places, local governments created neighborhood council systems as a way of engaging citizens in public decision-making and problem-solving.
What have we learned from these civic experiments? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What lessons do they offer about how to initiate, recruit for, staff, support, and fund neighborhood-level democracy?
Please join us for a stimulating, interactive day-long session in Orlando! The meeting will feature representatives from Portland and other ‘first wave’ cities in the morning, then turn to a broader discussion of lessons and potential innovations in the afternoon.
The cost of the event will be $50 (to cover breakfast, lunch, and coffee). To RSVP, please contact Matt Leighninger at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 21st.