Collaboration in Civic Spheres

Teachers Are Liking This Civic Engagement Opportunity

by Matt Rosenberg September 29th, 2010

Countywide Community Forums has been getting a rocking response from political science and communications teachers at area colleges and high schools, to our offer to come out and run an 80-minute forum on the King County budget crisis. We’re booked for multiple new engagements at UW, SPU, community colleges and high schools, but the deadline for more gigs is Oct. 23. It’s a great educational and participatory opportunity – the program is hooked up with King County, through the auditor’s office, but privately funded by the Spady family, of Dick’s Drive-Ins. Are you in a high school or college class focused on political science, communications, or public administration? Contact me, or have your instructor do so: I’m at oudist (at) comcast (dot) net. There’s a video, then small group discussions with facilitators, then a survey that gets crunched into an important report to decision-makers. Lots of learning about the creature with the $5 billion annual appetite – King County – and lots of dialog along the way. Or take the survey online after registering here.

Our op-ed is in today’s Seattle Times. It explains why now’s the time to jump in.

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