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- CG4TX November 2017 Meeting on Weather and Climate in Texas and Beyond 2017/11/07
- CG4TX October 2017 meeting on CodeNEXT from multiple district perspectives 2017/10/23
- CG4TX September 2017 meeting on the Mayor’s Task Force on Institutional Racism and Systemic Inequities 2017/10/10
- The new front in the gerrymandering wars 2017/09/28
- How to have true conversations with people we disagree with 2017/07/09
Category Archives: Community Conversations
Many thanks to everyone who joined us for our general meeting on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. The panel discussion was on climate change and what scientists are expecting both in Texas and in the wider world, as hurricanes like Harvey, Irma, … Continue reading
What: CodeNEXT from multiple district perspectives When: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Where: Yarborough Branch Library Who: Jimmy Flannigan, Council Member, District 6 Jeff Travillion, County Commissioner, Precinct 1 Dr. Elizabeth Mueller, Associate Professor of Community … Continue reading
On January 16, 2016 Common Ground hosted a discussion led by Sara E. Smith, staff attorney for Environment Texas, on the Austin Fair Campaign Chapter (AFCC), its shortcomings, and possible alternatives to it. It became clear within just a few … Continue reading
Democrats, Libertarians and Republicans talking together. Hosted by Common Ground for Texans. The first Community Conversation was held in Austin on Nov. 2, 2013. Its primary goal was to come up with neutral wording on questions to ask candidates for state … Continue reading
At a recent “Celebration of Life” service for Taylor Willingham, I heard these words that so resonated with me as a member of the Coffee Party that I felt compelled to share them: As we consider the details of our … Continue reading
There are many approaches to civic engagement. James Fishkin of Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy describes his deliberative opinion-poll approach this way: A random, representative sample is first polled on the targeted issues. After this baseline poll, members of the … Continue reading
The League of Women Voters of Texas, the Coffee Party and other interested nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations are embarking on a long-term project. We intend to hold a series of facilitated community conversations from May 2012 through October 2012 in various … Continue reading