Category Archives: Community Conversations

CG4TX October 2017 meeting on CodeNEXT from multiple district perspectives

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

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Austin’s Campaign Finance System and Alternatives

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

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Across the Political Spectrum: Community Conversations

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

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Words to Remember Her By

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

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Community Conversations in California

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

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Community Conversations: Local Voices Heard

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

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