Democracy begins with listening
Thursday, May 21st 6pm - 7pm on ZOOM
In partnership with the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge
We believe, now more than ever, that it is important to keep the conversations going. So we
invite you to join area high school students and fellow citizens to talk about how we can use our
Voice as well as our Vote to shape the future. We will miss talking with you face-to-face, but we
look forward to a great conversation on Zoom.
Listening is a catalyst for change, especially in a democracy. And we believe becoming more
skillful listeners can help us connect with each other in deeper ways and expand our perspectives
beyond our personal “bubbles.”
The Café will begin with a clip from the film TOMORROW which tells a story of how one
community shaped a new future through democratic dialogue. Then in our small groups, we will
practice ways to engage others in “conversations that matter” to build trust, rekindle optimism,
and shape the future we all want.
Take back the tap
Date and Location: Unknown
We may not be able to control (or even predict!) the weather, but we can Take Back the Tap! We all know the impact of plastic bottles on our oceans, our wildlife, our health, and our landfills – and yet we still pay 2000 times more for water in a bottle that takes a minute to use and eons to decompose! Why do loving parents still pack them in lunch boxes? Why do responsible school committees still make them available in cafeterias? And why are our elected officials unwilling or unable to take a stand? Join area high school students for a ‘conversation that matters’ about the challenges of shifting attitudes and leading social change.