Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Santa Rosa Together Speaker Series

Santa Rosa Together members,

There are three big events taking place in the next month that will help us move towards our goals. 

1.  Thursday, September 25: The first speaker in the Santa Rosa Together Speaker series, now presented in partnership with the city, will speak in City Council Chamber, City Hall, over the lunch hour, 12:00 - 1:30 PM on the 25th. Our speaker, Matt Leighninger, the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, is a national leader in the work to build local democracy. Matt has worked with public engagement efforts in over 100 communities in 40 states and 4 Canadian Provinces. You will not want to miss this event! Please see the attached flyer for details. Most importantly, please use this flyer to get the word out on this SRT/City event.  It would be great if each of us brought one new person to hear Matt's presentation --and to the events below as well.

2.  Monday, September 29:  Open Government Task Force community forum; The City of Santa Rosa, Open Government Task Force, will hold an Open Government Forum at the Church of the One Tree, 492 Sonoma Avenue, 6 - 8 PM on the 29th.  This forum will give us a chance to share ideas on how we can make our government more transparent and accessible. Our SRT Government Action Team is working with and has provided input to the Task Force. See attached flyer for details.

3,  Monday, October 6: Meeting with new City Manager: The Santa Rosa Neighborhood Alliance and Santa Rosa Together will co-sponsor a meeting to meet and talk with Sean McGlynn, Santa Rosa's new city manager.  Thanks to SRNA for taking the initiative to set up this important meeting. The meeting will take place in the evening on October 6. We will let you know the exact time and place as soon as they are determined.  This will be a great opportunity for us to talk with the new city manager and build a better partnership with the city.

The most recent description of Santa Rosa Together is also attached for you to use in your outreach.

Hope to see you at one or more of these events.


For your Steering Committee

 Speaker SeSpeaker Series: Matt Leighninger

The Next Form of Democracy: How citizens and local government are building new partnerships and moving beyond adversity

When: Thursday, September 25
Noon–1:30 PM (Brown bag lunch welcomed)
Where: City Council Chamber, City Hall
100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa CA 95404

Matt Leighninger is a national leader in working to strengthen local communities and local democracy. He is the Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), an alliance of the major organizations and leading scholars working in the field of deliberation and public participation. The DDC represents more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice, in North America and around the world. His first book, The Next Form of Democracytraced the recent shifts in the relationship between citizens and government, and examines how these trends are reshaping politics. Recently, he led a working group that produced a model ordinance on public participation; and another that developed a new tool, “Text, Talk, and Act,” for combining texting and face-to-face participation as part of President Obama’s National Dialogue on Mental Health. Over the past 18 years, Matt has worked with public engagement efforts in over 100 communities in 40 states and 4 Canadian Provinces.

Bringing the Best Practices in Civic Engagement and Local Democracy to Santa Rosa from around the world.”

Presented by: Santa Rosa Together

In partnership with:

Who is Santa Rosa Together? A broad non-partisan coalition of community leaders working to get more people engaged, give everyone a voice and role, and improve the way we work together in Santa Rosa.

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