“Changing the way people talk can change the way they relate to each other and their problems – and that can eventually change the community.”

– David Mathews

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Posts Tagged ‘Deliberation’

Addressing Prison Overcrowding in Alabama

Over the past few months, the Alabama Investigative Journalism Lab has published several in-depth articles on Alabama’s prison system. As a result, people are beginning to express real concerns about overcrowding in the facilities. So, how do we move from expressing concern to making real choices about the issue? With that question in mind, the David Mathews Center and the Alabama Media Group are working to create opportunities for people to come together and make informed decisions about prison overcrowding in Alabama. Framework for deciding To encourage thoughtful public discussion and decision-making on the issue, we created a framework that…


Pickens County Bullying Forum

The Mathews Center moderated an Alabama Issues Forums on the bullying issue with nearly eighty students, educators, faith-based representatives, and community service providers on the morning of October 21, 2013 in Carrollton, Alabama. Citizens gathered at the Pickens County Service Center to share their personal concerns about bullying, examine three approaches to the issue, weigh costs and tradeoffs, work through tensions, and identify common ground for taking action.  Leigh Akins, ACES Child and Family Development Regional Agent, convened the well-attended forum. Prior to beginning deliberation on the three approaches, participants were asked to share what concerns them personally about the…