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Dothan Moderator Development Workshop

On Monday, September 8, the David Mathews Center for Civic Life facilitated a Moderator Development Workshop at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Dothan, Alabama. The agenda included an introduction to public deliberation, an abbreviated forum on bullying, and a comprehensive review of moderator practices. The Evergreen Center for Dialogue and Discernment sponsored the engaging workshop. After a brief introduction to the Mathews Center and public deliberation, workshop participants engaged in an abbreviated deliberative forum on the bullying issue. The group talked through three unique approaches to addressing the issue, shared personal concerns on bullying, weighed costs and tradeoffs, and identified areas…

 

DMC Civic Institute

Thirty Alabama citizens gathered in the beautiful Rotunda at the American Village on July 31 – August 1, 2014 for the David Mathews Center for Civic Life’s inaugural Civic Institute. Participants represented non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, institutions of higher education, state institutions, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, and community agencies from across Alabama. The engaging agenda provided an opportunity for the diverse group to explore democratic practices for strengthening Alabama’s communities. Mayor Hollie Cost provided opening remarks on the first day. She welcomed participants to the City of Montevallo and encouraged the group to continue the excellent work they are…

 

AL.com Features Articles on Bullying Forums

On June 27, DMC staff unveiled “Finding Common Ground on Bullying: Alabama Issues Forums 2012 – 2013 Report to the Community.” After the release of “Finding Common Ground,” AL.com writer Wesley Vaughn started authoring a series of unique pieces on the report. The interactive articles explore the common themes of the forum series, examine stories of community-based action, and encourage readers to share personal experiences with the issue. Altogether, AIF 2012 – 2013 engaged 4,500 Alabamians in deliberation on the bullying issue at 156 forums in 44 counties. AIF participants shared their concerns about bullying, weighed choices about how to…

 

Engaging Youth Leadership Participants in Huntsville and Mobile

On Tuesday, June 17, Mobile County Youth Leadership participants gathered for an abbreviated deliberative forum on the bullying issue. Convened at the spacious Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, the forum provided the young leaders an opportunity to share their unique perspectives, talk through the bullying issue, weigh tradeoffs, and identify common ground for taking action. One week later, participants in the Challenge Youth Leadership Program of Huntsville/Madison County gathered at the Mental Health Center to learn more about the bullying issue. After learning more about the issue, the students worked together to identify potential solutions to address bullying in their…

 

Strengthening Selma’s Future

David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) staff facilitated a youth forum in Selma, AL on Friday, May 30, 2014 to deliberate over ideas and goals for the future of the community. Students from Prattville High School, Selma High School, and R.B. Hudson Middle School gathered to discuss ways they would like to see their community grow. DMC Program Director Cristin Foster moderated the forum and got the youth thinking creatively about strengthening Selma’s community. Lowery McNeal, Auburn University Living Democracy Intern, led group games and activities to get the young people working together on ideas as well. The purpose…

 

Project C: Naming and Framing Workshop

On Tuesday May 20, 2014, The David Mathews Center for Civic Life (DMC) and Alabama Public Television (APT) assembled in The Rotunda on the American Village campus in Montevallo for a naming and framing workshop on the progress and future of Project C: Lessons from the American Civil Rights Movement. Project C, an innovative electronic field trip series produced by APT, provides opportunities for students to explore the difficult decisions made during the Civil Rights Movement and actively works to build civic habits young people can apply to difficult 21st century issues. Representatives from APT, the Kettering Foundation, the Birmingham…