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Registration open for April 23rd Confab with Pete Peterson

Join us on Thursday, April 23rd for NCDD’s next “Confab Call.” We’ll be talking with NCDD Member Pete Peterson about lessons learned from running for office on a “civic engagement” platform. The confab will take place from 1-2pm Eastern (10-11am Pacific).  Register today to secure your spot!

PetePetersonPete Peterson is the Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy in Malibu, California. In 2014, after earning one of the “top two” slots in the primary, Pete became the Republican candidate for California Secretary of State, running on a platform of increasing informed civic participation and using technology to make government more responsive and transparent. Throughout the campaign, he highlighted many of his experiences at the Davenport Institute as unique qualifications for this statewide office.

Although he finished second in November’s general election, he managed to earn more votes (3.2 million) than any other Republican in California for the 2014 cycle, and along the way, earned the endorsement of nine of the ten largest newspapers in the state.

In their endorsement of Pete, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board noted that Peterson “possesses an almost evangelical passion for public participation, which is exactly what the office needs.” The government/technology website, techpresident.com, named Pete, “the most tech savvy candidate running for statewide office this year.”

In this confab, Pete will talk about what it was like to run for statewide office on a platform he described as becoming California’s first “Chief Engagement Officer” and what promise and challenges the civic participation field faces when translated into a political context.

NCDD’s Confab Calls are opportunities for members (and potential members) of NCDD to talk with and hear from innovators in our field about the work they’re doing, and to connect with fellow members around shared interests. Membership in NCDD is encouraged but not required for participation. Register today if you’d like to join us.

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Courtney Breese is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She has a B.A. in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce University, where she was introduced to dialogue & deliberation.

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