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Days of Dialogue to host city-wide dialogue in Los Angeles on the 29th

Here’s an exciting press release I just received from NCDD member Avis Ridley-Thomas. As you can see on her member page, Avis is now retired from her position in the L.A. City Attorney’s Office, and currently serves as Co-Director for the Institute for Nonviolence in Los Angeles.

Damaging impact of economic recession on L.A. communities to be explored during ‘From Wreckage and Ruin… The Road to Rebirth’, a citywide dialogue on Wednesday, February 29

L.A. Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson, and L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich lend support to The California Endowment-sponsored conversation on th affect of joblessness, home foreclosures, debt and poverty on our health and that of our communities.

Los Angeles, CA – On Leap Day, Wednesday, February 29, L.A. area leaders from politics, business, labor, education, philanthropy, government and religion will come together at sites across the city to convene with community residents and neighborhood leaders for a timely discussion and an important two-hour dialogue on the impact of the Great Recession on the health of men, women and families throughout the city and the overall health of their communities.

Days of Dialogue will host “From Wreckage and Ruin… The Road to Rebirth: A Day of Dialogue on the Economic Crisis and Community Health. This special one-day, citywide dialogue event is sponsored by The California Endowment, United Way, California Community Foundation, Brotherhood Crusade, Attucks Asset Management, Cedars-Sinai Health System, AFL-CIO and a host of businesses and community-based nonprofit organizations.

A special leadership dialogue will take place on Wednesday, February 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at The Galen Center (3400 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90007) on the campus of the University of Southern California (USC).

Days of Dialogue co-convener Avis Ridley-Thomas said, “We know the recession and ongoing economic crisis has affected millions of people in the Greater Los Angeles area. Breadwinners have lost jobs. Families with children have lost health insurance coverage and they cannot afford routine medical care, not to mention serious illnesses or ailments requiring hospitalization. Households that were stable have been upended by home foreclosures and apartment evictions.

“The chasm between rich and poor has widened. Economic anxiety is high across all income levels and our communities continue to suffer the consequences of continuing layoffs and lackluster new job opportunities. We need to talk collectively about these social circumstances and what they mean for all of us. Through our dialogue event, ‘From Wreckage and Ruin… The Road to Rebirth’, we hope to share thoughts and feelings about our next steps toward economic recovery. The coming together for this important dialogue is the first step.”

For more information or to register to participate at dialogue locations in communities throughout on Wednesday, February 29, please visit Days of Dialogue at daysofdialogue.org or call (213) 290-5449 or email: info@daysofdialogue.org.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. David Campt says:

    I am working closely with Avis as the primary event designer. I am looking at it as a chance to disseminate what I call ‘advanced facilitation” techniques, in that hosts are given the option of getting audience polling keypads or, for the truly daring, extra facilitators to distill ideas generated in the dialogue.

    NCDD members who want contribute their faciliatation talents, or who want to supportively observe the process, are enthusiastically invited to participate.

    Frankly, I think this process should be studied as another large-scale civic engagement intervention, but I am working pretty hard just to make sure it is implemented well.

    David Campt

    • Hi, David! Good to see you posting on the site. Are you still subscribed to the NCDD Discussion list? If so, please post to the list about what you’re doing with this event. I know people would be interested in hearing about your thinking — and about opportunities to contribute or get involved. We also have an announcement list that goes out to all of our contacts in California, so feel free to send me emails about opportunities for facilitators in the region, and I’ll forward them on to that list.

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