As part of a national data-gathering project on citizens’ concerns about access to quality food, members of the local community are invited to a “concern-gathering” session at FSU on Wednesday, April 20, at 10 a.m. in the Lane Atkinson Room (232). The program is part of FSU’s daylong Focus Frostburg annual day of learning on sustainability issues.
The region’s citizens have a unique opportunity to shape the national conversation on the topic of access to quality food, and diverse perspectives are being sought. Participants will be asked to describe what the topic means to them and to share their concerns. Results will be compiled into a National Issues Forum national issue guide.
This endeavor is part of 18-month-long learning opportunity for Dr. Elesha L. Ruminski and Christine Willingham, faculty in FSU’s Department of Communication, with the Kettering Foundation to learn best practices as moderators of citizen discourse with the goal of using deliberative processes to put the work of the community in the hands of citizens, as opposed to top-down solutions.
The ultimate goal of these efforts is to create a communication leadership lab at FSU, envisioned as a hub of project activity that enables students, faculty and regional citizens to navigate collectively the complexities and contradictions of the changing world through access to expert, developmental and technological resources on dialogue, deliberation, collaboration and communication leadership.
The Kettering Foundation focuses on research and facilitation that supports “democracy working as it should through the alignment of citizens who are civically engaged and can make sound choices about their future; communities of citizens acting together to address common problems; and institutions with public legitimacy that contribute to strengthening the work of citizens.” For info on the Kettering Foundation, visit www.kettering.org.
For info or to share perspectives if you cannot make this session, contact Ruminski, associate professor of Communication Studies and coordinator of Leadership Studies, at email@example.com or 301-687-4480.