10:15 - 11:15 am | Sessions

Leveraging a Civic Moment: New Roles for Citizens and Leaders

Chris Gates, executive director, PACE

What does it mean to be an active, effective, responsible citizen in your community today? Social media has fundamentally changed the relationship between citizens and their leaders, how they receive and make sense of information, and how decisions are made. These significant shifts have triggered a “civic moment” in which the rules, norms, and tools of good citizenship and democracy are being reinvented. Chris Gates, a leader in the fields of civic engagement and democratic renewal, will lead a provocative conversation on the evolving nature of democratic practice and personal responsibility at local levels across America – and share illustrations of how politics and social change activism are adapting to new rules for engaging with one another in public life.

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