Monday, January 10, 2011

Will you help revitalize democracy?

Do you have opinions about how our American democracy can be revitalized both locally and nationally?

Do you feel like the democracy is working well and does not need to be revitalized?
Would you like to know how to get your family, neighbors or co-workers more involved with the democratic process?

Or, do you just like to share ideas with others?

If your answer is “yes” to any of those questions then you need to get online and participate in a University of Missouri Extension discussion and survey on the topic reclaiming the public’s role in democracy.

“The online reading material to be downloaded is provided free by the Kettering Foundation and National Issue Forums,” said David Burton, a civic communication specialist with MU Extension. “I’ve put together a survey from the questions in the reading material that is now available online and is designed to capture your thoughts on the primary issues of this topic.”
A discussion guide entitled “Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public’s Role” can be found by searching for the title at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene or more directly at the public issues section under the community development section found online at
http://extension.missouri.edu/greene/publicissueforums/publicissueforums.shtml.

Participants are asked to read the advance material and then take the online survey found on the same page or at this link: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GG8LXRM. In the coming weeks, details on what others think on this topic will be shared.

“Your response to these questions, along with the opinions of thousands of others who participate in forums, will be reflected in a summary report that will be available to all citizens, officeholders, members of the news media, and others in your community,” said Burton.

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