Expert on Civic Engagement to Keynote Annual Conference — Don’t Miss Early Bird Registration

The next several days are your last chance to sign up for the CBP’s annual policy conference on March 14 at the early bird rate of $90 — a savings of nearly 30 percent. Register online or by faxing or mailing the form in the conference brochure.

Our 2013 conference — Turning the Corner: Restoring Balance and Reinvesting in California’s Future — will be a wide-ranging and information-packed event with discussions about the key questions and challenges the state must address moving forward. Register on or before next Tuesday, February 19, to receive the early bird discount. After the 19th, registration increases to $125.

We are very pleased to have Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director, National Institute for Civil Discourse, providing our conference keynote. Carolyn is a long-time advocate for civic engagement and civil discourse. She previously served as founder and president of AmericaSpeaks, an award-winning organization that promotes nonpartisan initiatives to engage citizens and leaders through the development of innovative public policy tools and strategies. Carolyn’s luncheon keynote, “Putting the ‘Civil’ Back in Civil Discourse: Creating a Shared Vision for Our Future,” will examine political polarization in the debates surrounding fiscal policy, immigration reform, and other timely issues.

Here’s Carolyn speaking at the 2012 annual conference of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation last October. Her plenary talk discussed ways of building the foundation for a healthy, inclusive policy debate.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxb7ymIIWMc]

We hope you can join us on March 14. For additional information or if you have any questions, contact the CBP at cbp@cbp.org or (916) 444-0500.

— Steven Bliss