Policy Open House
Click here for information on various Citizens League projects for 2008 - including study committees, convening efforts, and policy advancement work - and to learn how you can get involved.
Presentations and other materials: (pdf format)
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- How Should We Pay for K-12 Education?
- Minnesota's Surface Water Policy Issues
- Long term care - Imagining aging scenario worksheet
Session summaries: (pdf format)
Missed one of the workshop sessions, but interested to find out more about what went on? Check out these session summaries, put together by participants.
- Long Term Care: Imagining Aging - and the Services We'll Need, 5:00 p.m.
- Surface Water Management, 6:15 p.m.
- School Funding and Property Taxes: How Should We Pay for K-12 Education, 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
St. Paul College
235 Marshall Ave., St. Paul
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Admission is free and refreshments will be provided
Click here to view the event schedule.
Join us to get involved in the policy work the Citizens League is moving forward with in 2008. From transportation policy to a video booth, the Open House will give members an opportunity to learn from each other about key issues for the coming year.
The event will feature various policy activities scattered throughout the evening. Information on our current work will be available the whole time, and engaged Citizens League members and staff will be on hand to talk about this year's policy priorities.Here's a sampling of the activities that will be available (subject to change) - more information and a schedule coming soon:
- Long-term care policy design workshop - While there is broad consensus that the current long-term care system is inadequate and anachronistic, reform efforts are having trouble gaining any traction. The Citizens League has a hypothesis about why this might be so: most policy design efforts attempt to fix the system's problems rather than people's problems. This policy design workshop will take a different approach. We will start with users' needs (or a "market assessment") and try to identify a "product" for the long-term care system that can meet these needs. We will also specify the features of that product so that system designers have a set of ground rules by which to develop the product.
- CitiZing! will be Minnesota's first online civic networking platform, providing a space for citizens, policymakers, and other interested parties to come together to work out real solutions to common problems. Take a test-drive of this new tool and provide your feedback on how to make it even better for collaborative problem solving.
- Students Speak Out video booth - The students from our Students Speak Out project are exploring how trust among students and teachers could reduce bullying and harassment in schools. Hear students' stories and share your own in videotaped interviews.
- Redistricting - How district lines are drawn affects who wins and who loses in an election. Minnesota may lose a congressional district after the 2010 census, meaning the decennial re-draw could be particularly drastic. While plans to increase competition, change who does the drawing, and amend the constitution are all on the table in the legislature, what do Minnesotans think about redistricting? What characteristics should districts have? Who should draw the lines? Participate in an interactive presentation to learn more about redistricting and provide your opinion about what the priorities should be. Your answers will help the Citizens League formulate an action plan for redistricting in Minnesota.
- Surface water management - How are Minnesota's lakes, rivers and streams managed, and by whom? What are the things that we really value about this great resource, and does our surface water management actually protect this? And what are the responsibilities of the state, local government, business and individuals to make sure we protect these values? Join us to develop a list of the principles that should define the way Minnesota manages surface water, and to responsibilities of all of us to achieve these values. This discussion will help to preface an upcoming study committee on water policy, which will begin later this year.
The Open House will be a great chance for both members and nonmembers to learn more about what the Citizens League is doing and how to get involved. Stop by for half an hour or stay longer - the doors will be open all evening.