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Gabrielle Giffords,  Ron Barber

101st Arizona Town Hall on Civic Leadership Convenes

Arizona Town Hall may be celebrating its 50th birthday this year but the organization, which offers a forum for business, civic and academic leaders to focus on state issues and find consensus, is experiencing some firsts.

For the first time in the organization’s history, the Fall Town Hall will be held in the metro Phoenix area.  And also breaking from tradition, the public is invited to the Tuesday luncheon that will include a special awards ceremony honoring those who exemplify civic leadership.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Captain Mark Kelly, will be honored with the Shirley Agnos Legacy Award at this inspiring ceremony that will feature special remarks from a number of their colleagues from the Tucson area. Native American dancers will also perform.

This special event is open to the public and sponsored by Bank of America and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Tables and tickets can be reserved at www.aztownhall.org/Gabby.

What hasn’t changed is the non-profit’s original mission: to bring together residents using civil discourse and consensus dialogue to advance solutions dealing with the state’s critical issues.

Nearly 130 hand-selected delegates will focus on “Civic Leadership for Arizona’s Future” at the 101st Arizona Town Hall, on Sunday evening, Nov. 25 through Wednesday, Nov. 28 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is scheduled to deliver brief remarks at Monday’s luncheon. The luncheon will also feature a keynote address by Cleve Stevens, founder and president of Owl Sight Intentions, an established authority on the psychology of leadership and the technology of personal and organizational transformation. Stevens is also the author of “The Best in Us: People, Profit and the Remaking of Modern Leadership.”

Monday’s dinner will feature Marvin Henry “Mickey” Edwards, former congressman from Oklahoma (1977-1993), vice president of the Aspen Institute and director of its Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership. He’s also the author of “The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans.”

Both of the speaker events are also open to the public. Individual tickets can be purchased at http://www.aztownhall.org/Events.

The 101st Arizona Town Hall is supported by: Arizona Commerce Authority; The Flinn Foundation; Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation; Snell & Wilmer; Cox Communications; Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and SCF Arizona.

Additional information is available at: http://www.aztownhall.org.

Civil Discourse

Civil Discourse: What, How And Why Now?

It seems to be the topic of many conversations these days. But what is civil discourse, and how can we achieve it? More importantly, why has the call become increasingly louder for a concerted effort to find a different way of electing our leaders, solving our problems and interfacing with each other?

What is Civil Discourse

Civil discourse is our ability to have conversation on topics about which we disagree and to listen to each other’s perspectives. Civil discourse requires respect of the other participants and an appreciation for others’ experiences.

To advance society and improve the quality of life in Arizona, we must be prepared to discuss important, yet potentially contentious issues, such as growth, transportation, healthcare and education. Our democracy is dependent upon responsible residents that can, and will, wrestle with these tough issues, without partisanship, while maintaining respect for the need to hear, understand and take into account different viewpoints.

Join the Discussion

An interactive panel of local experts will be discussing civil discourse, what it is and why it’s important at Valley Forward’s luncheon on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel.

Panelists include Paul Johnson, former Mayor of the city of Phoenix and manager of Southwest Next Capital Management; Chuck Coughlin, president of HighGround Public Affairs; and Steve Rizley, senior vice president and general manager of Cox Communications. Tarah Jackson, president of Arizona Town Hall will serve as moderator.

These speakers will be engaging attendees in a conversation on civil discourse, the shifting of politics in Arizona, consensus building and regional thinking. It’s especially important in this presidential election year, which also marks Arizona’s centennial celebration and the 50th anniversary of Arizona Town Hall. Come hear for yourself why listening to others’ opinions is so integral in our society.

For more information about Valley Forward, visit valleyforward.org.