UTAH CITIZEN SUMMIT
The purpose of the Utah Citizen Summit is to come together civilly, compassionately, inclusively and collaboratively in Utah; to celebrate the accomplishments of many who have addressed challenging issues through civil and compassionate approaches; to model how to bridge political and other divides through civil dialogue and creative problem solving; and to lay the groundwork for progress on identified issues and possible solutions.
Perhaps most importantly, the Utah Citizen Summit aims to be a catalytic event in bringing Utahns and Americans together around our highest shared principles and connecting with communities and groups across the nation who wish to illuminate and interconnect each other’s efforts and participate in a learning and action community together.
The Utah Citizen Summit, to be convened on November 12, 2016 (with related pre-Summit and post-Summit activities), is sponsored by the Utah Civil and Compassionate Communities Initiative (UCCC)* with co-sponsoring support to date from five national and international organizations and 10 Utah organizations.**
Coming Together Through Conversation – In September and October 2016, schools, institutions of higher education and community groups throughout Utah will be invited and inspired to engage in dialogues around challenging issues through the topic “How Can We Come Together?” A dialogue guide will be provided.
Each dialogue group will be invited to send in summaries of the results of their dialogues with individual follow-ups made of each dialogue group to ensure report-backs. Representatives of each group dialogue will be invited to attend the Utah Citizen Summit Dialogue and the Summit Celebration on November 12.
Coming Together Through Service – In September and October 2016, as part of the “Global Unity Games” sponsored by the Compassion Games, organizations, schools, institutions of higher education and community groups throughout Utah will be invited and encouraged to engage in acts of service that are designed in some significant part to reflect the theme “Coming Together Through Service.”
Coming Together on the Issue of Homelessness – UCCC is celebrating the wonderful progress that has been made on homelessness in Utah through collaborative, inclusive and non-partisan approaches, and is contributing to this collective effort in various ways. Prior to the Summit, UCCC will sponsor the launch of a web-based global network seeking to identify and interconnect solutions to homelessness and to create new emergent possibilities in a local/global co-learning environment in collaboration with uBegin, a cutting-edge social networking platform.
Utah Citizen Summit – November 12, 2016
Connecting pre-Summit activities with Summit-day events and looking forward to the year ahead, this day will be far more than a one-off event. Indeed, the aspiration is that the Utah Citizen Summit will be a galvanizing moment in Utah and America to gather attention and share messages that offer encouragement for the future as we come together civilly, compassionately, inclusively and collaboratively.
Utahns Coming Together in Conversation
A citizen dialogue will be hosted for representatives from the pre-Summit dialogues together with a highly diverse group of Utahns. We will harvest important shared themes and recommendations from the pre-Summit dialogues under the overall theme of “Utahns Coming Together.” New possibilities and more refined themes and recommendations regarding how Utahns can come together will emerge from a well-designed and facilitated conversation.
Panel Discussion: Americans and Utahns Coming Together after a Divisive Election Season and Much National Trauma
Divisiveness and hyper-partisanship in our presidential and other political campaigns have been extreme in America leading up to the general election on November 8, creating serious concerns and anxiety for many Americans. Other factors and forces such as terrorism and conflict between law enforcement and local communities have also been traumatizing.
A panel of distinguished Utahns representing the political spectrum will harvest the most compelling ideas – and the enthusiasm and insight – of the morning dialogues in order to help set an agenda for working on these issues in Utah in 2017.
A second panel discussion of these distinguished Utahns will discuss how we can and should come together in America – politically and across all of our divides – to address challenging issues and to make progress for the common good. A group of three distinguished national leaders will respond to this second panel discussion regarding how Americans might come together.
By sharing this conversation with Utah and America, we hope to help galvanize interest in similar processes and events around the country. The panel discussions will be facilitated by Mark Gerzon, author of the recently released Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide.
The dialogues in the morning and the panel discussions in the afternoon will be held in the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute of the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
Groups in many communities throughout Utah and America will watch a live stream broadcast of the second panel discussion in the afternoon. After the broadcast, many of those groups will then hold their own similar dialogues. Other groups may elect to watch the second panel discussion and host their own events at a later date. The recorded panel discussion will be posted on the Summit website utahcitizensummit.org.
Utah Citizen Summit Celebration
In the evening we will celebrate the exceptional, civil, compassionate, inclusive and collaborative work that has been accomplished in Utah over many years. A call will be made to our local, state, national and international leaders and institutions to begin pursuing more civil, compassionate, inclusive and collaborative approaches and processes to yield higher quality decisions and policies. The co-chairs of Utah Civil and Compassionate Communities will welcome attendees to the Summit and offer remarks on the importance of such approaches.
Awards will be presented to six national leaders who are all doing wonderful work across the nation in bringing America together. These leaders will then engage in a rich conversation about how we all might come together in America after such a divisive campaign season.
John Steiner, co-founder of both the Bridge Alliance and the national Citizens Summit and leader in many other transpartisan initiatives, will introduce how the Utah Citizen Summit is a catalytic moment in moving ahead with bringing Americans together.
Mark Gerzon, a leading speaker, author and consultant regarding the importance of inclusive, civil, compassionate and collaborative democracy in America and the world, will then summarize the rich conversation and discuss how we might all work to bring America together.
This event will be held in the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, a Salt Lake County facility located in Salt Lake City.
*The Utah Civil and Compassionate Communities advisory board co-chairs are Utah Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox (R); Salt Lake County Mayor, Ben McAdams (D); and Salt Lake City Mayor, Jackie Biskupski (D) who serve together with a highly diverse advisory board comprised of approximately 40 Utahns.
** The Utah Citizen Summit has received co-sponsoring support from the following national/global organizations: Charter for Compassion International, Parliament of the World’s Religions, Citizens Summit Initiative, Village Square, Living Room Conversations. Utah co-sponsoring organizations are: Utah Humanities, Utah Campus Compact, Utah Village Square, Utah Living Room Conversations, Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism, Salt Lake County Mayors Office, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah; Utah League of Cities and Towns, Zions Bank, and the Utah Hospital Association (other co-sponsorships are pending).
If your community is interested in participating in dialogues similar to our pre-Summit, Summit or post-Summit dialogues and would like a copy of our dialogue guide, or if you would like to receive some mentoring regarding what we are doing in Utah and/or engage in a community of learning, practice and action regarding this and future citizen summits, and/or the America Coming Together movement in a national and global environment, please contact John Kesler at: email@example.com.
If your community is interested in participating in a community of learning regarding globally sourced creative and inclusive approaches to homelessness please contact Camille Winnie at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
UTAH CITIZEN SUMMIT
Utahns Coming Together
November 12, 2016
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, University of Utah in the Thomas S. Monson Center
A diverse group of Utahans will gather together for rich facilitated conversation in the morning. They will be comprised of individuals from throughout Utah who have engaged in pre-Summit conversations on diverse topics, as well as additional highly diverse individuals who represent the diversity of Utah.
9:00-10:00 We will come together in rich conversation across our differences and harvest topics and themes from Pre-Summit conversations held in Utah during September and October.
10:00-10:30 Break and Networking
10:30-Noon We will harvest additionalperspectives, passions and possibilities from those in attendance regarding coming together in Utah and America.
Noon to 1:30 Lunch Break
Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Our distinguished panel of Utah leaders representing the left, right and center of Utah’s political spectrum and distinguished national guests, John Steiner, Liz Joyner and Joan Blades will be facilitated by Mark Gerzon, nationally acclaimed facilitator, mediator and author of The Reunited States of America. The Utahns in Conversation in the morning and other diverse Utahns will be the audience for the panel,
1:30-2:30 The Panel will reflect on the pre-summit and summit conversations and consider the rich range of topics that can set an agenda for further conversations and working on solutions in 2017
2:30-3:00 Break and Networking
3:00-4:30 The Panel will consider the incivility and divisiveness in America and how we might come together in Utah and America for a fresh start grounded in civility, compassion, inclusiveness and collaboration.
Rose Wagner Theater for the Performing Arts 7:00-9:00 pm
7:00-8:30 Anevening celebration of the civil, compassionate, inclusive and collaborative work that we have accomplished in Utah and more that we might do. Awards will be given to individuals and organizations which have been examples to us all in this regard. National key note speakers John Steiner and Mark Gerzon will help us dream of what is possible and how we might set a new standard not only in Utah but for the Nation and the World.
8:30-9:00 Closing reception
UTAH CITIZEN SUMMIT
COMING TOGETHER IN SERVICE
What is the Utah Citizen Summit?
The purpose of the Utah Citizens Summit is to come together civilly, compassionately, collaboratively and inclusively in Utah, and to celebrate what we have already accomplished in this regard; to model how to bridge political and other divides through civil dialogue and creative problem solving; and to lay the groundwork for progress on identified issues and possible solutions. And perhaps most importantly, the Utah Citizens Summit aims to revitalize the American Spirit and give America a fresh start, connecting with communities and groups across the nation who wish to illuminate and interconnect each other’s efforts and be in a learning and action community together in support of Americans Coming Together.
As a Part of Pre-Summit Activities We are Coming Together in Service
In September and October 2016, as part of the “Global Unity Games” sponsored by the Compassion Games organizations schools, institutions of higher education and community groups throughout Utah will be invited and encouraged to engage in acts of service that are designed in some significant part to reflect the theme “Coming Together Through Service ”.
We Invite You to Join Us in Coming Together in Service
Please join with us and invite your family, friends, community, classmates, or group of any sort to come together in service with a service project or initiative, which bring you together as a group in service and just as important brings you together with those whom you serve.
We Want to Hear From You
If your group decides to come together in service during September or October through a service project or initiative,we want to Hear From You!
- After engaging in your service activity, please share your story with us by going on line and filling out the form found at: utah.gov/servicestory
- Please click “yes” on the box that asks if you are part of the “Coming Together in Service 2016” initiative.
- We’ll share your great service stories with the rest of Utah.
We Want You to Join Us on November 12th
Join us in an evening celebration of what we have accomplished in Utah with regard to coming together, hearing from national keynote speakers and considering what we might further dream of doing in Utah and America.See the Agenda and other information about the Summit at: www.utahcitizensummit.org
*The Utah Citizens Summit is sponsored by the Utah Civil and Compassionate Communities initiative, whose co-chairs are Utah Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox; Salt Lake County Mayor, Ben McAdams; and Salt Lake City Mayor, Jackie Biskupski. who serve together with a highly diverse advisory board comprised of approximately 40 Utahans. We have received co-sponsoring support from four national and nine Utah organizations. The lead partner for Coming Together is Service is the Utah Lieutenant Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteerism.
UTAH CITIZEN SUMMIT
How to Engage in a Conversation for Coming Together in Utah and America
Leading up to the Summit we invite you and your family, friends, community, classmates, or group of any sort in Utah to help us prepare for the Summit by being in conversation together around a topic that you feel is a difficult one but deeply important to Utah and the Nation. Following is a conversation guide that we would ask you to follow if you would like to participate with us.
Come together as a group andchoose a topic for a conversation
- Choose a topic that your group has passion for as an important issue for Utah and America. This should involve an issue that needs to be resolved for the benefit of society. Examples are:
- How should we deal with immigration in America?
- How do we improve relations between law enforcement and the community?
- Under what conditions, if any, should a person with a terminal condition and low quality of life be able to legally end their life with medical assistance?
- How should we protect the quality of life of animals raised for food, if at all?
- Should gay and lesbian clubs be allowed in public highschools?
- It is important that there are initially deep disagreements in your group regarding thetopic selected. If you don’t have much disagreement within the group enrich your group with people who hold different opinions for this conversation or choose a different topic.
Come together in mutually respectful conversation
- Each person in the group should have a chance to explain briefly how they feel and what they believe about the issue and should be encouraged to tell a personal story if they have one which has influenced their opinion.
- Everyone in the group should agree to listen respectfully, and initial questions are purely for purposes of clarification to better understand a person’s opinions and feelings, which questions should be expressed with civility and never to criticize or demean.
If you do not have time for an extended conversation this may be all the further that you get in the conversation. Learning how to respectfully listen and understand is the important first step in a meaningful and effective civil conversation.
Come together to find common ground
- Explore if there are any shared values in the group relating to the topic of discussion. An example would be “no child should have to go to school in fear of physical or emotional abuse”, in a conversation about gay and lesbian clubs. When people find that they have some shared values related to a topic,many more possibilities are opened up to finding ways to find agreement on topics when you identify common ground such as shared values.
- In this context explore if there is any agreement on approaches to making progress on this topic that would help bring Utah and America together on that issue.
- If your group has a trained facilitator that person may explore various approaches for finding common ground and achieving significant agreement on how to move forward.
We Want to Include the Fruits of your Conversation
If you decide to have a conversation in support of the Summit, please let us know, and we will follow up with you and harvest your conversation for the Summit on November 12. If you are joining with us :
- Hold your conversation and send us a report of one page or less on your conversation by no later than October 21st (but the earlier the better).
- Email your report to: Jacob@VillageSquareUtah.orgwith a contact name, email address and telephone number.
- We will get back to you for a half hour or less telephone conversation no later than November 4th, which will help us harvest your conversation
We Want You to Join Us on November 12th
- Please join us on the morning of Saturday, November 12 to come together with other Utahns in order to connect with others who have explored similar topics and to help harvest collective wisdom relating to a range of topics that have arisen around the State in order to create an agenda for getting things done in 2017. Join us in the morning in a well facilitated conversation to harvest the fruits of your and other conversations from around Utah to identify common topics, themes and possible solutions.
- Join us in the afternoon to observe a distinguished panel of Utah Leaders further harvest these dialogues and to discuss how we might come together to have a new start in Utah and America in dealing with challenging issues more civilly, compassionately, inclusively and collaboratively
- Join us in an evening celebration of what we have accomplished in Utah including presenting several awards, and listening to leading national speakers. That evening, we will be exploring additional dreams for the future.
See the Agenda and other information for the Utah Citizen Summit at: www.UtahCitizenSummit.org.