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CityScapes Roundtable No.2: Citizen Voices

The second session of CityScapes Roundtable Program featured Carolyn Lukensmeyer, President of AmericaSpeaks. She presented some ideas on the strengths and weaknesses of North American democracy, and explained how she has used town hall meetings to help address these problems. In the discussion that followed, participants discussed some of the challenges facing civil servants in the course of citizen engagement, and looked at the current opportunities for creating non-partisan public dialogue.

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  • Institute on Governance

    Founded in 1990, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is an independent, Canada-based, not-for-profit public interest institution with its head office in Ottawa and an office in Toronto. Our mission is ‘advancing better governance in the public interest,’ which we accomplish by exploring, developing and promoting the principles, standards and practices which underlie good governance in the public sphere, both in Canada and abroad.


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