How do we bridge the economic divide?
The City of Austin and Upper Boggy Creek NPCT invite you to participate in a deliberative dialogue about how we can bridge the economic divide and build a community of equity and opportunity:

Click here to register for one of the conversations listed below (a light meal will be served at each).

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Registration: 6 PM
Dialogue: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Registration: 6 PM
Dialogue: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
El Buen Samaritano, 7000 Woodhue Dr.

Monday, June 27, 2016
Registration: 6 PM
Dialogue: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Goodwill Central Texas, 1015 Norwood Park Blvd.

A major challenge facing our city is how best to bridge the economic divide and create a community of equity and opportunity for all people. We invite you to participate in these planned community dialogues, hosted by Civic Collaboration, CAN, Interfaith Action Central Texas (iACT), and Leadership Austin, that will help to deepen our understanding of the issues, explore ideas and identify possible solutions that can be shared with each other and local policymakers. This is not a new conversation in Austin and many people are actively working on solutions to address the challenges we face. Our aim is to bring even more people into the discussion and identify areas of shared interests for action.


  • To better understand the issue and share our individual concerns.
  • To listen to each other and consider the benefits and drawbacks of each approach.
  • To discuss what business, government and individuals can do to make a difference.
  • To identify shared ideas about what we can do together.

The ideas that emerge from these deliberative dialogues will be compiled and shared with the public, the media, and local policymakers. We hope these dialogues lead to further discussions within our community, involving wider circles of people who care about the issue and are willing to work toward a brighter future for everyone in Austin.

Background:  Leaders from the four hosting organizations have been participating in a Kettering Foundation Learning Collaborative designed to provide assistance to local communities in hosting deliberative dialogues around a complex community topic. Deliberative dialogues use a small-group facilitated process to help people explore diverse views, consider options and trade-offs, and identify common ground and actions for moving forward. The purpose of deliberation is not to have everyone agree, but rather help people grapple with the hard choices every complex problem requires.