The League of Women Voters will feature the work of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy at its annual convention in Atlanta this month. The 2010 Convention, with the theme “Making Democracy Work,” will be held June 11-15, 2010.
Charlie Firestone, executive director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, will lead-of the first convention workshop with an overview and presentation of key Knight Commission recommendations related to LWV’s mission. The workshop, “Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy and Citizen Participation in the Digital Age,” is designed as a training opportunity for LWV members to explore what role the national and local LWV organizations can play to bring about healthier, more informed communities.
The workshop will feature a panel of experts and a small group exercise adapted from Appendix I in the Informing Communities report. Participants will be asked to rate their own communities’ information health, identify challenges, and suggest what role the League can play is resolving those challenges.