About Us AmericaSpeaks AS _18a7823e-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a Since our founding in 1995 by Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, AmericaSpeaks gives citizens an authentic voice in local, regional and national decision-making on the most challenging public issues of the day. We are a nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer Founder Our vision is that the public's business will be conducted differently - that by developing a rich national infrastructure for democratic deliberation through our projects, innovation and collaboration, we can access the collective wisdom of the American people. _18a784be-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a To reinvigorate American Democracy by engaging citizens in the public decision-making that most impacts their lives. _18a785a4-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a National Infrastructure Lead the development of a national infrastructure for democratic deliberation that institutionalizes the links between decision-makers and citizens in determining public policy. _18a78630-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a Citizens Public Policy Decision-Makers We are leading the development of a national infrastructure for democratic deliberation that institutionalizes the links between decision-makers and citizens in determining public policy. With a national infrastructure in place, public discussions could be organized quickly to generate citizen input on the important issues we face as a nation. Through our innovative deliberative tools such as our 21st Century Town Meeting®, more than 150,000 people across the country and around the world have had an impact on their communities. These tools give citizens an opportunity to have a strong voice in public decision-making within the increasingly short timeframes required of decision-makers. As a result, citizens can impact decisions and those in leadership positions can make more informed, lasting decisions. Partnerships Develop partnerships with other organizations to create coordinating institutions. _18a786bc-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a 1 9e59f94b-8917-483e-99a8-ee38faed32b0 5c230437-7a1d-445b-a30e-2ee0bfd29c2b Public Discussion Increase elected officials’ knowledge of and commitment to public discussions. _18a7873e-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a 2 Elected Officials f3db4a13-8c06-4322-808c-8594d8e5ccbd 6b375620-270c-4228-8897-c3a80a2e8c90 Facilitators Recruit and train a national network of volunteer facilitators. _18a787d4-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a 3 Facilitators 8a1c38db-d325-4f0d-8493-bccb8755a8dc 32ae589c-2853-464b-a66d-c76c624f392d Outreach Develop public outreach processes to ensure diverse and representative participation. _18a7886a-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a 4 21f52b6b-efee-4cb2-95e2-5651374049fd e1d1fdee-83a2-4c4c-b6dd-64ef838cc4c7 Technologies and Approaches Develop appropriate technologies and approaches to facilitate effective dialogue. _18a7890a-6e71-11df-a8b5-98647a64ea2a 5 cc6553a0-d67c-4586-8d55-9e2c53ea8dcd 80312f81-8af6-42c8-b62c-faf634905623 2010-06-02 http://www.americaspeaks.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.viewPage&pageId=471 Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.