Rural Voices Update – Your Voice. Your Community Online. Events in Bemidji and Cass Lake, Minnesota – 13-14 Aug 2008

Work on our Rural Voices project is in full swing with Steve Kranz from Winona joining our team. In addition to joining this event tour, Steve is assisting Fergus Falls with the launch of an Issues Forum and working to identify a southern Minnesota town for another Issues Forum. Efforts are underway for a potential “citizen media and online engagement” event in Hutchinson, Minnesota as well. Our fifth and final outreach event will happen toward the end of the project as a telephone/Internet-based webinar.

If you know folks in Bemidji or Cass Lake (including the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe), please pass on the announcement below.

Steven Clift

Your Voice. Your Community Online.

Discover exciting online opportunities and tools you can use to improve your local community and increase citizen participation. Explore E-Democracy.Org’s Issues Forum model in-depth and learn about related citizen media tools in a free workshop in Bemidji on August 13 or Cass Lake on August 14.

This session, presented by Steven Clift, Founder of E-Democracy.Org and international public speaker, and Steve Kranz, leader of the Winona Online Democracy chapter and former Winona school board chair, will help your community create the capacity for agenda-setting, civil, and darn useful online public engagement that matters.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Place: Northwest Technical College
RSVP requested, not required to: KAXE, 1-800-662-5799
Snacks and Refreshments will be provided

Time: 10:00 AM
Date: Thursday, August 14, 2008
Place: Leech Lake Tribal College
RSVP requested (not required) to: KAXE, 1-800-662-5799
An informal conversation with the presenters and a light lunch will follow the presentation.

This presentation is sponsored by KAXE – Northern Community Radio and with funding from the Blandin Foundation

If you cannot attend, but would like to help start an Issues Forum for our area, please contact Dennis Montgomery at:

For example Issues Forums see:
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