“Every American is affected by the divisions and outrage that prevent us from making progress on urgent problems. This issue guide is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue. These are difficult questions, and there are no easy answers:
-Should we require more accurate, respectful discussion in the media and online, or would that stifle free speech?
-Should we reform politics and government to encourage compromise, or will that mean giving up on the changes we really need and want?
-Should local communities set policies in areas like health care and the environment, or would that risk the progress we’ve made and make further progress nearly impossible?
-Should we crack down on money in politics, or will people just find new ways to evade the rules?”
-What should we do to get the political system we want? What should we do to revive our ability to work together on the most urgent problems? What are we willing to give up in order to do so?”
Salons at Stowe is the 21st-century parlor conversation designed to inspire you to move from dialogue and debate to advocacy and action on current social justice issues.
Since 2008, the Stowe Center’s Salons have become a forum for lively discussion on contemporary topics that connect to issues that concerned Harriet Beecher Stowe. Featured guests provide a starting point for discussion and are a resource for the audience. At every Salon, the audience creates an “Inspiring Action” agenda – a list of specific actions that can be taken to address the issue at hand. Salon admission is FREE thanks to our members and donors.
Richard Frieder of Community Capacity Builders/Hartford Listens was Community Engagement Director at Hartford Public Library from 2001-2016. He is a Senior Associate with Everyday Democracy and is a Fellow at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute in the Humility and Conviction in Public Life project.