Last December, January and February, T.B. Scott Free Library hosted deliberative forums sponsored by the Kettering Foundation on issues critical to the nation’s economic future. Results from 100 forums in 30 states, including forums held in Merrill and Wausau, will soon be presented at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Join forum participants in T.B. Scott Library’s Community Room for a livestreaming of the National Press Club panel discussion on Thursday, May 5, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
While the program starts before the library’s regular business hours begin, attendees will be let in so they can experience part or all of the National Press Club panel.
The panel will focus on topics discussed at the deliberative forums: “How can we reduce health care costs and still get the care we need?” and “How should we spread prosperity and opportunity?”
John Greenwood, who moderated the forums held in Merrill and Wausau, will be in Washington, D.C., serving as a panelist at the National Press Club event. He was asked to participate by the Kettering Foundation specifically because they were impressed by the health care discussion panel held at T.B. Scott Library.
As a panelist, Greenwood will be a direct link between our community’s citizen opinion and public policy makers in Washington. He’s an outreach consultant for the Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service, located on the University of Wisconsin-Marathon Campus in Wausau.
The Kettering Foundation of Dayton, Ohio is a research organization that focuses on the work of citizens in shaping decisions in democracy. The deliberative forum process was designed to inform government officials about how citizens respond to the difficult trade-offs that are inescapable in policy making.
Refreshments will be provided compliments of First Street Coffee Station and The Checkered Churn. Find out more about your library at www.tbscottlibrary.org, “T.B. Scott Free Library” on Facebook, or by calling 715-536-7191.