We've been lucky to have some pretty remarkable people come + share their ideas with our community.

We hope these video inform + inspire.

Special Guest Events:

 

Steven Levitsky Event: Our Democracy + the Midterms | July 2022

Bill McKibben Event: Climate Change + Political Will | June 2022

 

Jamie Raskin Event Videos | May 2022

Voter Empowerment Events | 2022

NEXT: Community Conversations with thought leaders | 2021

 

 

Community Events:

FM Community Events

Skills Workshops 

Full BE THE MESSENGER Event
2022 Midterm Kickoff....our strategy 
Jamie Raskin on Why the House is So Important...May 2022 
Jamie Raskin on January 6th + Democracy...May 2022 
Jamie Raskin on Electing Democrats...May 2022 
Jamie Raskin on Messaging...May 2022 
Jamie Raskin Q + A...May 2022 
The Full Raskin Event...May 2022 
Rural Democracy Initiative Event
Democracy in Action Event
Developing Your Personal Narrative...to tell the FM story
Rob Levinson + Beth Greely
Communication Matters ... Motivational Interviewing
Ellen Glovsky + Renee Brant
Fundraising with Friends...the conversation
Lisa Padulla + Steven Krugman
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NEXT: COMMUNITY CONVERSATION #1

DANIELLE ALLEN

James Bryant Conant University Professor + Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University

Sunday, January 31, 2021

What Kind of Revolution Was That? Polarization and the Path Forward after Jan 6

Dr. Allen spoke with us about the current upheaval in our political lives and how greater economic equality is prerequisite to fuller and more equal citizen participation.

 

Dr. Allen served as co-chair of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. Their June 2020 report Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century included recommendations "to help the nation emerge as a more resilient democracy." She also writes for the Washington Post and the Atlantic.

 

MORE ABOUT DANIELLE ALLEN

To order Ms. Allen's book: Our Declaration: Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality

 

To read an excerpt from the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

 

To read The Road from Serfdom: How Americans Can Become Citizens Again (Atlantic)

Watch NEXT: Community Conversation #1

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NEXT: COMMUNITY CONVERSATION #2

ANNA PALMER

Founder of Punchbowl News

Thursday, February 18, 2021

An Insider's Take Inside Congress 

Few are as qualified tell us what's really going as Capitol Hill insider, Anna Palmer. Founder and CEO of the recently-launched Punchbowl News and former Senior Washington Correspondent for Politico, Palmer is best-selling co-author of The Hill to Die on: the Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America.

Punchbowl (Secret Service code name for the Capitol) sends subscribers three daily emails with updates, analysis, and insights on what people inside the corridors of power are thinking and saying.

In this, the second in our NEXT: Community Conversation Series, Palmer will share her up-to-the-minute insights about what makes Washington tick and where the real power resides.

 

MORE ABOUT ANNA PLAMER

To order Ms. Palmer's book:

The Hill to Die on: the Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America.

 

Check out the Punchbowl News

Watch NEXT: Community Conversation #2

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NEXT: COMMUNITY CONVERSATION #4

JUSTIN FLORENCE

Co-Founder + Legal Director of Protect Democracy a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to fighting efforts
to undermine our right to free, fair, + fully informed self-government.

Tuesday, March 24, 2021

Protecting Democracy 

Protect Democracy is working to save democracy from these threats:

• Corrupting Elections

• Spreading Disinformation

• Delegitimizing Communities

• Politicizing Independent Institutions

• Executive Power Grabs

• Quashing Dissent

 

MORE ABOUT JUSTIN FLORENCE

For more information about Justin Florence’s work,

go to protectdemocracy.org

Watch NEXT: Community Conversation #4

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NEXT: COMMUNITY CONVERSATION #5

JOAN WILLIAMS

Professor of Law, Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California + author of White Working Class + other books.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Overcoming Class Cluelessness + Winning Elections

Over the past quarter century Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work + gender + class.

 

MORE ABOUT JOAN WILLIAMS

TED talk: 
“We won’t fix US politics until we talk about class”

 

The Atlantic:
"The Democrats' White-People Problem"

Watch NEXT: Community Conversation #5