Engage ICT

Citizens and voters face monumental choices on issues that will define our future, and there is a great need for broader understanding of how what happens at the polls affects you. That's why, in January of 2016, KMUW launched Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap.

These monthly community conversations feature a panel of local experts and topics that touch your daily life. It's free, and so are the appetizers. The next Democracy on Tap event is:

Tuesday, January 15
5:30 p.m.
Roxy's Downtown | 412 1/2 E. Douglas

Support for Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap comes from Stoutheart Financial Group.

Ways to Connect

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

On December 11, the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on community building concluded with a conversation on the fate of Century II. Our panelists discussed the future of the iconic building and what's at state.

Panelists:

 

  • Karla Fazio, Century II Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Mary Beth Jarvis, Century II Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Mitch Southerland, Music Theatre Wichita
  • Larry Weber, Century II Citizens Advisory Committee

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

On November 13, the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on community building continued with a conversation on #Activism. Our panelists discussed social media activism, its trends and effectiveness.

Panelists:

  • Shea Blevins
  • Diana Hartman
  • Madeline McCullough
  • Joseph Shepard

Here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

The Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on community building kicked off on October 16 at Roxy's Dowtown. The topic of discussion was political philosophy. 

Panelists:

  • Brandon Johnson, City of Wichita Council Member
  • LaRissa Lawrie, WSU Graduate Student
  • Dr. Heather Ondercin, Assistant Professor of Political Science at WSU
  • Sheryl Wilson, KIPCOR Director

Here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

Beth Golay / KMUW

On September 11 the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap education mini-series wrapped up with a discussion on learning beyond the degree.

Panelists:

  • Elizabeth Bruncheen-Cartagena, K-State Research and Extension
  • Micala Gingrich-Gaylord, Oxford Senior Living
  • Troy Houtman, City of Wichita Parks & Recreation
  • Kim Moore, Workforce, Professional & Community Education at WSU

Here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

Beth Golay / KMUW

The Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap mini-series on education continued on August 21 at Roxy's Downtown with a discussion focused on community roles in education.

Panelists:

  • Prisca Barnes, Storytime Village, Inc.
  • Janice Hardeman, Katherine Johnson Scholar Sisters
  • Dr. Chad Higgins, Maize USD 266 Superintendent
  • Dr. Alicia Thompson, Wichita Public Schools Superintendent

Here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

Beth Golay / KMUW

July 24, the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap education mini-series kicked off with a discussion of early learning. It’s was at Roxy’s Downtown.

Panelists:

  • Kathryn Mahoney, Compass Star Montessori
  • Cornelia Stevens, TOP Early Learning Center
  • Teresa Rupp, Child Start
  • Kim McDowell, Wichita State University

The audio of the discussion should be posted soon.

And here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

We’ve talked about climate and energy, and on June 5 the Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap environment mini-series wrapped up with a discussion of Sustainability. We covered what businesses can do to minimize waste, what gardeners are doing to keep our soil healthy, and how you can do your part too. It’s was at Roxy’s Downtown.

Panelists:

  • Susan Erlenwein
  • Mike Hastings
  • Misty Cavanaugh
  • Nancy Larson

Here's the discussion:

And here's the video of the event that aired on Facebook live:

In May, we focused on energy. On May 8 at Roxy's Downtown, we discussed different types of energy generation and what's going on here in Kansas, from wind to solar to nuclear power and everything in between.

Panelists:

Our three-part Environment series began on April 10 at Roxy's Downtown with a discussion on Climate Change, from its broad extent to more specific effects on Kansas.

Panelists:

  • Rachel Myslivy, Climate + Energy Project Assistant Director
  • Ken Cook, National Weather Service Meteorologist in Charge
  • Susan Erlenwein, Sedgwick County Environmental Resources
  • Mary Knapp, KSU Weather Data Library, Department of Agronomy
  • Christopher Redmond, KSU Weather Data Library, Mesonet Manager

Here's the discussion:

The March Democracy on Tap event was held at Roxy's Downtown on Tuesday, March 13th. The topic: “Public Safety,” the third in our Social Health discussion series.  Our expert panel will discussed the fire department, EMS, infrastructure and other public services that contribute to your health and the well-being of our community. Panelists:

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