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. The next Democracy on Tap event is:

Tuesday, October 16
5:30 p.m.
Roxy's Downtown | 412 1/2 E. Douglas

Topic: Political Philosophy

Our three-month series on community building gets underway in October. Come get your questions answered. It's free, and so are the appetizers.

First Quarter: Social Health

  • JANUARY 30 – Crime & Safety
  • FEBRUARY 27 - Mandating Health
  • MARCH 13 - Public Safety

 Second Quarter: Environment

  • APRIL 10 – Climate Change
  • MAY 8 – Energy
  • JUNE 5 – Sustainability

 Third Quarter: Education

  • JULY 24 – Early Learning
  • AUGUST 21 – Community Roles in Education
  • SEPTEMBER 11 – Learning Beyond the Degree

 Fourth Quarter: Community Building

  • OCTOBER 16 – Political Philosophy
  • NOVEMBER 13 – Guerilla Community Building
  • DECEMBER 11 – Art & Gentrification

Ways to Connect

August's Democracy on Tap event, held at The Monarch, focused on Wealth on Health: The Impact of Debt on Well-Being, Here's the discussion:

 

Panelists:

  • Jeff Witherspoon, Consumer Credit Counseling Service
  • Dr. Sam Brown, Wichita State Hugo Wall School
  • Dr. Jessica Provines, Wichita State Counseling & Testing 

July's Democracy on Tap event, held at The Anchor, focused on "off year" elections--what's on the docket and why you should care. Here's the discussion:

 

Panelists:

  • Damon Young, Chamber of Wichita
  • Ernestine Krehbiel, former president of the League of Women Voters of Kansas
  • Dr. Ken Kriz, WSU Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs
  • Dr. Neal Allen, WSU Political Science

June's Democracy on Tap event, held at Roxy's Downtown, focused on the ins and outs of running for public office. There's a lot of strategy, and a lot of details, that go into it. Even if you never plan to try it out yourself, knowing the process can be useful.

Panelists:

  • Dr. Neal Allen, Wichita State University
  • Lamont Anderson, campaign manager
  • Tabitha Lehman, Sedgwick County Elections Office
  • Casey Yingling, secretary of Kansas Democratic Party

May's Democracy On Tap event, held at The Monarch in Delano, focused on federal and state legislation--like the Freedom of Information Act, Kansas Open Records Act and Kansas Open Meetings Act--that the public can use to be more informed. There's a lot of information out there--if you know where to look.

Panelists were:

  • Seth Etter, Open Wichita
  • Dr. Patricia Dooley, WSU Elliott School of Communication
  • Jean Hays, The Wichita Eagle

Audio of the event can be streamed here:

The March Engage ICT event was held on Tuesday, March 21 at The Anchor | 1109 E. Douglas from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. We discussed how the problem of homelessness reaches beyond those directly affected and into the community at large.

Our panelists included:

  • Denny Bender, Union Rescue Mission
  • Jan Haberly, The Lord's Diner
  • Officer Nate Schwiethale, WPD: Homeless Outreach Team
  • Jennifer Wilson, COMCARE: Center City

The February Engage ICT event was held on Tuesday, February 21, at Distillery 244 located at 244 N. Mosley. We're used to hearing about the importance of shopping local, but when was the last time you were asked to engage local? For February's Democracy On Tap event, KMUW brought together a panel of city and county officials to discuss civic engagement on the local level. Attendees learned what the city and county actually do -- and how we can get involved.

Panelists included:

January 11, 2017 at Roxy's Downtown

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and for our first Democracy On Tap panel of the year, we featured experts who discussed the issue and its presence here in Kansas. 

Our panelists included:

December 13, 2016 at The Monarch

Engage ICT’s last Democracy On Tap panel of 2016, held at the Monarch, looked at the impact of the year’s elections from political, social and artistic perspectives. With so much of the past year focused on politics, our panelists discussed where we go now.

November 8, 2016 at Roxy's

October 11, 2016 at The Anchor

Engage ICT joined forces with KCUR's Statehouse Blend podcast for its November panel to discuss how political spin shapes elections.​

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