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 event is:

Tuesday, June 11
5:30 p.m.
Roxy's Downtown |
 412 1/2 E. Douglas
Topic: Waste Not, Want Not

Is waste just a word for the valuable resources we throw away? We’ll take a look at trash – what we toss for the sake of convenience, and alternatives for the many different forms of waste we produce.

Panelists:

Ways to Connect

April 12, 2016 at Loft 150

Our April Democracy On Tap panel, held at Loft 150 above River City Brewing Company in Old Town, focused on environmental issues—which, for Wichita and Kansas, meant recycling, trash, renewable energy, water and the future of food.

March 8, 2016 at Abode Venue

Our third Engage ICT: Democracy On Tap panel, held at Abode Venue, delved into a complicated topic that’s sure to shape Kansas’ elections this year: the economy.

The four expert panelists provided insight into different aspects of the economy, breaking it down at the national, state and city level, and looking at community efforts to encourage economic growth.

February 9, 2016 at The Monarch.

KMUW’s second Engage ICT: Democracy On Tap event brought together a panel of experts on education in Kansas and at the federal level.

The audience at the Monarch in Delano heard about everything from Common Core to student loan debt to state funding and the challenges facing teachers in Kansas’ public school system.

January 12, 2016 at Reverie Coffee Roasters

Engage ICT, KMUW’s civic initiative, kicked off its Democracy on Tap series with a panel on health care.

Attendees gathered at Reverie Coffee Roasters to hear how issues from Medicaid to the health insurance marketplace will shape the 2016 election year. Health care is a $3 trillion business in the U.S.; close to 1 in 5 dollars of today’s Gross Domestic Product is health care spending, up from 1 in 20 in the 1960s.

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