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CivEx: Nonpartisan Learning and Dialogue

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Civic participation and leadership are perennial topics for good reasons. All residents are affected by the quality of civic leadership, and any resident can become a civic leader. With more than 4.4 million “voting eligible” Arizonans and 3+ million registered to vote, the state’s civic “pool” is deep. But a variety of research has shown that Arizonans aren’t as involved as one would expect, or want, given today’s diversity and complex issues. Studies have also noted that being exposed to different points of view is not as common as it used to be.

CivEx, a program of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation, offers nonpartisan events for citizens, businesspeople, candidates, and public officials to learn about current issues and perspectives to strengthen their participation in policymaking and civic life. CivEx’s ideal participants are individuals from any perspective and experience who want to deepen their commitment to public service, grapple with complex problems, and learn about different perspectives. Participants must register to attend all four events. Advance registration is required. The number of seats available is limited to provide an open environment conducive to dialogue. CivEx features consultants, scholars, and practitioners from a variety of perspectives who are experienced, fact-based analysts and keen observers of politics. Formats are intended to facilitate discussion among presenters and participants.

From prominent advocates, to governors and presidents, almost every leader started out at the same place—as an interested resident who wants to be of service to their community or state. CivEx offers a place to learn, explore, and deepen understanding of issues while connecting with other civically minded Arizonans from across the political spectrum. The events should result in inspiration to advance public service.

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The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership strives to continually increase the number of Arizonans involved in civic life and has been providing nonpartisan, independent civic-leadership programming since 2011. The center views civic leadership as requiring clear vision, deep knowledge, hard work, and a willingness to bridge differences to build consensus on solutions that advance Arizona. The Center does not participate in or donate to campaigns for public office or ballot measures or lobby on specific pieces of legislation. Please note that CivEx is not open to those currently serving in the state legislature.