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-plus 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 (Arizona Civic Exchange), a program of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation, offers nonpartisan events for Arizona businesspeople, candidates, public officials, and other residents to learn about current issues and perspectives to strengthen their participation in policymaking and civic life.
Presenters at CivEx include consultants, scholars, and practitioners from a variety of perspectives who are experienced analysts and keen observers of politics. Formats are intended to facilitate discussion among presenters and participants.
How to Join CivEx
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 viewpoints.
Participants must register to attend all four events. A wait list has been created due to strong demand. Those interested in the program are encouraged to register to be added to the wait list.
2018 CivEx Dates
Friday, February 2 (12:30-4:00 p.m.)
Friday, February 9 (12:30-4:00 p.m.)
Friday, February 23 (12:30-4:00 p.m.)
Friday, March 9 (12:30-4:00 p.m.)
All CivEx sessions occur at the Flinn Foundation:
1802 North Central Ave., Phoenix.
What You Will Gain from CivEx
From prominent advocates to governors and presidents, almost every leader started out at the same place—as an interested resident who wanted 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 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 Arizona Legislature.