This empathy-filled town hall invites you to turn strangers into friends and to connect your shared purpose with the allies who will help you commit to take action.
Join community groups, activists, and everyday people seeking to strengthen our communities and provide a foundation for progress. We invite you to join your neighbors in face-to-face dialogue to build trust, connection, and commitment that leads to action. Together, we will define our community’s shared values and forge a plan for the future.
“The Purpose Power Town Hall was one of the most refreshing and exciting civic experiences I’ve had in [my city]. At a time when the world seems more divided than ever, it was great to meet people from across the city, to find common ground, and to envision ways to build relationships and make a better community for everyone.”
-Bernie Zipprich, NYC
Calling all community groups!
Do you work or volunteer on behalf of an organization leading social change? Join us as a community partner! We want to introduce your impact to a community of allies who want to get involved in your cause. Click the Community Partner Package ticket to learn more.
Part 1: MAKE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS
Unlike typical “town halls” that focus on elected leaders, this event invites you to engage with others. You will discover shared values that will form the basis of lasting connections with new allies.
Part 2: IMAGINE FUTURE POSSIBILITIES
Join group discussions with those who share your values to discover opportunities to be more deeply engaged. We also invite you to translate your individual convictions into collective commitment to take action in both big and small ways to create change. Our aspiration: active citizenship for everyone.
Part 3: COMMIT TO TAKE ACTION
Conversations are just the start. When we find others who share our conviction for the future, we can commit to take meaningful future action. We inspire you to make actionable commitments to how you will personally lead change in your communities. By voicing our commitments aloud, we create a container of accountability to inspire sustained engagement.
Learn more about the tour at purposepower.live.
Purpose Power is led by Alicia Bonner Ness, the author of the new book Purpose Power: How Mission-Driven Leaders Engage for Change. She works to engage communities directly in re-imagining the future of politics in Brooklyn and beyond. Alicia believes that to change our current reality, we can’t fight against the current system. We have to create a new model that makes the existing obsolete.
Registration opens at 3:30 p.m. Event begins at 4 p.m. sharp.
Come for the cookies, stay for the conversation! Refreshments will be provided.
This event is being sponsored by the Open Gov Hub, a meeting place that brings together many different organizations and ideas to open up governments and empower citizens around the world.
And it is part of the Hub's ongoing Defending Democracy series, which supports efforts to combat new challenges to American democracy by highlighting different strategies and tactics (especially to preserve electoral integrity, combat corruption and protect civic and press freedoms) through ongoing Democracy Dialogue events.
Why we charge
You may have noticed that this event isn't free. We value transparency, and want to let you know why: First, event spaces and refreshments cost money. Your ticket helps offset this expense. Second, when you spend even a small amount on something that's important to you, it demonstrates your commitment to showing up. The guarantee in a paid RSVP helps us make sure we have enough supplies and food for everyone. We want to make this event meaningful for you, and need to know we can count on you to show up.
We are also committed to keeping these town hall discussions as inclusive as possible, which is why we offer low-income tickets for $5, and allow students to get in free. If cost is a barrier for you, we understand; feel free to register with the ticket that applies to you.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send an email to Ansley Pentz at firstname.lastname@example.org
1110 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
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