Carolyn Lukensmeyer and the Power of Conversation

Monday, July 26th, 2010

My friend (and former teacher) Carolyn Lukensmeyer believes in democracy. She has dedicated her life to it. Fifteen years ago she founded AmericaSpeaks, a group dedicated to getting people from across the political and cultural spectrums together to talk about things that matter. She recently ran an event where 3500 participants in some 60 communities met live and by satellite to discuss the deficit in the US and look for solutions.  Participants ranged from Tea Party members to supporters of MoveOn. Believe it or not, these people worked together with civility and productivity. They came up with ways of reducing the deficit. Her work gives me hope.

Here is her testimony to the President’s Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Watch Carolyn’s testimony (her remarks begin at 36:25 and end at 46:34 on the YouTube video).

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