ERIC Number: ED308365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
National Forums '89. Citizens, Leaders Look at Our Democracy. A Report on the Conference (Washington, D.C., April 16-19, 1989).
National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.
This publication presents reports from National Forums '89, the culminating event of the National Issues Forums (NIF) 1988-89 cycle. A brief overview of this event is followed by a summary of the session entitled Executive Branch Conference: Reports from the Forums, in which policymakers were briefed on the outcomes of each of the 1988-89 issues. The three topics are (1) coping with AIDS, (2) health care for the elderly, and (3) the public debt. A report follows of the National Forums' first National Town Meeting, a national political discussion in the form of an old-fashioned town meeting at which key congressional members and national opinion leaders joined NIF participants. Discussion centered on the condition of the democracy and the roles of elected representatives and citizens in the democratic process. The next report summarizes the choices made by Forum participants as they discussed the issues and listened to one another's views. Other contents of the publication include a report on participants' stories on how the Forums worked in their communities, a list of recipients of awards for distinction in special programming, a report comparing news media and NIF approaches, an announcement of 1989-90 issues, a report on a session on how to involve local policymakers in NIF activities, and a report on a panel discussion on possible collaboration between individual Forums and the National Archives and Records Administration. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.