Practicing Civil Discourse in Community Conversations

“If we’re going to revive civility norms, it’s going to happen in communities at the local level,” says Dr. Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. Today, the norm is more often stress – 57 percent of Americans cite the current political climate as a major source of stress. One in 

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Engage Constituents by Telling Your Community Story

In the Wednesday morning General Session, both speakers focused on positive communication techniques to encourage community members to care about and respond to important issues. Jennifer Nichols, assistant director of research interpretation and application at the FrameWorks Institute, spoke about the value of strategic framing to deal with a variety of social issues. Kim Haddow, director 

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League Legislative Team Breaks it Down

Michigan Municipal League’s advocacy efforts are a double-sided coin. On one side, our legislative team – comprised of Chris Hackbarth, John LaMacchia, and Jennifer Rigterink – continually works to promote legislation that furthers the interests of our members. On the flip side, they also work to block detrimental bills from becoming law. The team was 

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Gov. Whitmer to Speak at Capital Conference!

Michigan Municipal League is very excited to announce that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has accepted our invitation to speak at Capital Conference! In honor of this momentous event, the League is extending the early bird registration deadline to midnight, Thursday, March 7. Sign up now to hear from our state’s new leader and take advantage of the 

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Exciting Agenda for CapCon2019!

Curious about what happened in the 2018 Lame Duck session? Want to know what changes Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the 100th Legislature might bring? Capital Conference is the place to get knowledgeable answers. Our agenda is packed full of sessions on those topics and so much more. Here’s just a sampling: Workshops Council-Manager Relations Everyday Bias: 

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