Engage in the public square!

Join our pilot public engagement workshop. This program runs on Wednesdays nights 6:30 – 8:30 in Grass Valley, CA.  The course is mentored by Michael Freedman, the program designer, and Charlotte Pizzella. Read more about our program design.

Each week we will explore a topic which will help your to better engage in public dialog, providing concrete take-aways and significant experiential learnings.  Participants will also develop a project where they will practice what they have learned. As this is the pilot class, we are looking for enthusiastic participants to help shape the program, and/or to mentor future classes or programs, and are offering scholarships for this participation.


Participants will examine what healthy dialogue looks like, and the importance of staying informed. How do we properly assess current reality? How do we effectively shape and put forth our own truth? We will get to know each other and form small working groups based on our interests and goals.

Human Factors: Know Thyself

Participants will examine their relationship to society and the psychological/sociological factors impacting human ability to discern truth.

Getting Smarter: The Disciplines of Truth

Participants will learn how to seek and digest diverse and competing ideas and viewpoints in order to advance their perspectives. They will form and use incisive questioning and persistence in the pursuit of truth. We explore five disciplines of truth.

Social Factors: Our Context

Participants will understand the social, political, and economic factors that shape their beliefs and views. They will recognize and counter privilege, social pressures, myths, and conventions.

Effecting Change: Action and Sustainability

Participants will recognize and thrive in an environment of competing beliefs and perspectives. They will recognize the difference between, and develop strategies for, navigating constructive and destructive conflict. Participants will understand the process and systems of change and will utilize systemic thinking. They will understand how organizations and bureaucracies make decisions and use a variety of individual and group strategies to promote and secure change.

Resolution and Next Steps

We will take stock of what we’ve learned, set goals for going forward, and make plans to get there.

Contact us for more details or to discuss scholarship opportunities.