Democracy Café – Feb 2018

Tuesday, February 13
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Thomas Memorial Library Democracy Café is open! 

Mark Hews, will be joining us in February as a co-facilitator. Mark was hired by the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) to spearhead the Maine chapter of their Revive Civility program. NICD is committed to bringing a series of tools and resources to people and communities to help them overcome the degradation of our public dialog. Mark will tell us more about this group and we’ll do a short exercise on civility.

Then we’ll dive into our next group-selected topic: 

What can we learn from other forms of government around the world?

If you’d like to give this some thought before you arrive, here are a few questions to spur your thinking:

  • How do governments in other countries run?
  • How are basic human rights protected?
  • How are other countries dealing with immigration issues, limits?
  • Does providing heavy social benefits and education through higher taxes help or hurt a government?
  • How is our democracy supposed to work, and where are we veering off course?
  • Do other countries have something like our Electoral College? Or is the winner chosen by popular vote?
  • What can we do to get more people to vote?
  • When and how often do other countries vote? 
  • How do other countries handle primaries?

We hope you’ll join us in February to share, learn, and connect, to help make our world a better place to live.

Democracy Café – April 2018

Tuesday, April 10th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Originally scheduled on 3/13; moved re: snowstorm #3!

The Democracy Café rolls into April with a look at the government that affects us in the most personal way – that of the town of Cape Elizabeth.

Our guest co-facilitator is Town Manager Matt Sturgis. Matt will talk to us about how our local government functions with a Town Manager, Town Council, and Town Committees. And we’ll talk about how Cape government is affected by state and national government rules and regulations.

This will be a terrific opportunity to get to know Matt a little better, to understand how our town functions, to ask questions, and perhaps to brainstorm ways we can help make our town and the world a better place.

We hope you’ll join us to share, learn, and connect!

Democracy Café

Tuesday, January 9
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Thomas Memorial Library Democracy Café opens on January 9th! Please join us on the second Tuesday of each month as we take a deep dive into what a democracy is and how we can make our democracy better. The group will choose a topic to focus on each month plus we’ll bring in a few guest speakers.

Come prepared to talk – and to listen.

In January, we’ll kick off the Café continuing our discussion about “fake news,” and the role the media plays in the current political divide. We’ll also kick around ideas for future discussions. 

Please join us to share, learn, and connect to help make our world a better place. We guarantee a good conversation!

Democracy Café – July

Tuesday, July 10
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This month, as we celebrate the independence of our country, let’s take a deep dive into the news and talk about the role of the United States, as a powerful democracy, on global issues.

  • What is our obligation to lead?
  • How does our changing democracy affect the global balance of power?
  • How are democratic institutions changing around the world?

Please join us for another thoughtful and important discussion. Bring your thoughts, questions, and ideas to share, learn, and connect!