Our Engagement programs support our most active facilitators and alumni to directly apply their skills to tackle issues in their local communities. They bring together diverse stakeholders for Public Squares, a series of in-person group dialogues centered on one pressing local challenge. The results and recommendations generated from these dialogues are amplified out to broader communities and up to relevant leaders.
Public Squares are facilitated online and in-person small-group dialogues in which participants across cultural, geographic, religious, and political divides explore diverse perspectives and discuss important and divisive issues.
Public Squares are led by Soliya Conveners who work with local organizations to identify issues of popular concern and then gather research and media, with support from leading experts and community members, to inform public discussions about the issues. In addition to preparing and hosting these dialogues, Conveners support other communication among participants through blog postings, tweets, and other social media activities.
Central to Soliya’s engagement work are our amplification efforts to improve the diversity of perspectives represented in public discourse. Soliya Fellows lead these efforts, targeting policymakers and thought leaders through briefings and recommendations, and engaging the population at-large through mainstream and social media.
Ultimately, we believe that the representation of voices across identity lines will strengthen civil discourse and compel the public and policymakers alike to be inclusive when making decisions that impact their communities and constituencies.