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School of Public Policy Hosts Davenport Discussion Featuring David Campt

How much Civic Engagement do we really want? Over the past 10 years, retailers, television producers, public venues, and many others are deploying technology that makes people feel more connected because they can see themselves in light of the entire group. Why are the professions concerned about civic engagement and inclusion so slow to deploy this technology during meetings?

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 12 noon, David Campt, an author and civic engagement specialist who seeks to help those involved in public policy, city planning, social work, public health, and education be skilled in key competencies related to engagement, will share his thoughts about why using audience-polling technology–which will be used during the talk–should be considered a core competency in civic engagement. The talk will take place at the Drescher Graduate Campus in Malibu, in SPP 175. He will also discuss how the ability to get instant anonymous feedback from groups–including historically disenfranchised voices–also raises potentially challenging questions about the nature of democracy, institutional governance, and leadership.

Each semester at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, the Davenport Institute hosts a series of lunchtime Davenport Discussions with practitioners, journalists, innovators, and researchers who speak to students on a wide range of issues from state and local finance to the use of technology in government to the outlook for cities in a state budget crisis and much more. These interactive sessions give students an opportunity not only to hear from experts in the field but to ask questions and make personal connections as well.

For more information, visit the School of Public Policy website or contact Ashley Trim.