Using the Humanities to Seek Common Ground
Practicing Democracy brings Marylanders together to provide an opportunity for people of divergent views to convene for passionate, respectful and effective civic dialogue. Practicing Democracy uses the humanities to create a safe, shared space for open dialogue.
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In 2012, Practicing Democracy implemented a year long community engagement process in six counties on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. “Let’s Be Shore” engaged thousands of Maryland residents bringing together environmentalists, farmers, scientists and homeowners to discuss opinions and perspectives on land use, agriculture and water quality issues in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The program utilized audio and video interviews as well as short films, speakers, and theater performances to engage and educate individuals on these economic and environmental issues through both public events and an interactive online platform.
In 2011, Practicing Democracy produced a series of public forums in four areas in Maryland, exploring issues of natural gas extraction, cultural diversity, and land use and development for location-specific, issue-based assemblies.
The inaugural programs under Practicing Democracy were sponsored by a grant from the Boeing Foundation.