The Ambitious Plan to Save Democracy with Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Carolyn Lukensmeyer
Commission Member // Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

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The Ambitious Plan to Save Democracy with Carolyn Lukensmeyer

Our democracy isn’t going to save itself — if we want things to get better we have to roll up our sleeves and make them better. On this week’s episode of ModPod, Hillari sits down with Carolyn Lukensmeyer to talk through the ambitious plan to save our democracy and what each one of us has to do to make it happen.

This conversation centers around a report published by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences Commission of the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. The report, titled “Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century”, outlines six strategies for democratic reform and repair. This episode covers a wide array of topics including Voter Reform, Expanding the House of Representatives, the January 6th Attack, Unity, and The Story of America.

Commission Member // Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship

Dr. Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer was the first Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an organization that works to reduce political dysfunction and incivility in our political system. As a leader in the field of deliberative democracy, she works to restore our democracy to reflect the intended vision of our founding fathers.

Dr. Lukensmeyer previously served as Founder and President of AmericaSpeaks, an award-winning nonprofit organization that promoted nonpartisan initiatives to engage citizens and leaders through the development of innovative public policy tools and strategies. During her tenure, AmericaSpeaks engaged more than 200,000 people and hosted events across all 50 states and throughout the world. Dr. Lukensmeyer formerly served as Consultant to the White House Chief of Staff from 1993-94 and on the National Performance Review where she steered internal management and oversaw government-wide reforms. She was the Chief of Staff to Ohio Governor Richard F. Celeste from 1986-91, becoming the first woman to serve in this capacity. She earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and has completed postgraduate training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

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