Let's Talk Anchorage is a joint program of the Anchorage Public Libraries, Alaska Common Ground, and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. Our vision is a community of citizens who gather easily and often for public dialogue or deliberation on timely topics. LTA can help plan, publicize, and facilitate public gatherings that are welcoming, stimulating, and satisfying.
We will be holding monthly sessions on different topics on the third Thursday of each month.
Please contact Bill Hall if you are interested in learning more at 907-786-6345 or
Let's Talk Anchorage Explores the Occupy Movement
"Liberty, freedom, & justice for all are lies." "Occupy creates the space for us to talk about what we need to focus on." "Americans are recognizing that the 1% control the 99%." " The Tea Party and Occupy Movement have much in common - our failed financial system."
These are a sampling of comments expressed by the 48 Anchorage citizens who participated in the first community dialogue sponsored by Let's Talk Anchorage at the Mountain View Community Library on December 17. Based in the Anchorage Public Library system, Let's Talk Anchorage is a community collaboration that includes public libraries, Alaska Common Ground, and the UAF Cooperative Extension Service. The first of what is envisioned as a program of monthly community dialogues in public libraries this 3 hour event was organized to include two hours of small group dialogue using the World Cafe Model of discourse. Mia Oxley and Bill Hall moderated the event with the help of 8 volunteer table facilitators. Participant's reflections included the following comments.
"Everyone should continue this discourse." "What can I do? - I must do something." "We need to get corporations out of government - get money out of politics." Glass-Steagall should reinstated." "We need a constitutional amendment to overturn citizens united." "This movement (Occupy) understands that the current system is broken and stolen."
Let's Talk Anchorage organized this community dialogue in response to community interests as the first in a program of monthly dialogues or deliberations on timely topics responsive to the public interest. LTA can help plan, publicize, and facilitate public gatherings that are welcoming, stimulating, and satisfying. For more information contact Bill Hall at 786-6345 or