Seattle Works has been partnering with lots of great community groups over the past few months to work on Civic Action Month for the Next 50 celebration which is happening in October 2012 at Seattle Center.
One of the key events of that month will be the Debate 2.0 Gubernatorial Debate! Stay tuned for more information, but this will be a can’t miss event with both an in person and online piece designed to give you a non-traditional debate.
What does that mean? It means audience participation, talking about the issues you care about – not arguing about them, it means making it accessible to both the politically active and yet to be politically active, and much more!
Full Press Release:
Organizers of the Debate 2.0 gubernatorial debate event announced today that both major candidates for Governor have accepted invitations to participate in a unique debate event. Following Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna’s acceptance on Mar 26 of the Next 50 Debate 2.0 invitation, former U.S. Representative Jay Inslee accepted and confirmed the live and online event set for October 2012 in the Intiman Playhouse at Seattle Center.
A coalition of more than a dozen civic groups is producing Debate 2.0, and more than 200 institutional supporters and nearly 700 community volunteers of the Next 50 support the event. The goal of 2.0 is to build a culture of civic engagement around election debates, where citizens are active participants.
“You’re not being a Good Citizen just because you listen to both attack ads before voting,” said Mike Mathieu, Chairman of Front Seat, and co-chair of the Debate 2.0 Organizing Committee.
Debate 2.0 starts by rethinking the very structure and process of these vital civic events, reimagining debates as conversations, implementing several structural innovations and adding innovative technology that encourages meaningful dialogue between candidates and citizens — and between citizens themselves.
“Debate 2.0 lets candidates hear from citizens too. It’s less about winning and losing the debate, and more about informing and engaging citizens,” said Diane Douglas, Executive Director of CityClub, and co-chair of the Debate 2.0 Organizing Committee and Next 50 Civic Action Month.
In support of this format, the candidates will simultaneously address a large live audience of 450, a broadcast audience on Q13 FOX, and an online audience throughout the state. Q13 FOX Political Correspondent C.R. Douglas will facilitate the event.
“We’re very excited to be working with Next 50 on something that is so important to the future of our state. Thanks to C.R. Douglas and the unique format built to engage the people our next Governor will serve, this event will be the definitive debate of the fall at the perfect time to give voters the information they need to make their choice and get that ballot in the mail,” said Q13 Fox News Director Jon Brady.
Debate 2.0 partner organizations include: CityClub, Ashoka Seattle, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Compassionate Action Network, Countrywide Community Forums, Front Seat, Humanities Washington, Puget Sound Civic Communication Commons, Seattle Works, Social Venture Partners, Transportation Alliance, True Patriot Network, University of Washington Department of Communications Digital Media Program, Washington Bus.
Debate 2.0 is the centerpiece event of the concluding month of the Next 50, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The month’s theme, Civic Action, is planned to precede the November elections. For more information on The Next Fifty and Seattle Center, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206 684-7200.
About Seattle Center, The Next Fifty, and Debate 2.0
Since its beginning 50 years ago, Seattle Center has served as a cultural and civic gathering place at the core of our region. In 2012, The Next Fifty at Seattle Center celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1962 World’s Fair and the physical legacy it left. The 74-acre Seattle Center campus, home to more than 30 cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations presenting nearly 5,000 events annually, exists to delight and inspire the human spirit in each person and bring together our rich and varied community. The 12 million visits to Seattle Center each year generate $1.15 billion in business activity and $387 million in labor income for King County.
Next 50 premier partners include: Bartell Drugs, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Coca-Cola, Grousemont Foundation, Microsoft, Samsung, Seattle Center Monorail, T-Mobile, TPN (The Production Network) and World Vision. Funding and participating partners include: 206 Inc., 4Culture, City of Seattle, Global Health Nexus, Hill & Knowlton Strategies, KOMO 4 TV, KUOW 94.9 Public Radio, One to the World, Safeco Insurance: A Liberty Mutual Company, Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Sheraton Seattle Hotel and Washington Economic Development Commission.