Engage ICT

At a time when citizens and voters face monumental choices on issues that will define our future, there is a great need for broader understanding of how what happens at the polls affects you. That's why KMUW launched Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap.

Come find out why you should care about the issues in our city, state and nation.

These monthly gatherings are held at different venues each month and will feature authoritative panelists and conversations on issues that touch your daily life.

Engage ICT | November 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Roxy's Downtown

Think you know all of the people who represent you at the different levels government? Come to Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap and let us challenge you. We’ll have a special event on November 14 to celebrate local elections with some trivia. There will be food and drinks as usual, but also some prizes for our trivia winners from local businesses like The Workroom and Bella Luz. It’s 5:30 on Tuesday, November 14th at Roxy’s Downtown. 

Future topics include:

  • December | Sequoia Roots: How Your (Small) Actions Hold Others Up

Engage ICT is sponsored by VolunteerKansas.org.

Ways to Connect

October 11, 2016 at The Anchor

Engage ICT joined forces with KCUR's Statehouse Blend podcast for its November panel to discuss how political spin shapes elections.​

September 13, 2016 at The Scottish Rite

September’s Engage ICT: Democracy On Tap panel, held at the Scottish Rite Center in downtown Wichita, looked far beyond the borders of Kansas and even the U.S. to examine how foreign and domestic policy could impact November’s elections.

August 9, 2016 at Taste & See

Engage ICT’s August Democracy On Tap event, held at Taste and See Restaurant in Old Town, looked at the issues of food and water access.

July 12, 2016 at The LUX

Engage ICT’s July Democracy On Tap event, held at The Lux in downtown Wichita, was all about transportation.

KMUW's Carla Eckels moderated the Judicial Candidate Forum on July 12, 2016. Here's audio from that forum:

June 14, 2016 at The Brickyard

Engage ICT’s June Democracy On Tap panel, held at The Brickyard, looked at the role of nonprofits in a community’s overall quality of life—which, as the Wichita Arts Council’s Arlen Hamilton pointed out, “means so many different things to so many different people.”

But regardless of the definition, the panelists pointed out that nonprofits are vital to making communities livable.

May 10, 2016 at The Boathouse

Our May Democracy On Tap panel, held at the Wichita Boathouse along the river, looked at how immigration and an increasingly diverse population will impact this year’s elections.

April 12, 2016 at Loft 150

Our April Democracy On Tap panel, held at Loft 150 above River City Brewing Company in Old Town, focused on environmental issues—which, for Wichita and Kansas, meant recycling, trash, renewable energy, water and the future of food.

March 8, 2016 at Abode Venue

Our third Engage ICT: Democracy On Tap panel, held at Abode Venue, delved into a complicated topic that’s sure to shape Kansas’ elections this year: the economy.

The four expert panelists provided insight into different aspects of the economy, breaking it down at the national, state and city level, and looking at community efforts to encourage economic growth.

February 9, 2016 at The Monarch.

KMUW’s second Engage ICT: Democracy On Tap event brought together a panel of experts on education in Kansas and at the federal level.

The audience at the Monarch in Delano heard about everything from Common Core to student loan debt to state funding and the challenges facing teachers in Kansas’ public school system.

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