Engage ICT

Citizens and voters face monumental choices on issues that will define our future, and there is a great need for broader understanding of how what happens at the polls affects you. That's why, in January of 2016, KMUW launched Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap.

These monthly community conversations feature a panel of local experts and topics that touch your daily life.

Get your questions answered at the next Democracy on Tap on Tuesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m.

The series on environment wraps up with a discussion on sustainability. Our expert panel will cover what businesses can do to minimize waste, what gardeners are doing to keep our soil healthy, and how you can do your part too. It's free, and so are the appetizers.

Join us at Roxy's Downtown, located at 412 1/2 E. Douglas.

Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap 2018

First Quarter: Social Health

  • JANUARY 30 – Crime & Safety
  • FEBRUARY 27 - Mandating Health
  • MARCH 13 - Public Safety

 Second Quarter: Environment

  • APRIL 10 – Climate Change
  • MAY 8 – Energy
  • JUNE 5 – Sustainability

 Third Quarter: Education

  • JULY 10 – School Funding & Board
  • AUGUST 14 – Preschool & Early Education
  • SEPTEMBER 11 – College & Beyond the Classroom

 Fourth Quarter: Community Building

  • OCTOBER 9 – Political Philosophy
  • NOVEMBER 13 – Guerilla Community Building
  • DECEMBER 11 – Art & Gentrification

Ways to Connect

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.

January 12, 2016 at Reverie Coffee Roasters

Engage ICT, KMUW’s civic initiative, kicked off its Democracy on Tap series with a panel on health care.

Attendees gathered at Reverie Coffee Roasters to hear how issues from Medicaid to the health insurance marketplace will shape the 2016 election year. Health care is a $3 trillion business in the U.S.; close to 1 in 5 dollars of today’s Gross Domestic Product is health care spending, up from 1 in 20 in the 1960s.

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