EngageICT

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.

Our next event is on May 9th from 5:30-7:30 pm at The Monarch--579 W. Douglas.

Topic: Freedom of Information

Join us to learn about the Freedom of Information Act, Kansas Open Records Act, and other legislation you can use to be a more informed citizen. There's a lot to know…come find out where to look.

Panelists:

  • Seth Etter, Open Wichita
  • Dr. Patricia Dooley, WSU Elliott School of Communication
  • Jean Hays, The Wichita Eagle

Engage ICT is sponsored by VolunteerKansas.org.

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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