In addition, informal Forum Rounds are possible at other times for cities, unincorporated area councils, tribes, districts (like library, water, or fire districts), neighborhood-focused organizations, etc... for just about any level where people want to engage with others around important issues. Contact us for more information if you are interested in learning how this could benefit your organization.
The first of two types of Forums, in-person (also known as "face-to-face") Forums occur at an event where a welcoming host makes their home or other public place (like a library conference room) available for a few (generally 4-12) registered attendees to meet up and talk over the issues. At an in-person Forum, the host organizes the event (and can optionally request a free facilitator), everybody reviews the topic materials, watches the topic video, and then has the opportunity to talk about their values and opinions. During in-person Forums, everybody gets to say what they want without any interruptions and there is time for open discussion before answering a paper survey.
The other type is the online Forum. Any registered Citizen Councilor can leave their own comments and respond to the comments of other councilors on our web site. Then, when ready, a councilor can elect to respond to the online version of the same paper survey used at in-person Forums. We make sure that only one survey per councilor is tabulated, and we summarize those discussions in the online Forum page.
For councilors who want to go deeper in their online conversations we also have an in-depth discussion page where people can engage on various topics.