Civic Engagement Initiative


San Diegans working collaboratively for an equitable, inclusive, and connected community.



Kick Off Event: Welcome to the Civic Engagement Initiative - Required

June 3, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

In this dynamic and engaging event, you will meet and connect with fellow initiative participants, be inspired by guest speakers, and learn about the  goals and activities in the project ahead.

Plan to attend as many as you can (at least one):

Dialogue Event: Community Before Self

July 16, 2021 at 9:00 am

The first dialogue event will focus on discovering shared values and developing a foundation for collaborative decision-making. We will begin to form a cohesive community bond and practice effective communication techniques that lead to collaborative action. Community Before Self will highlight the importance of inclusivity and bridge-building to creating sustainable solutions and sharing differing perspectives without feat of reprisal or censorship.

Dialogue Event: Mobilizing Disagreement for Positive Change

August 31, 2021 at 5:00 pm

The second dialogue will focus on those things that divide us, in order to understand how long-lasting bridges are built. We will courageously unpack what it is that makes us different, diagnose many of our community challenges, and use that awareness to create inclusive and positive change. This dialogue will demonstrate that conflict and difference can be harnessed for good, positive, long-lasting change as we address the challenges and systems that are harming our community.

Dialogue Event: Orienting Toward Collaboration, Not Competition

October 5, 2021 at 1:00 pm

The third dialogue in the series will bring us into the practice of creating collaborative and inclusive solutions to our identified challenges. Using the shared values and agreements, as well as mutually identified challenges, we will be working in collaboration and ready to move away from a competitive mindset.

Dialogue Event: Leading Toward a Vision & Bringing Others Along

November 3, 2021 at 1:00 pm

This fourth event in the series will engage us in coalescing our collective ideas into a vision to present to decision-makers as a cohesive representation of the voices of San Diego County residents. We will come together under a cohesive, inclusive vision for the future of our community that is representative of all voices and interests. This event will also focus on how to take this vision back to their individual communities and engage others in this profoundly collaborative effort.

Closing Event: Showcasing Celebrating Collaborative Civility - Required

December 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

The culminating event of the project will be a celebration of a year of taking cooperative action, deepening connections to one another, and engaging in effective and collaborative communication. Guest speakers and dynamic activities will highlight the progress made through the dialogues and the skills we have developed. This event will also be designed as a bridge to the next step as participants work toward the success and future prosperity of our collective San Diego community.