Civic Health Summit
October 19, 2023

The Office of the Lt. Governor began by convening round tables in five Washington counties with elected officials and community leaders. Small groups gathered to talk more about the state of civic health, and, in the course of doing so, reminded each other of how much we have in common. The round table conversations have been distilled into a report, Common Ground for the Common Good (PDF), which then formed the basis of the Civic Health Summit.

The Summit started where the roundtable conversations left off. On October 19, community and political leaders from across Washington gathered to think through how to uncover shared objectives and build more robust ways to strengthen our abilities to debate, discuss, and develop better solutions to what confronts us.  

Attendees eventually discovered an uncommon opportunity to engage in conversations that matter about the future of Washington’s civic health. This was a day of exercising our “civic muscles” and demonstrating democracy at its best.

Over the course of the day, participants spoke with others holding different points of view about the current state of affairs, and engaged in small group discussions around forming potential solutions and translating those ideas into concrete action steps to strengthen Washington’s civic health. This Newsletter captures the day’s highlights.  

A photo of Mónica Guzmán, who was the Civic Health Summit's keynote speaker

Mónica Guzmán opened by identifying some of the contributing factors to our divisions. She is a bridge builder, journalist, and author who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She then led a discussion between five leaders from across the state who kicked off the day of action and insight by offering their own remarks. See a recording of TVW’s live stream here: Civic Health Project Summit.

Project for Civic Health Summit Proceedings is a report following the review of each table’s documents that helped identify underlying patterns that may shape future actions.