Conversation Corps

Conversation Corps is a way for all Austinites to get involved at convenient places, near your home or work. Each month, one-hour conversations are hosted on a different topic impacting the greater Austin community. Your input goes directly to decision-makers at the City of Austin, Capital Metro, and Austin Independent School District. Learn more:

June 2016: The Power of The People and Petitions

Austin’s recent Proposition 1 (dealing with background checks for Transportation Network Companies like Uber and Lyft) is one of several proposed public policies generated by a citizens’ petition—rather than by elected officials. Despite its failure at the ballot box, Proposition 1 attracted more than 65,000 signatures to a petition that landed it on the ballot, nearly 90,000 who voted in the election, and millions of dollars in campaign spending for this one ballot measure. Some argued it represented democracy at its best, while others claimed corporations were using the ballot box for their benefit. 

What role should such citizen-driven initiatives play in our democracy?  What limits, if any, should be placed on such initiatives?  When are they appropriate?  What other forms of participation are effective at bringing out change?  

Join us on June 22 at Urban Co-Lab for a conversation on this important discussion about the way we make policy in Austin! Please click here to read more background information on this month's topic. 

Urban Co-Lab is located at 1818 E 12th St, Austin, TX 78702. Free street parking is available, and/or the gated parking lot across the corner from the facility is also available for complimentary use. Our building entrance is located directly on the corner of 12th and Chicon St.