The City Impact Lab and USC Bedrosian Center have launched a yearlong effort to explore the concept of civics in Los Angeles. The LA Civics Initiative kickoff saw 75 civic leaders at USC’s Galen Center. They were introduced to this initiative with the challenge of defining what civics means in Los Angeles and the assumptions about civics in the City of Angels.
Moderated by City Impact Lab Founder, John Bwarie, our distinguished morning panel identified the challenges of civic engagement and civic understanding in Los Angeles’ unique metropolitan environment. Panelists included: Raphael Bostic, Ardy Kassakhian, Nate Kaplan, Raquel Beltran, and Steve Zimmer. Following the panel discussion, attendees participated in defining the biggest barriers to civic engagement. These barriers and others will be addressed in a series of follow-up events focused on specific barriers to identify solutions to address each one. These additional workshops will be held throughout the year, and the results will be shared in an action plan released at the LA Civics Summit in early 2017.
For more on the series, check out this website.