Breaking the Sound of Silence
Join us for the 2013 PACE conference to explore breaking the sound of silence, managing civil discourse and the influence of "new" media. Learn what civic engagement and authentic public participation means.
2013 PACE Emcee Frank Camacho
Frank Camacho brings more than 30 years experience as a broadcast journalist to his current position as Communications Director of the Arizona Democratic Party. During his time as a journalist, Camacho covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona and American History including the impeachment and conviction of Governor Evan Mecham, the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake and the tragic Columbine shooting. Camacho has won a number of awards for his excellent reporting and contribution to the community. In 2000, Governor Jane Hull bestowed upon Camacho the honor of Millennial Pioneer for his ground breaking work in Radio and Television.
Influence of the “New” Media
David Leibowitz - Leibowitz Solo (Public Relations and Communications)
Michael Ryan - Ryan Media Consultants
Chris Kline - Director of New Media for ABC15 in Phoenix
Dan Gillmor - Internationally recognized author and leader in new media journalism
Managing Civil Discourse–Effective Compromise
Cathy Eden – Professor of Practice, School of Public Affairs ASU
Will Gonzales – City of Phoenix Prosecutor
Dr. Thomas Catlaw – Professor, Arizona State University
Jane Prescott-Smith – Managing Director, Institute of Civil Discourse
Reverend Oscar Tillman – President, Maricopa County Branch NAACP
Consider these findings from the 2011 Arizona Civic Health Index
- 9.4 percent of Arizonans attend local meetings about local issues
- 10 percent of us contact or visit a public official
- 58.3 percent of Arizonans talk with family, friends online frequently
Why the silence? Why the inaction of Arizonans? Let’s learn how to break the sound of silence and get involved in a way that is positive, constructive, and that makes a difference!
We are bringing together experts who are active in their community, and those who are experts in the field of civic engagement to provide insight and to challenge the silence in Arizona. Hear from a panel of experts on using the “New” media to engage others in meaningful conversation. Hear from another panel of experts on how to oppose an issue in a positive and meaningful way, through civil discourse and effective compromise.
The day will get underway with our keynote speaker, John Quinones, anchor of ABC TV's “What Would You Do?” and reporter for ABC News Primetime. Learn how he has gotten involved in the community in productive ways – and be prepared to answer the question for yourself: “What Can I Do?”
Who Should Attend:
- Leaders in the business, education, and government communities
- Elected officials
- Citizens wishing to be more involved
- Anyone seeking to stay engaged in their community