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Bridging Divides: Navigating Increased Partisanship & Division in Our Communities


Webinar Description

Divisiveness and partisanship have become increasingly prevalent in local government. How can local government leaders address this issue? What role should they play in leading from the front and setting an example for their communities?

In this intimate conversation with John Wood Jr. from Braver Angels, we’ll hear about local and national efforts to address this trend. Moderated by ILG CEO & Executive Director Erica Manuel.

About John Wood Jr. and Braver Angels

John Wood, Jr. is a former nominee for congress and former Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County whose written work has been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Examiner, Real Clear Politics, Quillette Magazine and USA Today. A noted speaker on the subject of political and racial reconciliation, Wood is a national ambassador for Braver Angels, America’s largest bipartisan, grassroots organization dedicated to the work of political depolarization, and a cohost of the Braver Angels Podcast

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Bridging Divides: Navigating Increased Partisanship & Division in Our Communities

About the LEADING LOCAL Series

2020 was fraught with unprecedented challenges ranging from a global pandemic, to extreme natural disasters, to a divisive and polarizing election cycle. Local government leaders are being asked to step up in entirely new ways. How can they serve as role models for their communities and their peers in these ever-changing times?

LEADING LOCAL is a new thought leadership forum from ILG that is focused on addressing difficult topics and sensitive issues local government leaders face. Sessions will cover a wide range of issues and challenges like leading through conflict, civility and ethics, building personal resilience and more. LEADING LOCAL … because leadership starts at the local level. All LEADING LOCAL sessions will be specially curated with content for elected officials and staff at California cities, counties and special districts.

Past LEADING LOCAL Webinars Available On Demand

Session 1: The Role of Local Government in Times of National Crisis

Session 2: Addressing Hate Crimes

Session 3: Navigating Re-Opening Anxiety

Upcoming Session Topics

Webinar dates and times to be announced; topics subject to change

  • Building Personal Resilience 
  • Leading through Conflict
  • Implicit Bias
  • Exploring Equity in Your Local Agency
  • Civility & Ethics
  • Collaboration across Boundaries & Jurisdictions

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