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About Conversation Corps

Mission 

Conversation Corps engages the people of Austin in meaningful civic dialogue focused on public issues, hosted by community volunteers across the entire city.

Vision

Conversation Corps envisions an Austin in which everyone has the opportunity to participate in important conversations about our community where they live, work and play. 

How it works 

Anyone can become a member of Conversation Corps! Join us, and bring meaningful dialogue into your everyday life. 

  • Training
    We provide a free, half-day training workshop for anyone who wants to use dialogue to shape our community.  You can either:
  • Hosting
    Once you’ve completed a training, you are ready to start hosting conversations!  We provide you with:
    • An overview of the topics our partner agencies would like to discuss with the community; there are often several topics available at the same time for hosts to choose from.  
    • A facilitator guide that walks you through the conversation you will facilitate.
    • A form to use for submitting a conversation summary back to us.  
    • Options for where to host:
      • Public venues such as cafes, houses of worship, libraries and community centers
      • Community organizations who meet regularly and would like to include a conversation as part of their meetings
      • Large events where we can set up a “pop-up” conversational space (booth, etc.)
      • Your place of work (during lunch, after hours, etc.)
      • At the dinner table or other gatherings of friends, family and neighbors 
  • Feedback Loop
    We take feedback from conversations and share it with decision-makers at one or more of the three partner agencies. Then, we’ll keep everyone in the loop about how feedback was used. Visit our Conversations page to see a list of the topics we’ve explored in the past, along with what agencies did with the feedback they received.

Staff

Julie Smith, Program Manager
Email  |  Phone: (512) 499-0435, x114

Partners 

Conversation Corps is a partnership between the City of Austin, AISD and Capital Metro, administered by Leadership Austin.