DEAR READERS:  Please note– the previous post which advertised my New Active Citizenship Workshop included a link that led you to Eventbrite’s web page, where you could register for the event. If you tried to register there, chances are you probably were not able to. An error occurred when setting up the registration page, which has now been corrected. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please try again. I would love to see you there!  

Why Renew Democracy?

There is a need to renew hope in these times. Many people are concerned about the state of our nation’s democracy and our ability to govern together. Many citizens have a sense of powerless and hopelessness. In addition, we have too few civic leaders willing to model civility, justice, transparency and integrity that support finding the common good solutions we all need.

Why I Created This Workshop for You

As an antidote to the state of civic life today, I have developed this workshop. This workshop seeks to create a sense of hope and possibilities for all of us – providing an initial step on your path to becoming a more active citizen or civic leader. Would you like to join me on this hopeful journey?

What I believe we need:

  • More citizens with a “seat at the table” where they can build their own capacity to be active citizens and civic leaders, and to govern for the common good, while also addressing issues that matter to them and their community;
  • Fewer citizens who see government as something to consume rather than participate in;
  • Government organizations that create safe or productive spaces where citizens can practice active citizenship and have meaningful roles in decision-making;
  • Inspiring civic leadership, transparency, accountability, and sustainability in the public square, rather than citizens burning out or staying home.

I would like to offer an opportunity for you to become part of a community of people interested in creating a better world. We do this by bringing a sense of dignity to the role we all have as citizens, working in a way that does not label, minimize or dismiss others who are trying to discover the common good.

I have decades of professional experience in civic engagement, policy-making, and Civic Governance in local, state, and federal government agencies and organizations. I have also worked closely with a number of non-profit organizations.

For the past 10 years, I have partnered with the Midwest Active Citizenship Initiative (MACI), a non-partisan organization, that exists to develop a base of civic leaders and a new approach to policy-making which places the obligation to govern justly and wisely in the role we all have as citizens. This workshop seeks to reawaken our civic identities and a belief that we can learn how to negotiate the common good in our every-day lives.

If you feel like you have an inclination and Interest in public life and want to take part in a way that builds your own “civic muscle” while getting important community work done, come and join us!

This Workshop’s Primary Aim

The primary aim of this workshop is to encourage you to begin to see yourself as an active citizen – a hope-filled role that requires us to be conscious of the need and obligation to be with others that may not agree with us, and to govern for the common good as we address public problems that concern us (like environmental degradation, education, neighborhood issues, poverty, etc.).

What is An Active Citizen?

An active citizen collaborates with diverse stakeholders to govern for the common good of all, consistent with democratic principles and standards.

In this workshop, we explore and discuss both the rights and obligations of being a citizen in a democracy. For example, a citizen can have the right to vote, but also have an obligation to be an effective governing member of society. The understanding that a citizen is a governing member has largely been lost in our public dialogue. We reclaim it as the identity we all have as citizens.

What are the “Take-Aways” From This Workshop?

Please join me, Lynne Kolze (M.P.A), Founder of Deliberate Democracy, LLC, for the Citizen Solutions Workshop©, where you will:

  • Reflect on the meaning of community and the common good;
  • Explore the meaning of common civic words – democracy, civic, citizen, civic infrastructure, justice, public, private, politics/policy-making, power, and connect them in new ways to your role as an active citizen;
  • Share ideas for initiating change and discuss opportunities with other citizens who care;
  • Determine whether there is a larger role for you in public life;
  • Collaborate in a hands-on community learning and problem-solving activity exercise;
  • Become part of a community of practice for those who want to become civic leaders;
  • Leave the training with a series of next steps you can take to make a difference.                                                                                               

This highly informative and interactive workshop includes lecture, dialogue, simple writing and creative exercises, and a hands-on activity that allows us to practice community problem-solving in a positive and engaging way.

What This Workshop is Not

  • A definitive lecture on the history and meaning of democracy.
  • A place where political parties are discussed, criticized, or advocated for.
  • A series of activities that take you nowhere. This workshop is part of a trajectory of learning that can lead to a more in-depth level of public leadership training, if desired.


Workshop Location

The Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55101. Room 102. The Carondelet Center is a host facility for conferences, retreats, meetings, and events, committed to creating an atmosphere for lifelong learning, personal growth, the arts and spirituality.

General Overview of the Workshop Agenda

Saturday, July 13, 2019, from 10:00am – 5:00pm, Room 102

9:50am – Begin arriving, get your refreshments

10:00am – Assess Who We are and What We Believe About Citizenship

12:45pm – Lunch Break (sandwich and salad buffet — included in price)

*Lunch, coffee, tea and water provided. Vegetarian options available.

1:45pm – Explore New Ways of Thinking About Being a Citizen

5:00pm –Pack Up, goodbyes until the next weekend

Saturday July 20, 2019, from 9:00am-12:00 pm, Room 102

8:50am – Begin arriving, get coffee, tea, and a simple breakfast (included in price)

9:00 – Understanding the Difference Between Active Citizens and Civic Leaders

9:30 — Practicing Citizenship, Bearing Witness to Our Dreams

10:00 — Community Hands-on Workshop

11:30 – Creating a Vision for Potential Next Steps

12:00pm — Adjourn


After the Workshop

I want you to stay engaged and inspired after the workshop is over. Therefore, I will have established a Private Meetup Group where people can come to continue the conversation and share support and coaching from fellow workshop members.


Please double check your calendar, your budget and your intention before registering for this workshop. Please be certain that you can be there – that you can attend both days. Once you register, we will not be able to give refunds unless there is a medical illness or crisis.

If you register and then change your mind or decide not to attend, you are welcome to give your ticket(s) to a neighbor(s), friend(s), or relative(s) and they can attend in your absence. Thank you for understanding and respecting this policy.


This workshop will only be held if there are 6 people signed up. Otherwise, I will cancel within 7 days of the start of the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynne Kolze at or 651-353-4539.

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