Series 1. Episode 2: Phyllis Harris

Series: 1. Governing During Pandemic Episode: 1. Phyllis Seven Harris Podcast #: 3 Release Date: June 8, 2020 Summary: In this episode, Ashley and Casey speak with Phyllis “Seven” Harris – the Director of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland – who shares with us the ways in which the Center has risen to the challenge of providing safe spaces and a supportive and affirmative community during the pandemic. Additional information about the center can be found here: lgbtcleveland.org UPDATES:…

Series 2. Episode 21: Dana Lawless-Andric

Series: 2. Power of Political and Civic Engagement Episode: 21. Dr. Dana Lawless-Andric Podcast #:53 Release Date: May 24, 2021 Summary/ Notes: This week we continue our series, the Power of Political and Civic Engagement. In this episode, Ashley and Casey welcome Associate Vice President for University Outreach and Engagement at Kent State University, Dr. Dana Lawless-Andric. We discuss how to strengthen our democracy through education by breaking down systemic barriers and increasing access to education. Links: Kent State University Outreach…

Series 1. Episode 1. Katie Carver Reed

Series: 1. Governing During Pandemic Episode: 1. Katie Carver Reed Podcast #: 2 Release Date: June 8, 2020 Summary: In this episode, Ashley and Casey speak with Katie Carver Reed – the Director of Network Partners and Programs with Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank – who shares with us the ways in which the foodbank has risen to the challenge of providing food to an increasing number of people and families during the pandemic. Additional information about the foodbank can be found…

New partnership with NEO-Scholar Strategy Network: “Demystifying Policy”

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the northeast Ohio chapter of the Scholar Strategy Network. We are partnering with NEO-SSN to produce a special “demystifying policy” limited series of the Growing Democracy Podcast that will feature NEO-SSN members. This is not the first time that we have collaborated with NEO-SSN. In fact, they have been long time supporters of the project, helping us launch our first workshop series in 2019. SSN member have also been guests on…

So it began…Episode 0: The Introduction

Over the summer, we will be copying show notes from each episode over to our website. May as well go in order of release, right? So, with that, we are releasing the show notes (previously only posted on SoundCloud) for Series 1-Episode 0! Series: 1. Governing During Pandemic Episode: 0. The Introduction Release Date: May 30, 2020 Summary: From local elected officials to community organizers—find out how public officials and community activists are responding to COVID-19 on the Growing Democracy…

50th Episode & Series 1 Finale!

This week we posted our 50th episode of the Growing Democracy Podcast! In March 2020, our events came to an abrupt end. Casey and Ashley needed to figure out a way to pivot the project in a way the allowed them to continue their mission, while staying safe.  They decided to launch the Growing Democracy Podcast – an idea that they’d been toying with for a few months already. So, in May 2020, they set to work. They planned to…

Community Development & Growing Democracy Series, Part 8

Community Development & Growing Democracy Series, Part 8: Key factors for generating positive collaborations and partnerships in community development and the growth of local democracy? By Hannah Lebovits, Assistant Professor at University of Texas, Arlington (and former Growing Democracy project manager) [Part 7: University’s Role] Collaborative community partnerships can generate long-term community development efforts. But, only when these partnerships maintain a governance structure that ensures voice, representation, justice, and inclusion for those who have been historically marginalized from this work. …