Civic engagement during social distancing
We’re all in this together, and that means social distancing – a public health intervention to reduce the spread of COVID-19 – is a necessary, self-less act we can all practice. However, that doesn’t mean we have to civically disengage.
Join the Leadership Indianapolis and IndyHub teams in our virtual book clubs to connect, interact, and engage with one another. Over the coming weeks, our staffs will lead virtual conversation around a variety of books. We’ll be releasing information about our book clubs within the next few days. You can find information about IndyHub’s book clubs on their website.
You bring the snack, we’ll lead the conversation. Log in ready to share your thoughts and connect with other civic-minded people.
Dates: We’re still figuring out the details but will update you in the next few days.
Time: We’re still figuring out the details but will update you in the next few days.
Location: Virtual – Once you sign up for the book club on Eventbrite (we’ll provide the link here once we have everything set up), you will receive details about how to log in and join the conversation.
Cost: Free – This is a time for our community to be engaged and for people to feel connected, while also practicing social distancing. We’re trying to make that as easy as possible by making these book clubs free.
We partnered with our friends at CICF to host 2 Book Clubs in 2019.
During our first Book Club we read Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald. Why did we choose this book? As leaders, we are often in the position of providing opportunities to others whether that be through a hiring process, a mentoring relationship, or inviting people to serve on boards and committee. This is a significant responsibility. It is important for us to reflect on our own decision-making processes and understand the biases that impact the decisions we make. More important than the content of the book itself, Blindspot provided an opportunity for the diverse participants to engage in honest, real conversation about the differences in their experiences due to biases in our larger culture. The discussions were facilitated by Tamara Winfrey Harris of CICF and Rebecca Hutton of Leadership Indianapolis.
For our second Book Club we chose the book Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. This is the story of Stevenson’s experience as a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. The discussions around this book, facilitated by Pamela Ross of CICF and Rebecca Hutton of Leadership Indianapolis, centered on the inequities in criminal justice system and the role systemic racism plays.
We will have more Book Clubs in 2020. Check back soon for more details.
Why is LI hosting a book club?
Leadership Indianapolis has a long history of bringing together people from different professions, lived experiences, and perspectives to learn about community issues and leadership. The book club is another way for us to do that. We believe our city and its future is strengthened when people are able to come together for meaningful civil conversations about important issues.
Why is the registration fee to participate in the book club?
The registration fee allows us to provide a copy of the book and other materials to everyone participating, provide some light refreshments, and compensate our staff for the time and expertise they invest in this program.
What if I want to participate but I can’t afford registration fee?
We do not want cost to prevent anyone from participating in the book club so if the registration cost creates a barrier to your participation, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.