Under the auspices of Deutschlandjahr, the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA) is partnering with the ACG to hold a series of public policy discussions with German decision-makers, opinion leaders, and policy experts in 18 communities across the United States. Together, both organizations will leverage their respective networks to arrange forums for dialogue and engagement outside of the policy community in Washington and the business community in New York. Six German experts will make week-long speaking tours to three communities, where they will engage with local leaders as well as the community at large through a variety of events and activities. WACA and ACG will draw on the network of more than 90 World Affairs Councils in 40 states and more than 20 ACG Chapters to design each speaking tour.
The primary deliverable in each community will be a public forum for 75-100 attendees. Local Councils and Chapters will also provide ancillary opportunities to engage, such as smaller roundtables for specific groups. Formats and venues will be designed to encourage dialogue and exchange, with an emphasis on reaching populations not usually brought into these conversations. Public schools, libraries, community centers, places of worship, and community colleges would all be desirable locations for events. Additionally, the overall impact of these events would be amplified by appearances on local radio or television affiliates, as well as the placement of newspaper feature articles and op-eds.
This is a natural partnership. WACA brings its extensive network of Councils and the ACG brings longstanding expertise on Germany. Together the two organizations can reach a wider audience than if each organization was operating alone.
This initiative will be launched at WACA’s 2018 National Conference in early November in Washington, DC. The speaking tours will take place in 2019.