Topic Meeting on Constructive Disagreement: How to better manage public conflict

Please join us
Wed, June 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton

Brown-bag lunches welcome

All across Massachusetts, municipal officials, volunteers, and neighborhood organizations are on the frontline working to solve complex problems related to budgets, education, land use, the environment, economic development, public works, public safety, public health, and more. It requires the active participation of multiple parties and stakeholders to achieve comprehensive solutions to problems and to ensure that the solutions are consistent with a community’s stated visions and goals.

In addressing these complex problems, it is often necessary to confront and tackle serious public conflicts. Those conflicts can be sensitive, are often contentious, and sometimes persist over a long period of time, restricting the ability to move forward or leading to impasses. In order to better manage public conflict, it may be crucial for municipalities to engage officials at all levels of government, including state and federal officials, along with individual citizens, and the entire gamut of local groups and organizations, in needs assessment studies, in-depth public discussions and conflict resolution workshops.

The Massachusetts League of Women Voters and the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration have both been working hard to actively intervene in such conflicts and also provide training in best practices to restore healthy civic discourse. Our speakers this month will be:

  • Madhawa (“Mads”) Palihapitiya – Associate Director of the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration
  • Marilyn Peterson – Co-President, League of Women Voters of Massachusetts

Each speaker will speak for 15 minutes on work that other communities have done and the results achieved to date. This will be followed by open discussion among all attendees.

League members are also encouraged to read the MOPC report “Legislative study: Massachusetts municipal conflict resolution needs assessment”, which may be found at


Don’t forget to RSVP for the LWVN Annual Meeting!

Spend some time with old friends and make some new ones!  Our Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 28th, at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue.  A light dinner and conversation will start at 6 p.m., with the actual meeting starting at 7 p.m.

To RSVP, please email  See you there!

Seats still available for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast tomorrow!

We still have a few seats at the LWVN table for tomorrow’s Newton Mayor’s Community Prayer Breakfast, starting at 7:15 am.  The breakfast is held at McElroy Commons on the main Boston College campus.  This year, the featured speaker is Attorney General Maura Healey.

If you are interested in attending, please contact for more info.

LWVN Annual Meeting Workbook Now Available!

Please join other LWVN members at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 28, at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton.  Dinner and conversation starts at 6 pm, with the business meeting starting at 7 p.m.  RSVP by emailing  $25 per person, $40 per couple.

Please click 2015 Workbook–pdf for the Annual Meeting Workbook, which contains reports from all LWVN committees on their efforts this past year, as well as plans and the budget for next year.

Charter Petition Sundays Coming Up–Pitch In to Help!

Help us finish this important campaign!  We are nearing the completing of our signature drive to put the question of a charter commission on the ballot in November, but we still need to collect one more round of signatures.  Volunteers will be working in pairs on Sundays at Newton supermarkets on May 17 and 31 and June 7 and 14.  If you can help, please contact

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