LEADERSHIP IN CIVIC LIFE
Whereas KLC leadership development programs equip Kansans with skills to make progress on their challenges, our civic engagement efforts help them apply those skills in the wider arena of civic life. KLC civic engagement initiatives include building a healthy 21st century public square through The Journal magazine, mass action campaigns to generate local solutions to daunting challenges and custom projects to create healthier governance and community discourse.
The Journal, found online at klcjournal.com, is the nationally recognized magazine published by the Kansas Leadership Center in Wichita. The publication focuses on highlighting important civic leadership issues in Kansas and beyond through in-depth reporting, investigative journalism and innovative writing, graphic design, photography, multimedia and public discussions. The Journal is nonpartisan. It seeks to educate and inform readers about issues from multiple perspectives and it does not engage in advocacy.
Dive deeper into stories from The Journal during regular Journal livestream events. Managing editor of The Journal, Chris Green, invites panels of experts to conversation on what leadership is necessary to make progress on their civic challenge. Check out a playlist of past conversations on the KLC YouTube channel.
Custom Civic Engagement
Recent representative projects include mobilizing communities to take local action to help end the pandemic through Kansas Beats the Virus, building awareness of the vaccine in communities disproportionally impacted by the virus through Voices on Vaccination as well as facilitating community discussion and discernment on governance issues such as the City of Wichita’s nondiscrimination ordinance and the Topeka USD 345 namesake question.
KLC coached the superintendent of schools on a process for selecting and orienting an advisory group as well as facilitated workshops with the advisory group to produce a comprehensive and objective narrative that fairly aided community engagement on the namesake question.
KLC facilitated a public meeting with advocacy stakeholders and the Diversity, Inclusion and Civil Rights Advisory Board on the proposed ordinance and generated a comprehensive report that fairly codified values and perspectives of the factions involved.
Leadership in Public Service
Equipping public officials to lead in the public arena
While anyone can lead at any time, individuals serving in state or county government, city councils, education boards and other community advisory boards have a special opportunity to mobilize others and make a greater impact for the greater good of the communities we share. KLC has committed to supporting public servants in exercising leadership for the common good. Mark your calendar for a virtual gathering for elected and appointed officials on Thursday, February 10 from 12-1 PM.
Community Leadership Programs
The Kansas Leadership Center has been supporting and partnering with Kansas community leadership programs since the day KLC opened its doors in January 2007. In fact, the existence of first-class CLPs in Kansas was part of what led to the creation of KLC. Today, the Kansas CLP Network and KLC are colleagues in this massive statewide effort to change the culture of leadership.