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By the People: America in the World

By the People has enabled KQED to work with new partners, and in turn to open more doors in our community. Because of these relationships, we will be able to take our online deliberative tool, ‘You Decide’ out into the field and use it in diverse settings. Our partners (Hands-on San Francisco, the League of Women Voters, and the World Affairs Council) are really excited about what we are doing and want to know ‘What's next?’”
—Michael Isip, Executive Producer, KQED/San Francisco

I just watched the program By the People. It was fantastic!! Great questions, response and dialog. This is my dream that our government would actually talk and hear the American people.

Thank you so very much for this program!!

Velma Spence

By the People: America in the World is a coordinated effort to foster a diverse national conversation about America’s role in the world. By the People encourages television broadcasts and related community activities to enhance and inform local/national dialogue on critically important foreign policy issues, exploring why policies are made and why citizens should care. By the People has awarded a series of $5,000 - $20,000 grants to public television stations to develop programming and outreach activities in 2003 and 2004.

In January 2003, By the People grantees facilitated deliberative polls in 10 cities, demonstrating that information and meaningful dialogue can influence public opinion. With public television providing the background on key international issues, citizens came together to discuss America’s role in the world. Reading materials, discussions with peers and presentations from experts were provided to inform participants and encourage dialogue. Another 20 deliberative events will be held on October 16, 2004, as part of PBS Deliberation Day and which will be documented in national/local programming on October 21, 2004.

MasComm Associates was retained to help plan, implement and track station and community engagement for this project. Sallie Bodie and Roselle Kovitz, as Project Co-Directors, manage station grant programs including helping to market the project to PBS stations, represent the project at conferences and professional meetings, and edit a monthly electronic newsletter.

Visit By the People online for more information on local and national activities and to sign up for the By the People monthly newsletter.

By the People is a project of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions with primary funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and additional support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting Service. By the People national programs are presented by Thirteen/WNET New York.