A 360° Discussion of Foreign, National and Local Policy Issues

Virtual Beyond Labels?

The Library has asked whether our group would like to conduct our meetings “virtually” while BHPL is closed to the public.

Personally, I am not a big fan of the virtual format for discussions like ours, and I would not be inclined to participate. Although I am generally a technophile, I think that having meaningful discussions of difficult topics doesn’t really work when we’re not physically together–no “body language” feedback, too many background distractions, etc.

But if someone would like to lead a virtual initiative, I encourage you to contact Hannah Cyrus at the Library to get the information for their “GoToMeeting” account. And I’ll be happy to help publicize the information on the Beyond Labels website (if you don’t know how to do it yourself).

Beyond Labels on Hiatus

With coronavirus precautions being implemented across the nation, even our local library has begun to change its practices (prudently, in my opinion). One of those changes is that meetings such as our weekly Beyond Labels sessions will be cancelled until the Library determines that it is safe and appropriate to reinstate our schedule.

I’ll send another post/email when I’ve heard that the Howard Room will again be available to us.

Stay safe and healthy!

Local Government Participation

People seem to be less and less involved with the decision making processes of local government. Under 10% of town residents come to the annual town meeting. Even fewer people come to select board meetings until something makes them angry. I hear a victim perception from people I generally run into about town decision making. Is this a problem or the way things are? Are we moving towards a business model only of town management? Are there things we should be doing to increase participation?