R. Ford Museum
Grand Rapids Public
Greater Grand Rapids National Issues Forums and the Grand
Rapids Study Class take great pleasure in presenting a new
report on a history of Deliberative Discussion Forums held in
Grand Rapids over the last eleven years regarding Racial Relations.
Click below to read this new report:
(Im)Possible Goal: Rowing, Not Drifting, toward Cultural Unity
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Greater Grand Rapids National Issues Forum (GGRNIF) is a local
network that organizes public, free forums that give citizens
the opportunity for dialogue on important community issues. The
NIF is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together
to reason and talk - to deliberate about common problems. A variety
of topics have been discussed, including alcohol, foreign policy,
freedom of speech, health care, public schools, politics, race,
welfare and violence.
GGRNIF has held forums on a variety of topics since its inception
in the early 1980's. Most NIF forums are based on Issue Books
provided through the Kettering Foundation. Many of the books are
still available to order, and new books are published each year.