Monday, October 24, 2016

Dreamweaver Marketing News, WQED and the Art Of Democracy for "Think" Public Forum on Guns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 CONTACT:        George Hazimanolis
October 21, 2016                                                                                412-622-1366


Public is invited to two community forums October 27 and 29
to kick off first topic: Guns in a Free Society

PITTSBURGH -- WQED partners with the Art of Democracy and the League of Women Voters on the first of an ambitious original series of multi-platform (in-person, online, social media and broadcast) initiatives beginning with the role of guns in a free society. 

THINK! is a call to action – and interaction – that invites a broad spectrum of voices and organizations to join together and collaborate around issues that confound and divide us.
The first topic in this ongoing series is Guns in a Free Society.  Our conversations will not focus on politics or Second Amendment issues. Instead, we hope to explore productive ideas for living with guns in a free society.
The discussions will focus on the following three areas:
·       Mental Health and Guns
·       Promoting Gun Safety as a Cultural Norm

  • The Economic Impact of Guns in Our Communities
About Think!
THINK! seeks to optimize public interaction, and, to do so, WQED is partnering with the Art of Democracy, an award-winning organization that fosters informed and inclusive public engagement. The Art of Democracy, working closely with WQED, is developing a community engagement process that will enlist a diverse and inclusive group of civic organizations.
Our community partner for Guns in a Free Society is the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. This historic organization is a dedicated proponent of strategies that will increase gun safety and reduce gun violence.
WQED will spread the word and encourage participation in thoughtful, productive conversations that matter to the entire community. Those conversations will happen at our virtual public square at, in the social media realm and in real time, at face-to-face community forums.
The many voices taking part in the initiative will coalesce in hour-long broadcast specials from the WQED studios where experts, civic leaders and community members come together.
Think! Guns in a Free Society premieres November 17 at 8pm on WQED-TV with host Chris Moore.

Subsequent topics in the Think! initiative will examine criminal justice reform, followed by a third topic that will be chosen as the project progresses.

The public is invited to join the conversation at one of two community forums by registering to attend at
Thursday, October 27, 2016
5:30 – 8:30pm
Koppers Building
436 Seventh Avenue
9th Floor Conference Room
Downtown Pittsburgh
Saturday, October 29, 2016
1:30 – 4:30pm
Citizens Library
55 South College Street
Washington, PA
About WQED
WQED Pittsburgh has a proud history of honors, including 161 National and Mid-Atlantic Emmy® Awards, an Academy Award, and many, many others, including three Emmy® Awards for Station Excellence. WQED was founded in 1954 as the nation’s first community-supported broadcaster.  WQED changes lives by creating and sharing outstanding public media that educates, entertains, and inspires.  It is the parent company of WQED-TV (PBS); WQED World; WQED Create; WQED Showcase; Classical WQED-FM 89.3/Pittsburgh; Classical WQEJ-FM 89.7/Johnstown; the Pittsburgh Concert Channel at WQED-HD2 (89.3-2FM) and online; local and national television and radio productions; WQED Interactive ( and iQ: smartmedia, WQED’s Educational initiative (
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