7th Annual Guiding Lights Weekend

Learn How To “Live Like A Citizen” from Van Jones, Annie Leonard, Lawrence Lessig, David Korten, Sarah van Gelder, Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner and more. Co-sponsored by YES! Magazine.

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Mar 08, 2012 12:00 AM
Mar 10, 2012 12:00 AM


Seattle, WA

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Join hundreds of leaders, and changemakers from across America who will be participating in The Guiding Lights Weekend conference on the art of great citizenship.

 Founded in 2005 by former White House speechwriter and author Eric Liu (The Gardens of Democracy), the Weekend has become one of the nation’s most creative, cross-sectoral convening for civic activists, educators, and entrepreneurs. 

“This is the moment for Americans to reclaim what it means to be a citizen,” said Liu. “At Guiding Lights Weekend, we teach with a playful spirit – and we are sparking a serious movement to reimagine citizenship.”

Luminary conference speakers include Van Jones, founder of Rebuild The Dream; Annie Leonard, co-director of The Story of Stuff Project; and Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, founder of MomsRising, as well as YES! Magazine co-founders Sarah van Gelder and David Korten.

Dozens of luminaries will lead hands-on workshops on the hard skills of citizenship, from storytelling and organizing to building .  Harvard Law professor and campaign finance reform activist Lawrence Lessig and Tea Party Patriots co-founder Mark Meckler will discuss building left-right alliances to reclaim politics for everyday Americans. 

Special events include a panel on telling the American story with noted journalist Jose Antonio Vargas; Supreme Court oral arguments adapted and performed by the acclaimed theater company Elevator Repair Service; a naturalization ceremony for new American citizens and the premier of a “re-naturalization” ceremony for longstanding ones. 

Thanks to the generous support of national and regional sponsors, registration fees start at only $100. Information on scholarships, volunteering and registration is at