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“Things Happen When People Start Talking”

That’s the motto of the City Club of Boise.  Founded in 1995, its mission is to advance open and civil discussion about critical issues affecting our community, the City Club presents monthly forums on topics of local, national and international importance.

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Upcoming forums:                      

  • Tuesday, January 30: 23rd Annual Pundits Forum

Boise State Public Radio broadcasts the forums on the Saturday and Tuesday following the date they take place. All forums are archived and can be found on the City Club's website by year:





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A conservative Republican congressman and a prominent environmentalist who put aside their differences to become partners in passing a sweeping Idaho wilderness bill are the 2016 recipients of City Club of Boise's Dottie and Ed Stimpson Award for Civic Engagement.

Congressman Mike Simpson and ICL Director Rick Johnson received their award after leading an effort that involved many, collaborating over the course of 15 years to draft multiple wilderness proposals, build local consensus and then win national support.

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Forum: Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Place: Hoff Building, 802 W Bannock

This is the second forum in the series hosted by Idaho Environmental Forum and City Club of Boise.

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Downtown Boise wasn't always what it is today. In fact, it almost wasn't a traditional Downtown at all. In the 1970s, one faction wanted Downtown to become a regional mall; another faction wanted the mall in suburbs. Boise's redevelopment agency prepared for a mall by tearing down blocks of historic buildings.

But this City Club forum will explore the role of civil discourse and collaboration in guiding wise business decisions, and that's what has prevailed in Boise

Belonging is a fundamental human need. Equally strong is the drive to exclude. This is what Seattle University School of Law professor Sara Rankin calls "the influence of exile," which transcends individuals when powerful groups use laws and policies to restrict marginalized groups. The impulse to exclude is visible today in laws that criminalize and eject visibly poor people, including the homeless, from public spaces.