On Wednesday, July 25, 2007, Sutherland Institute hosted a delegation of journalists from Haiti. Sponsored by the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy, the group met with Stan Rasmussen, Sutherland’s manager of public affairs. Discussion topics included American and state public policy processes, the function of organizations like Sutherland, and the roles, relationships, and dynamics among journalists, political leaders, citizens, and policy organizations.
“This was a meaningful and enlightening experience for us as well as our guests,” said Rasmussen. “They demonstrated a genuine interest in the concept of ‘civil society’ and the importance of preserving it as an essential means by which civic decisions are made – as contrasted with the ever-expanding size and role of government. Despite the contrasts in our respective homelands, we recognized that we’re all seeking to make life better for our families and for our community neighbors.”