Creating Citizens

What is Creating Citizens?

Creating Citizens is The Commonwealth Club’s civics education initiative. Building on more than 118 years of nonpartisan civil dialogue at The Commonwealth Club, Creating Citizens brings students and educators into the conversation.

Civil dialogue is fundamental to a healthy democracy, yet our nation is more polarized and divisive than ever. We know young people are watching and listening, and we know they want to speak up. Creating Citizens gives them this chance.

Programs feature civic leaders from across the ideological spectrum, thinkers and influencers young people respect, and youth themselves. Students develop their own perspectives on complex issues and learn the power of mutually respectful dialogue in a diverse society.

Join us as we work together to create the next generation of active, empowered citizens. Our democracy depends on it.

Our Team
Dr. Lauren Silver

Lauren Silver, vice president for education, launched Creating Citizens in 2020. She has been an educator in museums, preK-12 classrooms, and universities. Before joining The Commonwealth Club, Lauren founded the education department at the Computer History Museum; worked at Stanford University as an education curator at the Cantor Arts Center and a lecturer in the Graduate School of Education; and was a family education specialist at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Lauren grew up in New York. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology and was a fine artist in a past life. In her free time, Lauren can be found hiding out in the children’s book section of the local library, relaxing with word puzzles in the Sunday New York Times, or cooking.

Carolyn Wysinger
Carolyn Wysinger is the education coordinator for The Commonwealth Club.