Edmonds Waterfront Center announces Great Decisions 2021 discussion program

The Edmonds Waterfront Center is launching a Great Decisions discussion program in March that will focus on eight critical global issues facing America and the world today. This program is in partnership with the International Baccalaureate program at Edmonds-Woodway High School, and several students will participate in the discussions.

Larry Fuell, retired Director of the Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College, will moderate the events, and there will also be an expert on each topic,

Each discussion will be held on the second Wednesday of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (except in July and August). The events will be on Zoom but may move to in-person at the Edmonds Waterfront Center once COVID restrictions have been lifted. A brief video will be viewed together at the start of each discussion.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Global supply chains and national security (March 10)
  • Persian Gulf security issues (April 14)
  • Brexit and the European Union (May 12)
  • Struggles over the melting Arctic (June 9)
  • China’s role in Africa (Sept. 8)
  • The Korean Peninsula (Oct. 13)
  • Roles of international organizations in a global pandemic (Nov. 10)
  • The end of globalization? (Dec. 8)

Registration is required, and payment is due at time of registration. Cost for the program is $35 and includes registration and briefing papers for all 8 discussions.To register, email Michelle Burke or call 425-774-5555 ext. 108. Registration is limited to 25 participants to encourage informality and discussion. Sign up soon to reserve your spot.

Once you have registered:

  • You will receive a volume of briefing papers for the discussions in the mail.
  • Participants read the relevant briefing paper before each discussion.
  • A Zoom link will be emailed to you the day before each discussion takes place.


  1. What about :

    climate change ?
    military spending ?
    income/wealth inequality?
    women’s rights ?
    health care ?
    education , especially of girls ?
    deforestation ?
    refugee (war and climate) migrations ?
    access to COVID vaccines?
    transition to green energy ?
    capitalism vs socialism?
    regenerative agriculture?

    These are some of the other global questions we are interested in !!
    Thank you.

    1. The political hot potatoe topics you mention are covered every day in every major publication, on-line, in chat rooms, radio, TV, constantly.
      The creativity to talk about “diverse” issues other than social justice issues looks like a great path to follow. I’m impressed that economics and global supply chains, as well as the other subjects being presented will bring very interesting discussions. It will be an opportunity to learn; it is of great interest to many, as are the other upcoming topics. Bravo!

  2. The Edmonds Waterfront Center Programing Committee, composed of six EWC Board members and two Staff members, has recently initiated a new program called Waterfront Forums. Each Forum consists of a series of presentations by experts in the field or those highly knowledgeable in the subject matter. The first Forum, Edmonds From the Beginning, was a great success with close to 300 registrants. The next Forum, a series of 3-4 presentations is titled How Arts and Culture Helped Shape the Identity of Edmonds and will begin in April.
    The Forums are via ZOOM with free registration and no limit to the number of participants. The presentations are approximately 25 minutes in duration, followed by a 10 -15 minute Q&A. Topics will be diverse with the goal of connecting and enriching our community. Forums are not intended to be political in nature, and will include topics such as some proposed by Bill Phipps and Karen Helland.

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