Lucas Johnson

Lucas Johnson

ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and the Aspen Institute announced the Class of 2020 and 2021 of the Civil Society Fellowship: A Partnership of ADL and the Aspen Institute. This Fellowship, part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, aims to prepare and engage the next generation of community and civic leaders, activists and problem-solvers from across the political spectrum. Lucas Johnson, executive director of Civil Conversations and Social Healing for The On Being Project (Minneapolis, MN) has been named a Civil Society Fellow, Class of 2021.

From 2014 until he joined the On Being Project in December, 2018, he served as General Secretary of IFOR’s global operation. Among the work he will draw on and extend as part of CCP, he incubated a Beloved Communities Project in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium; and helped to create an Ethics of Reciprocity initiative with the United Nations.

Lucas studied at Mercer University and Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He was born in Germany in a military family, grew up in Georgia (U.S.), and now resides between Amsterdam and the United States.

The Civil Society Fellowship, launched in 2019, is tripling its capacity after seeing significant interest in the program, and a heightened need to bring the nation's future leaders together from across the ideological spectrum to hone their leadership skills and build relationships. The two (2020, 2021) new classes include 49 Fellows, selected from a pool of approximately 200 nominees from across the country.

The Fellowship is intended to ground Fellows, all between the ages of 25 and 45, with a foundation to work toward a more civil society and discourse. They join 20 inaugural Fellows in the Civil Society Fellowship and the 3,000+ Fellows in the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Johnson will spend five weeks over the course of three years in structured retreat in the U.S. and abroad – exploring their leadership, core values and visions for a more free, just and equitable society, as well as their desired legacies. Each Fellow will launch a leadership venture tackling a societal problem of their choosing that will stretch them and make a positive impact on their communities, their country and the world.

In the aftermath of the Presidential election, the Civil Society Fellows are hosting a Town Hall on Friday, November 20th at 12pm EST to engage in a national conversation about the state of the United States. Register here

The Fellowship is a partnership of ADL and the Aspen Institute. The Fellowship is now accepting nominations for future Fellows at

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