Athenian Dialogue


Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm


MMIA Conference Room, Helena, MT

PLEASE NOTE: This is an in-person event only. No virtual attendance will be available. 


Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey


$35.00 (Does NOT include the book. Participants are responsible for obtaining and reading the book prior to the Dialogue.) 


Please submit payment by check to the Local Government Center PO Box 170535 Bozeman, MT 59717, and email Lydia Maunz, [email protected], for an invoice.


25 participants

Registration Deadline:

Moday, October 2, 2023


Municipal clerks may earn 6 CMC or MMC credits hours (equal to 3 CMC or MMC education credits) for participation in this event.

Before You Arrive:

Read the entire text, take notes in the sections that resonate with you, and bring the book and your notes with you to the dialogue.




I’ve been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me.
Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life’s challenges—how to get relative with the inevitable—you can enjoy a state of success I call “catching greenlights.” (https://www.amazon.com/Greenlights-Matthew-McConaughey/dp/0593139135


The book is available through amazon.com or at your local book store. Participants are responsible for obtaining and reading the book prior to the Dialogue.


Athenian Dialogues are 6-hour educational events that allow participants to explore leadership theory, practice, and principles. In the context of the selected book, participants will discuss the book’s themes and key ideas and apply that information to their role as a leader in their community and municipal organization.


The facilitator for this Athenian Dialogue is Nikki Brummond, Finance Officer and City Clerk for the City of Lewistown, MT. 


Montana State University Extension Local Government CenterIIMC