The conference keynote speaker at 3:45 p.m. todaywill be author Paul Loeb (www.paulloeb.org), who will talk about citizen responsibility and empowerment and the need for citizenparticipation at the local level. Loeb haswritten "The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen's Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear," and "Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in aCynical Time."