The Buffalo progressive dialogue was hosted by the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, with co-hosts the New York State Board of Regents and the University at Buffalo. Over 60 stakeholders came together who represented diverse communities across Western New York. Context was provided by Mr. Robert Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus of the New York State Board of Regents; Dr. Eaton Lattman, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute; Mr. Robert Brady, Chairman and Chief Executive Office, Moog Inc. ; and University at Buffalo professors Dr. Douglas Clements and Dr. Julie Sarama. Participants developed recommendations in small groups and shared their top ideas in plenary session. They also interactively assessed each group's recommendation and four summary statements with the support of e-Instruction hand-held devices ("clickers").
Ethnographic observation of the small group and plenary sessions was led by the PAST Foundation with support of local undergraduate and graduate students. The PAST ethnographic bullet point report is incorporated in the regional dialogue report available to the right.