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You're Invited!: Democratic Governance at the Neighborhood Level

NCDD member Matt Leighninger, director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, sent me an announcement about this Florida event, and I confirmed with him that this event is open to everyone…

Democratic Governance at the Neighborhood Level: What Have We Learned?

An event organized by Grassroots Grantmakers and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, with assistance from
the National League of Cities and NeighborWorks America

– November 11th, 2008, 9am-5pm – Orlando, FL –

Thirty years ago, a new democratic experiment began in a handful of American cities. In Portland, Oregon, and a number of other places, local governments created neighborhood council systems as a way of engaging citizens in public decision-making and problem-solving.

What have we learned from these civic experiments? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What lessons do they offer about how to initiate, recruit for, staff, support, and fund neighborhood-level democracy?

Please join us for a stimulating, interactive day-long session in Orlando! The meeting will feature representatives from Portland and other “first wave” cities in the morning, then turn to a broader discussion of lessons and potential innovations in the afternoon.

The cost of the event will be $50 (to cover breakfast, lunch, and coffee). To RSVP, please contact Matt Leighninger at mattleighninger@earthlink.net by October 21st.

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Sandy Heierbacher
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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