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Blogger Bio:  An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

Announcing the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge

We want to make sure NCDD members are aware of an exciting new endeavor being launched by the Rockefeller Foundation.  With the increasing frequency and scale of natural and man-made disasters challenging cities around the world, it is increasingly important to find and develop ways to increase our cities’ capacity to absorb shocks and bounce back quickly.  That is why the Rockefeller Foundation is inviting cities from around the world to enter the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Starting this August, cities can formally apply to […] (continue)

New Findings on CA Officials’ Public Engagement Practices

We hope you’ll take a moment to read the CA Civic Innovation Project’s super-useful summary of a recent report on government officials’ public engagement attitudes and practices (produced by several NCDD.org members, I might add!).  You can read the full article below or find the original post here. Why Free Public Engagement Technology Isn’t Really Free Facebook, Twitter, blogs, websites, email…Local governmental officials have a slew of technological channels for communicating with the public. From publicizing services and forums to soliciting input on policy matters to […] (continue)

Study on Effects of Partisan Polarization

Our friends at the Kettering Foundation recently posted about a paper on the seriousness of the challenge posed by political polarization.  You can read the post below or find the original post on the KF News blog here: www.kettering.org/kfnews/do-partisan-elites-polarize-the-public. Is polarization an elite or public phenomenon, or is it, indeed, both? KF research associate David McIvor recently analyzed a paper in the American Political Science Review that asks whether partisan-polarized environments can affect how citizens come to judge public issues. The study finds that polarized partisan environments do “fundamentally change” how […] (continue)

A New Guide to Open Gov, E-Gov and Gov 2.0

Cross-posting this useful post from the Davenport Institute, found on their Gov. 2.0 Watch blog. Thanks to Alan Silberberg for drawing our attention to a recent post on the MPA@UNC blog that offers some helpful information on the distinctions between “open government,” “e-government,”  and “government 2.0.”  The post also offers a list and description of various online resources with helpful descriptions and categories: While some question the logistics of funding, implementing, managing, and securing Open Government, E-Government, and Government 2.0 projects, advocates—from single-source bloggers to […] (continue)

Building a Global Civic Infrastructure?

We were intrigued by this recent post from the Governance Lab @ NYU summarizing an essay by Prof. Douglas Shuler (one of our members) on the possibilities and challenges of building a global civic infrastructure.  While the question of how we can build national civic infrastructure has been on our minds for a long time here at NCDD, imagining a global civic infrastructure is truly a daunting task, and this post captured some of the key issues we face in getting from where we are today where […] (continue)

Upcoming Conference Call on “Spreading the Word”

We are excited to invite you all to join us for a free conference call being hosted by our partners at CommunityMatters® and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design on Thursday, June 20th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern.  The call will feature Amy Frykman from Resource Media and Fran Stoddard of the Orton Family Foundation who will share strategies and insights on how we can change our outreach efforts to increase attendance at our events and dialogues “beyond the same ten people.” You can read more about the […] (continue)

International Democratic Education Conference returns to US

We all dream of a society where citizens are willing and able to participate competently in democratic processes. Yet most of the schools where we ostensibly prepare our young people for the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen are fairly undemocratic places. Thus, making our schools places where the skills and competencies needed for democracy are taught and put into practice is a crucial step to achieving the society we collectively envision. That is why I’m personally excited to share a unique opportunity for NCDD members to […] (continue)

Crowdsourcing a History of e-Democracy

We were quite intrigued to learn recently that Italy-based researcher Pietro Speroni di Fenizio has embarked on a project to collect input on the history of e-Democracy in a decidedly e-democratic way — crowdsourcing.  Pietro is looking for people to contribute links and information about their favorite e-Democracy projects to a Google spreadsheet that he will use as a basis for a talk and, later, a chapter in his book on e-Democracy. E-democracy is concerned with the use of information and communication technologies to engage citizens, […] (continue)

Reflections on Online Dialogue about Guns

As the national debate on gun policy continues, we wanted to highlight this insightful blog post from NCDD Board member John Backman, who shares a story of how deep, meaningful dialogues can take place when we simply ask questions and share personal stories about issues that matter to us.  You can find the original post here on the Public Conversations Project blog, or read it below. Twenty-four hours after the horrific shootings in Aurora, the questions started forming in my mind. They arose not from […] (continue)

Updates on NIF’s National Security Discussion Guide

The National Issues Forums Institute has announced updates to their discussion guide for national security issues. With the powerful emotions and real challenges facing our country in questions of security, resources like “America’s Role in the World: What Does National Security Mean in the 21st Century?” are important tools to keep our national conversation on security informed and productive.  You can read NIFI’s remarks on the update below, or find them in full on their website. This 12-page issue guide is an updated (2013) version […] (continue)

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