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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.

Write-up on mental health dialogues in Sacramento and Albuquerque

We hope you will take a moment to check out the following update on the Creating Community Solutions dialogue series from Carol Lukensmeyer of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an NCDD organizational member.  This article was cross-posted with permission from Joe Goldman of the Democracy Fund. You can read the post in full below or find the original here: www.democracyfund.org/blog/entry/guest-post-creating-community-solutions. NCDD is one of the main partners in this national dialogue effort, and we encourage you to get involved by hosting local dialogues or joining […] (continue)

The Newest NIF Issue Guide: Bridging and Bonding

We encourage you to take a few moments to find out more about the latest issue guide from the National Issues Forum Institute. The new guide, titled “Bridging and Bonding: How Can We Create Engaged Communities in a Time of Rapid Change?”, is a collaborative effort between the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the Kettering Foundation that is designed to help guide conversations about creating better connected and integrated neighborhoods, towns, and communities despite contemporary challenges and shifting divisions. This excerpt from the introduction […] (continue)

New Report on E-Petitions and Engagement

We are happy to share a great summary of the new report on government-sponsored e-petitions from long-time NCDD member AmericaSpeaks.  The paper compares e-petition platforms from the US, UK, and Australia, and it’s a useful guide for thinking through the ins and outs of the many different e-petition platforms aimed at helping public engagement specialists make better use of this emerging technology. You can read the full article below, or find the original post on the AmericaSpeaks blog here. Exploring E-Petitions By Elana Goldstein AmericaSpeaks doesn’t often have the […] (continue)

Kettering Resident Journalist Reflects on Press & Democracy

The Kettering Foundation recently shared an interview with Duran Angiki, an indigenous journalist from the Solomon Islands who just finished his six-month residency with KF who faced persecution from his government for his role in exposing corruption as a citizen journalist. In his interview, he shares details of his own harrowing story, discusses the role of journalists and the press in advancing democracy, and reflects on how that role is changing. We’ve shared a few choice excerpts from the interview below, but you can read […] (continue)

New Public Agenda Paper on Clickers in Deliberation

Here in the 21st Century, technology is continuously shaping and reshaping the way that we engage with each other and how we govern ourselves.  But striking the right balance between using technology to improve our engagement and letting it get in the way can be difficult. That’s why we wanted to share the article below from our friends at Public Agenda (long-time organizational member of NCDD) that shares findings from their new report on a piece of technology that can help practitioners strike that balance correctly while […] (continue)

Announcing the Successful Communities Contest & Conference Call

We are pleased (and somewhat saddened) to announce the last conference call in the three-part capacity building series being hosted by our partners at CommunityMatters and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design. This final call, titled “Secrets of Successful Communities”, is coming up on Thursday, August 22nd from 3-4pm EST and will feature CIRD’s own Ed McMahon: Last year Barbara Walters asked four billionaires for their Top 20 Secrets of Success. The #2 secret? “Always be True to Yourself.” It turns out that applies to communities, too. Join national […] (continue)

E. Coast Forums on Lessons Learned from Hurricane Sandy

For those of you working on the East Coast or in community preparedness, we recommend you check out a recent post from the National Issues Forums Institute on a series of public forums being hosted by WHYY and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement.  The goal of the forums is to engage local communities in discussion on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and what individuals, communities, and governments can do to be better prepared next time. With two forums already having been hosted, the next […] (continue)

IISD Announces Mark Farr as New President

We hope you will join us in extending a warm NCDD congratulations to Mark J. Farr on his recent appointment as the new president of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue.  IISD’s work in fostering sustained dialogue here and abroad has made important inroads in our field, and we look forward to seeing how someone with Mark’s background will guide this important organization in its next chapter. Founded by our friend Hal Saunders, IISD is a long-time organizational member and supporter of NCDD. You can […] (continue)

Upcoming Conference Call on Community Vision and Values

We are excited to once again 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 this Thursday, July 25th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time.  This second call in the three-part capacity building series will feature David Hohenschau of the Orton Family Foundation and Peter Flinker of Dodson & Flinker Landscape Architecture and Planning who will share their knowledge and experience around the call’s theme, “Designing for the Vision and Values of Your Community.” If you want your […] (continue)

A Turning Point for the Public Engagement Field?

We live in exciting, challenging and, in many ways, unprecedented times for governance in the U.S.  With massive public budget cuts, political polarization, and historically low levels trust in government intersecting with high unemployment, shifting demographics, and looming climate challenges, substantively involving the public in governance has rarely ever been more difficult or more necessary. But recent developments in California have sparked conversation here at NCDD about how the convergence of these circumstances may be creating a perfect storm in which the use of dialogue, […] (continue)

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