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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.

Busting Myths about Community Health Engagement

We wanted to point folks toward a great article, written by NCDD member Max Hardy of Twyfords (an NCDD org member), that offers insightful reflections about overcoming resistance to community engagement practices in the the professional health care industry.  The article focuses on Max’s experiences in Australia, but there are valuable lessons to be drawn for all of us from his reflections. Think of any challenge in our health system.  Including consumers in a meaningful way is all about addressing those challenges more effectively.  It is […] (continue)

Learning about Guns by Immersion, Pt. 2

A few weeks back, we wrote about the heartening story of Steve Seeche’s personal exploration of the gun-control divide. Steve originally wrote about his experience meeting a gun enthusiast who, at a dialogue event on gun control hosted by the Public Conversations Project, invited him to learn more about people who support gun ownership by immersing himself in a firearms training. Steve decided to blog about the experience, and we are happy to share his second set of reflections on our nation’s divide over the […] (continue)

Open Gov Tech Wiz Named US Deputy CTO

Cross-posted from the OpenGov Foundation blog, with heartfelt congratulations from NCDD to Jennifer and high hopes for her future contributions to the field. Ms. Pahlka’s Code Comes to America The American Constitution may have been the first to codify the notion of “nailing it, then scaling it.”  At our best, states and the people themselves are supposed to be the “laboratories of democracy,” with the power to innovate and tackle old social problems in new ways.  Washington watches the many policy experiments underway in individual states, […] (continue)

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)