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NCDD has been blogging about what’s happening in the dialogue & deliberation community since before people knew what a “blog” was! Here you’ll find job and funding opportunities, timely articles by thought leaders in our field, announcements about upcoming events, and other news from the community.

Purple America Poster & Products

I just stumbled upon something online that I fear everyone else may already have seen, but it struck me as such an important image that I had to post something about it. Professor Robert Venderbei at Princeton created a map of the U.S. depicting the 2004 presidential election results in shades of red and blue – not by state – but by county. And the result is a strikingly purple map. This is a red/blue map that is not so black and white (aren’t I […] (continue)

OpEd by John Gastil and Ned Crosby Shares Lessons from Canada's Citizens' Assembly

NCDD Steering Committee member Tom Atlee sent an email to his popular e-mailing list today that I wanted to share with all of you. Tom forwarded an op-ed written by John Gastil and Ned Crosby about the remarkable Citizens’ Assembly that has been breaking ground in British Columbia, Canada. Tom considers the Citizens’ Assembly to be the most empowered version of citizen deliberative councils that he has seen anywhere in the world so far, and he hopes it is only the first of many such […] (continue)

AmericaSpeaks Releases Blueprint for Engaging the Public in National Policy-Making

AmericaSpeaks recently released Millions of Voices: A Blueprint for Engaging the American Public in National Policy-Making, a detailed report outlining a comprehensive strategy to engage millions of Americans in solving the nation’s most critical problems. The report reflects the collaborative thinking of 12 leaders in the citizen engagement field, convened by AmericaSpeaks over nine months. Millions of Voices is based on the premise that if we are to reinvigorate American democratic institutions, new structures and processes are needed to engage citizens in the nation’s policy-making […] (continue)

IAF to Publish Book Next Month on Best Practices in Facilitation

Next month, the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) will be publishing an exciting (to us, anyway!) book edited by Sandy Schuman titled “The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation: Best Practices from the Leading Organization in Facilitation.” Published by Jossey-Bass, the 720-page book will be available in February for $75 for non-members of IAF and $52.50 for IAF members. This will be quite the resource! The book covers a range of viewpoints on methods and techniques, issues, competencies, and resources. It includes a CD featuring the […] (continue)

Public Agenda's Issue Guide on Social Security Available for Your Use

Today’s Public Agenda Alert announced that President Bush “ruled out increating Social Security payroll taxes to bail our the program and repeated his call to create private retirement accounts instead.” Public Agenda reminds us about their issue guide on Social Security, stating that their ‘Choicework’ discussion guides lay out the different alternatives to reform. “With Choicework, we’re not claiming to have the “correct” solution to a problem. What you’ll find are four different points of view about how to address the issue. The broad choices […] (continue)

HIV/AIDS Deliberation in Nigeria

Since September 2004, Civic Life International, a Nigerian organization, in collaboration with the Center for Public Policy Education (CPPE), has been running an innovative project which uses radio programming to create a space for Nigerians to talk deliberatively about HIV/AIDS. The project, which brings students to several radio studios for live forums on HIV/AIDS using a citizen-framed issue book, is coordinated by Tokunbo Awoshakin, a Kettering Foundation Fanning Fellow (awoshakin@yahoo.com). (continue)

Why I Wish I Lived in Vancouver (Or, an Update from the Wosk Center)

If any of you in the Northwest or in Western Canada haven’t yet heard of the Wosk Center for Dialogue in Vancouver, you’re in for a treat. The Wosk Center makes me wish I lived on the other side of the country. I just received an update from Nicole Mah of the Wosk Center, outlining some of their upcoming activities and programs. A Dialogue Network meets each month to dialogue about dialogue, which is cool enough – but also their 2004 Dialogue Maker’s Series is […] (continue)

Leah Lamb's "Engage" Program Featured in Richmond Times

NCDD member Leah Lamb’s innovative theatre/dialogue program was featured on Monday in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. An article by Michael Paul Williams called “Theater as an Agent of Change” outlined Leah’s hopes to inspire civic engagement and community building among youth through her “Engage” program – a blend of theatrical performances and documentary footage conveying the civic and political experiences of Richmond residents. Engage will open September 16 through 18 at Virginia Commonwealth University. Click below for the full article. (continue)

New Resources on Community Intelligence Posted on CII Website

Tom Atlee announced a few days ago that he just posted three interrelated resources on the Co-Intelligence Institute website. The resources are called “Functions that Make Up Community Intelligence”, “Approaches to Community Engagement and the Generation of Community Wisdom”, and “A map of Community Intelligence and some of its important constituents”, and you can read more details by clicking below. (continue)

Choices Program Offers Free Resources for Teachers on the U.S.'s Role in the World

Choices for the 21st Century Education Program invites teachers to engage their students in the national dialogue on the role of the U.S. in the world. The Choices Program is working with The People Speak to bring this topic to high school students this fall…. (continue)

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