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Learn about various projects and goings-on at NCDD (aside from our events): collaborative projects we’re involved in, research we’re undertaking, and topics our community is tackling.

NCDD Townhall Article Re-Posted Around the Net

Below are some of the places where my recent article, Upgrading the Way We Do Politics, was posted.  The article, which was featured on the Yes! Magazine website, was picked up by The Media Consortium, a network of the country’s leading independent journalism organizations. I believe that’s what led to the article being posted and linked to on so many sites. On CommonDreams.org at www.commondreams.org/view/2009/08/26-1 On People & Place at www.peopleandplace.net/on_the_wire/2009/8/23/sandy_heierbacher_upgrading_the_way_we_do_politics__ncdd On the Everyday Democracy website at www.everyday-democracy.org/en/Article.1032.aspx On Energy Bulletin at www.energybulletin.net/node/49947 (this was […] (continue)

Discount for NCDD Members on Sustainable Development (Un)Conference

On September 25th, a symposium is being held at Pepperdine School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution in Malibu, California, called Taking It Upstream: Collaboration, Consensus Building & Sustainable Development A Green Leadership (Un)Conference. NCDD members are being offered a special affiliate rate of $125.  This rate includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon reception. This groundbreaking symposium will provide a highly participatory forum to explore opportunities for using collaboration, consensus building, and other engagement techniques to create more sustainable communities and manage potential land […] (continue)

Town Hall Op-Ed in Manhattan Mercury

Here’s a good example of an adaptation and elaboration of the NCDD Upgrading the Way We Do Politics article. The following article, prepared by the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University, appeared as a column in The Manhattan Mercury on Sunday, August 23, and it has been submitted to several other papers across Kansas… Town hall meetings held on healthcare legislation across the country are exploding with emotion, frustration, and conflict.  Citizens are showing up in throngs to protest and shout […] (continue)

Holding Better Town Hall Meetings on Healthcare: 3 Articles You Are Welcome to Use

NCDD members have been sharing insights and tips–on our listservs and in various op-eds, blog posts, and more–on how legislators can engage citizens in ways that are more participatory and more productive than what we’ve seen in the news lately. In addition to a colorful one-page handout we created for you to print and share with public officials and other leaders in your community, here are three articles we hope you’ll share widely: 1.  My full article (about 2.5 pages long in Word), titled “Upgrading […] (continue)

Last Day to Complete Open Gov't Dialogue Survey!

Today is the last official day to respond to the Open Government Dialogue survey that’s up at www.tiny.cc/jr76x Over a dozen leading organizations in public engagement and transparency (NCDD, IAP2, the League of Women Voters, AmericaSpeaks, OMB Watch, etc.) are collaboratively conducting a survey of people/groups who participated in any of the three stages of the recent Open Government Dialogue (the one that’s feeding into the Open Govt Directive on transparency, participation and collaboration).  We’ll be providing White House officials with feedback and recommendations on […] (continue)

Dealing With High Emotion and 'Staged Anger': Tips for Legislators

We’re in the midst of a great conversation on the main NCDD listserv about the violence and mayhem at town hall meetings on health care legislation, and what our community of practice can/should do to help ensure future political events are more democratic and productive.  A lot of thoughtful posts have been added by people you may have heard of like Pete Peterson, Barnett Pearce, Kenoli Oleari, John Godec and a number of others.  Here’s the latest post, from Martin Carcasson, Director of Colorado State […] (continue)

11 Draft Items for a Democracy Agenda from SOND2

About 90 people came together in DC Sunday through Tuesday for “Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2” — a working session organized by AmericaSpeaks, Demos, Everyday Democracy and Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Invited guests were leaders in electoral reform, public deliberation, community organizing, and collaborative governance, and we were joined at different times during the meeting by a number of members of the Obama administration. (Click here for background materials, confirmed participants, meeting agenda, etc.) I shared insights and questions from […] (continue)

Survey on Open Government Dialogue

A number of organizations in the fields of public engagement and transparency (NCDD, IAP2, the League of Women Voters, AmericaSpeaks, OMB Watch and others) are collaborating to evaluate the 3-phase Open Government Dialogue so many of you participated in recently. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=eTvTvChVronq9O_2fZwwCbBQ_3d_3d to complete the 25-question survey.  The survey will be live for 2 weeks and if you participated or even just observed the Open Government Dialogue process, your feedback is most welcome! (continue)

"Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2" Begins Tomorrow Night – Watch Facebook for Updates

About 90 people are coming together in DC over the next few days for “Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2” — a working session organized by AmericaSpeaks, Demos, Everyday Democracy and Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Invited guests come from a broad range of backgrounds, including electoral reform, public deliberation, community problem solving, and collaborative governance, as well as key members of the Obama administration. (Click here for background materials, confirmed participants, meeting agenda, etc.) This will be an opportunity for participants […] (continue)

New Framework for Understanding the Goals of Public Engagement

In a new occasional paper published by Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE), NCDD member Martin Carcasson of Colorado State University’s Center for Public Deliberation outlines three broad categories of goals for deliberation. The essay explores how a clearer understanding of the goals and purposes we are trying to achieve through public engagement can sharpen our methods and increase our impacts. It offers a practical framework to help practitioners systematically consider both their short-term and long-term goals and the strategies that will […] (continue)

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