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July 15 Update from Let's Talk America

Let’s Talk America – a collaborative project of NCDD, Utne Institute, and Conversation Cafe – is bringing people across the U.S. together to talk about what democracy means to them. Read today’s LTA update below to learn about training opportunities for hosts, upcoming LTA events, and about dialogues held on Independence Day.
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Project Supporting the Legislator-Citizen Connection

I’m back from my not-so-relaxing “vacation” and ready to blog. Lots of exciting things to share…

First, please look over this important message from Hawaii State Senator Les Ihara, who’s a huge advocate for getting policymakers to embrace D&D. If you know a state legislator who supports involving citizens in policymaking, please let Les know (email senihara@Capitol.hawaii.gov). You’re also encouraged to let your state legislators know about the session Les is presenting at next week’s Nat’l Conference of State Legislatures called “Strengthening the Legislator-Citizen Connection.” Click below for Les’ email to the NCDD network.
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Update on Jewish/Islam/Christian Dialogue from the Israeli-Based Interfaith Encounter Association

I don’t usually post these announcements to the blog, but I thought this one would provide a good example of the kinds of updates you can receive from the Interfaith Encounter Association. If your work is related to Jewish/Palestian dialogue, you may want to subscribe to this announcement list by emailing iea-reports-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
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Co-Intelligence Institute Launches Pledge Campaign for Policymakers to "Listen to the People"

I received this announcement today from my visionary colleague Tom Atlee, whose Co-Intelligence Institute is launching The “Listen to the People” Pledge Campaign for Politicians and Public Officials. This new pilot program of the Co-Intelligence Institute is designed to generate conversation with politicians and public officials about the role of citizen panels in government. Tom writes, “With your help, using this Pledge, we will also be able to identify leading edge public officials – ‘early adopters’ – who we can network into a community of their own. They are out there; we just don’t know where they are.” Read the full message and the pledge…
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DDC Announces Paid Opportunity for Trained Facilitators

I received an announcement today from my friend Tonya Gonzalez, Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. They’re looking for people to examine videotapes of deliberations and will pay $1000 for 10 hours of work! Plus, you get to work with Jane Mansbridge and Janette Hartz-Karp. Click below for the announcement, and email Jane at jane_mansbridge@harvard.edu by July 15 if you’re interested.
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Update on British Columbia's Citizens' Assembly

The final CitizensÂ’ Assembly public hearing was held June 24th in Kelowna, British Columbia (Canada). During the 50 hearings that have been held across B.C., a total of 387 people made oral presentations, and many more members of the public made informal presentations, offered recommendations and comments, and asked questions at the sessions. More than 2,700 members of the public attended hearings. The 160-member Assembly is currently wrapping up six months dedicated to investigating electoral options and British Columbians’ views on them, and will make its final report and disband in December. Click below to read the full announcement and press release.
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Richard Harwood Launches New "Redeeming Hope" Blog

Rich Harwood, the President of the highly respected Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, launched a web log last month aimed at encouraging people to imagine and act for the public good. The blog, called “Redeeming Hope,” will allow Rich to share his ideas about where we are as a nation and how to get to where we want to be. Each week, Rich will write about public life and how we can place it on an alternative path. Rich believes public life is about the relationships between and among people and how we individually and collectively can act to overcome divisions facing our society. You are invited to not only read the blog, but to post comments on the blog.

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Let's Talk America Encourages Dialogue about Michael Moore's Film "Farenheit 911"

Inspired by an email that Lars Torres of AmericaSpeaks wrote to the main NCDD discussion list a couple of days ago, in which he suggested that Let’s Talk America take advantage of the popularity and punch of Michael Moore’s new movie Farenheit 911 to foster genuine dialogue on the state of our country and the partisan divide, the core Let’s Talk America team emailed their growing list of convenors, facilitators and dialogue participants this morning. This pleases me greatly; this is just the kind of thing NCDD was created to encourage. Click below to see a copy of the message I received.
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First U.S. Truth & Reconciliation Commission Launched in Greensboro, NC

John Stephens, of the Public Dispute Resolution Program at the University of North Carolina, posted a message on our Thataway Forum this weekend about the Greensboro Truth & Community Reconciliation Commission. Since we haven’t yet seeded and launched the Forum, I thought I’d share his message via the blog so more people see it.
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Tom Atlee Writes about Mapping, Democracy & Collective Intelligence

My friend Tom Atlee, President of the Co-Intelligence Institute, emailed his list today with descriptions of four maps of transformational realms, plus some questions about this whole approach to mapping. According to Tom, “mapping domains of knowledge, inquiry and activity is an important aspect of our developing collective intelligence.” This message expands on an earlier piece about knowledge mapping currently posted here on the NCDD wiki (collaborative workspace). Click below to read his message.
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