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Discovering Common Ground: Missouri Communities Deliberate

Sandra Hodge at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri directs this program, which promotes deliberation in Missouri primarily through National Issues Forums.

Downloadable from Discovering Common Ground’s website are three PowerPoint presentations about moderating, convening and recording deliberative public forums, and an 83-page manual titled Deliberation and Your Community: How to Convene and Moderate Local Public Forums Using Deliberative Decision-Making.

The training manual is used primarily in Missouri, but it is a compilation of materials used by a number of people throughout the National Issues Forums network to train others in deliberative decision-making. It addresses deliberation as “another way to decide” and is based on how to use local public forums, especially National Issues Forums, as a venue for deliberation. You are encouraged to adapt it to meet your own group’s training needs.

The manual is downloadable as a Word (2 MB) or PDF (1 MB) file from http://extension.missouri.edu/cd/pubdelib/trainmat.htm.

Geographic Focus: Missouri

Resource Link: http://extension.missouri.edu/cd/pubdelib/

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