Avian Flu Framing Forum, Atlanta, Georgia (NIF Report)
On June 9 and 10, 2006, the Kettering Foundation, Public Policy Institute, and the National Issues Forum sponsored a two-day event at the Carter Presidential Library, hosting 46 participants. The first day’s activities focused on framing issues for public deliberation, and three fellows from the University of Georgia’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institution (Roosevelt), a national-network of student-run think tanks, facilitated discussion in three small groups. A general guide provided by the Kettering Foundation governed how the three fellows, Gabe Allen, Jennifer Oliver, and Elizabeth Kirby, would facilitate the framing activity. The issue, chosen by Deep Shah and Lindsay Looft (two other Roosevelt fellows) with guidance from Dr. Margaret Holt and Dr. Pamela Kleiber, was public concern over a possible avian flu pandemic and how citizens believe management of the potential crisis should be approached. This report discusses the approach the fellows took to frame the issue and the results of the day’s work. Find more details on the NIF website.
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