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This is an archive of a 2004 discussion on the NCDD Discussion list Buy Glucophage Without Prescription, . This discussion on Polarization & D&D starts with Lars Hasselblad Torres' response on July 26, 2004 to an introduction by new NCDD member David Hilditch, who wrote "I share with many of you a growing concern about the long term corrosive effects of polarization." Lars Hasselblad Torres: David hi :: Great to have you on this list. This "two Americas" debate that is being raised in the […] (continue)

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Here are some sets of principles we collected to help inform the creation of the Core Principles for Public Engagement Buy Tetracycline Without Prescription, (2009)... Effective Deliberative Public Engagement: Nine Principles (from  the National Consumer Council & Involve.org) Nine Principles: The process makes a difference. The process is transparent. The process has integrity. The process is tailored to the circumstances. The process involves the right number and types of people The process treats participants with respect. The process gives priority to participants' discussions. The process is reviewed […] (continue)

PRIA – An International Centre for Learning and Promotion of Participation and Democratic Governance

PRIA's founders believed in two principles of development: Participatory Research, which believes in the intrinsic value of people's knowledge as basis for their own empowerment, and Participatory Development, a process which empowers people to create and implement their own development plans. In the process of its work at the grassroots, PRIA pioneered a vast range of methodologies and tools for the empowerment of the marginalized, including Participatory Training, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation, Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue, and Community Based Monitoring. (continue)

No Better Time report

In July 2009, more than 250 campus and community leaders (including many members of NCDD) came together at the University of New Hampshire to talk about the “deliberative democracy” field, the tide of civic change on campuses and in communities, and what those changes mean for the practice and teaching of democracy. “No Better Time: Promising Opportunities in Deliberative Democracy for Educators and Practitioners” was hosted by two NCDD organizational members, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) and The Democracy Imperative (TDI). TDI and the DDC […] (continue)

Deliberation and Your Community: How to Convene and Moderate Local Public Forums Using Deliberative Decision-Making (training manual)

This 86-page NIF training manual is designed for use in Missouri, but it is a compliation of materials used by a number of people throughout the National Issues Forums network to train others in deliberative decision-making and NIF moderation. 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. The author encourages you to adapt the manual to meet your own group's training needs. (continue)

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. (continue)

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Minnesota E-Democracy is a non-partisan citizen-based organization whose mission is to improve participation in democracy in Minnesota through the use of information networks and communication technologies. Minnesota E-Democracy was established in 1994 and created the world's first election-oriented website. They sponsor election-year online partnerships to promote citizen access to election information and interaction. Their year-round focus is on the use of the Internet to improve citizen participation and real world governance through online discussions and information and knowledge exchange. (continue)

What is Dialogue? Definitions from Leaders in the Field

Dialogue and deliberation are dynamic processes which can be empathy-enhancing, relationship-changing, problem-solving, action-planning, organization-developing, community-building, conflict-resolving, skill developing, prejudice reducing, consciousness-raising, and more! The various models and methods that are used in our field often emphasize, strive for and obtain different outcomes. Click on this resource for quotes from over a dozen leaders in the D&D community about what "dialogue" means to them. (continue)

Let’s Talk America Hosting Manual

This manual teaches the Conversation Café method in detail. This is the simplest process we know and one that has a proven track record to be easily and reliably adopted by hosts who may have no previous experience - as well as by skilled facilitators. This manual provides a process that will honor LTA principles and enable you to take the conversation from small talk to big talk in a way that allows everyone to feel respected, safe and heard. With a little study and preparation, your conversation can create a positive and empowering experience for all. (continue)

NCDD Discussion List & List Ground Rules

NCDD's main listserv is a popular resource for practitioners, scholars, activists and students of dialogue and deliberation. As of June 2010, over 1000 subscribers use this listserv for networking, information-sharing, and discussing key issues facing our community of practice. This discussion list is NCDD members' primary means of communicating directly with one another, and with others in the D&D community. Non-members are welcome to subscribe to this list. (continue)

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