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Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis? (NIFI Issue Guide)

The 12-page issue guide from National Issues Forums Institute, Immigration in America: How Do We Fix a System in Crisis? (updated edition, 2013), outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. You […] (continue)

Coping With the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Coping With the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold […] (continue)

Examining Health Care: What’s the Public’s Prescription? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Examining Health Care: What’s the Public’s Prescription? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. The U.S. spends more than any […] (continue)

America’s Role in the World: What Does National Security Mean in the 21st Century (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, America’s Role in the World: What Does National Security Mean in the 21st Century (updated edition, 2013), outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns […] (continue)

Education: How Do We Get the Results We Want? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Education: How Do We Get the Results We Want? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. This booklet bypasses the […] (continue)

The New Science of Food: Facing Up to Our Biotechnology Choices (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, The New Science of Food: Facing Up to Our Biotechnology Choices outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. The use […] (continue)

Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. […] (continue)

The Four-Legged Stool

This report to the Kettering Foundation focuses on civil society and “the need for a stronger associational life for citizens.”  John McKnight, professor emeritus and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University and author of the report, “distinguishes associations from not-for-profit corporations, though they are often combined as the third leg of a “three-legged stool,” the other legs being business and government. He points out their differences: not-for-profit corporations are usually formal and hierarchical, whereas associations tend to be informal and horizontal; not-for-profits use the […] (continue)

Public Schools: Are They Making the Grade? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Public Schools: Are They Making the Grade? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. Most Americans say children are not […] (continue)

Alcohol: Controlling the Toxic Spill (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute’s issue guides, Alcohol: Controlling the Toxic Spill outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. Excessive drinking creates countless personal disasters, including job […] (continue)

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