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New Social Inquiry journal

New Social Inquiry is an academic journal that publishes social research essays and relative works that are accessible to a wide audience, engaging and relevant for non-specialists, yet sophisticated and complex enough to push scholarship forward. Their first publication will focus on public dialogue. Here’s an excerpt from the guidelines for submission: Is there such a thing as public dialogue, now or in the past? If so, who participates, who leads, and what forms does it take? If not, how can it realistically be realized? […] (continue)

The New Laboratories of Democracy: How Local Government is Reinventing Civic Engagement

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) released a report in 2009 called “The New Laboratories of Democracy:  How Local Government is Reinventing Civic Engagement” authored by Mike McGrath from the National Civic League. It can be downloaded from the PACE website at http://pacefunders.org/publications/NewLaboratoriesofDemocracy.pdf. The PACE report details the innovative methods local governments around the country are using to increase civic engagement by the public. “Local governments are at the cutting edge of finding new tools and methods to increase civic engagement in this country. We […] (continue)

Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Can Work Together

The Huffington Post released the article “Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Can Work Together,” a piece by Public Conversations Project Associate Mary Jacksteit. The article shares two examples of pro-choice and pro-life activists using dialogue to defuse tension and reduce violence. The article can be found at www.huffingtonpost.com/mary-jacksteit/the-buffalo-case-pro-life_b_215067.html (continue)

Democracy, Growing Up: The Shifts that Reshaped Local Politics and Foreshadowed the 2008 Presidential Election

Citizens are better at governing, and less willing to be governed, than ever before. So says Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, in his 2009 paper for Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE). Matt’s paper, Democracy, Growing Up: The Shifts that Reshaped Local Politics and Foreshadowed the 2008 Presidential Election, looks at the impact of this change as well as new public actors and problem-solvers. In his 2006 book, The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to […] (continue)

Beyond Debate: Impacts of Deliberative Issue Framing on Group Dialogue and Problem Solving

This 2009 report authored by Alison Kadlec and Will Friedman builds on ideas developed in the 2008 publication Reframing Framing by summarizing research that explores the impacts of framing issues for deliberation (in contrast to framing them for persuasion). How one frames an issue can effect the ability and willingness of citizens to productively discuss issues and come to thoughtful judgments. The data suggests that when issues are framed for deliberation: Group discussions tend to be more analytic and less ideological. People tend to spend […] (continue)

Building Peace: Practical Reflections From The Field

Even though international peacebuilding has rapidly expanded in the last two decades to respond to more multi-faceted and complex conflicts, the field has lagged behind in documenting the impact and success of projects. To help address this gap, the Alliance for Peacebuilding, one of the leading networks in the field, has brought together 13 stories of innovative peacebuilding practices from around the world in Building Peace (edited by Craig Zelizer and Robert A. Rubinstein). While the projects covered are diverse in nature, together they demonstrate […] (continue)

The Peace Media Clearinghouse

The Peace Media Clearinghouse is a collection of key audio and visual resources and best practices related to conflict management. Here you’ll find documentaries, films, shows, podcasts, songs, video games, and other multimedia about peace and conflict management. Explore a wide range of topics, such as conflict prevention, nonviolence, post-conflict reconstruction, refugees, child soldiers, rule of law, religion, climate change, terrorism, and much more. http://peacemedia.usip.org The clearinghouse was developed as a joint project of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) and Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution […] (continue)

When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation

All over the world, democratic reforms have brought power to the people, but under conditions where the people have little opportunity to think about the power that they exercise. In this 2009 book, NCDD member James Fishkin, creator of Deliberative Polling, combines a new theory of democracy with actual practice and shows how an idea that harks back to ancient Athens can be used to revive our modern democracies. (continue)

Peacebuilding Approaches Catalogue

Global Peacebuilders (globalpeacebuilders.org), an international network of conflict resolution, conflict transformation and peacebuilding initiatives, has made their Peacebuilding Approaches Catalogue freely available to visitors to their website. The catalogue is “a brief glimpse of the peacebuilding activity currently taking place, and offers an insight into just some of the many important approaches to peacebuilding currently being implemented locally and worldwide, at a grassroots, community, national or international level.” Also available as a full-color glossy catalogue (to order email sarah@globalpeacebuilders.org), which describes 18 approaches from the […] (continue)

The Shifting Grounds of Conflict and Peacebuilding: Stories and Lessons

The book The Shifting Grounds of Conflict and Peacebuilding: Stories and Lessons brings together the remembrances of Ambassador McDonald, a veteran diplomat whose life serves as a model to those people of vision and action who wish to make a difference in a world that is desperate for the end of conflict. Beginning his career in international diplomacy in post-WWII Berlin under the Marshall Plan, Ambassador McDonald’s 40 years of working with the U.S. government and the United Nations—as well as with various academic institutions […] (continue)

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