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Democratic Innovations in Deliberative Systems – The Case of the Estonian Citizens’ Assembly Process

This 29-page case study, Democratic Innovations in Deliberative Systems- The Case of the Estonian Citizens' Assembly Process (2015) by Magnus E. Jonsson and published in Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 11: Iss. 1. This study focuses on the ‘Estonian Citizens’ Assembly Process’ (ECA), which sought to operationalize a systemic approach to deliberative democracy and how this could be used to evaluate democratic innovations.  From the Abstract With the proliferation and application of democratic innovations around the world, the empirical study of deliberative and participatory processes has shifted from […] (continue)

Reflective Structured Dialogue: A Dialogic Approach to Peacebuilding

Public Conversations Project, in coordination with the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria and UMass Boston, created this 76-page dialogue guide, Reflective Structured Dialogue: A Dialogic Approach to Peacebuilding (2015), authored by Dave Joseph MSW and Interfaith Mediation Centre. This effort developed this faith-based "hybrid" dialogue model to facilitate peacebuilding efforts between Muslims and Christians, which stemmed from two years of collaboration between four organizations in Nigeria. From Public Conversations Project Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), it was developed and field-tested in northern Nigeria, a region […] (continue)

Inclusion, Equality, and Discourse Quality in Citizen Deliberations on Broadband

The 24-page case study, Inclusion, Equality, and Discourse Quality in Citizen Deliberations on Broadband (2015) published by  Soo-Hye Han, William Schenck-Hamlin, and Donna Schenck-Hamlin in the Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 11: Iss. 1. The study is based on a program of Kansas library forums on broadband telecommunications policy. It explores the theories versus realities of public deliberation, in regards, to participant inclusion, equality and the quality of discourse. From the Abstract Proponents of deliberative democracy have theorized that in order to contribute to improved decision-making, citizens should aim […] (continue)

Medicare and Medicaid (NIFI Issue Guide)

The National Issues Forums Institute published this 16-page Issue Guide, Medicare and Medicaid, in 2015. This guide is to help facilitate deliberation around the health-care choices. From the guide... Nearly everybody will, at some point, get sick and need the help of health-care professionals. Finding the resources to cover these public programs is an ever-increasing challenge at a time when our national debt is at an all-time high. Ultimately, all Americans—policymakers as well as citizens—will have to face painful decisions about reducing the cost. This may […] (continue)

Deliberation for Reconciliation in Divided Societies

The 37-page case study, Deliberation for Reconciliation in Divided Societies (2015) published by Dr. Magdalena Dembinska and Dr. Françoise Montambeault in the Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 11: Iss. 1. The study discusses the how deliberate processes were utilized to facilitate dialogue for inter-group reconciliation. From the Abstract Engaging with the literature on deliberative democracy, this article contends that in the context of ethnic group hostilities, deliberative processes where participants have a genuine opportunity to communicate and ‘hear the other side’ can be a way for inter-group dialogue and reconciliation. […] (continue)

Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers (DMC Issue Guide)

Minding Our Future: Investing in Healthy Infants and Toddlers is an issue guide created by the David Mathews Center for Civic Life for our Alabama Issues Forums 2014 – 2015 series. The issue guide provides a brief overview on the importance of early childhood development, outlining three approaches towards investing in healthy infants and toddlers across the state of Alabama. The David Mathews Center—a non-profit, non-partisan organization—does not advocate a particular solution to this issue, but rather seeks to provide a framework for Alabamians to […] (continue)

Context and Medium Matter: Expressing Disagreements Online and Face-to-Face in Political Deliberations

The 22-page case study, Context and Medium Matter: Expressing Disagreements Online and Face-to-Face in Political Deliberations (2015) by Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Lauren Bryant and Bruce Bimber was published in the Journal of Public Deliberation: Vol. 11: Iss. 1. This case study examines how participants' behavior differs depending on the medium, when expressing disagreements about political topics. From the Abstract Processes of disagreement are important to public deliberation, but research has not examined the dynamics of disagreement in deliberation of political topics with respect to effects of the channel of interaction. […] (continue)

Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity

Deliberation, Democracy, and Civic Forums: Improving Equality and Publicity by Christopher F. Karpowitz and Chad Raphael was published November 2014. The 409-page book, defines the various examples of civic forums that have grown in popularity in the last few decades. Karpowitz and Raphael explore the role of civic forums in citizen deliberation and how to increase the legitimacy of these kinds of forums in the future. From the intro... Innovative forums that integrate citizen deliberation into policy making are revitalizing democracy in many places around the world. […] (continue)

A New Land: What Kind of Government Should We Have? (NIFI Issue Guide)

The National Issues Forums Institute published the Issue Guide, A New Land: What Kind of Government Should We Have?, in 2015. This guide is to help facilitate deliberation the current and future state of the US union. From the guide… It is the spring of 1787. We are now in a critical period. Our new republic is unstable and the liberty we won just four years ago is threatened. We’ve lost the unity inspired by our fight against Britain. Trade is difficult and our physical safety is […] (continue)

Airesis – Open Source E-democracy Social Network

Airesis is a free, web-based, open source E-democracy platform, structured as a social network and designed to maximize the collective intelligence of group deliberation. It is the result of 5 years of development, testing and pilot experimentation, organized and done by an Italian Association - Tecnologie Democratiche, which included the collaboration of more than 50 people. Airesis is the outcome of the fusion of two projects: Agorà 2.0 and DemocracyOnline, that came together in the association, Tecnologie Democratiche, with one of its main goals being the development of […] (continue)

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