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The Fundamentals of Policy Crowdsourcing

The 22-page research paper, The Fundamentals of Policy Crowdsourcing (2015), was published by John Prpic, Araz Taetihagh, and James Melton, and can be found via the Davenport Institute on their Gov 2.0 Watch blog. This paper is one of the first of its kind to provide research that dives deep into how crowdsourcing is being utilized for policymaking. Read the abstract below and download the paper here. From the abstract... What is the state of the research on crowdsourcing for policymaking? This article begins to answer this question […] (continue)

Searching for Wise Questions

The article, Searching for Wise Questions, by Laura Chasin was published September 2011 and discusses how the way questions are framed can dramatically shape the answer. Written with the September 11, 2001 attacks in mind, the article offers opportunities to frame questions in a way that heal rather than divide. Below is an excerpt from the article and the full piece can be found on Public Conversations Project's website here. From the article... My experience conducting dialogues among those who have fierce differences about issues such as abortion […] (continue)

10 Tips for Better Attendance at Engagement Events

The article from Everyday Democracy, Where Did All The People Go? One Reason You're Getting a Low Turnout at Community Engagement Events and 10 Things You Can Do About It, by Rebecca Reyes was published August 11, 2015. In the article, it talks about the challenges of getting people to attend public engagement events and provides 10 tips for how to improve attendance. Below is the full article and the link to the original article on Everyday Democracy's site is here. Read the full article below... If […] (continue)

Designing Digital Democracy: A Short Guide

This May 2015 blog article, Designing digital democracy: a short guide, by Geoff Mulgan of Nesta, provides a guide to designing public participation processes. Mulgan gives several points of clarity to consider when designing a process, like: what is the purpose of the engagement, who is trying to be reached, what are appropriate tools [digital and/or F2F], the scale of the effort and taking into considerations the desire for anonymity. Below is the full article and the link to the original piece can be found here. Read […] (continue)

What Should Go on the Internet: Privacy, Freedom and Security Online (NIFI Issue Guide)

The National Issues Forums Institute published the 12-page Issue Guide, What Should Go on the Internet: Privacy, Freedom and Security Online (2013) and is an update to an earlier guide about the Internet. This guide is designed to help facilitate balanced deliberation about what should go on the internet. From the guide… The same Internet that has given us new ways to socialize, learn, and engage in civic life has also given criminals new avenues to steal from us and scam us, often using information […] (continue)

@Stake: A Role-Playing Card Game

The Engagement Lab at Emerson College created @Stake, a role-playing card game used to foster decision-making, empathy and collaboration. The players take various roles and create questions based on real life issues to deliberate on during the game. All participants pitch their ideas under a time limit and one of the players, "The Decider" will choose who has the best idea and award points. More about the game Development of @Stake: Planning issues often involve conflicting interests coupled with deep resentments and community divides. Building a new […] (continue)

Beyond the Usuals: Ideas to Encourage Broader Public Engagement in Community Decision Making

This three-page tip sheet from the Institute for Local Government, Beyond the Usuals: Ideas to Encourage Broader Public Engagement in Community Decision Making (2015), are suggestions for achieving better inclusion and representation in public involvement and civic engagement efforts. Download the PDF here. From ILG Given the challenges facing cities and counties in California, local officials are increasingly asking residents to participate in public engagement efforts whose outcomes will help shape the future of their communities. These discussions are about land use, budgeting, affordable housing, climate […] (continue)

The Creation of Politics Video

The short video, The Creation of Politics (2014), was created by Kettering Foundation, in collaboration with Momentum Inc., Danijel Zezelj, and Main Sail Productions. The video tells the story of villagers who came together to address the dangers they faced as a community and how this led to the creation of politics. Below is the blog post from Kettering describing the video in more detail and find the link to the video here. From Kettering Those of you who have participated in Kettering’s annual summer Deliberative Democracy Exchange […] (continue)

Access Through Action Discussion Guide

This 22-page discussion guide, Access Through Action Dialogues, describes a five-meeting series of dialogues in Miami Dade County for the Health Care Access Summit Series #1 via the Human Services Coalition of Dade County. This dialogue series was adapted from the discussion guide, Thriving Communities, which was developed by Everyday Democracy (formally the Study Circles Resource Center) and the Northwest Area Foundation. From the Intro People in communities in Miami Dade County want to live in a place where they have access to quality affordable health care. […] (continue)

ConverSketch: Graphic Recording and Facilitation

ConverSketch provides high quality multi-media explainer videos for businesses and organizations to succinctly share their story or a product. These popular videos use hand-drawn illustrations and narrative to connect you with the right audience and encourage them to learn more about your story. Using graphic recording helps the group synthesize information, facilitates collaboration, creative thinking, sustained motivation for action, and brings energy to the group. Complex systems are visualized and the conversation is organized so that the group can free their minds from keeping track of […] (continue)