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Reports and articles on dialogue, deliberation, public engagement and conflict resolution.

A Conversation on the Nature of Leadership

A Conversation on the Nature of Leadership, was published on the Kettering Foundation blog in December 2014 and is the transcribed conversation with Jack Becker, Tina Nabatchi, Martín Carcasson, and Jeffrey Nielson.  The conversation between the four discusses the nature of leadership, what are some of the roles of a leader and what it takes to be a successful leader. Read the full conversation below or check out the original on Kettering’s blog here. From Kettering… As a topic of inquiry and self-help, leadership has been covered from […] (continue)

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)

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)

Effects of the Internet on Participation

The 38-page study, Effects of the Internet on Participation: Study of a Public Policy Referendum in Brazil, by Paolo Spada, Jonathan Mellon, Tiago Peixoto and Fredrik M. Sjoberg, was published February 2015. It explores how online voting increases voter participation during an annual participatory budgeting vote in Brazil and what factors were influential for citizen engagement. You can download the paper here. From the Abstract Does online voting mobilize citizens who otherwise would not participate? During the annual participatory budgeting vote in the southern state of Rio […] (continue)

Strategies to Take Action and Build Trust Between the Community and Police

Strategies to Take Action and Build Trust Between the Community and Police (2014), from Everyday Democracy puts forth four strategies for positive community change from 25 years of experience with community-police relation dialogues. From Everyday Democracy 1. Join with other who want to create change on this issue. Community change happens when we all work together.  Join others already working toward change on this issue, or start a new group to organize community dialogue and action on community-police relations. Check out stories from South Bronx, N.Y.,Stratford, […] (continue)

Participatory Practices in Organizations

This 17-page review article, Participatory Practices in Organizations by Caroline Lee was published 2015 in Sociology Compass, an online journal aimed at reviewing state-of-the-art research for a broad audience of undergraduates, researchers, and those who want to stay posted on developments in particular fields. The piece is a relatively quick overview and digest of a range of historic and current research on participation (not just deliberation, but much that is relevant to it) in a variety of different types of organizations. It might be useful for […] (continue)

Ripple Effect Mapping: A “Radiant” Way to Capture Program Impacts

A group of leaders in college extension programs created a participatory group process designed to document the results of Extension educational efforts within complex, real-life settings. The method, known as Ripple Effect Mapping, uses elements of Appreciative Inquiry, mind mapping, and qualitative data analysis to engage program participants and other community stakeholders to reflect upon and visually map the intended and unintended changes produced by Extension programming. The result is not only a powerful technique to document impacts, but a way to engage and re-energize […] (continue)

Working Effectively with Public Engagement Consultants: Tips for Local Officials (ILG Report)

In planning and implementing public engagement activities, local officials often contract with external consultants for services. These may be consultants who design and lead activities devoted solely to public engagement, such as a series of community conversations contributing to the development of a local agency budget. Or they may be consultants who carry out tasks well beyond public engagement alone, such as assisting in the overall development of a general plan update. This tip sheet from the Institute For Local Government offers several recommendations to […] (continue)

Testing the Waters: California’s Local Officials Experiment with New Ways to Engage the Public (ILG Report)

This report—the first of two—presents the perspective of California’s public officials. It concludes with practical recommendations emerging from this study and its companion study on civic leaders’ perspectives for how to encourage productive relationships between local officials and the public and expand opportunities for broad sections of the public to meaningfully participate in local decision making. (continue)