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Ready-to-use tools and handouts for D&D practitioners, teachers and trainers.

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)

America’s Energy Future: How Can We Take Charge? (NIFI Issue Guide)

The National Issues Forums Institute published the Issue Guide, America's Energy Future: How Can We Take Charge?, in January 2015. This Issue Guide puts forth three options for deliberation of how America can address its energy consumption and how to deal with it in the future.    From the guide… Americans depend on easy access to energy. Most of us take it for granted that we will be able to light up a room with the flick of a switch, adjust the temperature of our homes […] (continue)

How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get the Care We Need? (NIFI Issue Guide)

The National Issues Forums Institute published the Issue Guide, How Can We Reduce Costs and Still Get the Care We Need?, in April 2015. This guide is to help facilitate deliberation on the issues around the entire US healthcare system. From the guide... Americans have good reason to worry about the high costs of health care. Medical bills are the leading cause of personal bankruptcy. Nationally, health care spending threatens the nation's long-term solvency. We urgently need to find ways to make our health care system financially […] (continue)

What is Public Engagement and Why Do It? (ILG)

This five-page tip sheet guide from Institute for Local Government, What is Public Engagement and Why Should I Do It? (2015), has two major sections: part 1 puts forth public engagement terms to help local officials find which approach "fits" best and part 2 gives benefits of engaging the public. Download the PDF for free here. From the guide... What is Public Engagement? Six definitions are given for public officials to better understand which approach is the most appropriate to use: civic engagement, public engagement, public information/outreach, […] (continue)

Organizing Community-wide Dialogue for Action and Change

This comprehensive 157-page guide, Organizing Community-wide Dialogue for Action and Change, from Everyday Democracy was published September 2001, to help develop a community-wide dialogue to change program from start to finish. Part 1 of the guide gives an overview of Community-wide dialogue "study circles", and Part 2 is  how to organize a program: clarifying the issues, building your team, developing a plan and sustaining a program. Part 3 is about five case study community profiles from: Georgia, North Carolina, New York, California, and Illinois. The guide […] (continue)

Building Healthy & Vibrant Communities: Achieving Results through Community Engagement (ILG)

This pamphlet from Institute for Local Government, Building Healthy & Vibrant Communities: Achieving Results through Community Engagement, highlights information for public engagement in land use planning. The pamphlet reviews: What is Land Use Planning, Who is Involved, Why Community Engagement Matters and How to Engage. Download the pamphlet here. About the Institute for Local Government The Institute for Local Government is the nonprofit research education affiliate of the League of California Cities and the California State Association of Counties. Its mission is to promote good government at […] (continue)

Activity to Explore the Impact of Skin Color

Everyday Democracy released this activity to show how participants' may have different experiences based on their skin color. The goal is to prompt thinking about the different experiences because of skin color and provide an opportunity for dialogue. Part One is a true/false skin color survey and Part Two is a dialogue prompt about privilege. From the intro... This activity is meant to help us go deeper in our discussion about race. It may make some people uncomfortable and some may think this is contrived. […] (continue)

Intersector Toolkit: Tools for Cross-Sector Collaboration

This 31-page Toolkit (2015) is the cornerstone of The Intersector Project’s work. It provides practical knowledge for practitioners in every sector to implement their own intersector initiatives. At The Intersector Project, we think of a toolkit as a resource that provides actionable guidance on how to solve a problem. Toolkits can be broad or narrow in focus, providing general guidance or sector-, industry-, or issue- specific guidance. In a cross-sector context, toolkits assist practitioners in navigating the differences in languages, cultures, and work practices that […] (continue)

Free Flyer Templates from Everyday Democracy

Everyday Democracy has designed six highly useful, customizable flyer templates that can be used by anyone holding dialogue and deliberation events. The templates can be downloaded here. The six flyer templates are for: Action Forum flyers Community-Building flyers Kick-off Event flyers Recruit Facilitator flyers Voice Your Opinion flyers We Need You flyers From Everyday Democracy... No design skills? No budget for a graphic designer? No problem! Use these templates to help you create beautiful flyers for your program Easy to use - no design skills required […] (continue)

Alcohol in America: What Can We Do about Excessive Drinking? (NIFI Issue Guide)

In November 2014, the National Issues Forums Institute published the Issue Guide, Alcohol in America: What Can We Do about Excessive Drinking?  This guide is to help facilitate public deliberation in regards to the problem of alcoholism in America. From the guide... Alcohol is a legal beverage, but its misuse hurts people, costs our nation billions of dollars, and makes the public less safe. The question remains: What can we do about excessive alcohol use?" The Issue Guide presents three options for deliberation: Option One: "Protect Others […] (continue)

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