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Report on the 2004 National Conference on Dialogue Deliberation

In October 2004, over 300 people came together at Regis University in Denver, Colorado for the second National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation. The main purpose of the gathering was to encourage conference attendees and planners, together, to continue developing this important, growing field of practice. Networking, experiencing different methods, sharing learnings, hearing from leaders in the field, exploring key issues facing the field - all of these are field-building activities, and all were given a place at the 2004 NCDD Conference. (continue)

Evaluating Environmental Public Participation: Methodological Considerations

Increasingly, environmental agencies are engaged in public participation activities. Unfortunately, the limited evaluation of public participation programs also makes improvement of such programs more difficult. To encourage further thinking about the evaluation of environmental public participation programs, this article discusses some of the basic issues raised by evaluators of social programs (e.g. unemployment and housing, etc.) that have served as methodological proving grounds for evaluation. (continue)

Resolving Identity-Based Conflict In Nations, Organizations, and Communities

This book presented a approach to conflict resolution that intrigued and informed practitioners and scholars alike. Writing from his remarkable range of academic and real-world experiences--including his historic work in bringing Israel and the PLO to the negotiation table--Rothman shows how identity-based conflict can be managed so that both parties reach a higher ground than either could have found on its own. His vehicle is his ARIA model, and here he traces the ARIA process through Antagonism, Resonance, Invention, and Action, demonstrating step-by-step how it can be applied in a variety of environments. (continue)

Creative Community Builder’s Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts and Culture

The Creative Community Builder's Handbook is chock full of successful strategies, best practices, and "how-to" guidance to turn cultural gems into effective community change. This 260-page book delves into key principles of community development and presents 20 case studies from across the U.S. In addition, it lays out five steps to assessing, planning, and implementing creative community building projects. (continue)

Connor Development Services, Ltd. – Internet Tutorial on Public Participation

Desmond Connor, Ph.D. offers an Internet Tutorial on Public Participation. This one-on-one tutorial, which takes 2-4 weeks, provides you with a systematic approach to preventing and resolving public controversy by applying the concept of Constructive Citizen Participation. Participants receive a copy of Connor's Public Participation Manual and review a 25-minute instructional video. Connor also provides consulting services for public consultation programs and social impact assessment studies. (continue)


NPower is a growing network committed to sharing technology information, inspiration and ideas so they are available for the widest community benefit. NPower's tag line is 'putting technology know-how in the hands of nonprofits.' Their website is packed with articles, resources and tools that help meet the needs of communities through technology. (continue)

Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation Programs

This manual is the first of its kind to focus on the particular needs of the conflict transformation field. It addresses the many challenges faced by conflict transformation practitioners in their attempts to measure and increase the effectiveness of their work. Includes practical tips and examples from around the world. (continue)

Collaborative Governance: A Guide for Grantmakers

This 47-page guide focuses on collaborative governance, an emerging set of concepts and practices that offer prescriptions for inclusive, deliberative, and often consensus-oriented approaches to planning, problem solving, and policymaking. Collaborative governance typically describes those processes in which government actors are participants and/or objects of the processes. (continue)

Trust Emotion, Sex, Politics, and Science: Surveying the Risk-Assessment Battlefield

Risk management has become increasingly politicized and contentious. Polarized views, controversy, and conflict have become pervasive. Research has begun to provide a new perspective on this problem by demonstrating the complexity of the concept ??risk'' and the inadequacies of the traditional view of risk assessment as a purely scientific enterprise. This paper argues that danger is real, but risk is socially constructed. Risk assessment is inherently subjective and represents a blending of science and judgment with important psychological, social, cultural, and political factors. In addition, our social and democratic institutions, remarkable as they are in many respects, breed distrust in the risk arena. Whoever controls the definition of risk controls the rational solution to the problem at hand. (continue)

MP Associates

MP Associates is dedicated to building the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities to effectively address racism and better understand privilege issues for building a just and inclusive society. We work to identify systemic issues, to increase individuals' knowledge and skills, and to support processes for people to work together across and within racial and ethnic groups. (continue)