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Local Issues Forum Guidebook from e-Democracy.org

This comprehensive guidebook is designed for those interested in establishing online “Local Issues Forums.” It is focused on the United Kingdom but evolved directly from the experience of E-Democracy.Org, which is based in Minnesota. Care has been taken to present this guidebook for a UK audience, it is general enough for a worldwide “local” audience. The main audiences for this guide are new local E-Democracy.Org Issues Forum steering committee members, individuals who work with local authorities, and citizens exploring the Issues Forums idea in detail. […] (continue)

In Search of Civility

Civility is much more than just behaving politely. This 8-page issue brief from the National Association of Counties (NACo) provides an overview of current state of civil dialogue in local government and examples of how counties can ensure a civil dialogue during county meetings. Published June 2010. Download In Search of Civility at this link or visit www.naco.org/research/pubs/ to see all NACo publications. (continue)

The Rhetoric of Public Dialogue

The Rhetoric of Public Dialogue (2003) by Rob Anderson, Kenneth N. Cissna, and Meghan K. Clune, was published in Communication Research Trends, 22(1), 2003, pp. 1-37. The authors begin by reviewing recent mostly book-length works related to public dialogue within the categories or metaphors of access and space, difference and voice, deliberation, and civility (with a separate section for public journalism). They go on to discuss a number of the more prominent contemporary public dialogue projects. NCDD figures prominently in this section, and the authors […] (continue)

National Civility Center

NCC's work is focused on distributing better tools for capacity building and helping individuals and institutions to be strong champions for improvement in their own communities. We believe that a comprehensive approach to community improvement - one that engages all local stakeholders around shared ideas and a unified plan for action - can help community members and organizations become more effective at solving tough social issues. (continue)

Public Agenda

Founded in 1975 by social scientist Daniel Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, Public Agenda pursues a two-part mission. Drawing on its own research, Public Agenda prepares educational materials that help explain policy to the public in a balanced and easily understood way. Citizens use this information to weigh various choices and make educated decisions. Public Agenda has addressed such issues as school and health care reform, national security, AIDS, crime, economic competitiveness and the environment. Public Agenda is a leader in public opinion research. (continue)

Facing History and Ourselves National Foundation, Inc.

Facing History and Ourselves is an international educational non-profit organization that engages middle and high school teachers and their students in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism by relating the past to the world today. Facing History helps students find meaning in the past and recognize the need for participation and responsible decision making. Based in Brookline, Massachusetts and with branches in six U.S. cities, Facing History and Ourselves provides a range of resources (printed, network-based, speakers' bureaus, videotapes) to confront racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism in schools and the wider society. (continue)

Ten Public Involvement ‘Hot Spots’

This 2-page document was used as a handout for the workshop entitled "Collaborative Governance in Local Government: Choosing Practice Models and Assessing Experience" given by Terry Amsler, Lisa Blomgren Bingham, and Malka Kopell at the 2006 NCDD Conference. While most public involvement strategies offer positive results for all, some efforts are not as effective as sponsors and participants would like. Outlined in this two-page document are a few of the 'hot spots' where extra attention may mean the difference between success and failure. (continue)


Unchat is a web-based platform for real-time, structured and cost-effective conversation. Unchat adapts the synchronous Internet "chat" environment to civility, accountability, and deliberative democracy. Participants create their own virtual collaboration "spaces" by stocking libraries with content to use in discussion and configuring a style of moderation that is either un-moderated, moderated, or self-moderated, thereby ensuring that users share control and responsibility. (continue)

The Simple Society's Alliance for Human Empowerment

The Simple Society's Alliance for Human Empowerment is a collaboration between individuals and organizations dedicated to enabling every person to achieve their highest level of wellness, personal potential, equity, and justice. Members of the Alliance will make possible a massive outreach campaign designed to show the public, and our leaders, how to actually solve our most serious social problems. The Alliance holds free, monthly public policy forums conducted by email. (continue)

Institute for Civility in Government

The Institute for Civility in Government is a grassroots, non-partisan, nonprofit organization which works to reduce polarization in society by focusing on the very public civility (or lack of it!) in the governing process. The Institute facilitates dialogue, teaches respect, and promotes civility. A membership organization, the Institute holds Congressional Student Forums and offers trainings in civility and advocacy. Not a think tank, and not a watch dog organization, we serve as a catalyst for change - an absolutely unique citizen movement. (continue)