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Using Social Media to Increase Civic Engagement in U.S. Federal Agencies

Published in March 2010 and available for download from SlideShare, the 90-ish page Using Social Media to Increase Civic Engagement in U.S. Federal Agencies is a report for the FCC’s Broadband Taskforce, Civic Engagement Team. Archon Fung was the academic advisor for this paper, which was prepared by two Kennedy School grad students. http://www.slideshare.net/yasminfodil/social-media-and-civic-participation-final Here is the executive summary: Civic engagement is a critical element of our democratic process. It has many potential benefits for public policy professionals, including: creating public value in the form […] (continue)

Why Engage Online?

Bang The Table’s 5-page pdf titled Why Engage Online outlines “eleven good reasons to engage your community online.” 1. Internet Saturation “Home-based internet access will be as normal in the 21st century as home-based telephone access became in the 20th century. Online conversation will be as normal as breathing. While there will always be some sections of the community with poor access to the internet, it is safe to say that more people have access to the internet than any other form of community engagement.” […] (continue)

The New Laboratories of Democracy: How Local Government is Reinventing Civic Engagement

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) released a report in 2009 called “The New Laboratories of Democracy:  How Local Government is Reinventing Civic Engagement” authored by Mike McGrath from the National Civic League. It can be downloaded from the PACE website at http://pacefunders.org/publications/NewLaboratoriesofDemocracy.pdf. The PACE report details the innovative methods local governments around the country are using to increase civic engagement by the public. “Local governments are at the cutting edge of finding new tools and methods to increase civic engagement in this country. We […] (continue)

Democracy as Discussion: Civic Education and the American Forum Movement

Using primary sources from archives around the country, William M. Keith’s book Democracy as Discussion traces the early history of the Speech field, the development of discussion as an alternative to debate, and the Deweyan, Progressive philosophy of discussion that swept the United States in the early twentieth century. Available at Amazon.com. (continue)

Neighbors Online report

The Pew Internet and American Life Project has released the Neighbors Online Report. The report shows that Americans use a range of approaches to keep informed about what is happening in their communities and online activities have been added to the mix. Face-to-face encounters and phone calls remain the most frequent methods of interaction with neighbors, while internet tools are gaining ground in community-oriented communications. More information can be found at Steven Clift‘s blog post on the report, titled Neighbors Online – What have 27% […] (continue)

Technology of Participation (ToP)

Technology of Participation (ToP®) is a collection of highly practical group facilitation methods developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA). ToP consists of methods that enable groups to (1) engage in thoughtful and productive conversations, (2) develop common ground for working together, and (3) build effective short- and long-range plans. The ToP methods grew out of ICA’s work in community and organizational development around the world. ICA developed and tested the initial forms of these processes in the early 1960s in a new style […] (continue)

Core Principles for Public Engagement — Expanded Text

Although we did not seek endorsements for the expanded text under the Core Principles for Public Engagement and their one-sentence descriptions, the text under the headers “In high quality engagement” and “What to avoid” was developed alongside the seven Core Principles in a highly collaborative and transparent manner. The purpose of the expanded text is to illustrate and breathe life into the principles, and should accompany the list of Core Principles whenever possible. We encourage you to adapt or revise this text for different audiences […] (continue)

Endorsers of the Core Principles for Public Engagement

We were thrilled at the amount of involvement AND the amount of support the Core Principles for Public Engagement project received from our community. The following organizations and individuals have endorsed the collaboratively-created Core Principles for Public Engagement. Email Sandy Heierbacher, NCDD’s Director, at sandy@thataway.org, if you or your organization would like to endorse the principles as well. View the Core Principles at www.ncdd.org/pep or download the full PDF principles document, which includes details about how the principles were developed, a partial list of endorsing […] (continue)

Report from NCDD 2008: Evaluation Challenge

At the 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, we focused on 5 challenges identified by participants at our past conferences as being vitally important for our field to address. This is one in a series of five posts featuring the final reports from our “challenge leaders.” Evaluation Challenge: Demonstrating that dialogue and deliberation works How can we demonstrate to power-holders (public officials, funders, CEOs, etc.) that D&D really works? Evaluation and measurement is a perennial focus of human performance/change interventions. What evaluation tools and […] (continue)

Ladder of Inference

The "ladder of inference" concept explains why most people don't usually remember where their deepest attitudes came from. The data is long since lost to memory, after years of inferential leaps. Being aware of the ladder of inference enables peopel to improve their communications and thinking by (1) becoming more aware of your own thinking and reasoning (reflection); making your thinking and reasoning more visible to others (advocacy); and inquiring into others' thinking and reasoning (inquiry). (continue)

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