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Campaign for Stronger Democracy

The Campaign for a Stronger Democracy is a new U.S. coalition of advocates, scholars, civic organizations, public officials and concerned citizens who are working to create a strong, vibrant democracy, rooted in a belief that our democratic institutions can rise to the challenges facing our nation. NCDD is involved in CSD as a partner organization. (continue)

Toward Wiser Public Judgment

Toward Wiser Public Judgment (2011) revisits and expands upon Yankelovich's seminal 1991 book, Coming to Public Judgment, which argued that people advance through several distinct stages to form politically meaningful judgments about public issues. In particular, citizens must "work through" the temptation to opt for easy answers or engage in wishful thinking, reconcile conflicting values, and come to terms with tough tradeoffs, before they can truly support a new course of action. (continue)

Reuniting America: A Toolkit for Changing the Political Game

Joseph McCormick, co-founder of Reuniting America, and humorist Steve Bhaerman have just released a new e-Book directly relevant to our national situation, Reuniting America: A Toolkit for Changing the Political Game. As old top-down ways of governing prove inadequate in the face of increasing complexity, it is a manifesto for a transpartisan “grassroots up-wising.” (continue)

Song Of A Citizen

"Song Of A Citizen" is a unique collaboration of thinkers and artists exploring what it really means to be a fully engaged and effective citizen in modern times -- how we-the-people are measuring up -- how we can do better -- and why we must. Song Of A Citizen's debut effort is an innovative series of online "video op-eds," featuring an array of nationally renowned political philosophers and self-governance experts (including NCDD members Martha McCoy, Carolyn Lukensmeyer and Will Friedman) -- presented in a playful and engaging visual style -- each making the case in their own compelling way. View the video op-eds at www.songofacitizen.com. (continue)

Online Dialogue & Deliberation

Written by NCDD director Sandy Heierbacher to expand upon the text on our “What Are Dialogue & Deliberation?” page. Online formats for dialogue and deliberation have improved dramatically in the last few years. Although much of what is called “online dialogue” these days is still little more than a series of anonymous posts in a forum or blog, some groups who have made much progress in creating online spaces for effective dialogue and deliberation — oftentimes, as a complement to face-to-face approaches. Here are a […] (continue)

Spectrum of Processes for Collaboration and Consensus-Building in Public Decisions

This one-page spectrum (2008) was developed by Suzanne Orenstein, Lucy Moore and Susan Sherry, members of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Future of Collaboration and Consensus on Public Issues, in consideration of and inspiration from the spectra developed by International Association for Public Involvement (Public Participation Spectrum) and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (Engagement Streams Framework). While all types of processes have intrinsic value on their own, those on the right side of the spectrum tend to include early phases akin […] (continue)

Recentering Democracy Around Citizens

Recentering Democracy around Citizens is a multimedia report from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (2010) on how local leaders, and the national associations that serve them, can react to pressing challenges and reshape local governance. The skills, attitudes, capacity, and diversity of ordinary people are creating new opportunities and new challenges for our communities and our democracy. More than ever, citizens are able to disrupt policymaking processes when they don’t understand or agree with the values and opinions of decision-makers. Citizens are able to contribute more […] (continue)

Dialogue & Deliberation Methods

Written by NCDD director Sandy Heierbacher to expand upon the text on our “What Are Dialogue & Deliberation?” page. This resource provides enough details to enable you to decide which of these leading dialogue and deliberation methods you should learn more about. In addition to looking at which methods fit your intentions, you will need to consider which methods are aligned with your resources, timeline, and the people you feel need to be involved. The text below is drawn from NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework. AmericaSpeaks […] (continue)

Reclaiming Democracy: Changing the Way We Talk about Critical Issues

The July 2007 report by Barnett Pearce, Ph.D. (pictured), Reclaiming Democracy: Changing the Way We Talk about Critical Issues, has the subtitle “A Report of a Project to Engage Legislators in Dialogue and Suggestions for Moving Forward.” This report to the Kettering Foundation describes and reflects on a project done by a few members of the dialogue and deliberation community which resulted in a meeting on May 30, 2007, called “Reclaiming Democracy: Changing the Way We Talk about Critical Issues.” Download the report here. Here […] (continue)

YouTube Playlists of Dialogue & Deliberation Videos

NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher created a number of public playlists on YouTube in June 2009, featuring some great, short videos that show and/or introduce people to dialogue and deliberation. The playlists, which are added to regularly, can be found at www.tinyurl.com/ncddplaylists. Well over 200 YouTube videos are now organized on these public playlists, which are periodically updated: About Dialogue & Deliberation (people talking about D&D) Dialogue & Deliberation in Practice (features clips of actual D&D) Dialogue & Deliberation Events (covers specific projects and events) Absolute Favorite […] (continue)

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