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Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public’s Role (NIF Issue Guide)

Fed up with politics and a widening partisan divide, many Americans are turning away from public life. We are, most of us, spectators rather than participants in a political process that seems to have little to do with citizens. What has gone wrong, and what should we do about it? The National Issues Forums Institute encouraged citizens to consider this important question by fostering deliberative forums across the country about Democracy's Challenge using this 2006 issue book. (continue)

The Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (NIF Issue Book)

America's way of life seems threatened by unstable sources of energy, while many see growing evidence of environmental damage. As demands for energy escalate, both in this country and in rapidly developing nations, we may soon reach a point of no return. It is time to face the difficult choices that must be made to ensure a sustainable future. (continue)

Everybody Ready for School: How Can we Ensure High Quality Early Childhood Programs?

Many educators, parents and researchers agree that high quality "school readiness" programs can help youngsters be more successful later on in school and in life. But preschool programs vary widely in quality. How can we make sure that all preschool programs provide safe and enriching environments that do a good job preparing children for school? In other words, how can we make sure all preschool programs are of the highest possible quality? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda presents three approaches: fund programs more adequately and equitably; create standards and accountability; and give parents more choice. Available in video and print format. (continue)

Toward a More Perfect Union in an Age of Diversity: A Guide for Building Stronger Communities Through Public Dialogue

A four-session discussion guide examining ideas about unity, diversity and pluralism, and how they affect us as members of our communities and our country. (continue)

Making Standards Work for All Students

Most states are establishing some form of academic standards--goals for student learning that define what students should know and be able to do at different stages of their school careers. However, while many people agree with standards in principle, they often have very different ideas about how to make them work in practice: focus on accountability, quality testing and incentives; focus on providing needed resources and support; and focus on flexibility and local control. This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda was developed for community conversations, classrooms, study groups, and individuals. (continue)

Café to Go! A Quick Reference Guide for Putting Conversations to Work

This concise 7-page guide to the World Café (2002) covers the basics of the process. It includes brief outlines of each principle, a description of Café Etiquette, an outline of key elements of the World Café conversations, and tips for creating Café ambiance. Download from www.theworldcafe.com/hosting.htm. (continue)

A Dynamic Facilitation Manual and Reader: Evoking practical group creativity through generative dialogue

This spiral-bound manual describes a transformational approach for facilitating dialogue in situations where people are highly invested, emotionally charged or polarized, and helping groups arrive at practical and creative breakthroughs. (continue)

Neighborhood Schools and Student Diversity Choicework guide

Most families would like to send their children to good, safe schools close to home yet feel it's important for children of different backgrounds to go to school together so they can expand their horizons by learning about each other's cultures. How do we balance these competing values? This Citizen ChoiceWork Guide (and video) from Public Agenda examines three hypothetical communities, each one taking a different approach: focus on academics and not diversity; pursue diversity through school policies; and pursue integration and diversity in the community, not through the schools. (continue)

The Dialogue Guide

Developed in 1999 for National Service programs interested in fostering understanding, respect and teamwork among their diverse participants. The Dialogue guide is designed to help National Service leaders engage their members in meaningful dialogues on race. Written by NCDD's director, Sandy Heierbacher, when she served as a Fellow for the Corporation for National Service. A good primer on intergroup dialogue, the 24-page guide includes sections about why and when to engage in dialogue, what a typical dialogue looks like, a sample dialogue for AmeriCorps programs, and more. (continue)

A Resource Guide for Hosting Conversations That Matter at the World Cafe

The World Café is an easy-to-use method for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter to the real-life situations of your organizations or community. In this beautifully illustrated booklet, Juanita Brown collaborates with Nancy Margulies and the World Café Community to articulate seven guiding principles for people to use to host their own Café. Learn about the thousands of people on five continents who have experienced the World Café, a model for setting up the ideal Café for your group, the roles of the hosts, crafting powerful questions, Café assumptions and etiquette, and more. (continue)

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