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Quaker Meeting for Business

Here are two write-ups regarding the spirit (not the process) of consensus used in Quaker Meetings for Business. For Quakers, the insights they get together come not so much from their conversation, as from the higher Wisdom (which they call the Light of Truth) that comes to them in their prayerful, respectful, silence-filled, friendly conversation. (continue)

Understanding Dialogue as Practice

This article discusses implications of Ove Karlsson's article, "Critical Dialogue: Its Value and Meaning," for thinking about the union of dialogue and evaluation. It argues that Karlsson's empirical example can be read in several ways each illustrating a different understanding of what dialogue is and how it relates to evaluation. These different understandings are further elaborated. Karlsson's article is also instructive in alerting us to three tensions or aporiai (disputed issues or questions) in the effort to grasp the nature and meaning of dialogue and the concept of dialogic evaluation. These tensions have to do with the interpretation of the Socratic conception of dialogue, notions of learning and judging, and the idea of critique. These disputed issues are further clarified. (continue)

Museum of Chinese in the Americas

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Dialogue and Deliberation as Informal Ways to Enhance Legitimacy of the EU?

This paper explores whether the Commission uses 'Dialogue' and 'Deliberation' as a way to combine informal networks with the dissemination of information and communication in order to enhance legitimacy of the EU as a whole and increase direct support for itself. Although reference has been made to the importance of the combination of the use of networks and information, extended research has not taken place. Special attention will be paid to recent developments in the Commission's information policy in general and its information and communication activities on the single currency in particular. (continue)

Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement

The central claims of this noteworthy 31-page white paper are that "public service" is a more powerful frame around which to rally Americans for democratic renewal than "civic engagement" and the encouragement of public deliberation should be at the center of renewal efforts. Scholar Peter Levine of the University of Maryland has written that he considers the paper a breakthrough. Cynthia Gibson makes deliberation-linked-to-action the heart of civic engagement, instead of voting and/or service. (continue)

University of Massachusetts Boston – Dialogue Processes Online Graduate Course

Structured as an online learning community, the core objective of this course is to cultivate practical know-how and theoretical knowledge of Dialogue Processes with a focus on Otto Scharmer's model of Generative Dialogue, which follows from William Isaacs work with the MIT Dialogue Project and David Bohm's understanding of dialogue. The course offers a range of learning spaces designed to develop our individual and collective capacities for bringing significant changes in how we think, communicate and learn together. (continue)

Creating a Culture of Collaboration: The International Association of Facilitators Handbook

Collaboration is often viewed as a one-time or project-oriented activity. An increasing challenge is to help organizations incorporate collaborative values and practices in their everyday ways of working. In Creating a Culture of Collaboration, an international group of practitioners and researchers - from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, and the United States - provide proven approaches to creating a culture of collaboration within and among groups, organizations, communities, and societies. (continue)

Innovation in Community Engagement Conference Materials

In Western Australia the Department for Planning and Infrastructure has taken a leading role in exploring innovations in community engagement, with 21st century town meetings, deliberative surveys, citizens' juries, multi criteria analysis conferences and consensus forums. In May 2005 they assembled in Perth some of the most progressive innovators and experts from the USA and Australia, who led a unique experiment in community engagement. Over two days these initiators and experts took more than 300 participants through their leading edge techniques. (continue)

Identity and Victimhood

This paper asks how we can acknowledge and empower victims of ethnopolitical conflict without nurturing an identification with victimhood that could sabotage their own political agency; an important question for both conflict management practice and academic emancipatory discourses. Through a discussion of the merits and limitations of dialogue groups in Israel/Palestine, the author argues that effective and preventive conflict transformation practice needs to develop both psychological and political approaches to help victims move beyond victimhood. (continue)

Healthy Democracy Oregon

Healthy Democracy Oregon was formed to empower the public through new democratic innovations and provide Oregonians with greater opportunities to have a voice in politics. We're working hard to ensure that every Oregonian receives trustworthy, accurate, and balanced information on every statewide ballot measure put to a vote. To do so, we're bringing a new idea to Oregon's initiative process--the Citizens' Initiative Review.... (continue)