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Trust Among Leaders

Citizens of Lima, Ohio and Lima/Allen County participated in a theater-making and dialogue process with Michael Rohd and Sojourn Theatre to examine issues of trust among leaders. Water resource issues had divided city and county officials and residents, and the metaphor of water provided an entry point for Sojourn Theatre and artistic director Rohd to engage citizens and officials in interviews and theater/dialogue workshops that sought to build trust and honest dialogue. A resulting new play or "poetic documentary" was presented in public performances and to a cross section of leaders and citizens at a community conference. (continue)

Talking about Race: Community Dialogues and the Politics of Difference

More than 400 communities across the country have used dialogue in an attempt to improve race relations. In this 317-page book, the author takes an eye-opening look at this strategy to reveal the reasons behind the method and the effects it has in the cities and towns that undertake it. With extensive observations of community dialogues, interviews with the discussants, and sophisticated analysis of national data, Walsh shows that while meeting organizers usually aim to establish common ground, participants tend to leave their discussions with a heightened awareness of differences in perspective and experience. (continue)

Reaching Across Boundaries: Talk to Create Change (2nd Edition)

This free guidebook was developed for teens who are interested in discussing the cliques and social boundaries in their schools. It's part of the Mix It Up program, a partnership between the Study Circles Resource Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Helps young people identify, question, and cross social boundaries in their schools and communities with a Mix It Up Dialogue. (continue)

Deliberative Dialogue to Expand Civic Engagement: What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need?

Martha McCoy and Pat Scully of Everyday Democracy (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center) wrote this excellent article that distinguishes deliberation from dialogue and discusses the merits of 'the marriage of deliberation and dialogue.' Although the article focuses on the Study Circles process (now called dialogue-to-action), it is a great introduction to public engagement processes and their principles. This is a very readable 19-page article that we highly recommend you read. (continue)

Can the White House Help Catalyze Civic Renewal? A proposal for a Civic Partnership Council

This 1999 proposal outlines the rationale for and structure of a "Civic Partnership Council' attached to the Domestic Policy Council and chaired by the Vice President. Even today, it provides a great starting place for thinking about the creation of an office or council that would promote public problem solving and collaborative governance within the U.S. policymaking structure. (continue)

Everyday Democracy

The Study Circles Resource Center is the primary project of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. We help communities develop their own ability to solve problems by bringing lots of people together in dialogue across divides of race, income, age, and political viewpoints. The center works with neighborhoods, cities and towns, regions, and states, paying particular attention to the racial and ethnic dimensions of the problems they address. SCRC's website provides downloadable copies of many of their top-notch dialogue guides and other resources, and SCRC often offers organizing clinics and orientation workshops. (continue)

NCDD Commentary: Simplicity Circles, NewsNite, and Grocery Line Activism

Cecile Andrews, author of The Circle of Simplicity, submitted this commentary for NCDD's website on September 20, 2003. In it Cecile explores how she started "Simplicity Circles," which are based on the Study Circles method, and the unexpected interactions that helped them take off. (continue)

Montgomery Co Public Schools Study Circles

This 6-minute video highlights the efforts of Montgomery County Public Schools (Maryland) Study Circles Program to address racism and student achievement in the district's schools and community. Includes Spanish subtitles. (continue)

The Electronic Forum Handbook: Study Circles in Cyberspace

This handbook is based on the experience of moderators trained in face-to-face dialogue who experimented with an electronic version on the internet. Two classes - one at Ithaca College in New York and one at the University of Georgia - were paired for an electronic dialogue experience in 1994. The Handbook is based in part on Study Circles Resource Center materials. (continue)

Stories about Study Circle Programs

This series by journalist Julie Fanselow tells the stories of people who are using study circles to create real change in their communities. These printed 7x10 inch booklets, most of which are less than 10 pages long, are a great example of how dialogue programs can share their successes with decision-makers, citizens and clients. The booklets introduce the struggles and successes of study circles in Montgomery County, MD, Kansas City, KS, Kuna, ID, Springfield, IL and Vermont. (continue)

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