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Upgrading the Way We Do Politics article

This article was written by Sandy Heierbacher at the request of Yes! Magazine (and published here on August 21, 2009). Sandy also created two abbreviated versions of this article and a one-page ready-to-print flier for public officials, encouraging NCDD members and others to use the resources freely for blog posts, letters to the editor, etc. during and after the contentious August 2009 town halls on health care.  All four of these resources are based on insights and tips shared by NCDD members during this controversial […] (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)

Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation

The 58-page discussion guide, Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation was originally published in 1992 from Everyday Democracy and has been used in thousands of dialogue-to-change programs. Below is an excerpt and link to the 2008 revised edition, which is available in both English and Spanish. This six-session discussion guide helps all kinds of people take part in meaningful dialogue to examine gaps among racial and ethnic groups and create institutional and  policy change, and includes a supplementary guide for affinity-group dialogue. The guide is endorsed by a wide […] (continue)

Deliberation and Your Community: How to Convene and Moderate Local Public Forums Using Deliberative Decision-Making (training manual)

This 86-page NIF training manual is designed for use in Missouri, but it is a compliation of materials used by a number of people throughout the National Issues Forums network to train others in deliberative decision-making and NIF moderation. It addresses deliberation as another way to decide and is based on how to use local public forums, especially National Issues Forums, as a venue for deliberation. The author encourages you to adapt the manual to meet your own group's training needs. (continue)

Discovering Common Ground: Missouri Communities Deliberate

Sandra Hodge at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri directs this program, which promotes deliberation in Missouri primarily through National Issues Forums. Downloadable from Discovering Common Ground's website are three PowerPoint presentations about moderating, convening and recording deliberative public forums, and an 83-page manual titled Deliberation and Your Community: How to Convene and Moderate Local Public Forums Using Deliberative Decision-Making. (continue)

Let’s Talk America Hosting Manual

This manual teaches the Conversation Café method in detail. This is the simplest process we know and one that has a proven track record to be easily and reliably adopted by hosts who may have no previous experience - as well as by skilled facilitators. This manual provides a process that will honor LTA principles and enable you to take the conversation from small talk to big talk in a way that allows everyone to feel respected, safe and heard. With a little study and preparation, your conversation can create a positive and empowering experience for all. (continue)

NCDD Discussion List

NCDD's main listserv is a popular resource for practitioners, scholars, activists and students of dialogue and deliberation. As of June 2010, over 1000 subscribers use this listserv for networking, information-sharing, and discussing key issues facing our community of practice. This discussion list is NCDD members' primary means of communicating directly with one another, and with others in the D&D community. Non-members are welcome to subscribe to this list. (continue)

Upgrading the Way We Do Politics (one-pager)

The following article is one of a series of articles NCDD created in August 2009 in response to the volatile town hall meetings on healthcare held at the time. NCDD members were encouraged to adapt the articles and submit them as op-eds in their local papers. Go to http://ncdd.org/rc/item/3172 to see the other articles and one-page flyer. — Town hall meetings being held on healthcare legislation across the country are exploding with emotion, frustration, and conflict. Citizens are showing up in throngs to speak out […] (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)

Funding and Fostering Local Democracy: What Philanthropy Should Know about the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic Governance

“Funding and Fostering Local Democracy: What Philanthropy Should Know about the Emerging Field of Deliberation and Democratic Governance” was written by Matt Leighninger and published in April 2009 by PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement). This guide provides a detailed description of how local civic engagement has grown and developed over the past decade and aims to help funders, public officials and community activists better understand the possibilities, and limitations, of various approaches to working with the public. The guide includes a list of some […] (continue)

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