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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)

Town Hall Op-Ed in Manhattan Mercury

Here’s a good example of an adaptation and elaboration of the NCDD Upgrading the Way We Do Politics article. The following article, prepared by the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University, appeared as a column in The Manhattan Mercury on Sunday, August 23, and it has been submitted to several other papers across Kansas. Town hall meetings held on healthcare legislation across the country are exploding with emotion, frustration, and conflict. Citizens are showing up in throngs to protest and shout […] (continue)

Washington Goes to Mr. Smith: The Changing Role of Citizens in Policy Development

Washington Goes to Mr. Smith: The Changing Role of Citizens in Policy Development is a 2009 article written by Matt Leighninger and published in the  Intergovernmental Solutions newsletter, a publication of the Center for Intergovernmental Solutions. The article discusses the growing prevalence of incorporating citizens into policymaking processes, especially at the local level of government, and outlines a few helpful principles that public managers can follow to facilitate productive  public engagement. To read this two-page article, go to http://www.usaservices.gov/pdf_docs/EngagingCitizensII.pdf. (continue)

The Promise and Challenge of Neighborhood Democracy

The Promise and Challenge of Neighborhood Democracy: Lessons from the Intersection of Government and Community is a 2009 report written by Matt Leighninger and released by the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, Grassroots Grantmakers, and NeighborWorks America. The report grew out of a meeting that Grassroots Grantmakers and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium organized in Orlando last fall with help from the National League of Cities and NeighborWorks America. The discussion focused on lessons from Portland, Minneapolis, Los Angeles and other cities that have experimented with creative ways […] (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)

Upgrading the Way We Do Politics (one-pager focused on Why)

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)

Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities

Complexity, division, mistrust, and “process paralysis” can thwart leaders and others when they tackle local challenges. In Democracy as Problem Solving, Xavier de Souza Briggs (2008, MIT Press) shows how civic capacity—the capacity to create and sustain smart collective action—can be developed and used. In an era of sharp debate over the conditions under which democracy can develop while broadening participation and building community, Briggs argues that understanding and building civic capacity is crucial for strengthening governance and changing the state of the world in […] (continue)

Smart Democracy: How to Engage Citizens

This September 2004 article by Matt Leighninger was published in an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) IQ Report, an electronic publication which is now called InFocus: Strategies and Solutions for Local Government Managers. The article summary below is taken from the ICMA Press website. Many local leaders are putting new emphasis on mobilizing citizens for dialogue, deliberation, and collaborative problem solving—a trend called “democratic governance” that is a fundamental shift in the way citizens and governments interact. Democratic governance gives citizens the opportunity to compare […] (continue)

Assessing EPA’s Small Discussion Groups: A User’s Guide with Questionnaires

This user's guide gathers information and tools for EPA staff to use in generating feedback on the effectiveness of small discussion groups. (continue)

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