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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)

Beginning with the End in Mind: A Call for Goal-Driven Deliberative Practice

This 2009 essay written by Martín Carcasson for Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE) presents a conceptual framework to help practitioners more systematically consider both the short-term and long-term strategies that inform and guide their efforts. The framework outlines six distinct but interrelated goals for deliberative practitioners to target, organized in three groups. The first-order goals are issue learning, improved democratic attitudes, and improved democratic skills. The second-order goals more directly connect to action and include improved community action and improved institutional […] (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)

Report from NCDD 2008: Framing Challenge

At the 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, we focused on 5 challenges identified by participants at our past conferences as being vitally important for our field to address. Our leader for the “Framing Challenge” was Jacob Hess, then-Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of Illinois. Jacob wrote up an in-depth report on what was discussed at the conference in this challenge area, as well as his own reflections as a social conservative who is committed to dialogue. Download the 2008 Framing […] (continue)

Public Engagement: A Primer from Public Agenda

Since its inception in 1975, Public Agenda has been working around the country to create the conditions for greater community engagement with public life and a more citizen-centered approach to politics. In this document we offer a brief summary of the essential elements of our evolving approach to this work. This 10-page summary (2008) is organized around the following themes: Public Engagement: Creating Civic Capacity for Public Problem Solving Ten Core Principles of Public Engagement Examples of Key Practices and Strategies The Power of “Citizen […] (continue)

NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework

NCDD's Engagement Streams Framework helps people decide which dialogue and deliberation method(s) are most appropriate for their circumstance. The framework is a series of two charts that categorize the D&D field into four streams based on intention or purpose (Exploration, Conflict Transformation, Decision Making, and Collaborative Action), and show which of the most well-known methods have proven themselves effective in which streams. The second chart goes into more detail about 23 dialogue and deliberation methods, and includes information such as group size, meeting type and how participants are selected. (continue)

Deliberative Democracy’s Attempt to Turn Politics into Law

Drawing on an example of President Bush's decision as to whether or not to fund stem cell research, the author explores what it takes to make a possible constituency-altering decision for politicians. A multitude of factors go into the mix for the decision, including who is involved in the public in the debate and how those people turnout to vote in the election. The author goes on to look at the feelings of Americans in times of crisis and the leaders' actions in response. (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)

Making Change Happen: Advocacy and Citizen Participation

In November 2001, forty-nine people engaged in advocacy and citizen participation efforts in countries of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, North America and Europe came together for a meeting on Making Change Happen: Advocacy & Citizen Participation. Co-sponsored by ActionAid-USA, the Asia Foundation, the Participation Group at the Institute of Development Studies, and Just Associates, the purpose of the meeting was twofold: bring together activists, researchers, trainers and other practitioners to discuss the challenges and successes of citizen-centered advocacy in different country contexts and the world's dramatically changing political environment; produce a core set of lessons and recommendations to help donors and international NGOs refine their support strategies for training and action for participatory advocacy. (continue)

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