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These resources and publications were authored in part or in full by Matt Leighninger, Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium.

No Better Time report

In July 2009, more than 250 campus and community leaders (including many members of NCDD) came together at the University of New Hampshire to talk about the “deliberative democracy” field, the tide of civic change on campuses and in communities, and what those changes mean for the practice and teaching of democracy. “No Better Time: Promising Opportunities in Deliberative Democracy for Educators and Practitioners” was hosted by two NCDD organizational members, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) and The Democracy Imperative (TDI). TDI and the DDC […] (continue)

Citizen-Centered Democracy: An Interview with Matt Leighninger

“Citizen-Centered Democracy: An Interview with Matt Leighninger” is an interview published in the 2009 issue of the Higher Education Exchange, an annual publication of the Kettering Foundation. Deborah Witte, coeditor of the Higher Education Exchange, summarizes the article in the publication’s forward: Matt Leighninger, executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium … talks with HEX coeditor David Brown about the need for professionals of all stripes to value community. He suggests, “We need certain aspects of professionalization…but we need to retain some antiprofessional qualities as […] (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)

Democracy, Growing Up: The Shifts That Reshaped Local Politics and Foreshadowed the 2008 Presidential Election

Local officials are often caught between more capable citizens who demand a greater voice in community decisions and inadequate processes for including residents in policymaking. To deal with this dilemma, leaders and citizens have attempted many different civic experiments – some successful, some not – to help their communities function more democratically and solve problems more effectively. This 2009 essay by Matt Leighninger for Public Agenda examines the shifts that reshaped local politics and that foreshadowed the 2008 presidential election. Resource Center: http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/PA_CAPE_Paper5_Democracy_Mech2.pdf (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)

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)

Marrying Citizens and Educators in Decision Making

Marrying Citizens and Educators in Decision Making, written by Matt Leighninger, was published in the November 2005 issue of The School Administrator. The article discusses the increasing prevalence of cooperation between school administrators and the public and examines two specific cases of public engagement projects in Hamilton, Ontario, and and Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The introduction of the article is excerpted below; the full text can be found at http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=7752. The growing attraction between citizens and educators can form the basis of a fruitful school-community relationship. […] (continue)

The Deliberative Agency: Opportunities to Deepen Public Participation

Public involvement in the activities of federal agencies is required by numerous Acts of Congress. Recent legislative activity suggests a heightened interest in this area as well. This, together with the increasing use of both face-to-face and online collaborative forums in civil society and the private sector, is increasing pressure upon government agencies to bring the public into decision-making processes. Methods for deliberative citizen engagement emphasize non-adversarial, results-oriented, community-wide decision-making on large issues and are being used with increasing frequency around the world in a range of settings. This emerging field of practice is producing an array of tools and processes that can support the evolution of the deliberative agency. This discussion paper provides a general introduction to this exciting and growing field of democratic activity. (continue)

The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule Is Giving Way to Shared Governance… and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same

According to author Matt Leighninger, beneath the national radar, the relationship between citizens and government is undergoing a dramatic shift. More than ever before, citizens are educated, skeptical, and capable of bringing the decision-making process to a sudden halt. Public officials and other leaders are tired of confrontation and desperate for resources. In order to address persistent challenges like education, race relations, crime prevention, land use planning, and economic development, communities have been forced to find new ways for people and public servants to work together. The stories of civic experiments in this book can show us the realpolitik of deliberative democracy, and illustrate how the evolution of democracy is already reshaping politics. (continue)

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