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ABCD Videos on Benefits of Deliberative Democracy

In December 2012, Alberta Climate Dialogue released a series of short videos exploring the benefits of deliberative democracy, featuring well known practitioners such as Matt Leighninger (DDC), Janette Hartz-Karp (Curtin University), Edward Andersson (Involve UK) and others. These insightful snapshots of public engagement knowledge and case studies are a valuable resource for communicating deliberative democracy ideas to others. (continue)

Bridging the Gap between Public Officials and the Public

This 2011 report by Tina Nabatchi and Cynthia Farrar for the Deliberative Democracy Consortium explores what elected officials know and think about public deliberation, as well as what they need to know to assess the potential value of public deliberation as a governance tool. Data from interviews with twenty-four state legislators and senior staff for federal legislators yielded some provocative results with practical implications for the field of public deliberation. Download the full report here.  Also check out the authors’ Powerpoint presentation (which you are […] (continue)

Newspapers + Government: 2.0

A new article by NCDD member Pete Peterson was just posted to The American.com. In it, Pete surveys the growing number of newspaper and government websites that are engaging their readers/residents in policy decisions – from water to budgets. View the May 20, 2011 article at www.american.com/archive/2011/may/newspapers-government-2.0.  Here is the beginning… (continue)

Government can’t solve budget battles? Let citizens do it.

This article on participatory budgeting (PB) by Daniel Altschuler and Josh Lerner appeared in the Christian Science Monitor site on April 5, 2011. (continue)

Tips for Writing Op-Ed Articles

Here are some great tips that Joe Goldman from AmericaSpeaks sent out to people who were considering writing op-eds/letters to the editor as a part of the Democracy Communications Network… Limit the article to 750 words. Shorter is even better. Unfortunately, newspapers have limited space to offer, and editors generally won’t take the time to cut a long article down to size. Make a single point — well. You cannot solve all of the world’s problems in 750 words. Be satisfied with making a single […] (continue)

Democracy Communications Network

The “Democracy Communications Network” was a 2007-2009 project centered around an informal group of leaders (listed below) who agreed to periodically write letters to the editor, blog posts, and other media pieces as part of larger, collaborative campaigns that raise awareness of the importance of quality public engagement.  Use the “Democracy Communications Network” tag to see all the great articles that were written in association with this project. Also see the General Tips for Writing Op-Ed Articles. AmericaSpeaks, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, Everyday Democracy, the […] (continue)

Penn State-Abington Students Learn the Power of Dialogue

This article from Penn State Live, at http://live.psu.edu/story/34749/nw7, describes Steve Pyser‘s work at Penn State-Abington. Steve is an active NCDD member; he coordinated (with Janet Fiero) and moderated the Reflective Panel at the 2008 NCDD conference in Austin. (continue)

Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age report

The Knight Commission released its report Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age on October 2, 2009. The Commission seeks to start a national discussion – leading to real action. Its aims are to maximize the availability and flow of credible local information; to enhance access and capacity to use the new tools of knowledge and exchange; and to encourage people to engage with information and each other within their geographic communities. All are welcome to participate in the national dialogue on the Commission’s […] (continue)

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)

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)

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