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Playing for the Public Good: The Arts in Planning and Government

Arts and culture play a crucial role in increasing, diversifying, and sustaining public participation, navigating contentious issues, and fostering productive public dialogue and decision making. In 2013, Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, published Playing for the Public Good: The Arts in Planning and Government -- a trend paper that highlights a wide range of arts and culture-based projects or programs that broaden participation and deepen meaning beyond typical planning processes and/or governmental systems and structures. When governmental and civic entities employ the arts to engage people in public processes, […] (continue)

Perspectives on Theory U: Insights from the Field

In recent years, the utilization of Theory U has pushed the boundaries of traditional leadership and management thinking, making it an important aspect of change across a broad assortment of international businesses and communities. Perspectives on Theory U: Insights from the Field, edited by Olen Gunnlaugson, Charles Baron, and Mario Cayer (all of the Université Laval, Canada), brings together an existing array of research on Theory U, including specific aspects of the theory, through diverse interpretations and contexts. While exploring key theoretical concepts and outlining […] (continue)

Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Dauphin Island

This mini case study was submitted by Dr. R. Warren Flint of Five E's Unlimited via NCDD’s Dialogue Storytelling Tool. Title of Project: Strategic Planning for Sustainability in Dauphin Island Description I was contracted to design and facilitate a long-term strategy and implementation plan (more here) to create a more resilient community able to balance economic development with environmental protection and conservation. I facilitated planning meetings that included the public, the Town Planning Comm., the U.S. EPA’s Mobile Bay NEP, the NOAA Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Program, and […] (continue)

Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute's issue guides, Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. […] (continue)

What is the 21st Century Mission for Our Public Schools? (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute's issue guides, What is the 21st Century Mission for Our Public Schools? outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. From the very […] (continue)

A Nice Place to Live: Creating Communities, Fighting Sprawl (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute's issue guides, A Nice Place to Live: Creating Communities, Fighting Sprawl outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. Almost no matter where […] (continue)

Transformative Scenario Planning: Working Together to Change the Future

This 2012 book by Adam Kahane of Reos Partners was published by Berrett-Koehler (San Francisco). People who are trying to solve tough economic, social, and environmental problems often find themselves frustratingly stuck. They can’t solve their problems in their current context, which is too unstable or unfair or unsustainable. They can’t transform this context on their own—it’s too complex to be grasped or shifted by any one person or organization or sector. And the people whose cooperation they need don’t understand or agree with or […] (continue)

Land Use Conflict: When City and Country Clash (NIF Issue Guide)

One of the National Issues Forums Institute's issue guides, Land Use Conflict: When City and Country Clash outlines this public issue and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. Urban sprawl is not a […] (continue)

Localizing Development: Does Participation Work?

This Policy Research Report (2013) from the World Bank analyzes community development and decentralization projects, showing that such projects often fail to be sensitive to complex contexts – including social, political, historical and geographical realities – and fall short in terms of monitoring and evaluation systems, which hampers learning. Citing numerous examples, including projects and programs supported by the World Bank, the authors demonstrate in this 300-page book that participatory projects are not a substitute for weak states, but instead require strong central support to […] (continue)

Understanding SB 375: Opportunities to Engage the Public In Regional Planning

This guide from the Institute for Local Government offers local officials an overview of the benefits and opportunities for effective and inclusive public engagement in regional transportation planning in California, especially with regard to the preparation of sustainable communities strategies required by SB 375. The guide contains approaches that go beyond the minimum public participation requirements, because plans based on full and effective public engagement will more likely be responsive to local and regional needs and have public support. The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is […] (continue)

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