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5th DCN Topic: The Open Government Initiative

This was the fifth topic focused on by the “Democracy Communications Network,” a 2007-2009 project that encouraged leaders in dialogue and deliberation to periodically write op-eds and blog posts as part of collaborative media 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. For our fifth round of letters to the editor, members of […] (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)

Endorsers of the Core Principles for Public Engagement

We were thrilled at the amount of involvement AND the amount of support the Core Principles for Public Engagement project received from our community. The following organizations and individuals have endorsed the collaboratively-created Core Principles for Public Engagement. Email Sandy Heierbacher, NCDD’s Director, at sandy@thataway.org, if you or your organization would like to endorse the principles as well. View the Core Principles at www.ncdd.org/pep or download the full PDF principles document, which includes details about how the principles were developed, a partial list of endorsing […] (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)

Twelve “C’s” for Sustaining Civic Work

The Twelve “C’s” list was written by Michael Briand of the California State University at Chico. To some extent, every situation in which a community endeavors to sustain an effort to achieve some goal is unique. Communities, circumstances, and challenges vary from place to place and from one point in time to another. This fact makes it difficult to speak in terms of “models” for sustaining community efforts. The term “model” suggests a particular way of acting—the employment of certain methods, techniques, procedures, etc.—that has […] (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)

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)

Nebraskans Weigh in on Essential Educational Opportunities for All Students

This 2004 case study by the Public Agenda examines the organization’s work with the Nebraska State Board of Education and the Nebraska Department of Education, where it helped to design and implement a public engagement process to address the issue of how to define the “essential education” for all students. Public Agenda conducted focus groups and helped selected districts facilitate discussion forums with more than 370 parents, students, educators (teachers, principals and superintendents) and members of the general public. Resource Link: www.publicagenda.org/pages/nebraskans-weigh-in (continue)

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