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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)

Changing the Conversation on Education in Connecticut

A 2005 report by Public Agenda on 10 years of public engagement on public education topics in over 70 communities across Connecticut. Supported by the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, the report serves as a comprehensive case study of how public engagement can work in communities across America and discusses the specific accomplishments in Connecticut. (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)

Public Participation Methods: A Framework for Evaluation

The authors specify a number of theoretical evaluation criteria that are essential for effective public participation. These comprise two types: acceptance criteria, which concern features of a method that make it acceptable to the wider public, and process criteria, which concern features of the process that are liable to ensure that it takes place in an effective manner. Future research needs to develop instruments to measure these criteria more precisely and identify the contextual and environmental factors that will mediate the effectiveness of the different participation methods. (continue)

Random Selection of Citizens for Technological Decision Making

This paper considers citizen participation in technological decision-making through random selection deliberative mechanisms such as citizens' jury, consensus conference, televote and deliberative poll. (continue)

Toward a More Perfect Union in an Age of Diversity: A Guide for Building Stronger Communities Through Public Dialogue

A four-session discussion guide examining ideas about unity, diversity and pluralism, and how they affect us as members of our communities and our country. (continue)

Varieties of Participation in Complex Governance

The multifaceted challenges of contemporary governance demand a complex account of the ways in which those who are subject to laws and policies should participate in making them. This 2006 article by Archon Fung develops a framework for understanding the range of institutional possibilities for public participation. Mechanisms of participation vary along three important dimensions: who participates, how participants communicate with one another and make decisions together, and how discussions are linked with policy or public action. (continue)

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