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

Citizens are better at governing, and less willing to be governed, than ever before. So says Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, in his 2009 paper for Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE). Matt’s paper, Democracy, Growing Up: The Shifts that Reshaped Local Politics and Foreshadowed the 2008 Presidential Election, looks at the impact of this change as well as new public actors and problem-solvers. In his 2006 book, The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule is Giving Way to […] (continue)

When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation

All over the world, democratic reforms have brought power to the people, but under conditions where the people have little opportunity to think about the power that they exercise. In this 2009 book, NCDD member James Fishkin, creator of Deliberative Polling, combines a new theory of democracy with actual practice and shows how an idea that harks back to ancient Athens can be used to revive our modern democracies. (continue)

Talking for a Change: A Distributed Dialogue Approach to Complex Issues

Involve‘s 2010 report “Talking for a Change” provides new thinking for policy makers about how citizen engagement and dialogue can inform and strengthen more traditional forms of decision-making. In doing so it highlights how active engagement of citizens can revitalize our democracy and help tackle some of the biggest issues facing democracies in the 21st century. They¬†suggest that the most obvious of these big issues are climate change and the aging society and set out a ‘typology of issues’ and make the case for why […] (continue)

Dialogue & Deliberation Quotes

The following people helped gather this fabulous list of inspiring quotes: Judith Mowry, Diane Bock, Patrick Brown, Wal Cusworth, Rogier Gregoire, Sandy Heierbacher, DeAnna Martin, Susan Partnow, Harris Sokoloff, Dick Spady and Libby and Len Traubman. Have a suggestion for an addition to this list? — Add a comment below. Quick Links to Categories Dialogue Deliberation Listening Communication Knowledge, Truth & Exploration Conflict & Transforming Conflict Inclusion Democracy Action & Change Other Good Ones (continue)

Core Principles for Public Engagement

The Public Engagement Principles (PEP) Project was launched in mid-February 2009 to create clarity in our field about what we consider to be the fundamental components of quality public engagement, and to support President Obama's January 21, 2009 memorandum on open government. The following principles were developed collaboratively by members and leaders of NCDD, IAP2 (the International Association of Public Participation), the Co-Intelligence Institute, and many others. (continue)

In Search of Civility

Civility is much more than just behaving politely. This 8-page issue brief from the National Association of Counties (NACo) provides an overview of current state of civil dialogue in local government and examples of how counties can ensure a civil dialogue during county meetings. Published June 2010. Download In Search of Civility at this link or visit www.naco.org/research/pubs/ to see all NACo publications. (continue)

Citizens in Action: Tools for Gaining Input

Engaging the public in local decisions is a necessary, but many times challenging step for county governments. This 8-page brief from the National Association of Counties (NACo) is designed to provide county officials with a variety of options available in order to engage residents and garner meaningful citizen input. Published June 2010, the brief provides descriptions of public hearings, focus groups, surveys, comment and feedback cards, and online tools. Download the brief at this link or visit www.naco.org/research/pubs/ to see all NACo publications. (continue)

The Outer Limits to the Crowd’s Wisdom

Tim Bonnemann‘s commentary on the January 21, 2010 Federal Computer Week website, titled The Outer Limits to the Crowd’s Wisdom, outlines the limits of “crowdsourcing” techniques in government decision-making and policy creation. Crowdsourcing, which Tim explains as “the concept of applying open-source principles to fields outside software,” is a popular topic in conversations about new public participation requirements in the Open Government Directive. Tim points out that crowdsourcing projects like the online Open Government Dialogue so many NCDDers participated in, which are useful for such […] (continue)

The Path Not Taken (So Far): Civic Engagement for Reform

The Path Not Taken (So Far): Civic Engagement for Reform written by Peter Levine,¬†outlines the Obama Administration’s failure–so far–to engage the public in our great national challenges. Peter writes… Candidate Obama argued that positive change comes from organized social movements, not from the government alone. Social movements should be broad-based, not narrow groups of people who all agree with one another. They should promote discussion and collaboration across lines of difference–including ideological difference. As he said in May 2007, “politics” usually means shouting matches on […] (continue)

Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD) project

How can collective deliberation by citizens lead to wise and timely action on climate change, including by municipal and provincial governments? Alberta (Canada) is a testing ground for this question over the next five yearsn (2010 to 2015). An international team of scholars, NGOs, businesses, and governments will be addressing it, supported by $1 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and over $3 million in contributions from other sources. (continue)

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