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By “civic infrastructure,” we’re talking about the underlying systems and structures that enable people to come together to address their challenges effectively. NCDDers show people there is another way to make decisions, solve problems, and resolve conflicts. Civic infrastructure is what’s needed in our communities, in our nation, and across the globe, in order for these practices to become simply the way things are done.

Peter Levine on Making Public Participation Legal

This post is shared from the blog of supporting NCDD member and professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Boston, Dr. Peter Levine. Peter shares a humorous take on the not-so-funny state of public meetings, and highlights the NCDD-supported Making Participation Legal report. For more info about this important intitiative and how it was created, check out our write up on its release. Making Public Participation Legal This is pretty much how “public participation” looks when it takes the form of a meeting with officials at the head of the […] (continue)

Amanda Kathryn Roman’s Interview from NCDD Seattle

At the 2012 NCDD national conference in Seattle, NCDD member and filmmaker Jeffrey Abelson sat down with over a dozen leaders in our community to ask them about their work and their hopes and concerns for our field and for democratic governance in our country. Today we’re featuring an interview with Amanda Kathryn Roman, co-creator of Living Room Conversations.  Amanda embraced public engagement at the age of 12 when she began doing community organizing and has been involved in many forms of bridge-building or transpartisan […] (continue)

Civic Health Clubs and… the Revolution?

I am excited to share with you today an innovative project that I’ve been involved with in my community that is an interesting twist on connecting people through shared conversations.  The project is led by Evan Weissman, a local teacher, actor, and civic entrepreneur who has been working for over a year now to found a “civic health club” in Denver, Colorado called Warm Cookies of the Revolution – an effort that hopes to offer “an antidote to the loneliness that comes with Facebook and other […] (continue)

Eric Lui’s Plenary Keynote from NCDD Seattle

At the 2012 NCDD national conference in Seattle, NCDD member and filmmaker Jeffrey Abelson sat down with over a dozen leaders in our community to ask them about their work and their hopes and concerns for our field and for democratic governance in our country. Today we’re featuring something a little different — one of the live recordings Jeffrey made during the conference. This plenary talk was given by author, educator and civic entrepreneur Eric Lui during our “Framing & Welcoming” plenary. Eric is founder […] (continue)

Will Friedman Interview from NCDD Seattle

At the 2012 NCDD national conference in Seattle, NCDD member and filmmaker Jeffrey Abelson sat down with over a dozen leaders in our community to ask them about their work and their hopes and concerns for our field and for democratic governance in our country. Today we’re featuring the interview with Will Friedman, president of Public Agenda, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate complex, divisive issues and work together to find solutions. A leading organization in our field, Public Agenda […] (continue)

Collective Impact: A Game Changing Model for the Social Sector

I recently asked NCDD supporting member Marty Jacobs to write a primer for the NCDD blog on “collective impact.” This strategy for large-scale collaborative change has been gaining momentum among funders and nonprofit thought leaders, and we wanted to make sure NCDD members are aware of the concept. Marty Jacobs has been teaching and consulting for 20 years, applying a systems thinking approach to organizations. As of September 30th, Marty is bringing her Collective Impact expertise to the VT Department of Mental Health in her new […] (continue)

CommunityMatters Call + $500 = Be There

The next CommunityMatters conference call on Thursday, August 22nd will feature Ed McMahon, Senior Fellow at the Urban Land Institute, and his “Secrets of Successful Communities.” CommunityMatters is encouraging anyone – individuals, local organizations or community groups – to organize “listening parties” for people to come together, listen and discuss how Ed’s call relates to their city or town. As a bonus, the Orton Family Foundation is offering four (4) $500 awards to groups that hold parties and decide to take action as a result. Learn […] (continue)

Group Decision Tip: Committees

In principle, not every task is best suited to the full group and not every topic is interesting to every group member. When groups establish committees — sub-groups of people focused on specific activities — it brings focused attention to issues, draws on the enthusiasm of those most interested, and frees the full group for higher level business. Committee members often volunteer for service although they may be formally appointed by the full group, chair, or boss. Standing committees have ongoing, often annual, responsibilities such […] (continue)

New primer on building civic infrastructure from CommunityMatters

The CommunityMatters partners hosted a workshop in February in Newport, Vermont focused on tools and techniques to encourage broad citizen participation and improve local decision-making. CommunityMatters®, a partnership of seven national organizations including NCDD, share the belief that people have the power to solve their community’s problems and direct future growth and change. The partners just released a valuable report on resources and action steps resulting from the CommunityMatters workshop. In conjunction with our local host, Newport City Renaissance Corporation, the workshop convened representatives of […] (continue)

Building a Global Civic Infrastructure?

We were intrigued by this recent post from the Governance Lab @ NYU summarizing an essay by Prof. Douglas Shuler (one of our members) on the possibilities and challenges of building a global civic infrastructure.  While the question of how we can build national civic infrastructure has been on our minds for a long time here at NCDD, imagining a global civic infrastructure is truly a daunting task, and this post captured some of the key issues we face in getting from where we are today where […] (continue)

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