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The “collaborative action” stream is focused on empowering people and groups to focus on their own role in solving complicated problems, and helping them self-organize to take responsibility for the solution. Study Circles, Future Search, and Appreciative Inquiry are considered part of this stream.

Can Gamification Help Fight Civic Apathy?

We wanted to share this post about a fun project called the CivCity Initiative that we found on the Gov 2.0 Watch blog, which is run by NCDD organizational member,the Davenport Institute. You can read it below or find the original here. The Engagement Game We have written a fair amount about gamifying civic engagement. Mary Morgan and Dave Askins, publishers of the local Ann Arbor Chronicle in Ann Arbor Michigan have partnered with existing programs to gamify local storytelling and are now looking for ways to do more: CivCity’s website […] (continue)

Newest Issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation

We want to encourage our members to take a look at the newest issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation, which is not just a great resource for our field, but also features the work of some of our great NCDD members. The JPD itself is a joint effort between two NCDD organizations – the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the International Association of Public Participation. You can find the list of articles in this issue below with links to their abstracts and full PDF downloads. We encourage you to learn more […] (continue)

Review of the Consider.it Tech Tuesday Presentation

NCDD hosted another great Tech Tuesday event this week on May 5th where over 50 of our members participated in a webinar presentation and discussion with Kevin Miniter, the co-founder of the deliberative online tool, Consider.it. Kevin gave an in-depth look at the many versatile functions and uses that Consider.it has, as well as a how-to on moderating your group’s decision-making process. We wrapped it all up with a great Q&A session – we all got a great perspective on this useful new tool! If you missed the Consider.it discussion, you can […] (continue)

All-Expenses Trip to Train on NIFI’s Online Deliberation Tool

We want our members to know that the Kettering Foundation and National Issues Forums Institute are offering an amazing opportunity for NIF moderators to attend an in-person training on their new online deliberation tool, Common Ground for Action, this May 18-19 in Ohio. Kettering is generously offering to foot the while bill, but you must register by April 29! Read more below or find the original announcement here. “We need some way to be able to take National Issues Forums online.” NIF moderators and conveners have been telling […] (continue)

Register for Frontiers of Democracy 2015, June 25-27!

It’s time to start gearing up again for this year’s Frontiers of Democracy conference in Boston, MA this June 25th-27th! This anual conference has become a key civic infrastructure where leaders in the D&D field and democratic thought gather to explore ideas at the forefront of advancing democracy, and we highly recommend you join us there! Frontiers of Democracy is sponsored by Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, all of which have NCDD members in their leadership. The organizers describe the conference […] (continue)

Should Leadership Be Rank-Based or Peer-Based?

We wanted to share an interesting interview that the Kettering Foundation, an NCDD organizational member, recently shared on its blog. In it, several NCDD members discuss the ins and outs of what leadership looks like in different situations – which ones are more appropriate and when? We encourage you to read the interview below or to find the original post here. A Conversation on the Nature of Leadership As a topic of inquiry and self-help, leadership has been covered from many angles and by many disciplines. […] (continue)

Missed Our Loomio Tech Tuesday Event? Watch it Now!

We had a great Tech Tuesday on April 7th where about 65 NCDD members participated in a call with Alanna Krause and Chelsea Robinson of the Loomio cooperative. Loomio is an independent and neutral online space for complex discussion used by people from around the world to start a discussions, build agreement, and make decisions together for a course of action. We learned a lot and had a great conversation! In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording of the call by clicking here, and Alanna and Chelsea’s power […] (continue)

Experiment Shows Public Engagement Can Increase Tax Revenues

As public engagement practitioners, many of us have talked with public officials who want to know how engagement will improve a municipality’s bottom line. That’s why we appreciated NCDD member Tiago Peixoto‘s recent blog post on the first experimental – not just observational – evidence that our work can help cities collect more taxes. We encourage you to read Tiago’s post below or find the original here. You can find the paper on the experiment by clicking here. There are caveats in the findings, but we hope this new […] (continue)

5 Great Democratic Innovations from Around the Globe

Our friends at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation recently shared a great post on their Challenges to Democracy blog highlighting five examples of democratic innovation from Participedia that we found quite interesting (one even involves an NCDD member organization!). It’s invigorating to see concrete reminders that our work is making real changes, so we encourage you to check out the list below or find the original post here. Looking for Inspiration? Five Noteworthy Innovations in Public Participation Participedia is an effort that hopes to become a key resource for scholars, […] (continue)

NW Initiative Creates Exemplary Civic Infrastructure

Recently, NCDD Board member John Backman wrote a guest piece on the CommunityMatters blog highlighting a great civic infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest called the Thriving Communities Initiative. TCI is an interesting case study of successful civic infrastructure, and John’s article pulls out some key lessons we can learn from it. You can read his piece below or find the original here. Civic Infrastructure You Can See Sometimes the raw materials of civic infrastructure are there but the connections are missing. Sometimes the connections are there […] (continue)

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