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Global Kids, Inc. and NewsHour Extra Capture Teen Opinion in New Report

What do teenagers think about the U.S. presence in Iraq? About a constitutional amendment to prevent gay marriage? About America’s expanding waistline? A new report, “What Were They Thinking? Today’s Youth On Yesterday’s News,” published by Global Kids and NewsHour Extra, shows how teens across the nation tackled these questions and responded to other important current events. Their answers came from online dialogues conducted on Newz Crew, a website run by and for teens to discuss the news that affects their lives. More than 300 […] (continue)

Message from AmericaSpeaks on the 2-Year Anniversary of Listening to the City

Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Director of AmericaSpeaks, sent a special message to the AmericaSpeaks network on July 20 – the two year anniversary of Listening to the City, the largest town meeting ever held. This edition of AmericaSpeaks Network News shares the stories, perspectives and impact of the facilitators who came from all across the country to help people deliberate about the redevelopment of the World Trade Center Site after the September 11th attacks. Click below to read this amazing message. (continue)

July 15 Update from Let's Talk America

Let’s Talk America – a collaborative project of NCDD, Utne Institute, and Conversation Cafe – is bringing people across the U.S. together to talk about what democracy means to them. Read today’s LTA update below to learn about training opportunities for hosts, upcoming LTA events, and about dialogues held on Independence Day. (continue)

Update on Jewish/Islam/Christian Dialogue from the Israeli-Based Interfaith Encounter Association

I don’t usually post these announcements to the blog, but I thought this one would provide a good example of the kinds of updates you can receive from the Interfaith Encounter Association. If your work is related to Jewish/Palestian dialogue, you may want to subscribe to this announcement list by emailing iea-reports-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. (continue)

Co-Intelligence Institute Launches Pledge Campaign for Policymakers to "Listen to the People"

I received this announcement today from my visionary colleague Tom Atlee, whose Co-Intelligence Institute is launching The “Listen to the People” Pledge Campaign for Politicians and Public Officials. This new pilot program of the Co-Intelligence Institute is designed to generate conversation with politicians and public officials about the role of citizen panels in government. Tom writes, “With your help, using this Pledge, we will also be able to identify leading edge public officials – ‘early adopters’ – who we can network into a community of […] (continue)

Update on British Columbia's Citizens' Assembly

The final Citizens’ Assembly public hearing was held June 24th in Kelowna, British Columbia (Canada). During the 50 hearings that have been held across B.C., a total of 387 people made oral presentations, and many more members of the public made informal presentations, offered recommendations and comments, and asked questions at the sessions. More than 2,700 members of the public attended hearings. The 160-member Assembly is currently wrapping up six months dedicated to investigating electoral options and British Columbians’ views on them, and will make […] (continue)

Let's Talk America Encourages Dialogue about Michael Moore's Film "Farenheit 911"

Inspired by an email that Lars Torres of AmericaSpeaks wrote to the main NCDD discussion list a couple of days ago, in which he suggested that Let’s Talk America take advantage of the popularity and punch of Michael Moore’s new movie Farenheit 911 to foster genuine dialogue on the state of our country and the partisan divide, the core Let’s Talk America team emailed their growing list of convenors, facilitators and dialogue participants this morning. This pleases me greatly; this is just the kind of […] (continue)

Iraqis Discuss Iraq at openDemocracy.net

As a new Iraqi government forms amid continued violence, openDemocracy.net hosts a heartfelt discussion among six Iraqis about what is best for their country. Their views are diverse, but they are unified by an avoidance of simplistic platitudes (no calls for immediate US withdrawal, for example), and a serious concern for the future of their country. As over-heated arguments about Iraq swirl around us, shouldn’t we all find out what Iraqis think? You can join in on this roundtable weighing the prospects for democracy, the […] (continue)

Public Agenda Offers Discussion Guide on Same-Sex Marriage

A choicework guide about same-sex marriage, titled Gay Rights: Which Way to the Altar? is available on the Public Agenda First Choice 2004 website. The guide presents three approaches: 1. Extend equal rights to all our citizens, including gay people; 2. Let states and communities choose their own solutions; 3. Protect traditional institutions and values. Each approach is accompanied by arguments for and against the approach. The guide also includes a section titled Status Report: Where are we Now? and a listing of additional resources. […] (continue)

This Year's Presidential Election Campaign May Include Public Deliberation

I just read an exciting segment in May 14th’s Friday Letter from the Kettering Foundation. The segment started off with this eye-popping (for us, at least) statement: “There’s a chance public deliberation will become a part of this year’s presidential election campaign.” Click below to read about what transcribed when the Director of Voter Education for the Commission on Presidential Debates (the folks who have organized the presidential debates since 1988) visited Kettering on May 11. (continue)

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