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The “decision making” stream of practice is focused on influencing decisions and policy, and improving public knowledge. Some of the methods that fall under this category are National Issues Forums, Citizens Juries, Deliberative Polling, 21st Century Town Meeting, Citizen Choicework, and Consensus Conference.

4th Int’l Conference on PB in N. America Opens Call for Proposals

Before you check out for the holiday this week, we encourage our members to consider responding to the call for proposals for the 4th International Conference on Participatory Budgeting in North America, which will be hosted in Boston, MA from May 20th – 22nd, 2016 by the Participatory Budgeting Project, one of our great NCDD member organizations. The deadline to submit for the conference is December 18th, 2015, so don’t wait too long! You can read the full call for proposals here. This year’s conference will coincide with the […] (continue)

Is Local Engagement Weakening National Engagement?

The team at the Davenport Institute, one of or NCDD member organizations, recently shared what some might see as a provocative interview by NCDD Supporting Member Caroline Lee on the pitfalls of what she calls the public engagement industry. Caroline’s new book worries that wider spread public participation may encourage average citizens to focus solely on local politics while leaving larger scale politics to big organizations and institutions. Are there negative impacts of public participation work that we need to pay more attention to? If so, what are […] (continue)

1st Community College Student PB Program Launches in CA

Our friends with the Participatory Budgeting Project – an NCDD member organization – recently announced that Palo Alto College will become the nation’s first community college to open a participatory budgeting process to students in Spring 2016. More young people being exposed to this powerful form of D&D is great news for our field and for the students themselves, and we commend PAC on taking this step!  Learn more in PB’s post below or find the original here. Participatory Budgeting for Community Colleges – Palo Alto College in […] (continue)

Missed the Confab Call on Brain Science? Watch It Now!

Last week, NCDD hosted another installment of our Confab Call series, and we are excited to report back about how great the conversation was. We were joined by around 35 members to hear a wonderful presentation from NCDD members Mary V. Gelinas and Susan Stuart Clark titled Planning from the Inside Out: How Brain Science Supports Constructive Dialogue and Deliberation. You really missed out if you weren’t there with us! Mary & Susan’s talk was incredibly educational and had a lot of useful nuggets of knowledge on what the field of brain science can […] (continue)

New Toolkit Streamlines PB Evaluation in N. America

We were excited to learn recently that Public Agenda and the Participatory Budgeting Project – two of our prominent NCDD member organizations – have released a new participatory budgeting evaluation toolkit in collaboration with the North American PB Research Board. The toolkit will help municipalities across the continent document the impacts and effectiveness of their local PB efforts. We encourage you read more about it in the Public Agenda article below or find the original here. Evaluation Matters: A New Toolkit for Assessing Participatory Budgeting For those of […] (continue)

An 8th Grader’s Path into D&D

As NCDD continues to seek ways to bring more young people in our field, we wanted to share a piece from NCDD supporting member Alissa Schwartz of Solid Fire Consulting that captures the powerful difference that involving young people in D&D processes can make. The young person she writes about happens to be her son, but his story highlights the wonderful results that are possible when D&D is in schools. We encourage you to read more about it Alissa’s piece below or find the original here. […] (continue)

Don’t Miss Our Tech Tuesday Call with QiqoChat

As we recently announced, we are hosting another one of our free NCDD Tech Tuesday webinars this Tuesday, September 29th from 12-1pm Eastern/9-10am Pacific, this time featuring Lucas Cioffi and Michael Herman, the creators of the phone-based dialogue and video chat tool QiqoChat. QiqoChat supports a variety of online D&D processes, and it is a great tool for practitioners to be familiar with. But spots for the webinar are filling up, so make sure to register today! This Tech Tuesday event will be full of great insights on hosting online […] (continue)

DeKalb, IL Plans for Future with Conversation Cafe Model

We recently heard the story of an exciting project that the City of DeKalb undertook to engage citizens in its strategic planning process that we wanted to share here. With a few of our NCDD members’ help, DeKalb held a series of Conversation Cafe-style public meetings and will turn the input they gathered into a 10-year vision for the city. We encourage you to read more about the process in NCDD member Tracy Rogers-Tryba‘s write up of the project below. The City of DeKalb enlisted the assistance of the Center […] (continue)

Guide to Choosing Tools for Digital Engagement

Choosing the right methods for digital engagement can be disorienting, and that’s why we were happy to find this helpful guide to picking appropriate e-democracy tools that Geoff Mulgan of Nesta recently published at www.nesta.org.uk. The guide is aimed at supporting public officials, but can be helpful for anyone looking to engage stakeholders in decision making. We encourage you to check out Geoff’s piece below or find the original Nesta post here. Designing Digital Democracy: A Short Guide I’ve written quite a few blogs and pieces on digital technology […] (continue)

NIFI Partners with Faith Leaders on Gender Violence, “Deliberative Discipleship” Conference

Last week, the National Issues Forums Institute – one of our NCDD organizational members – announced two exciting collaborations they’re undertaking with NCDD member Gregg Kaufman aimed at engaging more communities of faith in deliberation. The projects are full of potential, and we encourage you to learn more in NIFI’s announcement below or to find the original here. Faith Communities & Civic Life American faith communities associated with Judaism, Islam, Christianity and different religious traditions care deeply about many of the same issues about which the National […] (continue)