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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.

Announcing the New Nevins Democracy Leaders Program

We are excited to congratulate our friends at Penn State University’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy on the recent creation of the Nevins Democracy Leaders program – an innovative program that will expose more young people to “transpartisan” leadership and to the field of dialogue and deliberation. We couldn’t be more pleased to see this happening because the new program has NCDD written all over it. The McCourtney Institute is a key NCDD organizational member and partner – it was one of the generous All-Star Sponsors of this year’s National […] (continue)

DC City Council Brings Citizens into Bill Amendment Process

We saw an interesting post recently from our friends at the Davenport Institute – an NCDD organizational member – about a new program for public input on city council bills in DC. We encourage you to read more below or find the original post here on their Gov 2.0 Watch blog. Washington, DC has launched an online program where citizens of the city can propose amendments and opinions on certain aspects of a bill before the city council. The idea of this program is to allow […] (continue)

Key Questions for Beginning Solid Collaborations

Many of us know from experience that the way in which collaborations begin can mean the difference between success and failure. That is why we appreciated this piece from the New Directions Collaborative, an NCDD organizational member, that offers a few questions to guide our thinking on building worthwhile collaborations. We encourage you to read the piece below or find the original here. Art of the Start: Strategic Questions to Build Focus and Engagement As I write this, I am on my way to a gathering of […] (continue)

Charlie Wisoff reviews “Making Democracy Fun” by Josh Lerner

We just love Making Democracy Fun – a great new book by Josh Lerner, an NCDD member and ED of the Participatory Budgeting Project. We love to work with Josh and his ideas – from hosting his great “gamification” talk during the final NCDD 2014 plenary to co-sponsoring PBP’s recent conference – and we hope you’ll read the review of his book written by Charlie Wisoff of the Kettering Foundation below. In Making Democracy Fun, Josh Lerner addresses a key problem of democracy: “For most people, democratic participation is relatively unappealing. It is boring, painful, […] (continue)

Mathews Center Hosts Teachers’ Institute, AL Issues Forums

We are pleased to share about a couple of announcements about from our friends with the David Mathews Center for Civic Life – an NCDD organizational member – about some exciting work they are doing in Alabama. We originally found these announcements separately on the National Issues Forums Institute’s blog, but we’re combining them here to make sure NCDDers hear about it all. First, for all of our education-oriented members, be sure to note that the Mathews Center is hosting a great civic learning training for teachers this January: The Mathews […] (continue)

A Note from John Gastil, NCDD 2014 Co-Emcee

Before our wonderful community starts arriving in droves for NCDD 2014, we wanted to make sure you all see a message from our  co-emcee, John Gastil. NCDD has inspired John to complete revisions on his best-selling book on democratic methods, and he’s using it to help NCDD continue our work. Read more about it below, and we’ll see in Reston this week! Serving as co-emcee of the NCDD conference spurred me to bring to the finish line a project three-years in the making. I’ve brought into […] (continue)

Great Things Start at NCDD Conferences: The San Diego Deliberation Network

We know that amazing work in our field often begins with the connections made and synergies ignited during NCDD conferences, and we are so pleased to share a great example of how that happens. The piece below from NCDD supporting members Mary Thompson and Martha Cox tells the story of how, from a conversation at NCDD’s 2012 conference, the new San Diego Deliberation Network was born. We can’t wait to see what other great work will begin this week at NCDD 2014! A new twist on a collaborative model of deliberation and dialogue has emerged […] (continue)

Free book for first 60 people to register on Friday!

Here’s an incentive for showing up early to get your name tag and tote on Friday morning! Registration opens at 8am. This weekend’s NCDD conference coincides with the publication of a new book called Read the Room For Real: How a Simple Technology Creates Better Meetings. The book is intended for facilitators, presenters, conference planners, or anyone who is curious about how to use increasingly accessible audience polling technology to improve meetings. We are happy to provide preview copies of the book – which include […] (continue)

NIF Caucus at NCDD 2014 – Friday Dinner

We want to make sure that all of you who are attending NCDD 2014 this week know that there is going to be a dinner for past or present affiliates of our partners at the National Issues Forums Institute. Learn more in the note below from Nancy Gansender and RSVP to her. Are you an NIF moderator/facilitator? Are you part of the NIF network, past or present? Do you remember the PPIs or are you part of its successors, Centers for Civic Life? Can we talk? Let’s […] (continue)

50 “Next Generation” Digital Engagement Tools

The theme for this year’s NCDD conference, “Democracy for the Next Generation“, is meant to invite us to build on all the innovative tools and practices that have been invigorating our field in recent years. Many of those innovations are digital, and that is why a major goal for NCDD 2014 is to help our field better understand how to utilize technology for engagement and to provide insights and know-how for harnessing the emerging technologies that support dialogue and deliberation. NCDD 2014 will feature tons of “next generation” engagement tech, so don’t […] (continue)

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