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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.

Take Part in a CDC Online Dialogue on the H1N1 Flu Virus Vaccination Program

The CDC is seeking public input on its H1N1 flu virus vaccination program, and the organizers wanted to extend a special invitation to NCDDers (though to be clear, everyone is welcome to participate!).  The first dialogue begins this Wednesday and the second will begin a week from Monday (Aug 31). Voice your Opinions:  Public Engagement Dialogue on the H1N1 Vaccination Program The public is invited to participate in a two-day WebDialogue to give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) input on its voluntary […] (continue)

Holding Better Town Hall Meetings on Healthcare: 3 Articles You Are Welcome to Use

NCDD members have been sharing insights and tips–on our listservs and in various op-eds, blog posts, and more–on how legislators can engage citizens in ways that are more participatory and more productive than what we’ve seen in the news lately. In addition to a colorful one-page handout we created for you to print and share with public officials and other leaders in your community, here are three articles we hope you’ll share widely: 1.  My full article (about 2.5 pages long in Word), titled “Upgrading […] (continue)

Retooling Democracy (re-posted from John Kamensky's blog)

With the blessing of both the author and the blog owner, I am re-posting this excellent piece by my friend Matt Leighninger, director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. This was originally posted on July 30th, 2009 on The Presidential Transition, a worth-knowing-about blog run by John Kamensky of the IBM Center for the Business of Government. Matt’s post provides an overview of the state of play (and somewhat of a list of must-read materials) in the field of deliberative democracy. — The Obama Administration will […] (continue)

Members of the D&D Community Respond to Health Care Town Halls on Blogs, Radio Programs & More

Here is a compilation of some of the best thinking and writing that has come out of our field in the past couple of weeks in response to the volatile town hall meetings on health care being held across the country. Please add a comment if you notice we’ve missed something important! Upgrading the Way We Do Politics: Article by Sandy Heierbacher Based on many of the items listed below (especially the recent conversation on this topic on the NCDD listserv), NCDD has put together […] (continue)

Last Day to Complete Open Gov't Dialogue Survey!

Today is the last official day to respond to the Open Government Dialogue survey that’s up at www.tiny.cc/jr76x Over a dozen leading organizations in public engagement and transparency (NCDD, IAP2, the League of Women Voters, AmericaSpeaks, OMB Watch, etc.) are collaboratively conducting a survey of people/groups who participated in any of the three stages of the recent Open Government Dialogue (the one that’s feeding into the Open Govt Directive on transparency, participation and collaboration).  We’ll be providing White House officials with feedback and recommendations on […] (continue)

Larry Susskind's Advice for Officials Holding Town Hall Meetings on Health Care Reform

Below is part of Larry Susskind’s most recent post on his blog, The Consensus Building Approach. Larry provides some practical advice Congresspeople can easily follow for town hall meetings they’re holding now, based on decades of experience facilitating public dialogue in politically charged situations: 1. Begin by saying that you want to hear what the audience has to say. Ask 5 volunteers to come up on the stage to ask whatever questions or make whatever statements they think are important. Invite them up. Make it […] (continue)

Dealing With High Emotion and 'Staged Anger': Tips for Legislators

We’re in the midst of a great conversation on the main NCDD listserv about the violence and mayhem at town hall meetings on health care legislation, and what our community of practice can/should do to help ensure future political events are more democratic and productive.  A lot of thoughtful posts have been added by people you may have heard of like Pete Peterson, Barnett Pearce, Kenoli Oleari, John Godec and a number of others.  Here’s the latest post, from Martin Carcasson, Director of Colorado State […] (continue)

Public Input Sought on How to Bring Broadband to All Americans

I received this announcement today from both Beth Noveck and Greg Nelson…  Please share widely! Kudos to the FCC for finding innovative ways to engage the public in an on-going dialogue about a National Broadband Plan to bring broadband to all Americans.  I attended this morning’s opening workshop – the first of more than 20 such workshops at the FCC.  If you weren’t there live, you could have watched it on the web or participated in Second Life.  And if you missed it, you can […] (continue)

Violence and Incivility at Town Hall Meetings on Health Care… What Can the D&D Community Do?

We’ve been having a rich discussion today about this on the main NCDD listserv (subscribe by sending a blank message to NCDD-DISCUSSION-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org), and I wanted to post my initial message to the blog as well… David Campt sent me a message yesterday with a link to a Huffington Post news story about how labor unions are organizing so their members can take on conservative Tea Party protesters and others planning to protest all of the town halls and other events on health insurance reform going […] (continue)

11 Draft Items for a Democracy Agenda from SOND2

About 90 people came together in DC Sunday through Tuesday for “Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2” — a working session organized by AmericaSpeaks, Demos, Everyday Democracy and Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Invited guests were leaders in electoral reform, public deliberation, community organizing, and collaborative governance, and we were joined at different times during the meeting by a number of members of the Obama administration. (Click here for background materials, confirmed participants, meeting agenda, etc.) I shared insights and questions from […] (continue)

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