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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.

Obama Tech Plan Aims for Connected Democracy

NCDD member Beth Noveck wrote to us recently about the Obama Technology Plan, announced in mid November. In addition to taking a stand on such issues as net neutrality, media cross-ownership and patent reform, the plan contains an extensive proposal to create a “transparent and connected democracy” and includes a commitment to establish “pilot programs to open up government decision-making and involve the public in the work of agencies, not simply by soliciting opinions, but by tapping into the vast and distributed expertise of the […] (continue)

Online Resources for Dialogue

NCDD Member Juli Fellows wrote to us recently with some amazing resources to inspire our own conversations about media, technology, science and other pressing issues and concerns of the day. These video excerpts come from conferences on these issues and are available free online. The list was compiled by Denise Lalonde of Lalonde Consulting and Coaching. 1) TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever […] (continue)

Civic Engagement Center Seeks Founding Director

Drew University (www.drew.edu), a highly selective liberal arts college located 30 miles outside New York City, seeks applications for the position of Founding Director for its new Center for Civic Engagement, with appointment to begin summer/fall 2008. The position will involve program development, administrative and teaching responsibilities, and the Director will interact regularly with practitioners and their organizations in the community. The Director will also have an appointment in a department, though rank and academic discipline are open. The Center aspires to build on Drew’s […] (continue)

Call for Papers on Deliberative Democracy in Higher Education

The Democracy Imperative has issued a call for short proposals to write Catalyst Papers on critical issues relating to advancing deliberative democracy in and through higher education. The deadline is quickly approaching on December 10, but these proposals are supposed to be short (less than a page). Writers will work in teams, so even the work load will be spread out. You can propose a team. Mini-grants are $1000 for the writing team organizer and $500 for each member. Teams are capped at five people. […] (continue)

Friday Dec. 7th is National Caucus Day!

This Friday is National Caucus Day, a day devoted to promoting citizen discussion and deliberation prior to to some really important decisions we’ll be making about the future of our country. If you’re not living in NH or IA or a state that is holding their primary on February 5th (aka “National Primary Day”) — this is your chance for your voice to be heard, both locally — and nationally! Born out of the energy and power of the thousands of Internet enabled face-to-face gatherings […] (continue)

The US and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives in the Classroom

News about the U.S. relationship with Iran and Iran’s uranium enrichment program appears frequently in the headlines these days. There is much debate about how to respond to this issue. The U.S. and Iran: Confronting Policy Alternatives is an interactive lesson plan from the CHOICES program that engages students in deliberation about divergent policy alternatives concerning U.S. policy on Iran. Visit the CHOICES website for this and other “Teaching with the News” online curriculum materials and ideas to connect the content of the classroom to […] (continue)

Participate in a Web Dialogue on Flu Pandemic Dec. 4-6

Next week, the Centers for Disease Control are convening a Web dialogue with citizens who are not health care practitioners and who are not involved in planning for pandemic flu. The chance of a deadly worldwide outbreak of influenza (a pandemic) is increasing, according to experts. Early in such an outbreak, the United States will lack an adequate supply of vaccine. This will be no one’s fault. Rather, it will be because developing and making an effective vaccine will take months. The regular flu vaccine […] (continue)

UT Austin Offering Graduate Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Planning

The University of Austin-Texas is offering a special recruiting fellowship to an incoming graduate student for Fall 2008 who is interested in the intersection of civic engagement and community planning. The fellowship is aimed at broadening the diversity of the students in the graduate program in Community and Regional Planning at the University of Texas in Austin. It can be used for either a Master’s program or a Ph.D. program. It is intended for first time graduate students with demonstrated financial need (or low socio-economic […] (continue)

IAP2 Training Coming Up Next Week in VA

The Perspectives Group is offering its final IAP2 Certificate Traning course for 2007 next week in Alexandria VA. This five-day course is geared to anyone in the public, private or non-profit sectors who is required to manage public issues no matter what level of complexity or how potentially contentious. The Perspectives Group has taught thousands of participants on four continents this world-renowned certification program and it is a must-attend for anyone involved in Public Participation; next week’s course will be taught by Douglas Sarno, an […] (continue)

OpenDemocracy.net Publishes Article on Building Civic Agency

Over at OpenDemocracy.net, Harry C. Boyte of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Democracy and Citizenship (www.publicwork.org) has written an engaging article called Building Civic Agency: the Public Work Approach. He explains how the Center for Democracy and Citizenship uses what they call a “public work approach” to build the capacities of citizens to engage in democratic life. This approach is rooted in the idea of citizens as “co-creators” of democracy, rather than voters, vounteers, or other categories that narrowly define the contribution that citizens […] (continue)

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