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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.

Millennials Rethink U.S. Constitution and Compete in Mobilize.org Convention

We asked NCDD member Alexander Moll to share his reflections on the recent (January 9-11, 2008) Constitutional Convention that our friends at Mobilize.org held for young activists in Philadelphia… We sought to upgrade our democracy. Like well-trodden explorers looking for adventure, we came to Philadelphia last weekend to answer the beckoning call from our Founding Fathers rolling in their graves. “The town hall is dead,” was a whisper from the annals of history we could not shake as we set foot upon the soil of […] (continue)

Invitation to Endorse the Agenda for Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy

A new agenda to strengthen America’s democracy is being advanced to the incoming Administration. Everyone in the D&D community is invited to join this effort by endorsing the Agenda for Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy. The Agenda, posted at www.americaspeaks.org/StrengtheningDemocracyAgenda, is comprised of an exciting set of recommendations, including a White House Office of Civic Engagement, a call for regular national discussions, and a unique set of policy reforms to increase participation in public life. The Agenda was developed by a diverse group of 49 thinkers, […] (continue)

Phil Mitchell’s WorldChanging.com Post on NCDD 2008

On October 30th, Phil Mitchell wrote a great post on the WorldChanging.com blog about the 2008 NCDD Conference that included the great photo of a graphic recording created at the conference.  Phil was the leader of our challenge area on moving from D&D to action. Phil starts his post with “One of the least talked about but most far-reaching worldchanging innovations is the development of new processes of citizen-centered democracy. These processes (such as citizen assemblies) are not just solutions to specific problems; they hold […] (continue)

Shaping the Future of Lancaster, PA

On Tuesday (November 11th), I had the opportunity to volunteer as one of dozens of table facilitators at “Lancaster 2020: Shaping Our Future” – a day-long prioritizing and action-planning event for community leaders in Lancaster County. The event was facilitated by NCDD member AmericaSpeaks, and I wanted to participate because Lancaster is only about an hour’s drive away and I haven’t experienced an AmericaSpeaks event since 2002’s Listening to the City event in New York. I had a great time, and really enjoyed the people […] (continue)

Penn State-Abington Students Learn the Power of Dialogue

Here’s a nice article from Penn State Live at http://live.psu.edu/story/34749/nw7, describing Steve Pyser‘s work at Penn State-Abington. Steve is an active NCDD member; he just coordinated (with Janet Fiero) and moderated the Reflective Panel at the 2008 NCDD conference in Austin. Abington students learn the power of dialogue Monday, September 22, 2008 Lecturer Steve Pyser enlightened many students to the power of dialogue this summer during his Political Science 001 course: “Introduction to American National Government.” Not only did he teach the students about the […] (continue)

To-The-Point Resources for Public Officials

Terry Amsler just sent this to the NCDD Discussion listserv (email joy@thataway.org if you want added to the list, or become a member of NCDD)… Just in case you’re interested —  The Institute for Local Government’s Collaborative Governance Initiative has organized and authored about two dozen civic engagement-related articles appearing in Western City magazine between July and December of this year.  Western City is the monthly magazine of the League of California Cities and reaches about 11,000 local officials in California.  Topics run from planning […] (continue)

Civic Health Index Shows 80% of the U.S. Public wants National Deliberation

Here’s a great post by Joe Goldman from the DDC’s blog at www.deliberative-democracy.net/blog/… The National Conference on Citizenship just put out its third Civic Health Index. Lots of really interesting stuff, including: 87% of the American public support giving every young person the opportunity to earn tuition money by completing a year of national or community service 80% of the American public favor holding a national deliberation on a major issue and requiring Congress to respond to what citizens say 76% would like to see […] (continue)

Publication Not to Miss: "Where is Democracy Headed?"

I’m on a webinar right now about a new Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) publication titled “Where is Democracy Headed?”  The webinar is sponsored by PACE and Grassroots Grantmakers. Matt Leighninger presented about this new publication during the D&D Marketplace at NCDD Austin.  The publication summarizes four years of the DDC’s learnings about deliberation, decision-making, and problem-solving. Download Where Is Democracy Headed report now. (continue)

Job Opening at CPRN for Director of Civic Engagement

Just found out about this from our friends at the Canadian Community for Dialogue & Deliberation… Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) has an opening for a Director of Civic Engagement.  This person will supervise a senior researcher, two researchers, and a project manager, and the salary range is $85,000 to $135,000. The position can be designed for a full-time or part-time commitment.  While it is important to spend some time in Ottawa, the position can also be designed for someone based in another location.  The […] (continue)

Get Involved in Viewpoint Learning's Online Dialogue on Health Care

Viewpoint Learning would like to invite NCDD members and friends to get involved in Voices for Health Care, a national online dialogue on health care reform. They would love your thoughts and feedback on this effort – and encourage all of you to spread the word to anyone in your networks who is concerned about improving health care. The first phase of this project, funded by the Kellogg foundation, has been focused on face-to-face dialogues in three target states (Ohio, Kansas and Mississippi).  Viewpoint Learning […] (continue)