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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.

Submit Your Innovations, Projects, etc. to PACE

I was contacted recently by Mike McGrath from the National Civic League. Mike is consulting with PACE on a project I think many of you will be interested in learning about, and he’d like your input. Those of you who attended NCDD’s 2006 conference in San Francisco will remember that Chris Gates, the director of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), spoke during our reflective panel. PACE is conducting an intensive research project to document, analyze and disseminate information on cutting edge civic/pubic engagement efforts […] (continue)

Citizen Engagement Conference Coming Up May 1-2 in Vancouver, BC

I’ve been busy these past few months working at the new Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. So I’m very happy to announce what we’ve been working on: the upcoming conference “When Citizens Decide: The Challenges of Large Scale Public Engagement,” to be held Thursday May 1 and Friday May 2, 2008 in Vancouver, BC. The conference will bring together outstanding researchers and practitioners from North America and Europe to explore the challenges of large […] (continue)

The Collaboration Imperative

Large Group Design Skills for Leaders and Consultants Paid NCDD members receive a 15% discount (saving over $200!) off this three-day course: “The Collaboration Imperative,“ facilitated by Nancy Aronson, Ph.D and Gilbert Steil Jr. The program’s goal is to share with participants the magic of whole systems work, and equip them with the tools to design their own large group meetings whether they involve 30 people or several thousand. Large group methods, virtually unknown twenty years ago, are being used worldwide to address complex organizational […] (continue)

Deliberative Dialogue Facilitator Training in Knoxville, TN

University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service, in cooperation with the National Issues Forum, is presenting a Deliberative Dialogue Facilitator Training March 13th 9am-4pm and March 14th, 8:30am-12pm in Knoxville, TN. This training is designed for those who have an interest in playing a key part in the deliberative dialogue process. You do not have to be a subject matter expert as this training will provide you with the skills to facilitate a deliberative dialogue in your community. For more information about registration please contact […] (continue)

Town Halls on Genes, Environment & Your Health

Town halls in five U.S. cities (Kansas City on March 8th, Phoenix on April 5th, Jackson, MS on April 19th, Portland, OR on April 24th and Philadelphia on May 13) will offer citizens the chance to examine a potential effort by healthcare agencies that would create a national “biobank.” Although biobanks provide a valuable research tool for scientists studying disease, some people have concerns, such as the use of personal information in the hands of employers, insurers, or law enforcement agencies. Citizens who attend these […] (continue)

The Study Circles Resource Center is now "Everyday Democracy"!

I just received word that the Study Circles Resource Center – one of the most respected organizations in the field – is now officially called Everyday Democracy. SCRC’s new name better reflects their ultimate goal: communities that work better for everyone, every day. Everyday Democracy will continue to help communities bring all kinds of people together to solve community problems. And, they will keep on learning, developing tools, and identifying best practices for creating communities that work for everyone. Check out their great new look […] (continue)

Call for Submissions for DIAC Online Deliberation Conference

NCDD is a Partner of “DIAC-2008/OD2008” – a conference on online deliberation sponsored by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and UC Berkeley School of Information. This year’s theme is “Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support. The conference will take place June 26-29, 2008 at the University of California – Berkeley. If you are working in online deliberation, you may want to consider submitting a paper or workshop proposal for consideration… (continue)

Civic Engagement in Palo Alto

Cynthia Gibson, author of Citizens At The Center, just forwarded us the following article about the growth of civic engagement in Palo Alto, CA. Please note the bold text near the end of the article. Civic Engagement is New Palo Alto City Priority city council members see engagement as a tool for achieving city goals, gaining support for library bond by Becky Trout, Palo Alto Online Staff (January 12, 2008) Generically endorsing a proposal pitched by a broad coalition of community groups, the Palo Alto […] (continue)

New Manager’s Guide to Resolving Conflict

The IBM Center for the Business of Government just released a 50-page report called A Manager’s Guide to Resolving Conflicts in Collaborative Networks. Written by our friends Lisa Bingham and Rosemary O’Leary, the Manager’s Guide report helps public managers navigate how to manage and negotiate the conflicts that may occur among a network’s members. From an article at FCW.com by Florence Olsen about the guide: New public policy research shows that managers can adapt to changing rules of governance in the public sphere by becoming, […] (continue)

Something Fun for NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework

I just created something fun in ComicLife to accompany NCDD’s well-loved Engagement Streams framework. The framework is a series of two charts that helps people figure out which dialogue and deliberation method(s) best fit their circumstances – something practitioners always tell us they desperately need. The charts categorize the D&D field into four streams of practice based on your primary intention or purpose – Exploration, Conflict Transformation, Decision Making, and Collaborative Action – and show which of the most well-known methods have proven themselves effective […] (continue)