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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.

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)

Institute for Local Government Seeks Program Coordinator (Sacramento)

The Institute for Local Government (www.cacities.org), located in Sacramento, CA, is seeking a half-time Program Coordinator to work in its civic engagement program area. The Institute is the nonprofit affiliate of the League of California Cities and the California Association of Counties. The Collaborative Governance Initiative, a program of the Institute, works with local officials to support effective and inclusive public engagement in local decision-making. Under the supervision of the CGI Program Director, the Program Coordinator will work with the Program Director and other ILG […] (continue)

Steven Clift Publishes Article on the Internet and Democracy

NCDD member Steven Clift wrote to us recently to let us know about his recently-published article on government, the Internet, and democracy — part of a 47 page collection to be published online shortly by the U.S. federal government. For the short and long versions, a link to the General Service Administration’s newsletters, or to be notified via DoWire.Org about the GSA’s online release of the full collection, see: http://www.dowire.org/notes/?p=383. To see a summary of Steven’s article “Ten Practical Online Steps for Government Support of […] (continue)

City Hall Fellows Program Seeks Academics for Board

City Hall Fellows (www.cityhallfellows.org) – a new, nationwide, non-partisan, nonprofit organization formed to develop a new cadre of enlightened local government leaders from recent college graduates, is building a National Academic Advisory Board to provide advice and guidance on the development, content and implementation of the training program, “Civic Leadership Development Program.” Visit http://icma.org/documents/Civic_Leadership_Development_Program_Overview.pdf for a detailed summary of the program. City Hall Fellows places outstanding recent college graduates within the highest levels of local governments around the country in cohorts of 10 or more. […] (continue)

DDC Publishes Draft Report on Four Years of Research

Our friends and colleagues over at the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (www.deliberative-democracy.net) have just annnounced a draft report on the first four years of research on deliberation. The report “Where is Democracy Headed? Four years of DDC research and practice” is coauthored by Peter Levine and Lars Hasselblad Torres who describe the findings, publications, and other products of the 2003 and 2005 DDC Researcher and Practitioner meetings, and incorporated those ideas in an insightful essay on the future of deliberative democracy. They make twelve key observations […] (continue)

Back From C2D2

We went to Vancouver, we conferred and now we’re back in our home communities with plenty to think about. By all accounts the second conference of the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) was a great successs. For me the most important takeaways were: Keynote speaker Adam Kahane’s argument that as a community of practice, we need to work with power – think about it, grapple with those who have it, and try to generate it – as much as we work with compassion […] (continue)

Transformative Group Collaboration Workshop Set for December

NCDD member Rosa Zubizarreta sent us word of a workshop she’ll be leading called DiaPraxis: Transformational Approaches to Creative and Effective Group Collaboration. The workshop will be held from December 7 – 9, 2007 at the Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center, Craryville, NY. This work offers an experiential introduction to new and powerful approaches in the field of practical group creativity. If you already have good listening skills — whether from Focusing, or NVC, or peer counseling, or community mediation practice — you will learn how […] (continue)

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program Open for Applications

If any of you are graduate students in New England or California working on dialogue around environmental issues, then this fellowship is for you! The Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program (www.switzernetwork.org), supports graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. The foundation seeks to select a diversity of students from different schools, programs, disciplines, and career tracks in each fellowship class. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental […] (continue)

Ontario Citizens' Assembly Proposal Down But Not Out

I’ve been busy this month doing the final edits on my dissertation, so I’ve put off posting some personal observations about the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly’s recently defeated proposal for electoral reform. For those of you who don’t know, the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly gathered randomly selected voters from around the province of Ontario to meet for eight months to learn about different electoral systems, consult with the public and decide whether Ontario needed a new voting system. After months of hard work, the Assembly members recommended […] (continue)

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