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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.

New Date for the Beyond the Academy Conference

The Beyond the Academy Conference is now scheduled for June 10-11, 2008. It will take place on the Arlington Campus of George Mason University, beginning the evening of the 10th and continuing all day on th 11th. Meeting just outside the nation’s capital in the midst of a presidential campaign year, public scholars from across the country will discuss the ways in which their work is more than “academic,” how it helps strengthen democratic institutions and public life and can bring about civic change. For […] (continue)

TDI Deliberative Democracy Syllabi Repository

NCDD member Mica Stark of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire just sent us the following… The Democracy Imperative (www.unh.edu/academic-affairs/democracy) is embarking on an ambitious project to develop a deliberative democracy syllabi repository and they’re asking for public support and contributions. The purpose of this repository is to serve as a database of course syllabi and programs that advance learning in the principles and practices of a deliberative democracy, particularly inclusive dialogue, public reasoning, conflict management and transformation, and social and political […] (continue)

Why Conservatives Should Support Dialogue & Deliberation…

Here’s a must-read: Dave Davenport, research fellow at the Hoover Institute and professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, recently wrote a great article for the Hoover Digest titled Why Conservatives should Embrace Deliberative Democracy. The article refers to some recent deliberative efforts – CaliforniaSpeaks, a European deliberative poll, the Canadian citizens assemblies for electoral reform, etc. – and talks about how, when he describes these experiments to his political and policy friends, he gets more enthusiastic reactions from people on the Left than those […] (continue)

Upcoming "Dialogue Mapping" Workshop

NCDD member and developer of the Dialogue Mapping facilitation technique, Jeff Conklin, will be running his next Dialogue Mapping workshop May 7th & 8th in Menlo Park, CA at SRI. The two-day CogNexus Fundamentals of Dialogue Mapping workshop introduces managers, project leaders, facilitators, and consultants to the skill of Dialogue Mapping, and a whole new way of helping groups solve problems and move forward. Learn more at the CogNexus Institute website. Jeff recently posted a video on YouTube that might give those new to the […] (continue)

Do You Have A "Dotmocracy" Story?

Jason Diceman, NCDD member and the creator of the Advanced Dotmocracy process, is looking for Dotmocracy stories and photos and hopes you can help. Since October 2004, he has been distributing various versions of the Dotmocracy Sheet and instructions he designed to help large groups find agreement. In the past year at least 500 people have downloaded the Dotmocracy Handbook for free from www.dotmocracy.org and countless numbers of groups have received copies of the materials through legal and encouraged duplication. In 2008 Jason plans to […] (continue)

AmericaSpeaks Seeks Communications Coordinator

AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org), an organization that specializes in large scale citizen engagement and public deliberation, is looking for a Communications Coordinator to support their communications and marketing activities and take a role in their mission of reinvigorating American democracy by engaging citizens in the public decision-making that most impacts their lives. The coordinator’s roles will include researching, writing and disseminating key communications documents and supporting the development and implementation of media strategies for AmericaSpeaks’ projects. You can learn more about this position on the AmericaSpeaks website. (continue)

Let California Ring

One of my FaceBook friends, Lucie Mayer, just sent a video to my “SuperWall” that I thought might be interesting and inspiring to many of you. The moving 3-minute and 40-second video promotes an advocacy effort that focuses on conversation. While we’re not talking about true dialogue where multiple viewpoints are shared, it’s interesting to see a major advocacy effort focused on the importance and power of sharing one’s story as a means to change people’s minds on a highly contentious issue. As it says […] (continue)

IAP2 International Conference: Call for Contributions

from an IAP2 press release… The next IAP2 International Conference will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK. The Conference title is: ‘Public Participation and Corporate Social Responsibility: from why to how’. The Conference will take place between the 27th and 29th August 2008. It will start early on the morning of the 27th and the last sessions for delegate presentations will end at approximately 4pm on the 29th. For those who are in Glasgow on the 26th August early registration will be […] (continue)

A National Report on Deliberative Forums about the Energy Problem

Available now for download from Public Agenda: Public Thinking about the Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (available as a free pdf) a 46-page report prepared for the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute based on outcomes of deliberative public forums that were held in 42 states and the District of Columbia in 2007. (continue)

Peter G. Peterson Commits $1 Billion Toward Solving America's Most Significant Economic Challenges

Here’s some news that could have a major impact on our field. The newly-formed Peter G. Peterson Foundation is committed to enhancing public understanding of the nature and urgency of key sustainability challenges that threaten America’s future, to propose sensible and workable solutions to address these challenges and to build public will to do something about them. It’s new president is former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, one of the few people at high levels of the federal government who understands the importance and […] (continue)