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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.

Upcoming Workshops at the CogNexus Institute

The CogNexus Institute will be offering a workshop titled “The Fundamentals of Dialogue Mapping” on January 15-16, 2008 in Redwood City, California. This newly revised workshop brings participants into the workshop already familiar with Compendium and the IBIS notation. This allows us to move fast ether practicing the hard, productive and satisfying work of Dialogue Mapping. Participants will experience a fierce commitment to listening and shared understanding as well as the willingness to engage in sustained concentration and to learn in public. For more information […] (continue)

CPRN Seeks Project Manager

The Canadian Policy Research Networks (www.cprn.org) is seeking a bilingual (English and French) Project Manager. The two Project Managers at CPRN share responsibility for the coordination and administration of research projects from the initial planning to closure. They are assigned projects by the Vice-President, Research. The Project Managers assist with the preparation of detailed budgets, are responsible for monitoring contracts and project deliverables which includes preparation of detailed monthly reports through to final publication of research reports. The position also entails the preparation and overall […] (continue)

EPA Calls for Award Nominations

Here’s a great award to kick off the new year: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominations for their Achievement in Environmental Justice Awards. The deadline is coming up soon – nominations must be postmarked by January 11, 2008. Organizations should be nominated for their achievement in addressing environmental justice issues or achieving the goals of environmental justice in a manner that results in positive impacts to a community. The award competition will be open to all organizations within the United States. The nominated […] (continue)

Learning Democracy by Doing Conference Calls for Proposals

We have just received a reminder from Melissa Abramovitz that the call for workshop proposals for the Learning Democracy by Doing conference closes at the end of this month. This international conference organized by the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) focuses on alternative practices in citizenship learning and participatory democracy and will be held October 16-18, 2008 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. From the Transformative Learning Centre website: We are […] (continue)

Early Registration Open for Tools For Participation Conference

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the UC Berkeley School of Information have opened up early bird registration for their upcoming conference on online deliberation, with the theme of “Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support, Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium” (www.publicsphereproject.org/events/diac08/). The conference will be held June 26 – 29, 2008. DIAC-08 combines CPSR’s 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, […] (continue)

Young Scholars Invited to Apply for Youth Purpose Research Awards

Here’s another grant opportunity that aims to fund research on youth and “purpose,” which sounds a lot like civic engagement to me: The Stanford Center on Adolescence supports young scholars pursuing research related to youth purpose. The program defines “purpose” as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at once meaningful to the self and of intended consequence beyond the self.” Up to four awards of no more than $10,000 each will be given in 2008 and 2009 for dissertation, postdoctoral, and […] (continue)

Registration Now Open for Authentic Leadership Institute

The Shambhala Institute has just announced that registration is now open for the eighth annual Authentic Leadership Summer Institute, June 22-28 2008 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Institute features ten parallel modules led by internationally recognized thought leaders, researchers, and practitioners working at the edge of emerging new fields. Participants can choose one module as a five-day focus and learn practical skills for creating a culture of authenticity while navigating complex challenges. Participants will also strengthen their leadership presence and capacity through meditation and creative […] (continue)

CPRN Reports Highlight Contributions of Citizens to Fiscal Balance Policy

Despite recent funding cuts, the Canadian Policy Research Networks (www.cprn.org) continues to produce important research on the impact that citizen engagement can have on public policy processes. In the presentation “Complexity, Politics, Policy and People,” former CPRN Civic Engagement Director Mary Pat MacKinnon offers insights on how a process of deliberative dialogue was used by the Canadian Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance as part of its consultative process on how to better share funds between governments. I saw Mary Pat present this very interesting work […] (continue)

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)

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