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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.

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)

PACE Needs Your Stories!

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)

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)

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