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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 ILG Publication on Civic Participation in California

I organized an NCDD networking dinner in San Francisco earlier this month, and one of the attendees, Terry Amsler (Director of the League of California Cities’ Institute for Local Governance) gave me a copy of a wonderful new publication called “Civic Participation in California: How Local Agencies are Involving the Public, Building Trust and Making Better Decisions.” It’s a compendium of articles originally published last year as a series in Western City, the monthly magazine of the League of California Cities. The League is an […] (continue)

New Zealand Gov't Seeks YOUR Feedback

Crispin Butteriss posted this to NCDD’s FaceBook group a couple of weeks ago: The New Zealand government (Office for the Community & Voluntary Sector) is looking for feedback from community engagement professionals on the its discussion paper, “It’s More than Talk.” An online forum can be found at www.bangthetable.com/BBGE. (continue)

Pre-Conference Training Proposals Due for 2009 IAP2 Conference

Proposals for pre-conference trainings are due TOMORROW (Friday, February 27th) by noon GMT for the 17th Annual IAP2 conference in San Diego, California this September 21st through 23rd. Facilitators of pre-conference trainings set their own participant fees for their trainings. The theme for this year’s International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) conference is Making Sustainable Decisions: The Price and Promise of Public Participation. As a Conference Partner, NCDD is playing a major role in the San Diego conference and we hope to have a large […] (continue)

Save the Date: Deliberative Democracy in Higher Ed Conference this July

Co-hosted by NCDD members The Democracy Imperative and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, an event called “No Better Time: Promising Opportunities in Deliberative Democracy for Educators and Practitioners” will take place this July 8-11 at the University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH). Details have not been officially released, but I wanted you to think about saving these dates. The conference will be centered around “Learning Exchanges” – thoughtful discussions about key challenges in deliberative democracy hosted by leading scholars and practitioners. It looks like I’ll be […] (continue)

GovLoop.com – a social network for gov't types

I just joined an interesting social network called GovLoop, that I heard about through NCDD member Stephan Buckley. Govloop is “the premier social network connecting the government community,” and you are encouraged to join if you are: a government employee, a public policy student or professor, a good government organization, or a government contractor with good intentions. Thought some of you deliberative democracy folks would be interested. Seems like a good way to connect with people in the public sector and stay updated on new […] (continue)

Did the stimulus house parties tend to invite only one kind of guest?

NCDD member Pete Peterson has a new article on the conservative City Journal, titled Obama’s One-Way Social Networking: “Stimulus house parties” tend to invite just one kind of guest. He posted to the NCDD Discussion list about the article, and there’s been some interesting discussion about it so far. In the article, Pete posits that the format of the recent DNC stimulus house parties “suggests that the campaign will never end—and, unfortunately, that serious public engagement with important national issues will rarely occur.” Pete makes […] (continue)

Will and Alison Promoted at Public Agenda

NCDD member Public Agenda announced today that Will Friedman has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer. In addition, Alison Kadlec has been named Vice President of Public Engagement and Director of Public Agenda’s Center for Advances in Public Engagement (CAPE), which researches, develops and disseminates new insights and practices to build the field of civic engagement and citizen-centered politics.  Congratulations, Will and Alison! In his new role, Friedman will be responsible for leading the planning, implementation and administration of Public Agenda’s new business development efforts […] (continue)

Janette’s Write-Up on Australia’s First Citizens’ Parliament

Australian dynamo and long-time NCDD member Janette Hartz-Karp, who played a huge part in making this month’s Australian Citizens Parliament happen, sent me a write-up last night for the NCDD blog. The Citizens Parliament was the first of its kind in Australia and is a model for us all. Here’s a preview (click “more” for the full story if it doesn’t appear below)… For me, as the key designer of the 4 day deliberation and its co-lead facilitator, it felt like a being on stage […] (continue)

Carson’s Take on Australian Citizens Parliament

Lyn Carson (“Carson”) sent me the following text last night for the NCDD blog. Carson is the University of Sydney’s Chief Investigator on the Citizens’ Parliament Project, and it’s great to have an insider’s view… I have just returned from Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament (www.citizensparliament.org.au) which really was an extraordinary event, focused on how to strengthen Australia’s political system to serve us better. It seemed like a curious counterweight to this bushfire tragedy which raged as 150 randomly-selected citizens collaborated (some of the CP folks […] (continue)

50% Discount on American Citizens' Summit for NCDD Members

If you haven’t yet joined NCDD, now might be the time… Joseph McCormick of the Transpartisan Alliance is offering a huge 50% discount to all NCDD members who haven’t registered yet for this month’s American Citizens’ Summit in Denver. When you register for the American Citizens’ Summit, choose your registration type (affiliated, unaffiliated, leadership delegate) and a box will pop up asking you to “Enter code here.” Enter “friendfamily” (no quotes) in the box and you will be charged half price. I hope some of […] (continue)

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