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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.

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)

Kansas State U. Students use YouTube to Promote Public Engagement

Students affiliated with Kansas State University’s Institute for Civic Discourse & Democracy (ICDD) are utilizing YouTube to spread the word about public engagement. Those of you at colleges and universities might want to take note of this great idea! Go to www.youtube.com/icddlive to see the videos and leave comments, or go to www.k-state.edu/icdd/ to learn more about the Institute. (continue)

Involve Launches New Web Resource

People and Participation.net, a new radical resource to help people across the country influence Government decision-making, was launched last week by Involve (www.involve.org.uk), the UK organization devoted to increasing public participation in decision-making. People and Participation.net features: An interactive tool which helps those seeking to engage with the public to select participatory methods based on their specific circumstances. A comprehensive methods database, covering over 30 traditional and innovative approaches to public participation from around the world. A selection of case studies, showcasing good practice and […] (continue)

Echoing Green Opens Social Innovator Fellowship Application Process

Echoing Green (www.echoinggreen.org) annually awards two-year fellowships to emerging social innovators creating innovative new organizations. These social entrepreneurs and their organizations work to close deeply-rooted social, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach his/her potential. The fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas. Fellows work in the community to launch, manage, and grow organizations that implement and continually expand their ideas for creating lasting social change. During the two-year fellowship, Echoing Green provides both […] (continue)

Students Invited to Weigh In On Public Policy

Forum for Democracy, a non-partisan free web site, recently launched its Beta version. Students are invited to weigh in on either side of the public policy debates the site is conducting on a weekly basis. The site encourages informed responses, including not only blogging but also video and all forms of citizen journalism, which you are encouraged to upload to the site. Once formally launched, the site will be awarding free trips, prizes and scholarships to the best and brightest solution-based participants. The aggregated majority […] (continue)

Write an Op-Ed on Edwards' "One Democracy Initiative"!

On Saturday, October 13th, Senator and Presidential Candidate John Edwards gave a speech in Keene, New Hampshire that could have a major impact on our field. In his speech, he called for the creation of “Citizen Congresses” that would regularly convene one million Americans in national deliberations on critical policy issues. These congresses are part of his One Democracy Initiative, which references AmericaSpeaks’ and Study Circles’ work, as well as Deliberation Day and the newly-formed November 5th Coalition. AmericaSpeaks’ Joe Goldman was contacted by the […] (continue)

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