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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.

Canadian Citizens' Assembly Breaking New Ground

In case you haven’t heard about the British Columbia Parliament’s innovative experiment in deliberative democracy called “Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform,” I thought I’d post an update. Formed last year by that province’s government to get meanngful citizen input into reforming its entire electoral system, the Citizens Assembly has been holding hearings for months now. As it says on the Citizens’ Assembly website, “nowhere else in the world has such power been handed to randomly selected citizens. Click below to read more, or go to […] (continue)

New Article on Citizen Involvement in Environmental Governance

Just received an email from Pat Bonner at the Environmental Protection Agency. There’s not too much detail here, those of you interested in environmental issues, can follow up if you’d like to. Her email said “In Vol 18, Number 4, Spring 2004 of Natural Resources & Environment (ABA) (which is not online — except for members;individual issues are $15 plus shipping) has an article ‘Enhancing Citizen Involvement in Environmental Governance’ focusing on enforcement/compliance participation.” (continue)

AmericaSpeaks Returns to Charlotte, NC

From AmericaSpeaks 4/29/04 enewsletter for their facilitators: In September 2004, AmericaSpeaks will return to Charlotte, NC to again partner with the Lee Institute in the development of a 21st Century Town Meeting for Mecklenberg County. The “United Agenda for Children” will bring together somewhere between 1500 and 2000 residents to discuss child and family services, and education. This 21st Century Town Meeting™ is part of a comprehensive 3-year effort to implement a shared action plan ensuring all children in Mecklenburg County are healthy, safe, and […] (continue)

Democracy In America Convention to Take Place this August

I received an e-letter from David Wick a few days ago about the upcoming Democracy in America Convention. The Convention is happening in conjunction with Let’s Talk America, the project NCDD is involved in with the Utne Institute, Conversation Cafes and the World Cafe. The Convention will take place this August 19-22 in Springfield, Illinois, and it will bring together people from all 50 states to “ignite the unified voice of ‘We the People'” through dialogue and deliberation. Click below to read the full message. (continue)

An Inspirational Report on National Issues Forums Held in Russia

I receive “Friday Letters” each week from the Kettering Foundation. The April 16th Friday Letter started off with an inspirational report from KF Associate Phil Stewart about his recent trip to Russia. Phil and his colleagues observed several deliberative forums, and noticed a clear commitment to learning and practicing the norms of democratic deliberation. One elderly teacher is quoted as saying “Only if my grandchildren learn to think critically, think for themselves and to deliberate in public, only then will they have the opportunity to […] (continue)

New Book Shares Learnings from Pew Partnership for Civic Change Research

A new book called “Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future,” offers community leaders teh information they need to build a civic infrastructure and to create community readiness that will help avert problems before they begin. Written by Susan W. Morse, executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change and member of the Board of Trustees of the Kettering Foundation, the $34 book is based on the results of over a decade of research by […] (continue)

A New Form of Online Deliberation – Meaning Map is Now Online

Meaning Map is a new, web-based form of discussion designed to make collective decision-making more democratic and efficient by democratizing framing and agenda setting, emphasizing reasons and principles, and removing the need for any stable group of elites to act as gatekeepers. Meaning Map creator Ray Pingree encourages you to experiment with Meaning Map at www.meaningmap.com (click on “Try Meaning Map now!”). Ray also says that groups of 50 to 500 who want their own Meaning Map should contact him at ray_pingree@hotmail.com. He may be […] (continue)

New Network of Scholars Interested in Collaborative Policy

The Center for Collaborative Policy (one of NCDD’s newest members) is developing a network of international, multi-disciplinary scholars in collaborative planning, public administration, and political science to explore how collaborative policy can enhance democratic governance. Scholars from the disciplines of collaborative policy/planning, public administration, and political science are included. Panels and round tables are planned for various upcoming conferences. Contact CCP Research Director Dr. William Leach (bleach@ccp.csus.edu) for details about how you can get involved. (continue)

New Book on Deliberative Democracy in America

Ethan Leib sent me the following details about his new book “Deliberative Democracy in America” today. “We are taught in civics class that the Constitution provides for three basic branches of government, executive, judicial, and legislative. While the President and Congress as elected by popular vote are representative, can they really reflect accurately the will and sentiment of the populace? Or do money and power dominate everyday politics to the detriment of true self-governance? Is there a way to put “We the people” back into […] (continue)

New LogoLink Research Initiative Focuses on Resources, Citizen Engagement and Democratic Local Governance

The main objectives of LogoLink’s new “Research on Resources, Citizen Engagement and Democratic Local Governance” initiative (RECITE) are: (1) to contribute to knowledge on an aspect of participation in local governance that has attracted limited policy interest to date; (2) to draw to the attention of governments and aid donors the importance of creating and resourcing spaces for participatory processes in fiscal decisions; and (3) to strengthen the capacities of LogoLink partners and other civil society groups to influence and participate in the most critical […] (continue)

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