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News and opportunities on one of NCDD’s key partners — the Kettering Foundation. KF is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is “What does it take to make democracy work as it should?”

Apply for Grants from the Taylor Willingham Fund by Dec. 31

For the third year now, our partners with the National Issues Forums Institute are accepting applications for grants from the Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Fund. The $500-$1,000 grants are intended to honor the legacy of Taylor Willingham and her contributions to the field of deliberative democracy by supporting projects in the field, and we highly encourage NCDD members to apply for a grant or to donate to the fund. You can download a PDF of the application form by clicking here, and you can learn […] (continue)

Should Higher Ed Engagement Be More Political?

We recently read a great interview on the Kettering Foundation’s blog with NCDD supporting member Timothy Shaffer. Tim contends that community engagement projects in higher education are an important civic infrastructure, but that to be more democratic, they need to be more political. We encourage you to read the interview below or find the original version here. Real Impact: The Challenges of Community Engagement in Higher Education Many communities lack the basic civic muscle necessary to form a strong community. Conflict management and decision-making skills seem far and few, and basic […] (continue)

Charlie Wisoff reviews “Making Democracy Fun” by Josh Lerner

We just love Making Democracy Fun – a great new book by Josh Lerner, an NCDD member and ED of the Participatory Budgeting Project. We love to work with Josh and his ideas – from hosting his great “gamification” talk during the final NCDD 2014 plenary to co-sponsoring PBP’s recent conference – and we hope you’ll read the review of his book written by Charlie Wisoff of the Kettering Foundation below. In Making Democracy Fun, Josh Lerner addresses a key problem of democracy: “For most people, democratic participation is relatively unappealing. It is boring, painful, […] (continue)

Tour of NCDD’s Field Mapping Project

In the months leading up to the 2014 NCDD conference, NCDD conducted a unique field mapping project as part of our collaboration with the Kettering Foundation. The project capitalized on the fact that the conference would bring together more than 400 leaders and emerging leaders in the dialogue & deliberation community, many of whom are interested in finding new ways to collaborate across organizations and sectors to have a greater impact. We had conference planning team member Kathryn Thomson (of LeaderMind Consulting and Ethelo Decisions) […] (continue)

Hawaii Senator Pursues “Collaborative Legislators Network”

Our partners with the Kettering Foundation recently published a great interview with Hawaii Senator Les Ihara Jr. – who we are proud to have as an NCDD supporting member – about some exciting work he’s doing to get legislators doing more and better public engagement work. Sen. Ihara’s ideas have great potential, and we encourage you to read more about them below or find the original here. Developing Our Civic Culture: State Legislators and Public Engagement Hawaii state senator Les Ihara Jr. has found many state legislators […] (continue)

Great Things Start at NCDD Conferences: The San Diego Deliberation Network

We know that amazing work in our field often begins with the connections made and synergies ignited during NCDD conferences, and we are so pleased to share a great example of how that happens. The piece below from NCDD supporting members Mary Thompson and Martha Cox tells the story of how, from a conversation at NCDD’s 2012 conference, the new San Diego Deliberation Network was born. We can’t wait to see what other great work will begin this week at NCDD 2014! A new twist on a collaborative model of deliberation and dialogue has emerged […] (continue)

NIF & Kettering Host Online Immigration Conversation Monday

We encourage NCDD members to join our partners with the National Issues Forums of Northern Virginia and the Kettering Foundation for a webinar conversation on immigration tomorrow, Sept. 29th. The conversation will use KF’s new online deliberation tool, Common Ground for Action, so make sure to join us and check it out! You can read the invitation from Bill Corbett of NIFNVA below or find the original here. I’m writing invite you to an upcoming online National Issues Forum, a small, moderated, chat-based deliberation on a critical issue facing America. It […] (continue)

On David Mathews… a featured speaker at NCDD 2014

We are thrilled to have David Mathews, President and CEO of the Kettering Foundation, joining us at the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation next month. David is our featured plenary speaker on the first day of the conference, Friday, October 17th. (See the full conference schedule here.) Many people in our field know David, and are familiar with his work at the Kettering Foundation. Under David’s leadership, Kettering plays a vital role in our field by advancing and funding leading edge democracy research. Because one of the […] (continue)

Changing “Child-Adult” Dynamics in Public Participation

Our partners at the Kettering Foundation recently published an insightful interview about civic infrastructure and the relationship between elected officials and their constituents with NCDD supporting member Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. We encourage you to read it below or to find the original by clicking here. Matt Leighninger thinks the capacities of citizens have grown tremendously over the years. But one of the misalignments between having better engagement and more productive use of citizens’ capacities has been the inclination of decision makers to adopt a […] (continue)

Telling Our Stories: Featured Entries to NCDD’s Dialogue Storytelling Tool

NCDD has been experimenting with collecting examples of dialogue and deliberation projects through the “Dialogue Storytelling Tool” we launched last summer at www.ncdd.org/storytelling-tool. In partnership with the Kettering Foundation, we’ve been gathering brief case studies and project descriptions from dialogue and deliberation practitioners. Today we’re releasing a 19-page report that shares some of the best entries we’ve received so far. Please check it out, share it widely, and add your stories today! Some of the projects you’ll learn about in the doc are UrbanMatters, Migrant […] (continue)

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