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When Citizens Bypass Government with Technology

The following post featuring a fascinating article about what technology can do to bring about “Democracy for the Next Generation” in local government came from the Davenport Institute’s Gov 2.0 Watch blog. Read it below or find the original here. Citizens across the country trust their federal, state and local government less. With this lack of trust, citizens are creating apps and using social media to help each other. Some cities are hesitant while others are embracing this phenomenon because technology is here to stay: Local […] (continue)

50 “Next Generation” Digital Engagement Tools

The theme for this year’s NCDD conference, “Democracy for the Next Generation“, is meant to invite us to build on all the innovative tools and practices that have been invigorating our field in recent years. Many of those innovations are digital, and that is why a major goal for NCDD 2014 is to help our field better understand how to utilize technology for engagement and to provide insights and know-how for harnessing the emerging technologies that support dialogue and deliberation. NCDD 2014 will feature tons of “next generation” engagement tech, so don’t […] (continue)

Updates from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium

We recently received a newsletter from NCDD supporting member Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), and we wanted to share it with you. The DDC has been working on some important and exciting projects, and they have 3 big announcements. First, the DDC has released a significant new white paper: Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection is the latest white paper from PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement). Written by the DDC’s Matt Leighninger, the report – downloadable here - […] (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)

Global Innovation Competition Seeks Governance Ideas

We think that NCDD members will be interested to learn more about a great initiative from Making All Voices Count, who will be launching global competition of innovative governance ideas next week. We encourage you to read MAVC’s write up on the competition below or find the original piece here.   While democracies share common features, there is no single model and the same is true for innovations designed to engage citizens and incentivise better governance. On the International Day of Democracy September 15, Making All Voices Count, […] (continue)

Upcoming Training on Hosting World Cafe: The Fundamentals

We are happy to share the announcement below from NCDD supporting member Amy Lenzo of weDialogue. Amy’s announcement came via our great Submit-to-Blog Form. Do you have news you want to share with the NCDD network? Just click here to submit your news post for the NCDD Blog! We’re offering the World Cafe Signature Learning Program again for those who would like to deepen their understanding and practice of the deceptively simple World Cafe method. The course, offered online through Fielding Graduate University, takes advantage of their academic and professional accreditation and […] (continue)

Melbourne “People’s Panel” Connects Citizens to Public Decisions

We wanted to make sure the NCDD community saw an article from The Age about an intriguing new development in Melbourne, Australia where the city council is working with the good people at The newDemocracy Foundation - an NCDD organizational member – to create a “People’s Panel”. We encourage you to read more about it below or to find the original here. You might describe it as Melbourne City Council’s version of jury duty, except it is far easier to get out of. A panel of 43 […] (continue)

Participate in Conversation Day in NYC, Aug. 30th

We want to make sure that our NCDD members, especially those of you in and around NYC, are aware of a very cool event called Conversation Day coming up this Saturday. We received the announcement below from NCDD Sustaining Member Ronald Gross, and we encourage you to check it our or find our more at www.conversationsnewyork.com. Join us on Saturday, August 30th, at 3 pm in Bryant Park, located between 40th and 42nd streets between 5th Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.), at the Fountain on […] (continue)

Learning from the World Café Approach

We are happy to share a helpful write up on the principles and benefits of the World Café approach to meetings and dialogue. It’s a great piece from the blog of one of our newest NCDD members, Beth Tener of the New Directions Collaborative, and we encourage you to read more about it below or find the original here. I recently co-facilitated a “taster” to explore a variety of ways of designing meetings to more fully engage the collective intelligence of the group. One of the techniques we explored was […] (continue)

Participatory Budgeting Expands in NYC for ’14 – ’15

We are excited to share the announcement from our friends with the Participatory Budgeting Project, and NCDD organizational member, that participatory budgeting is once again expanding in NYC to reach even more of its citizens. We encourage you to read PBP’s press release below about the expansion or find it on PBP’s website here. 22 districts will participate in next cycle to designate over $25 million City Hall— Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council announced the expansion of participatory budgeting to 22 […] (continue)

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