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11 Draft Items for a Democracy Agenda from SOND2

About 90 people came together in DC Sunday through Tuesday for “Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2” — a working session organized by AmericaSpeaks, Demos, Everyday Democracy and Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Invited guests were leaders in electoral reform, public deliberation, community organizing, and collaborative governance, and we were joined at different times during the meeting by a number of members of the Obama administration. (Click here for background materials, confirmed participants, meeting agenda, etc.) I shared insights and questions from […] (continue)

Expanding "Public Participation" in Hard Times

Here is a must-read article by NCDD member Tom Atlee, founder of The Co-Intelligence Institute. The piece outlines an expanded vision of “public participation” that Atlee feels is vital in this time of economic crisis and seemingly unsolvable local and global problems. The article is aligned with some of the things I’ve been thinking about and working on lately, one of them being the Goals of Dialogue & Deliberation graphic I created recently based on Martin Carcasson‘s work. (See my article on the new graphic […] (continue)

Job Opening for Head of Research at UK’s Involve

UK-based Involve is looking for a Head of Research to join their management team, with a focus on further refining, developing and promoting their research strategy. The post-holder will play a key role in the future development of Involve, particularly through developing and raising funds for new research programs and projects.  Closing date is August 21st. Involve are public participation specialists; bringing institutions, communities and citizens together to accelerate innovation, understanding discussion and change. Involve makes a practical difference by delivering the highest quality public […] (continue)

IJP2 Call for Papers – Special Obama Issue

Here’s an important announcement from NCDD member Steve Pyser, who is the Editor of IAP2’s online journal, the International Journal of Public Participation (IJP2). Call for Papers – International Journal of Public Participation (IJP2) – Special Symposium Issue (January 2010) The International Journal of Public Participation (IJP2) brings together academicians and practitioners interested in a multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of information among researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, and citizens about public participation and its impact around the world.  It has been created with the specific intention […] (continue)

Registered for IAP2 San Diego Yet, with NCDD Discount?

As you may know, the International Association for Public Participation’s annual conference, IAP2 2009: Making Sustainable Decisions, is taking place in San Diego, California this September 21-23.  NCDD is an official “Partner” of the conference, and members of NCDD save $100 on the registration fee; just be sure to enter the code NCDD on the online registration form!  To register or learn more, go to www.iap2.org.  And please note that early bird registration ends on the 21st. I am co-presenting the morning-long plenary session on […] (continue)

Phase 3 of Open Gov't Dialogue in Full Swing

Phase 3 of the Obama administration’s groundbreaking Open Government public consultation process (the Drafting Phase) is now in full swing at www.mixedink.com/OpenGov/ and I encourage NCDDers to get involved!  This Drafting Phase invites you to collaborate on creating recommendations for open government policy using a web-based wiki tool.  There’s a video tutorial up at www.vimeo.com/2674991 about how to use the tool. NCDDers Leanne Nurse and Tim Bonnemann both took notes during yesterday’s conference call with White House staff about Phase III, and I’ve consolidated them […] (continue)

New PACE Report on How Local Gov't is Reinventing Civic Engagement

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) just released a great new report called “The New Laboratories of Democracy:  How Local Government is Reinventing Civic Engagement.”  Mike McGrath from the National Civic League authored the report, which can be downloaded from the PACE website at http://pacefunders.org/publications/NewLaboratoriesofDemocracy.pdf. The PACE report details the innovative methods local governments around the country are using to increase civic engagement by the public. “Local governments are at the cutting edge of finding new tools and methods to increase civic engagement in this […] (continue)

Comments Welcome on Open Gov't Posts on Public Participation

The “participation” questions are starting to go up today on the Open Government Initiative blog at http://blog.ostp.gov. The first post that is open to comments has been live since 2:00, and at this point there are only 8 comments posted.  A comment added now will stay at the top of the list, so it’s a good idea to post as soon as possible.  Though the post we’re being asked to comment on is super broad, inviting us to dig deeper into ideas brought up during […] (continue)

Request for YOUR Participation from Robynn Sturm

I received an email today from Greg Nelson, Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He forwarded on a message from Robynn Sturm, Assistant Deputy CTO for Open Government, encouraging our networks’ participation in the Discussion phase of the Open Government dialogue that’s going on right now on the OSTP blog at http://blog.ostp.gov/, and giving us a heads up on the soon-to-come posts about citizen participation and civic engagement, which many of you will surely want to participate in if you’re not […] (continue)

Report on Brainstorming Phase Mentions NCDD and Lists PEP Principles!

The 13-page NAPA (National Academy of Public Administration) report to Beth Noveck on phase 1 of the Open Government Dialogue is available, and I am excited to say that the Core Principles for Public Engagement we all worked so hard to construct earlier this year were listed in the report in full! As you probably know, the Open Government dialogue feeds into the Open Government Directive that President Obama called for in his Memo on Transparency and Open Government, which he issued on his first […] (continue)