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Posts about public participation.

White House Meeting on OpenGov Action Plan

In mid-September, the President announced a 26-point national action plan for opengov as part of the multilateral Open Government Partnership.  As a member of the NCDD Board of Directors, I was invited to attend a meeting yesterday at the White House Eisenhower Executive Office Building about progress on those action items. I found the meeting to be informative, and I found the focus and drive of the Administration officials to be encouraging.  Civil society organizations working in the area of transparency had much more representation […] (continue)

Opportunity for Scholars and Faculty in the Southeast

I heard about this opportunity today from Jeremy Lane… The Community and Civic Engagement Initiative within Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts announces the first annual Academy for Community and Civic Engagement for faculty throughout the southeast in the arts and humanities who are interested in incorporating civic engagement/service learning practices into their courses, outreach scholarship, and P & T documentation. ACCE will provide an intense 3-day workshop for successful applicants. The purpose of the Academy for Community and Civic Engagement is: To promote and […] (continue)

NIF Outlines National Debt in New Video

The National Debt is an issue that’s tricky to get your head around.  The numbers are so large and the issues it impacts so many that often it’s difficult to cultivate a personal opinion based on fact, let alone engage in dialogue on the subject.  The National Issues Forums and the Kettering Foundation are endeavoring to help with this, encouraging dialogue on the topic in association with an issue guide (A Nation in Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills?) released earlier this year. Along […] (continue)

What would you have Congress pass?

I've built a platform to set a platform to make for a greater US. It is crowdsourcing leadership in open space. Would you like to be an innovator? (continue)

Job: SFU Public Square Program Manager

Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, is hiring a Program Manager for their new public engagement initiative, SFU Public Square. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage the capacity of a university to foster academic-community discussion about pressing public issues. (continue)

D&D in Geraldton, Australia, wins global award

Dialogue and deliberation has been the central tool in planning the future of Geraldton, a city in Western Australia, and these efforts have just been recognized with an international award! Geraldton is the global winner in Livecom‘s Community Empowerment and Participation category. 2029 and Beyond is about planning for the future of Geraldton and the region around it. The project mobilises citizens, government and industry in the Greater Geraldton City Region, to collaboratively develop and implement sustainability plans. NCDD member Janette Hartz-Karp has been central […] (continue)

What creates and sustains active citizenship?

Pathways to Participation is a new report from the UK that explores why and how people participate in their society. I received an email earlier this week from Tim Hughes, one of the report researchers, who pointed out a critical finding for public engagement efforts: too often public consultation changes nothing for citizens but a decreased willingness to continue to be engaged. The reason for this is two-fold, he said. One, the engagement exercises are seen as tokenistic, and participants believe that nothing will really […] (continue)

Government 2.0: Redefining Civic Engagement and Dispute Resolution

NCDD supporting member Larry Schooler is one of three panelists on an upcoming free webinar being organized by the Internet Bar Organization.  The webinar, titled “Government 2.0: Redefining Civic Engagement and Dispute Resolution” will be held at 1pm Eastern on Tuesday, November 8th.  Larry wanted to extend an invitation for NCDDers to attend. The panel of experts will discuss the use of innovative dispute resolution technologies by governments in the 21st century and learn about the tools and technologies you, as mediators, lawyers, consultants, government […] (continue)

Can deliberation help reform the initiative process?

NCDD Supporting Member, Jim Fishkin (creator of Deliberative Polling) had a great op-ed published in the New York Times on the 10th.  The article, titled “How to Fix California’s Democracy Crisis,” considers whether citizen deliberation can improve the initiative process in California. This is a must-read article if you’re interested in the relationship between deliberative democracy and the initiative process (which many consider direct democracy). Here’s an excerpt from the article where Jim reflects on What’s Next California — the first statewide deliberative poll… (continue)

The Event at the Red Church

Imagine that it is the bleak end of winter in the Yellowstone high country. You are working with an advisory committee appointed by a county planning commission. This committee and a few other regular participants – 10-12 people altogether – have been meeting every other week in a small upstairs room in an old brick church that is now a community building. The members of the advisory committee have been steadily working their way through an issues workbook that helps them systematically develop comprehensive planning […] (continue)