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Posts about public participation.

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)

Examples of local DD needed for book project

NCDD member Susan Clark (the one from Vermont, not the Susan Clark from California) sent the following message out to the NCDD Discussion list today.  She’s looking for “a few terrific local examples of local, deliberative democracy, especially with links to local governance.” (continue)

Consensus presents at Dole Institute on The Civility Project

Consensus launched The Civility Project to make durable improvements to the way governments engage citizens. They started by holding 20 focus groups with people from Kansas City, MO/KS, and Lawrence, KS, and on September 27 will present the findings at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. (continue)

Participatory Budgeting Project Launches in NYC

Josh Lerner, Co-Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, shared an important announcement on the NCDD Discussion list yesterday afternoon. He introduced the announcement by saying… I’m thrilled to announce the launch today of a groundbreaking initiative in democracy. The Participatory Budgeting Project is proud to serve as the lead technical assistance partner for a new $6 million participatory budgeting process in four New York City Council districts. City Council Members Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Eric Ulrich, and Jumaane Williams are each inviting city residents to […] (continue)

NIF Takes on National Debt with New Issue Guide

The National Issues Forums has released a new issue guide focused on the National Debt entitled A Nation in Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills?  This 12-page issue guide presents an overview of the problem and offers three options for deliberation: “agree to make sacrifices now”, “strengthen checks and balances” and “invest in growth first”.  From the guide’s introduction… How Can We Pay the Bills? It’s become apparent to many Americans that if we do not act decisively on the nation’s debt soon, our […] (continue)

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