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Posts about public participation.

PACE webinar to introduce LikeMinded

I received an announcement from Chris Gates of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement) the other day… next Monday, April 18 (2:00 to 3:00 Eastern), PACE will be holding a webinar featuring “LikeMinded” — the new project of the Craigslist Foundation that “helps community success stories travel better.” Reserve your webinar spot now at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/329646211. Craigslist Foundation’s LikeMinded project began with a simple observation in late 2009: people are doing great work in their local communities, but stories about that work frequently stay local or […] (continue)

Orton’s new must-see Planning Tool Exchange

I just added a resource listing about this bad boy to the NCDD Resource Center, but thought I'd mention it in the main blog as well. The Orton Family Foundation's new Planning Tool Exchange (which they've nicknamed "PlanIt X") is a free, community-driven website designed to help people find and share tools and resources to support community planning and civic engagement. (continue)

Winner of 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize announced

NCDD member Steven Clift sent this to the NCDD Discussion list this morning… (Note: I blogged about the amazing videos associated with this prize a few weeks ago here.) Over the past four weeks, 11,600 citizens in Germany were invited to select the winner for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 out of the seven finalists. Voting is now over and the winner has been selected. In view of this year’s subject – democracy and participation – the Board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung decided that the […] (continue)

Will powerful conversations solve state and local budget crises?

What would happen if professional organizers and facilitators of dialogue and deliberation decisively and publicly demonstrated their capacity to help cities and states solve their biggest problem -- collapsing budgets -- and then broadly promoted that fact? (continue)

Participatory Budgeting Practices, Places, Games and Resources

A sampling of participatory budgeting info, in relatively raw form. Most of this material is about online public budgeting exercises, but some of it also describes the kind of face-to-face, seriously empowered mass-participatory civic budgeting processes developed in Brazil which have spread widely in the last decade or so. (continue)

Wonderful new videos from the Bertelsmann Foundation

A few days ago, the Bertelsmann Stiftung (Bertelsmann Foundation in the U.S.) added a bunch of new videos to its YouTube channel.  They really are must-see videos for people in our field; they’re very well-made videos (about 4 minutes long each) that feature the finalists in the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize.  I can see the videos being used in the classroom, in workshops, as part of presentations to local government, and so much more. I just added them to my dialogue & deliberation playlists on […] (continue)

Stepping Up

It’s an historic day for Egypt and for the world. But…when Egypt’s President Mubarak ‘stepped down’…we have to wonder who will be ‘stepping up.’ Of course, we’re hoping to see allsegments of the Egyptian population to ‘step up’ equally, but this is not likely. It’s not likely, because many will not have equal choice to ‘step up’…and it’s not likely, because many will not see it’s their responsibility to ‘step up.’ There is a great uncertainty today, even in the midst of jubilant celebrations. In […] (continue)

The ‘Right-size’ of Government

All government programs have a basis in human need and community sustainability. From deep within us, the better part of our humanity calls us to care about our neighbors’ well-being so the social fabric that sustains us and enriches us does not tear irreparably. Through years of dilemmas and solutions, an evolving governmental layering has institutionalized our systemic concerns into departments and agencies with huge responsibilities and budgets. It was inevitable that one day we would have to take a closer look at our values […] (continue)

Democratic Principles

We’re face-to-face again with our love-hate relationship with democratic principles. While politicians, pundits and everyday citizens love to extol the value of participatory governance in the United States and around the world, our foreign policy has focused on American ‘interests’ rather than democratic principles. It’s not surprising this week that Egyptian President Mubarak’s administration is under siege…after decades of democratic neglect and dictatorial power. If Tunisia is followed by Egypt in governmental disruption, the old 60s-era ‘domino theory’ of successive governmental takeovers will be a […] (continue)

The Citizens’ Toolbox: What’s in Yours?

NCDD is a proud sponsor of The Citizens’ Toolbox: What’s In Yours? — a conference aimed at connecting students with those engaged in a broad and varied set of experiments and projects in Dialogue and Deliberation and other tenets of civic and democratic life. Join us March 16-19 at Miami University of Ohio in Oxford, Ohio, as we all ask what’s in our own toolboxes, and open those up for each other to explore and engage. Join us in this opportunity to share and gain […] (continue)