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Posts about public participation.

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)

White House announces “We the People” initiative

NCDD member Alex Moll just emailed me about a new White House initiative called “We the People.” I wanted to encourage NCDDers to check out the site and share your thoughts with each other here via the comment field. White House Director of Digital Strategy Macon Phillips just announced this new way to petition the federal government about issues you want to see action taken on.  Here’s the introductory paragraph from the website: Throughout our history Americans have used petitions to unite around issues they […] (continue)

Positions Open — New Advocacy Organization for Giving Citizenry a Greater Voice

Here are two position openings (Executive Director and Director of Online Fundraising and Advocacy) from NCDD supporting member Steven Kull, Director of WorldPublicOpinion.org, a new advocacy organization focused on giving the citizenry a greater voice… A new national organization, that seeks to renew democracy by giving the citizenry a greater voice in government, is looking for two dynamic individuals to help grow a new broad-based organization and build support for its initiatives. (continue)

New ABA Resolution Urges Lawyers to Set Standard for Civil Discourse

My inbox has been buzzing lately with news about the American Bar Association’s newly-adopted Resolution 108. ABA and especially its Section on Dispute Resolution are really demonstrating their commitment to promoting civil discourse and civic engagement through the adoption of this Resolution.  This is big news for our field! I received the following announcement via email from Lisa Blomgren Bingham, Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. ABA House of Delegates Adopts Resolution by the Section of Dispute […] (continue)

From the Phila Inquirer: Why public engagement is more than a feel-good gesture

Harris Sokoloff (an NCDD Supporting Member) emailed me today about a July 28th article by Doron Taussig in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Why public engagement is more than a feel-good gesture.” Harris and I are both quoted briefly in the article. Here’s an excerpt I thought would be particularly helpful to NCDDers who might need to argue succinctly for quality public engagement in their city: “To succeed, public engagement must come early enough in a process to influence a decision. And it needs to be structured. […] (continue)

Get involved with the Open Gov Partnership Networking Mechanism

Hi, all!  I received this announcement on August 4th, and checked with Nathaniel Heller to make sure it’s okay to share this opportunity widely. Here’s the crux of the email that’s of interest to NCDDers: If you are working in non-governmental organizations, a private firm, or a multilateral institution, we invite you to complete the “supply side” survey linked below. There are dozens of governments that have already expressed interest in linking up with you to explore potential collaboration and assistance. This is your chance […] (continue)

Deliberation on the Debt Crisis

We’ve been having a great discussion on the NCDD Discussion list about the role of citizen deliberation in the current debates on the U.S. budget and debt ceiling. Jan Inglis of the Integrative Learning Institute sent a great, concise message today pulling out themes and reflecting on them, and gave me the okay to share it on the NCDD News blog… In the last week, in light of the deadlock regarding the budget debates, there have been several posts from NCDD members regarding the need […] (continue)