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New research or academic articles of note to the D&D community.

Evaluativism 101

We are happy to share the announcement below from NCDD Member Chris Santos-Long of GRIN Free. Chris’s announcement came via our great Submit-to-Blog Form. Do you have news you want to share with the NCDD network? Just click here to submit your news post for the NCDD Blog! What Is Evaluativism? The word “homophobia” was coined in the 1960s to name something that had been occurring for centuries before being named. The word “evaluativism” is an even more recently coined term with an even older history. Much as “racism” and “sexism” refer […] (continue)

Register for Public Lands Seminar in Yellowstone

We want to make sure that our higher ed NCDDers know that there are a few more spaces left for a great program on dealing with public issues being held in beautiful Yellowstone National Park this July 27 – August 1. The program is hosted for higher ed professionals by the AASCU. We’ve shared the NIFI announcement about the program below, and you can learn more from the program page here. How does a democracy manage competing but often equally legitimate positions over public resources? How are the […] (continue)

On Evaluation and Legitimacy in D&D

Our partners at the Kettering Foundation recently published an insightful interview with Prof. Katie Knobloch of the Center for Public Deliberation – an NCDD organizational member – that we wanted to share here. There’s a lot to learn from Katie’s reflection on the challenges of evaluating and legitimizing D&D work, so we encourage you to read the interview below or find the original piece here. Does Our Work Really Matter? Deliberative Practitioners Reflect on the Impact of Their Work As attention to public deliberation has increased, one core interest of […] (continue)

Apply to the Summer Institute of Civic Studies by Mar. 15

We encourage NCDD members to apply to be part of the 7th annual Summer Institute of Civic Studies this June 15-25, and also to consider attending the 2015 Frontiers of Democracy conference this June 24-25. Both events have institutions in the field that are stewarded by NCDD supporting members Drs. Peter Levine and Nancy Thomas of Tufts University. I myself am a Summer Institute alumni and have attended multiple Frontiers conferences, and they are both great opportunities to learn and work with many of the nation’s leaders of civic innovation. Find out more below about both  in the […] (continue)

NCDD Member Orgs Form New PB Research Board

In case you missed it, the Participatory Budgeting Project and Public Agenda – two key NCDD organizational members – announced last fall that they have formed the first North American research board to study the participatory budgeting process. Not only is this an important and exciting development for the field, but we are proud to count two NCDD members – Matt Leighninger and Paolo Spada – among the new board. Read the announcement below or find the original version here. PBP and Public Agenda are facilitating the […] (continue)

IF Offers Discussion Guide on Climate Change

The next round of UN climate talks began this week in Lima, Peru, and as global leaders debate how to avert the worst effects of climate change, our communities also need to be having conversations about this pressing topic. We learned from our members at the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation that D&D practitioners want more resources that will help them have real and productive conversations on this difficult topic. Lucky for us, the Interactivity Foundation (or IF) – one of the wonderful sponsors of our conference – […] (continue)

Help Everyday Democracy Learn, Win $30

Our partners with Everyday Democracy, one NCDD’s long-term organizational members, are offering a great opportunity – from now until December 19th, they are seeking input from the engagement community about what kinds of issues we care about and what resources we need. They have created a survey that they will use to help develop future tools and resources for dialogue on community issues – on top of the great resources they already offer – and if you take the survey, you will have a chance to win […] (continue)

Should Higher Ed Engagement Be More Political?

We recently read a great interview on the Kettering Foundation’s blog with NCDD supporting member Timothy Shaffer. Tim contends that community engagement projects in higher education are an important civic infrastructure, but that to be more democratic, they need to be more political. We encourage you to read the interview below or find the original version here. Real Impact: The Challenges of Community Engagement in Higher Education Many communities lack the basic civic muscle necessary to form a strong community. Conflict management and decision-making skills seem far and few, and basic […] (continue)

Public Agenda Partners with WNYC Public Radio

We are very excited to share that our friends at Public Agenda, an NCDD member organization, recently announced that they have formed a new partnership with WNYC, the premier public radio broadcaster in New York. The partnership is the inaugural project for PA´s new Deborah Wadsworth Fund, and will be aimed at really understanding what issues New Yorkers are thinking about: Through focus groups and a major survey, Public Agenda and WNYC will illuminate the concerns, priorities and aspirations of local residents when it comes to the public […] (continue)

A Note from John Gastil, NCDD 2014 Co-Emcee

Before our wonderful community starts arriving in droves for NCDD 2014, we wanted to make sure you all see a message from our  co-emcee, John Gastil. NCDD has inspired John to complete revisions on his best-selling book on democratic methods, and he’s using it to help NCDD continue our work. Read more about it below, and we’ll see in Reston this week! Serving as co-emcee of the NCDD conference spurred me to bring to the finish line a project three-years in the making. I’ve brought into […] (continue)

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