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

To-The-Point Resources for Public Officials

Terry Amsler just sent this to the NCDD Discussion listserv (email joy@thataway.org if you want added to the list, or become a member of NCDD)… Just in case you’re interested —  The Institute for Local Government’s Collaborative Governance Initiative has organized and authored about two dozen civic engagement-related articles appearing in Western City magazine between July and December of this year.  Western City is the monthly magazine of the League of California Cities and reaches about 11,000 local officials in California.  Topics run from planning […] (continue)

Civic Health Index Shows 80% of the U.S. Public wants National Deliberation

Here’s a great post by Joe Goldman from the DDC’s blog at www.deliberative-democracy.net/blog/… The National Conference on Citizenship just put out its third Civic Health Index. Lots of really interesting stuff, including: 87% of the American public support giving every young person the opportunity to earn tuition money by completing a year of national or community service 80% of the American public favor holding a national deliberation on a major issue and requiring Congress to respond to what citizens say 76% would like to see […] (continue)

Publication Not to Miss: "Where is Democracy Headed?"

I’m on a webinar right now about a new Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) publication titled “Where is Democracy Headed?”  The webinar is sponsored by PACE and Grassroots Grantmakers. Matt Leighninger presented about this new publication during the D&D Marketplace at NCDD Austin.  The publication summarizes four years of the DDC’s learnings about deliberation, decision-making, and problem-solving. Download Where Is Democracy Headed report now. (continue)

New AARP Report on Civic Engagement among Elders

I just got an email from uber-connected Cynthia Gibson (you know – author of Citizens at the Center) about an AARP report that will be rolled out tomorrow as part of the Service Nation event. The report, titled More to Give: Tapping the Talents of the Baby Boomer, Silent and Greatest Generation, is authored by Robert Putnam, John Bridgeland and Harris Wofford. It discusses the civic behaviors and attitudes of Americans as they transition from work to retirement.  The primary purpose of the report is […] (continue)

Does Our Brain Impair Our Political Perspective?

I received Donna Zajonc’s Politics of Hope e-newsletter this morning, and was captivated by Donna’s main article, which is about which parts of the brain are used (and most tellingly, NOT used) when partisans hear negative or contradictory information about the candidates they support. Definite implications for D&D practitioners. Here’s the article… New brain research is giving us insight in to our political positions and may explain why we have become so politically polarized. Dr. Drew Westen, director of clinical psychology at Emory University, and […] (continue)

May Issue of AI Practitioner Now Available

NCDD member, Loretta Donovan, is acting as one of the guest editors of the latest AI Practitioner (www.aipractitioner.com), and just sent me an email letting me know that her issue, May 2008 AI Practitioner: Wired Discovery, New Conversations and Deeper Connections, is now available. From her email… In this issue we “venture into the domain of technology … the variations of online tools, the ways in which practitioners are using them, and how they are adding rich texture to the experiences and insights gleaned about […] (continue)

Why Conservatives Should Support Dialogue & Deliberation…

Here’s a must-read: Dave Davenport, research fellow at the Hoover Institute and professor of public policy at Pepperdine University, recently wrote a great article for the Hoover Digest titled Why Conservatives should Embrace Deliberative Democracy. The article refers to some recent deliberative efforts – CaliforniaSpeaks, a European deliberative poll, the Canadian citizens assemblies for electoral reform, etc. – and talks about how, when he describes these experiments to his political and policy friends, he gets more enthusiastic reactions from people on the Left than those […] (continue)

Do You Have A "Dotmocracy" Story?

Jason Diceman, NCDD member and the creator of the Advanced Dotmocracy process, is looking for Dotmocracy stories and photos and hopes you can help. Since October 2004, he has been distributing various versions of the Dotmocracy Sheet and instructions he designed to help large groups find agreement. In the past year at least 500 people have downloaded the Dotmocracy Handbook for free from www.dotmocracy.org and countless numbers of groups have received copies of the materials through legal and encouraged duplication. In 2008 Jason plans to […] (continue)

Study on Community Information Needs and Access

(from a Aspen Institute press release) The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Aspen Institute today announced the launch of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy. The high-level Knight Commission will look into whether the information needs of 21st century American citizens and communities are being met and make recommendations for public policy and private initiatives that will help better meet community information needs. “The Commission will look at the issues of information, news and society […] (continue)

Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth

from www.mitpressjournals.org… Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth(pdf file), Pages 97-118 Using Participatory Media and Public Voice to Encourage Civic Engagement, Howard Rheingold, Stanford University, Communication Department Teaching young people how to use digital media to convey their public voices could connect youthful interest in identity exploration and social interaction with direct experiences of civic engagement. Learning to use blogs (“web logs,” web pages that are regularly updated with links and opinion), wikis (web pages that non-programmers can edit easily), podcasts […] (continue)