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

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)

A National Report on Deliberative Forums about the Energy Problem

Available now for download from Public Agenda: Public Thinking about the Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (available as a free pdf) a 46-page report prepared for the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute based on outcomes of deliberative public forums that were held in 42 states and the District of Columbia in 2007. (continue)

PACE Needs Your Stories!

I was contacted recently by Mike McGrath from the National Civic League. Mike is consulting with PACE on a project I think many of you will be interested in learning about, and he’d like your input. Those of you who attended NCDD’s 2006 conference in San Francisco will remember that Chris Gates, the director of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), spoke during our reflective panel. PACE is conducting an intensive research project to document, analyze and disseminate information on cutting edge civic/pubic engagement efforts […] (continue)

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