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

NYT Reports on How Culture Affects Deliberation

[cross-posted from deliberative-democracy.net] Today’s New York Times features the very interesting article “Japan Learns Dreaded Task of Jury Duty.” The article reports on a central tension facing the Japanese as they move towards using juries in their court system: Japan is preparing to adopt a jury-style system in its courts in 2009, the most significant change in its criminal justice system since the postwar American occupation. But for it to work, the Japanese must first overcome some deep-rooted cultural obstacles: a reluctance to express opinions in […] (continue)

Report Available on Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy

Tom Ohlin from Linkopings University in Sweden emailed me last week about the recent Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy that took place in the Stockholm / Sigtuna area. According to the report on the Forum, the aim of the gathering was “strengthen democracy, political freedom and citizens’ participation. Safeguarding and deepening democracy includes measures to achieve greater and more equal participation on the part of ordinary people.” The report includes several great articles on deliberative democracy in Sweden. In one, Daniel […] (continue)

Case Foundation's "Make It Your Own" Awards Program Launches on June 26

Do you have big dreams for your community? The Case Foundation is launching a pilot grants program that could turn these dreams into reality. NCDD is listed as a Partner on the Case Foundation website since we will be doing our best to inform the dialogue & deliberation community about this opportunity – and since Case recognizes the importance of your work and encourages you to apply! The Make It Your Own Awards™, a new initiative from the Case Foundation that launches on June 26, […] (continue)

ICI Announces Journal, Invites Submissions

The Institute for Community Involvement, LLC (www.community-involvement.net) was created in 2001 to support government officials engaged in public involvement, to improve local government performance and to provide people interested in citizen participation with ongoing training, research and education. ICI supports groups in planning collaboratively for a better future. In August of 2007 the Institute for Community Involvement (ICI) will be publishing its first quarterly e-journal. They are inviting submissions for the Journal. They are seeking articles that address current issues, stories about public involvement from […] (continue)

Journal for Public Deliberation Vol. 3(1) Available Online

The online Journal for Public Deliberation (http://services.bepress.com/jpd/) has just published its Volume 3, Issue 1 (2007) edition. This edition of the journal includes articles on “Activist Views of Deliberation” by Peter Levine and Rose Marie Nierras, on the “Sociology of Deliberation” by David Ryfe, on “Deliberation and the Problem of Power” by Alison Kadlec and Will Friedman, as well as several other essays and reviews. David Ryfe has posted a short summary of his article over at The Democracy Movement blog (http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/blog/?p=217), about the difficulties […] (continue)

Journal for Civic Commitment Accepting Article Submissions

The Journal for Civic Commitment, a twice-yearly, online journal dedicated to service learning and civic engagement, is currently accepting articles for possible publication in its Fall 2007 issue. The publishers welcome articles discussing civic engagement, service learning, service learning projects, and community-based research. Articles will be reviewed from academic faculty, community volunteers, community partners, and students. (For complete Authors’ guidelines, visit www.mc.maricopa.edu/engagement/Journal). The deadline for submission for the Fall 2007 issue is July 31st. If you have any questions, feel free to email the journal’s […] (continue)

CLI and Kettering Foundation kick off “Race & Violence” Study in Ohio

Civic Life International (www.civiclifeint.org) and the Charles F. Kettering Foundation (www.kettering.org) have entered into a learning agreement to focus on how citizens are engaging the in the Dayton area on the issue of race and violence. This work will consist of public engagement processes involving dialogue and deliberation; learning from reflective journals, facilitator reports, and participant interviews, including quotes describing participant’s experiences, so that other communities across the country can learn from their personal experiences as they attempt to improve race relations and reduce violence […] (continue)

New Book on "Democratic Dilemmas" Outlines Two Divergent Cases

Julie Marsh sent me an email last week about her interesting new book, “Democratic Dilemmas: Joint Work, Education Politics, and Community” (SUNY Press). Drawing on three years of field research and extensive theoretical and empirical literature, Democratic Dilemmas chronicles the day-to-day efforts of educators and laypersons working together to advance student learning in two California school districts. Marsh reveals how power, values, organizational climates, and trust played key roles in these two districts achieving vastly different results. In one district, parents, citizens, teachers, and administrators effectively […] (continue)

New Book on Public Engagement

Sandy just posted a summary of the book Beyond Public Meetings: Connecting Community Engagement with Decision-Making on NCDD’s Learning Exchange. Written by Vivien Twyford, Max Hardy, John Dengate, Stuart Waters and Dr. Vicki Vaartjes and published by Twyford Consulting, 2007, the book challenges myths and assumptions associated with community engagement. It provides organisations, including all layers of government, with a comprehensive guide to why and how communities can be engaged to make better decisions. Written by five internationally recognized experts in the field of community […] (continue)

New UK Report on Future of Democracy

Cynthia Gibson emailed me today about a new report on the future of democracy from the UK Power Commission called “Power to the People.” She noted that “finally – someone’s asking about the system, rather than continually talking about “apathy.” The 175-page report is the result of the work of a politically diverse commission tasked with questions such as: How can democracy survive when we feel politicians don’t listen? How can politics be revived when fewer and fewer of us support political parties? How can […] (continue)

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