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

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)

Citizen Engagement Conference Coming Up May 1-2 in Vancouver, BC

I’ve been busy these past few months working at the new Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. So I’m very happy to announce what we’ve been working on: the upcoming conference “When Citizens Decide: The Challenges of Large Scale Public Engagement,” to be held Thursday May 1 and Friday May 2, 2008 in Vancouver, BC. The conference will bring together outstanding researchers and practitioners from North America and Europe to explore the challenges of large […] (continue)

ACResolution Magazine Seeks Articles on Social Justice

The Association for Conflict Resolution (www.ACRnet.org) is working on the summer issue of ACResolution magazine and they are seeking contributions that focus on the topic of Social Justice and address key concerns from the points of view of interveners, parties, and theorists from all practice areas. Do conflict resolution and transformation theory and models effectively address them? What are the consequences when social justice is not attended to? How is social justice critical to the outcome and process of conflict intervention? For more information about […] (continue)

Call for Chapters and Reviewers – Working with Difficult Groups

NCDD member Sandor Schuman emailed me today about a great opportunity I think will interest many of you. Sandy wanted me to let NCDDers know that you are invited to submit proposals for a chapter in the forthcoming book entitled The Handbook for Working with Difficult Groups: How They Are Difficult, Why They Are Difficult, What You Can Do. This is the third in the series of handbooks published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley and the International Association of Facilitators, and edited by Sandy. Chapter proposals are due […] (continue)

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