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Posts that share stories, case studies, and anecdotes of dialogue and deliberation programs.

Leadership by Asking Compelling Questions – How do you Heal a Community?

Here’s a post from one of our local Community Partners for the 2012 NCDD conference, the Center for Ethical Leadership… At the Center for Ethical Leadership, we often talk about “Leadership by asking compelling questions.”  When we work in communities to bring different people together and build their collective leadership capacity to address critical issues, we often uncover the important questions the community is facing. We know that asking powerful questions is an important aspect of leadership.  A question that has relevance and readiness can […] (continue)

CFN shares first Consensus Report with Washington State Legislators — 2,328 voices speak

How do you get over 2,300 people to take the time to engage in conversation and to provide feedback on an issue? For Community Forums Network (CFN) it starts with one word: “ownership.” Not only is the feedback process user-friendly, safe and respectful for diverse groups and people to express themselves, but we also give our Community Partners, our Advisory Board, community and government leaders ownership in the development of the topic, topic survey and video presentations by encouraging input along the way. We also […] (continue)

Welcome to IF… Urban

Here’s a post from Natalie Hopkinson, Fellow of the Interactivity Foundation (IF).  The Interactivity Foundation is one of our Co-Sponsors for the 2012 NCDD Conference, and we are raising awareness within our community about IF’s great work. Check out this impressive list! One of the three legs of the Interactivity Foundation’s (IF) mission is public policy discussion. This year, we launched an Urban Initiative—discussions in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and West Palm Beach, Fla. By the end of 2012 we expect to host 60 discussions in these areas. Our goal is […] (continue)

Introducing Chinese students to facilitation and public policy discussions

Here’s a post from Peter Shively of the Interactivity Foundation.  Peter is a Sustaining Member of NCDD, and the Interactivity Foundation is one of our Co-Sponsors for the 2012 NCDD Conference.  We encourage you to learn more about all the great work IF is doing! The Interactivity Foundation was a recent co-sponsor and presenter at the 2012 China Citizenship & Social Innovation SEED Camp held at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government during the week of August 19-26. This week-long intensive conference experience at Harvard for Chinese college […] (continue)

Introducing new supporting member Simon Wright

Note from Sandy:  Please join me in welcoming Simon Wright to NCDD, and consider responding to his questions at the end of this post. Are you a supporting or org member of NCDD?  If so, I encourage you to send me a nice intro like this for posting on the blog! Kia ora! My name is Simon Wright. I live in Wellington, New Zealand, and have just become a paid up member of NCDD after a year or so of enjoying your rich discussions and […] (continue)

Citizen deliberators generate well-considered recommendations

The process and mandate of panelists in citizen deliberative councils tend to make randomly selected people act much more responsibly as citizens while on the council. A recent article in the New York Times Magazine notes that randomly selected panelists in Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review — organized by NCDD members Ty Reitman and Elliot Shuford and studied by NCDD member John Gastil — knew they were “expected to base their opinions on hard evidence” and “felt obligated to consider the measure more carefully than they otherwise […] (continue)

An introduction to Oregon’s Kitchen Table

We wanted to share with the NCDD community a unique interactive experiment that the Policy Consensus Initiative, the National Policy Consensus Center and its partners have launched recently in Oregon – Oregon’s Kitchen Table. The idea of bringing kitchen table wisdom to the public square has a long and storied history.  As PCI Board Co-Chair and former Wyoming Governor James Geringer, wrote in 2004: “My background reflects a time when folks would get together to resolve an issue or agree on something by dropping by the […] (continue)

Deliberative Democracy Around the World

The Kettering Foundation posted the following interviews with Ruby Quantson, a development consultant from Ghana, to their Vimeo channel a couple months ago. They share a specific example of using deliberation to support capacity development efforts of small-scale farmers, look at how public deliberation is being used at the local, national, and international level and include a few words about moving from deliberation to action… Additional videos with Ghana development consultant Ruby Quantson: Deliberative Democracy Around the World, Part II Challenges at the Local and […] (continue)

Citizens’ Jury Series on the National Debt in San Francisco

Staring July 9th, and running through the month, members of the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco can take part in a four-part seminar series about the national debt. The series will be moderated and include a combination of expert speakers, issue study, debate and deliberation.  The first seminar, July 9th, 2012, will focus on the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin reports and feature two speakers.  The public is invited to submit an application (second page) to attend. From their announcement… Join fellow members in a Citizens’ Jury to wrestle with current […] (continue)

Group Decision Tip: Speak Your Truth and Let Go

In principle, an extremely valuable contribution I can make to a group decision is to discern my own truth and share it with the group. Deep inside, what do I really feel? This requires me to cut through the clutter of all that’s on my mind. Discerning my truth requires me to be in touch with my feelings, to be honest with myself. Sharing my truth requires courage. It might make me feel vulnerable. It might unleash other truths. Protecting myself requires that I speak […] (continue)