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

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)

Lisa Singh’s “D&D Story”

When she renewed her NCDD membership, we asked Lisa Singh of Facilitator/Mediator/Consultant to share her “D&D story” with the NCDD community. Here is what shared… The question is not how I got involved with NCDD, but how can anyone not be fascinated and value dialogue and deliberation? My story is simple. Having lived in many places in the world, I came to view the ability to have a dialogue and to deliberate about important choices as central to building a viable democracy. Being able to […] (continue)

NPR clip on Chicago’s participatory budgeting process

Check out NPR’s fantastic new piece on Participatory Budgeting in Chicago’s 49th Ward, and hear the story of Robin McPherson’s water park. Joe Moore, the alderman in Chicago’s 49th Ward, became the first elected official in the country to hand over the purse strings to his constituents in 2009. Three years later, the “participatory budgeting” experiment is still attracting in new residents to planning meetings. Listen to “Chicago Ward Gives Budgetary Power To The People” or read the story at this link. Also — please […] (continue)

New Crowdfunded Project in Eugene — Let’s Talk: Our New Economy

In Eugene, Oregon, the Co-Intelligence Institute is engineering a community-focused process to increase local capacity for healthy, creative group dialogue. By combining trainings and workshops with a series of dialogues around a substantive issue — in this case, the economy — we plan to demonstrate the generative power of group process even as we stimulate conversations that strengthen the Eugene community. We’re calling the project “Let’s Talk: Our New Economy,” and we’re holding the opening events early next month. The people of Eugene are no […] (continue)

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