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

Securing the future of the nation’s benchmark deliberative democracy reform

Healthy Democracy Oregon’s ground-breaking Citizens’ Initiative Review sets the benchmark for deliberative reform and is becoming recognized as a national standard for reforming the initiative process – but its future is at stake. Based upon the pioneering work of the Jefferson Center’s Citizen Jury method of public deliberation, the CIR employs a randomly-selected, demographically-balanced panel to hear testimony on a ballot measure, deliberate and then publish its findings in the statewide voters’ pamphlet as the Citizens’ Statement — a trusted alternative to the spin and […] (continue)

Consciously using the tourist industry to promote peace

The Peaceful World Foundation is dedicated to connecting positive people who are traveling the world. We strengthen the network of peace leaders around the planet. To you whose lives and professions focus on making a fair, sustainable world for all – you are invited to join the thousands of drop-in guests who participate in intimate conversations at our headquarters. Located In San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, our 18 room bed & breakfast (www.redvic.com), Peace Cafe and Peace Center works to create a positive future for our world […] (continue)

The Triangle Region: Joins 180 Independent Groups Taking Advantage of LocalWiki’s Free Open-Source Software

Whether you’re new to a city or a long time resident, you almost certainly have knowledge and perspectives you can share with and learn from your neighbors. If cities had one spot where they could collect and capture the spirit of a thriving area, they might just increase collaboration and knowledge dissemination across an entire region. LocalWiki is a project devoted to sharing the world’s local knowledge. Communities can download their free, open-source software that serves as a content management platform to include wiki pages, […] (continue)

9 Effective Engagement Tactics Utilized at the DC One City Summit

We were blown away by the usefulness of this post, so we asked post author Joseph Porcelli — who’s the Director of GovDelivery & GovLoop Engagement Services — for permission to cross-post it here on the NCDD blog. Check out his other blog posts at JosephPorcelli.com, where he shares his thoughts, experiences, information and media about citizen and stakeholder engagement in hopes of meeting and enjoying dialogue with others who share his passion. As an engagement strategist still recovering from chronic burnout as a result […] (continue)

Tour of Media Coverage for AmericaSpeaks’ One City Summit

I wanted to share excerpts from a few media pieces about the One City Summit held on February 11th in D.C. by NCDD organizational member AmericaSpeaks.  Most groups in our field work on a smaller scale or run their programs over a longer period of time (which is less media-grabbing), so it’s always interesting to see what the response is from the media and in the blogosphere to AmericaSpeaks’ events. First, a bit of background… 1,700 DC citizens were brought together at the DC Convention […] (continue)

Following the Energy: It’s Not a Wheel

“Let’s not reinvent the wheel.” You’ve all heard that one, haven’t you? Here’s my story about how this most unfortunate aphorism impacts public deliberations. Long, long ago, and in what sometimes seems like a galaxy far, far away, but is actually just down the road, two communities shared a border. One was larger and one was smaller, but their landscapes and economies were far more alike than different. One of these communities responded to the impacts of growth by instituting a neighborhood-based planning approach and […] (continue)

Big breakthroughs in community engagement about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

If you are looking for an example of how a community can move from discord to deep discourse holding the tension of being both a community and a political entity, check this out: the results of a year long process of intra communal dialogue and deliberation about Israel and the Israeli Palestinian situation. http://workplaceconnections.com/home.html (continue)

Christians in Dialogue on LGBTQ Issues

NCDD Board member, John Backman, recently contributed a piece to the Public Conversations Project’s blog entitled Drawing Up the Guest List: Christians in Dialogue on LGBTQ Issues.  In it he shares some of the ideas explored at the recent Oriented to Love: Sexual Diversity in the Body of Christ event and offers some thoughtful questions… Set against that background, Oriented to Love was something of a miracle, partly because the people who came defied simple description. I learned of gay and lesbian people who, while fully owning their […] (continue)

New Documentary from the 2010 Dialogue In Nigeria

Len & Libby Traubman contacted us over the holidays with news of their latest film documenting the 2010 International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication in Jos, Nigeria where they played a major role as co-facilators in cooperation with the New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation in Jos. From their website:  Two hundred courageous Christian and Muslim young adults met in face-to-face Dialogue, listening to learn and discovering their equal humanity, new communication skills, and that “an enemy is one whose story we have not […] (continue)

Believing in democracy led me to NCDD: Barbara Brown’s Story

We asked supporting member Barbara Brown if she’d be open to sharing her “D&D story” with the NCDD community. Barbara was one of the founding members of NCDD — involved when we became a Coalition.  Barbara plays three important roles at Clemson University:  Cooperative Extension Military Liaison, Operation Military Kids State Leader, and Laboratory for Deliberative Dialogue Director. Here is the story of how Barbara became passionate about dialogue and deliberation… At 13 I did a twenty-foot mural expose on the development and challenges of […] (continue)

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