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

D&D in Geraldton, Australia, wins global award

Dialogue and deliberation has been the central tool in planning the future of Geraldton, a city in Western Australia, and these efforts have just been recognized with an international award! Geraldton is the global winner in Livecom‘s Community Empowerment and Participation category. 2029 and Beyond is about planning for the future of Geraldton and the region around it. The project mobilises citizens, government and industry in the Greater Geraldton City Region, to collaboratively develop and implement sustainability plans. NCDD member Janette Hartz-Karp has been central […] (continue)

You’re ALL invited to “Occupy Cafe”

NCDD supporting member Ben Roberts is helping launch a cool new initiative tying in to Occupy Wall Street called “Occupy Cafe.”  I think many NCDD members have been looking for something like this, and I hope many of you will participate! Ben and his partners are “creating ‘open space’ where the whole world can come together to discuss what is moving and awakening around us.” You can sign up or learn more at www.OccupyCafe.org. Initial calls are taking place: Mondays, October 24, 31 & November […] (continue)

The Event at the Red Church

Imagine that it is the bleak end of winter in the Yellowstone high country. You are working with an advisory committee appointed by a county planning commission. This committee and a few other regular participants – 10-12 people altogether – have been meeting every other week in a small upstairs room in an old brick church that is now a community building. The members of the advisory committee have been steadily working their way through an issues workbook that helps them systematically develop comprehensive planning […] (continue)

Participatory Budgeting Project Launches in NYC

Josh Lerner, Co-Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, shared an important announcement on the NCDD Discussion list yesterday afternoon. He introduced the announcement by saying… I’m thrilled to announce the launch today of a groundbreaking initiative in democracy. The Participatory Budgeting Project is proud to serve as the lead technical assistance partner for a new $6 million participatory budgeting process in four New York City Council districts. City Council Members Brad Lander, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Eric Ulrich, and Jumaane Williams are each inviting city residents to […] (continue)

Israel’s 1,000 Tables: A “Giant Dialogue of the Masses”

Social protest leaders held “Thousand Table” events throughout Israel on Saturday night, engaging citizens in dialogue on social issues in lieu of the mass protests taking place nearly every Saturday for over a month. As a Daily Kos article noted, “The symbolic democratization of a protest movement occurred on Saturday as thousands of citizens across Israel gathered around tables, determined to talk, to transform their society through dialogue in the wake of the country’s largest-ever protest.” An article on Haaretz.com noted that “The sessions will […] (continue)

Must-see clips from PBS documentary on What’s Next CA

NCDD member Jim Fishkin, creator of Deliberative Polling, emailed the NCDD list yesterday alerting the network that excerpts of the PBS documentary on the What’s Next California Deliberative Poll® on governance reform are now available for viewing, at http://cdd.stanford.edu/mm/2011/ca-state-of-mind/. I was just watching the excerpts and forced myself to pause to post about this on the blog. The documentary looks fantastic, and could be a real boon to our field. Give it a watch, and share the link with your networks! The PBS special is […] (continue)

Following the Energy

I am delighted to join the NCDD’s team of bloggers and look forward to sharing my experience and learning from yours. At least at the beginning, this blog will be based on a column I write for The Western Planner, a publication that serves as the newsletter for the associations of professional planners in 14 western states. If you are a planner, or interested in land use and planning issues, you might want to subscribe. You can find out how at http://westernplanner.org/. I hope also […] (continue)

From the Phila Inquirer: Why public engagement is more than a feel-good gesture

Harris Sokoloff (an NCDD Supporting Member) emailed me today about a July 28th article by Doron Taussig in the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Why public engagement is more than a feel-good gesture.” Harris and I are both quoted briefly in the article. Here’s an excerpt I thought would be particularly helpful to NCDDers who might need to argue succinctly for quality public engagement in their city: “To succeed, public engagement must come early enough in a process to influence a decision. And it needs to be structured. […] (continue)

Audio for NCDD Confab with Susanna Haas Lyons

We had close to 40 people join us on our June 29th Confab call with Susanna Haas Lyons.  Andy had added a link to the audio to the original blog posts about the call, but I wanted to add a new post that shows up in RSS feeds, on Facebook, etc. in case this helps people who missed the call locate the audio and google doc. I really enjoyed the call, and was fascinated by the project Susanna has been running on Facebook in partnership […] (continue)

Jane’s Walk: Celebrating The Legacy of Jane Jacobs

As planners, architects, and passionate urbanists, we regularly ponder new ways to engage the public and get them motivated to be involved in planning projects. Besides the new tools for public engagement available today, we believe it is important to keep hands-on approaches to public engagement as part of the mix. Similarly, we are passionate about sharing with our readers success stories and insights from thought leaders within the planning industry, such as that of the legendary grassroots urbanist Jane Jacobs, which might inspire them to make their communities more livable, or shall we say, “walkable”. (continue)