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Here’s where we share special announcements about videos, dialogue guides, and D&D methods — though most such posts go into the NCDD Resource Center.

Environmental Issue Guide Series from Kettering Underway

We are excited to share that our organizational partners at the Kettering Foundation have a series of at least three issue guides for facilitating deliberation on climate issues in the works. These guides can be an important tool for helping the public deal with this crucial issue. We encourage you to read the brief statement from Kettering’s online publication below.  The Kettering Foundation is breaking ground on an exciting new project–a series of National Issues Forums (NIF) framings for environmental issues. Amy Lee and Scott […] (continue)

Three Principles for Innovation in Governance

Our partners at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation recently published a great piece on their Challenges to Democracy blog by Hollie Russon Gilman that we are re-posting here. Gilman’s insightful article about innovation in governance is the third in a series (first and second), and we hope you will read it below or find the post from the Ash Center here. It isn’t easy to innovate in governance. Bureaucracy can be hidebound. The private sector’s lean startup model, with its “fail forward” ethos, […] (continue)

Group Decision Tip: What’s the problem?

In principle, more often than not, a group will develop a great solution to the wrong problem. Before proceeding with a solution we need to see that it is aimed at the problem, and to do that we need to bring the problem into focus. Taking time to define the problem may seem annoying and unnecessary in the short term, but can save huge amounts of time and energy over the long run. Defining the problem as a group also checks our shared expectations. It helps […] (continue)

June’s Tech Tuesday to feature MaestroConference!

For our June 24th Tech Tuesday, we’re pleased to have Brian Burt, CEO and founder of MaestroConference, host a session that lets us experience major new changes in their platform and talk together about how it could support upcoming projects we each may have. Registration is open now, so reserve your spot today! Many of you are familiar with MaestroConference, as we’ve used it numerous times for our online activities (our last two Tech Tuesdays, a couple confab calls, and a few special calls), thanks in large part […] (continue)

Facilitating & Introversion: Tips for Engaging Quiet People

We recently read a great piece on bringing out the gifts of introverted people over at NCDD supporting member Janice Thomson’s blog, Citizenize-Citizenise. Janice has been working with the Chicago chapter of the International Association of Facilitators on developing resources for effectively engaging quieter folks, and we think they could be quite useful to our members. You can read Janice’s piece below or find the original here. “Stop the madness for constant group work. Just stop it!” pleads Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in […] (continue)

Group Decision Tip: Direction more important than pace

In principle, moving quickly often seems like a good idea but moving quickly in the wrong direction simply gets you to the wrong place fast. Most groups have a high need for quick achievement. We have all heard someone say, “Enough talk, let’s just do something!” And we have all seen groups charge off quickly and with much enthusiasm…in the wrong direction. Practical Tip: Even when under pressure to accomplish something in a hurry, resist the temptation to achieve a quick, although shabby, result. Quality group decisions, […] (continue)

Ten Equity & Action Tools from Everyday Democracy

Our organizational partners at Everyday Democracy recently shared a compilation of their top 10 resources for dialogue and deliberation practitioners that we highly encourage you to check out. They provide guidance on issues from incorporating racial equity into our work to training youth facilitators and are valuable tools for deepening our work. You can read more about the resources below or find EvDem’s original post by clicking here. Over the past 25 years, our most important source of learning has been from the deep partnerships […] (continue)

New National Budget Issues Guide from NIFI

We are pleased to announce that our organizational partners at the National Issues Forums Institute have released their latest issue guide. The newest guide is called America’s Future: What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?, and it is designed to help facilitate discussion on national budget issues. As with other NIFI issue guides, the new guide encourages forum participants to weigh three different courses of action on a controversial issue. The guide lays out the choices on dealing with the national budget in this way: Option One: Keep […] (continue)

Group Decision Tip: Feedback please

In principle, when we ask for feedback we increase our chances of making good group decisions. If we don’t ask we can’t expect people to tell us what’s going well and not so well. When we do ask we should be open to all answers. Asking for feedback takes courage but gives enlightenment. It helps us see things in new light, reflected off others. Practical Tip: Ask how you are doing among those who care about what you do. What’s working well? What could be better? What […] (continue)

Group Decision Tip: High ground

In principle, groups often get bogged down in details (who should do what by when and how) and fail to stay on the high ground (strategic direction and guiding policies). The group as a whole has the unique perspective of seeing all that the group is doing, all the opportunities, all the threats. It is a view from the hill top. An individual group member has the unique perspective of seeing the details on the ground and has the best sense of how to actually implement […] (continue)

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