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The Kettering Foundation (www.kettering.org) and the National Issues Forums Institute (www.nifi.org) are inviting people and their communities to become part of a national conversation about energy and the choices that face the public and policymakers. The Kettering Foundation and Public Agenda will be preparing a national report detailing the outcomes of 2007 public deliberative forums held around the country using the National Issues Forums issue book titled The Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future. Groups or individuals who have led forums on this issue, or who are planning to, are invited to help make the upcoming report as representative as possible of the national conversation.

There is still time to help your community, organization, school, or group, be heard in a national deliberative conversation about energy. The Energy Problem issue book and free moderator guides may be ordered by calling 800-600-4060. If you would like more information about how to convene a forum on this topic in your community contact Ginny O’Connor at oconnor@kettering.org or 800-443-7834, extension 870. Information from deliberative forums– especially completed post-forum questionnaires– are welcomed through November 15th, 2007. The information from forums held around the country will be included in a national report that will be released to the public and presented in Washington, DC.

If you have had a forum on this topic, or have one scheduled, please contact John Doble or Stella Lee at Public Agenda, a not-for-profit organization that will be reporting on public thinking in this year’s energy forums, at JDoble@publicagenda.org or SLee@publicagenda.org. The completion and return of post-forum questionnaires will also be an important source of information for the upcoming report. Downloadable questionnaires and more information about the issue book can be found at http://www.nifi.org/discussion_guides/detail.aspx?catID=6&itemID=7743.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. Ginny O'Connor says:

    Please note that you have my phone number listed wrong.

    Correct number is: 800-433-7834 extension 870

    University of Penn. called me to report this and said when they
    tried the number listed it sounded like a dating service.

    Please correct as soon as possible.

    Thanks!
    Ginny O'Connor
    NIF Information

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