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PACE Needs Your Stories!

I was contacted recently by Mike McGrath from the National Civic League. Mike is consulting with PACE on a project I think many of you will be interested in learning about, and he’d like your input. Those of you who attended NCDD’s 2006 conference in San Francisco will remember that Chris Gates, the director of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), spoke during our reflective panel.

PACE is conducting an intensive research project to document, analyze and disseminate information on cutting edge civic/pubic engagement efforts by local government. The research is part of a two-year project supported by the Kellogg Foundation to examine new models of public engagement.

Towns, villages, cities and counties are rich sources of civic innovation, but many success stories and new models go unheralded outside the small circles of people who follow the ins and outs of local government.

Mike is inviting practitioners, community activists, public officials, etc. to send him descriptions of projects, programs and innovative practices by local government. If you know of such examples, please email descriptions of them to Mike McGrath, project director of the PACE-Local Government Innovations in Civic/Public Engagement Project, at mcgrath.mike1@gmail.com.

This is a great opportunity for us to (1) share innovations and stories with major funders and (2) help compile success stories of this work so we can be better equipped to demonstrate that this stuff really does work!

Please include the following information:

  • The name of the community and government agency, a contact person with e-mail address or phone number) with knowledge of the project, practice or program.
  • A brief description of the innovation, project or process, the techniques used and the numbers of community-members and stakeholders engaged.
  • A statement of how this project/practice was unique, interesting or particularly successful.
  • A description of the tangible outcomes or benefits of the process/program/practice.

And please cc me, if you would, so we can be sure to add your program/innovation/process to the NCDD website as well!

Mike has told me that he’ll share his findings with me/NCDD, so we should all benefit from the work he is doing on this project.

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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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