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If things go as planned, tomorrow will be the last day of the “brainstorming” phase of the Open Government Dialogue, so please vote asap for the ideas you agree with!  Here are a few more posts submitted by NCDDers…

Update Administrative Law to Authorize and Encourage Public Deliberation (Lisa Blomgren Bingham) – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3605-4049

We need to revise the U.S. Code and Administrative Procedure Act to empower agencies to make greater use of collaborative governance, including dialogue, deliberation, and deliberative democracy, and also to collaborate with all levels of governance (federal, state, regional, and local), private, and nonprofit sectors.

Create an Open Government project directory and knowledge base (Tim Bonnemann) – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3420-4049

The basic idea is to make sure that any important information about past, current or upcoming government projects or programs in the areas of transparency, participation and collaboration is captured and shared in a timely manner and easily accessible to anyone interested in or affected by these projects/programs.

Develop and introduce the USA Public Freedom Act (Alexander Moll) – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3620-4049

Expanding and Improving Domestic and International Collaborative Governance Opportunities for All Americans

Public Participation is a civic duty, a responsibility (Janet Fiero) – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/2521-4049

Each year have citizens register of their public participation duty by naming the issue that most interests them. Through a lottery system select a random sample of a few thousand citizens in places across the nation to deliberate a specific issue. Convene the random sample of citizens, place them in tables of ten with diverse people, supply them with neutral educational materials and let them deliberate a variety of options to shape pending policy issue. After small group deliberations among diverse people ask the people to rank order their choices for addressing the issue using audience response system. Make public participation a responsibility for every citizen to take seriously—like jury duty.

Nurture Leadership Capacity (competency and character) (Stephanie Nestlerode) – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3132-4049

Please invest in the success of leaders in the public sector by providing technical assistance for their leadership development. Just like athletes, they need a practice field with coaching to make the organizational system changes required to make public participation a true reality. Many leaders hold the intention to be open, transparent and collaborative, but they do not possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes required. Research shows that clarity on strategic intent and a positive learning culture are essential. Studies also show that these elements are often missing in the public sector. What are the consequences? What do we know about what creates success?

Teaching citizens how to facilitate and experience true dialogue (Lisa Heft) – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3325-4049

Engage facilitators to teach neighborhood and organizational representatives how to facilitate short-form dialogue processes / methods.

Facilitate a We the People conversation that generates shared solutions to our most pressing issues
(DeAnna Martin) – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3339-4049

Our current system is based on the idea that good collective decisions arise from a competition among self-interested parties. But increasingly we face collective problems that require a spirit of cooperation while embracing individual wisdom and expression. Implementing Wisdom Council processes at local, state, and national levels would facilitate a “We the People” conversation where all of us can identify, evolve, and co-create solutions to our most pressing issues in partnership with government.

Training on Facilitative Leadership (Abby Yanow) – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/3349-4049

In order to create a program of dynamic public engagement, elected officials and government staff need training in the process and skills required to be successful – and this is a great opportunity to develop such trainings.

And here are three from Greg Keidan…

AmericaSpeaks 21st Century Town Hall Meeting Particpation Technology – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/2533-4049

Research and share best practices for targeted outreach to involve more than the usual suspects in public decision making – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/2961-4049

Automated Translation of Federal, State, and Local Government Websites – http://opengov.ideascale.com/akira/dtd/2531-4049

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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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