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National Issues Forums Celebrates 25 Years With New Discussion Guide on Democracy

National Issues Forums is celebrating 25 years of convening forums to help put people’s voices back into politics. As part of their celebrations they have extended an open invitation to become part of the National Issues Forums network and to use their newest issue book on “Democracy’s Challenge: Reclaiming the Public’s Role.” This book tackles head-on the obstacles and issues people face in a democracy that appears to have nudged its citizens onto the sidelines. Democracy’s Challenge forums encourage citizens to think about what they can do to strengthen the relationship that a democracy demands between the government and its people. The issue book presents three perspectives on the problem, each of which suggests a somewhat different course of action. Right now NIF has a limited time offer for free materials to use for convening a Democracy’s Challenge forum. For information on how to order, and how to become part of the National Issues Forums networks, click on the link below.

The free materials in each set include 1 copy of the full-length Democracy’s Challenge issue discussion guide, 30 copies of the 8-page issue discussion-guide-in-brief, 1 copy of the moderator’s guide, and 1 video. If you think you want to get involved in NIF or in the Democracy’s Challenge issue, order your free set of Democracy’s Challenge materials by calling 1-800-600-4060, or go to www.nifi.org/discussion_guides/index.aspx to download the moderator’s guide or issue brief. For ongoing information about NIF, be sure to connect with the NIF network contacts nearest you. These network hubs, listed at www.nifi.org/network/index.aspx, provide trainings and workshops, organize forums, and connect NIF folks in their region. You can also sign up to receive NIF e-newsletters and stay informed about network activities. Email Patty Dineen at dineenp@msn.com with your name, email address, and mailing address (or just city and state) and ask her to add you to the NIF News email list.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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