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Listening to the City Special Issue Now Available in Print

The special issue of IAF’s Group Facilitation journal entitled “Listening to the City: Public Participation and Group Facilitation in Redeveloping the WTC” is now available in print for $14.95 at Amazon.com and virtualbookworm.com. The size and visibility of “Listening to the City,” the largest face-to-face public participation event ever held, and the political, social, and emotional needs that it responded to, provide an attractive opportunity to draw attention to broader issues regarding public engagement, group facilitation, and the future of democracy. This issue provides an in-depth case study of “Listening to the City” and uses it as a departure point for broader discussions of the practice of public participation. Reflecting the diverse backgrounds and experience of the 25 contributing authors, which include both academics and practitioners, the content is descriptive, evaluative, and speculative. Click below for more details.

The first three articles present a thorough description of the underlying philosophy, organization and implementation of “Listening to the City,” a large-scale public participation event involving 5.000 face-to-face and online participants. The design was purposefully “high tech” and “high touch:” these articles make clear how this was accomplished. The next eleven articles present a variety of perspectives on the event, based on the experiences of facilitators who worked with groups of participants. Some are personal reflections on the role of facilitating public participation; some offer practical advise for working with diverse groups, some are evaluative. The remaining eight articles take a critical look at public participation, examining its purposes and effectiveness.

Sandor Schuman, Editor.
Contributing authors: Joseph Goldman. Ashley Boyd. Jane Berkow, Cliff Figallo, Jed Miller. Marc N. Weiss. Karen Brill, Wendy Lowe, Monika Moss. Paul Epstein. Robin Drotleff, Michelle Charles. Arthur Friedman. Helen Muller, Tinka Markham Piper. Deborah O’Neil, Margaret Hopkins. Edward Ruete, Esther Hernandez-Medina, Tom Atlee, William Ball. Mary Dumas, Lyn Carson. Donald Moynihan, Eric Allison. Mary Ann Allison.

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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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