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DDC Announces Paid Opportunity for Trained Facilitators

I received an announcement today from my friend Tonya Gonzalez, Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. They’re looking for people to examine videotapes of deliberations and will pay $1000 for 10 hours of work! Plus, you get to work with Jane Mansbridge and Janette Hartz-Karp. Click below for the announcement, and email Jane at jane_mansbridge@harvard.edu by July 15 if you’re interested.

Dear practitioner:

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium, based in D.C., has initiated a project on the inductive study of deliberative norms. Janette Hartz-Karp, from Australia, and I, from the United States, are the co-Principal Investigators.

I am writing to see if you might be interested in watching four hours of tape from a deliberative session, and coding it for particularly good deliberative moments and more problematic ones. The coding will be based on your own experience of good and problematic interactions rather than on any pre-set coding scheme.

The reward will be $1000 for ten hours of work plus the satisfaction (we hope) of being part of a project designed to start from the ground up measuring what practitioners themselves think are good and problematic features of real-life deliberations.

If you are interested in participating in the project, please contact me by email (jane_mansbridge@harvard.edu) by July 15. The work must be complete by August 15.

We would like to restrict the participants in this project to experienced facilitators. If you would like to participate, please send me a paragraph or brief resume of the work you have done facilitating deliberations of any sort, including dialogues, mediations and negotiations. If you know personally of anyone else who would fit the requirements and would be interested, please forward this message to them. (We would appreciate your not forwarding the message to any email lists that are not lists of experienced practitioners.)

For further information about the project, please see the three attachments (proposal, follow-up memo with instructions, and tape list).

I look forward very much to hearing from you.

Yours,

Jane Mansbridge

Adams Professor
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

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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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