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Public Agenda Seeks Practitioners for Online Projects

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Marc Weiss of Web Lab wants the D&D community to know that Public Agenda – a nonprofit, nonpartisan public opinion research and civic engagement organization that helps Americans explore and understand critical issues – is looking for consultants/practitioners to work with them on several online projects:

  1. Exploring “social networking” models for deliberative dialogues — less structured, more user-driven.
  2. Investigating and implementing models for an online “town hall” for education stakeholders.

If you have expertise in any (or all) of the above areas, please email Lara Birnback <lbirnback@publicagenda.org> with a few paragraph summary of your interest and relevant experience.  You can also attach a bio or c.v., no more than 5 pages in length.

More on Public Agenda:  PA was founded in 1975 by Dan Yankelovich and Cyrus Vance to promote new and better ways for citizens to confront pressing public problems, and to close the gap between leaders, experts and the general public in the search for solutions. They conceived an organization dedicated to re-engaging the larger public on important public matters, to create the possibility for dialogue that gets beneath the “snapshot” or “knee-jerk” views of public sentiment.

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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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  1. Dennis Boyer says:

    I am about 18 months into a citizens deliberative project on "Rewards for Work" and expect to wrap it up in early 2007.

    The project is managed through a discussion "matrix" that proceeds in a nonlinear way to take participants through
    their own description of the area of concern, develop questions and answers as they see appropriate, and then
    develop "possibilities" that might inform policy at the governance level.

    I expect to launch a "Future of Regulation" project in 2007
    and am considering use of an online component. Any comments out there about how that might work in the process described above?

    Dennis Boyer
    boyer@interactivityfoundation.org

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