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Common Sense California Organizing Deliberative Democracy Conference This February

Common Sense California, Pepperdine University and the New America Foundation have decided to organize a conference in which those who understand and use the tools of deliberative democracy could share their ideas with California citizens and opinion leaders, with time to think through possible applications for the Golden State. Mark your calendars for February 23-24. Dr. James Fishkin, Director of the Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy and Carolyn Lukensmeyer, founder and president of AmericaSpeaks, have agreed to keynote the conference, and invitations are out to others. The organizers hope that this will jump-start a series of activities that will be beneficial, including perhaps a statewide citizens assembly. Visit www.commonsenseca.org for regular updates about this exciting initiative!

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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. Doug Crocker says:

    I have read Dr. Ackerman's book "Deliberation Day", and I am very interested in getting involved to make deliberatiion a more significant part of our electoral process; promoting engaged citizenship.
    I live in Anaheim, California. I have some thoughts about how I could get involved in these efforts and would very much welcome suggestions you may have.

    Doug Crocker

  2. Doug Crocker says:

    I would like to suggest that the D&D community consider Toastmasters International as a resource pool of potential moderators, facilitators and speakers of D&D activities and events. Toastmasters has about 211,000 members in 10,000 clubs in 90 countries world wide; over 1200 clubs in California alone.

    People belong to Toastmasters to build and continually improve their public speaking skills. Surely, many of its members would be very willing and able –with perhaps a small amount of training, to serve as moderators and/or speakers in the D&D community. In this service, they could enhance their own personal skills and fulfillment while adding critical mass to deliberative democracy.

    I suggest that NCDD leadership send letters to Toastmasters International headquarters and perhaps to individual clubs to make their leaders and members aware of the D&D community’s interests in common with Toastmasters, and to extend an invitation to their members to share their skills and experience for a common good.

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