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Hello NCDDers –

We’re excited to announce the release of several new resources, the initial slate of speakers (and opening of registration) for the 2012 Frontiers of Democracy conference, the latest issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation, and a new edition of the DDC activities chart.

– “Civic engagement is a rising local, national, and global force.” So begins Civic Engagement: The Next Chapter, a new position paper from the Alliance for Children and Families and the United Neighborhood Centers for America, written in partnership with Matt Leighninger of the DDC. The paper is intended to help the human service organizations, neighborhood centers, and settlement houses in the Alliance and UNCA networks re-envision and reshape how they work with the public. Many key passages in The Next Chapter came from the late Peter Goldberg, who led the Alliance until his recent death. Peter believed passionately in the capacity – and duty – of human service organizations to help build powerful, connecting, gratifying democratic spaces for the people and neighborhoods they support. The Next Chapter received critical support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund; find it at http://www.alliance1.org/ce/news/new-publication-articulates-findings-alliance-civic-engagement-program

– In the latest issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation, authors ask: Does deliberative democracy exist in China? Was deliberation on Facebook a critical element of the Arab Spring movements? What do public participation practitioners really think about their work? What is deliberation technology? Deliberative leadership? Can you engage citizens in productive ‘just-in-time’ discussions on an urgent issue? The most global, cross-disciplinary, and far-reaching issue yet of JPD is at http://services.bepress.com/jpd/

– The Frontiers of Democracy 2012 conference will have a different format than last year, one centered on a series of 10-minute presentations by the likes of Luz Santana (Right Question Project), Brad Lander (New York City Council), Martha McCoy (Everyday Democracy), John Gaventa (Coady Institute), Archon Fung (Harvard/Participedia), Eric Gordon (Engagement Game Lab), Amii Omara Otunnu (Univ. of Connecticut), Peter Kiang (UMass-Boston), Kristen Cambell (National Conference on Citizenship), Valerie Lemmie (Office of U.S. Rep. Mike Turner), Lew Friedland (Univ. of Wisconsin), Nick Deychakiwsky (Mott Foundation). You can register for Frontiers at http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/?pid=715/

– Is there a way to preserve the democratic benefits of ballot initiatives while reducing their shortcomings? Daniel Schugurensky gives us a closer look at this question in his interview with Elliot Shuford of the Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review, now up on the DDC Blog at http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&id=1&layout=blog&Itemid=68

– What is the DDC up to these days? Find out with the DDC activities chart, which gives you an overall picture of the Consortium’s work over the last five years, with notations for the new publications, events, and areas of work that have emerged over the last three months. http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=92

As always, you can get DDC updates by ‘liking’ our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/deliberative.democracy or by following me on Twitter at @mattleighninger. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or suggestions –


Matt Leighninger
Executive Director
Deliberative Democracy Consortium (Washington, DC)

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Matt Leighninger is Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and a Senior Associate of Everyday Democracy (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center). He is the author of the 2006 book "The Next Form of Democracy: How Expert Rule Is Giving Way to Shared Governance -- and Why Politics Will Never Be the Same."

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