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Welcome to the NCDD Idea Incubator

A place for NCDDers to post ideas that benefit our field, gather feedback, and gain partners. Submit your idea here for posting or join the conversation below. Click here for guidance on how best to use the Idea Incubator and other NCDD resources to incubate new ideas. The Idea Incubator is best used for ideas that have already generated interest via NCDD's listservs, events, or social media groups.

Turn Up The Volume!

This post was submitted by NCDD member Jeffrey Abelson of Song Of A Citizen. If you are interested in getting involved or sharing your stories with Jeffrey, email him at ja@songofacitizen.com. Many of you know me from the videos I’ve produced with D&D leaders over the last few years. I’ve done that under the umbrella of my non-profit, non-partisan “Song Of A Citizen” project — the mission of which is to create an ongoing slate of films and videos to inspire fellow Americans to engage as citizens more seriously, […] See full idea & comment!

Live Q&A about Catalyst Awards

As you have likely heard, we are very excited to launch the NCDD Catalyst Awards to celebrate NCDD’s 10th anniversary!  Two $10,000 prizes will be awarded to team projects organized, led and selected by NCDD members that jump-start the field’s next best ideas and impact our communities’ and our country’s ability to solve its most challenging problems related to either civic infrastructure or bridge building. To support members with ideas for catalyst award projects, there will be two live Q&A opportunities with Sandy Heierbacher (NCDD Executive […] See full idea & comment!

Developing a national dialogue infrastructure

"How might we design an organizational infrastructure for a coordinated and practical national dialogue?" This is a topic I want to cover during our NCDD conference in Seattle this October. But first, I'd like to invite my fellow NCDDers to help me think about this concept further. See full idea & comment!

A Greater Platform

Here’s an Idea Incubator post from Jon Denn of organizational member A Greater Publishing… Common-sense supermajority-supported answers, to many of our most pressing problems, abound. But they cannot be easily found and honed because of the hyperpartisan smokescreen. www.aGREATER.US is the only place I know of where these ideas can be aggregated. Then rated and ranked. But the final step in honing them into a platform requires the expertise of NCDDers. I’m looking for NCDDers to adopt a topic (existing or new) and set up […] See full idea & comment!

White House seeking best practices in public participation

Here’s an important opportunity for our community to provide ideas that will positively influence the evolution of public participation at federal agencies. The following is the full text of a White House blog post from December 6, 2011: On September 20, 2011, on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly, the President announced the U.S. Open Government National Action Plan.  The Plan was developed through a process that involved extensive consultations with external stakeholders, including a broad range of civil society groups and members of the private sector, […] See full idea & comment!

How to improve the White House’s new e-petition tool?

In tandem with the release of the US National Open Government Plan at the UN, the White House launched WeThePeople, an e-petition tool. AmericaSpeaks, IAP2USA, NCDD, and DDC are organizing a collective response from the American participation and deliberative democracy communities to offer guidance to administration officials on how it can be made as strong as possible. NCDD and organizations listed above set up an online suggestion box to aggregate our ideas on how the new platform can be approved.  We invite you to check out the White House’s petition […] See full idea & comment!

Jim Snider’s Idea for the President’s Open Gov Plan

J.H. Snider, NCDD member and president of iSolon.org, put forward the following proposal to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in response to their solicitation for ideas for the Open Government Plan at opengov@ostp.gov. He begins: "Let’s take cost away as an excuse for not webcasting and recording public meetings...." See full idea & comment!

How do we measure progress?

In an era where what gets measured matters, how do we measure a movement towards more participatory forms of democracy or greater transparency? I've been in conversation with a municipality that is about to develop a Charter for Citizens Engagement. Part of the challenge is that councillors want to know how they will measure progress. Any ideas? See full idea & comment!

Global Mind Changes

The theme I would like to explore with NCDD is suggested by the titles of several books, including "Global Mind Change," "Global Shift," "The Global Brain," and "Towards A New World View. What is a "world view"? What is meant by "global mind change"? As I understand them they are related to what the author of the book, "Global Shift" describes as "a remarkable change ... taking place that will profoundly influence the way we see ourselves and our world." I expect that a conversation on NCDD can help us develop our understanding of what appears to be a very profound change -- and how we can relate to it. See full idea & comment!

Libraries For Democracy Seeks Collaborators & Members

Libraries For Democracy is a new (as of July 4th, 2011) web-based service to libraries and the general public. It encourages libraries to provide democracy and social issues related information and programming to their communities. It also provides free, non-partisan information to the public. LFD needs library members. NCDD members can help by encouraging their local libraries (public and academic) to become members and to provide programming with the help of local NCDD moderators. Please visit the LFD website at www.LibrariesForDemocracy.com, and consider becoming an […] See full idea & comment!