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Map of Public Engagement Projects in California

NCDD collaborated with the New America Foundation’s California Civic Innovation Project (CCIP) to create an interactive map of exciting public engagement projects in California.  In just a short 3-week time period, movers-and-shakers in dialogue, deliberation and public engagement shared with us details about over 70 local, regional, and state-wide programs happening throughout California.

We recommend you view and explore the larger version of the map here. Click on the dots to learn more about the projects and the people behind them — and feel free to contact folks you’d like to connect with.

A huge thank-you to CCIP director Alissa Black for making this project possible!

We plan to update this map every few months with Alissa’s help and your involvement, so if you missed our deadline this time around, feel free to complete the survey at http://bit.ly/NCDD_CA and let us know about your organization and the projects you’re doing (or have done) in California. We’d like this to be a living, breathing, ever-growing resource that gives people a sense of the amazing work that’s being done to engage citizens and stakeholders in public issues throughout California.

CCIP will be sharing this map with its network of funders, public leaders, and others, and NCDD with its broad network of innovators in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement.

This project is also a test for NCDD to see what a mapping process like this — using free online tools and depending on data provided by our amazing members — can generate, and how we might want to duplicate this effort in other locations across the country.  Our community members have told us they’d like easier ways to connect with others in their region, clearer ways to see who’s working on projects and on what topics with what audiences, and better ways to demonstrate our collective efforts to policymakers, funders, and others who need it.

This collaboration between CCIP and NCDD was inspired by a conference call NCDD hosted last month with CCIP director Alissa Black and a small segment of NCDD members who had done public engagement work in California (which initially came about because of our CommunityMatters partnership).  As you can see from the notes and audio at www.ncdd.org/8245, Alissa was impressed with the breadth of public engagement projects happening throughout the state, and wanted to make these projects more visible — both to inform her own project and to help others working in the public realm and funder community to access this knowledge.