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Neighbors Online report

The Pew Internet and American Life Project has released the Neighbors Online Report. The report shows that Americans use a range of approaches to keep informed about what is happening in their communities and online activities have been added to the mix. Face-to-face encounters and phone calls remain the most frequent methods of interaction with neighbors, while internet tools are gaining ground in community-oriented communications. More information can be found at Steven Clift‘s blog post on the report, titled Neighbors Online – What have 27% […] (continue)

2009 Dialogue and Deliberation Practitioners Survey results

Sociologists (and NCDD members) Caroline Lee and Francesca Polletta have created a website at http://sites.lafayette.edu/ddps to display the results of the 2009 Dialogue and Deliberation Practitioners Survey. You can also download the full survey results here. The survey was conducted online last Fall for the purpose of academic research on the deliberation field by the researchers. Francesca and Caroline felt that the field of public dialogue and deliberation has been growing so dramatically that no one fully knows what the field looks like. They sought […] (continue)

Views of NCDD 2008 Conference Participants on Democratic Governance and Two of our Field’s Greatest Challenges

This NCDD project report to the Kettering Foundation was written by Sandy Heierbacher, NCDD's Director (2009). Before the October 2008 conference, NCDD embarked on a research project with the Kettering Foundation to learn about how attendees at the 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation see themselves playing a role in democratic governance. Kettering was also especially interested in two of the five challenge areas taken on at the conference (the Systems Challenge and the Action & Change Challenge). (continue)

Ancient Athens online: Democracy is about discussion, not just voting

NCDD member Jim Fishkin was featured in a May 6, 2010 article in The Economist print edition. Jim is the Director of the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford and creator of the Deliberative Poll. The article, titled “Ancient Athens online: Democracy is about discussion, not just voting” can be viewed in full at this link on The Economist’s website. The full text is quoted below. (continue)

PG Exchange

The CIVICUS Participatory Governance Programme (PGP), a subset of the World Alliance for Citizen Participation, hosts a global virtual platform for knowledge development, sharing and learning on participatory governance. The PG Exchange, at www.pgexchange.org, offers free access to resources covering a wide range of participatory governance practices and tools that aim to promote active citizenship and more transparent, responsive, accountable and effective governance at both the local and national level. (continue)

Reinventing Change Management blog

Slim Lambert has created a blog on Reinventing Change Management. Lambert has implemented numerous change management programs in global international companies focused on changes such as collaborative corporate cultures, delivering the people side of re-organisations and using talent management practices to empower people to develop their talents. This blog is about sharing ways to build refreshing change management processes. That is, Resistance free, Empowering, Fair, Result focused, Event based, Solution focused, High speed, Involving, Non-disruptive of delivery, and Guided by the people. In other words, […] (continue)

How to Hold a Public Meeting

Archon Fung, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, has written a short article titled “How to Hold a Public Meeting,” published in the March/April 2010 edition of Capitol Ideas, the magazine of the Council of State Governments. Fung’s article can be seen online at www.csg.org/pubs/capitolideas/mar_apr_2010/howto.aspx, and outlines 5 tips for holding an effective public meeting: be clear on the purpose, get help, avoid the usual format, go beyond the usuals, and avoid promises you can’t keep. This is a nice, concise one-pager worth […] (continue)

Imagine Chicago

Imagine Chicago is a Chicago-based nonprofit that facilitates and trains people in community visioning practices. Founded by Bliss Browne in 1992, the organization utilizes a three-step process of understanding what is, imagining what could be through collaboration, and creating what will be through action. Its community visioning and planning model incorporates Appreciative Inquiry (with an emphasis on intergenerational collaboration), Open Space Technology, the World Café, and asset based community development. This approach has inspired the creation of Imagine and other community planning projects spanning six […] (continue)

Citizen-Centered Democracy: An Interview with Matt Leighninger

“Citizen-Centered Democracy: An Interview with Matt Leighninger” is an interview published in the 2009 issue of the Higher Education Exchange, an annual publication of the Kettering Foundation. Deborah Witte, coeditor of the Higher Education Exchange, summarizes the article in the publication’s forward: Matt Leighninger, executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium … talks with HEX coeditor David Brown about the need for professionals of all stripes to value community. He suggests, “We need certain aspects of professionalization…but we need to retain some antiprofessional qualities as […] (continue)

Washington Goes to Mr. Smith: The Changing Role of Citizens in Policy Development

Washington Goes to Mr. Smith: The Changing Role of Citizens in Policy Development is a 2009 article written by Matt Leighninger and published in the  Intergovernmental Solutions newsletter, a publication of the Center for Intergovernmental Solutions. The article discusses the growing prevalence of incorporating citizens into policymaking processes, especially at the local level of government, and outlines a few helpful principles that public managers can follow to facilitate productive  public engagement. To read this two-page article, go to http://www.usaservices.gov/pdf_docs/EngagingCitizensII.pdf. (continue)