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Public Thinking about the Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (NIF Report)

In National Issues Forums (NIF) in 42 states and the District of Columbia, diverse groups of Americans came together in 2007 to deliberate for up to three hours about one of the major challenges facing the country, the energy problem.  As forum participants deliberated, they increasingly came to see that the energy problem is a short- and long-term threat to this nation’s economic well-being, national security, and environment. By the end of the forums, many felt that a number of steps could be taken to […] (continue)

Resilience Circles

A Resilience Circle is a small group of 10 – 20 people that comes together to increase personal security during these challenging times. Circles have three purposes: learning, mutual aid, and social action. The economy and environment are going through a deep transition, leaving many of us feeling anxious and economically insecure. We’re facing unemployment, foreclosure, lost savings, and a rapidly changing environment. Many of us are isolated and face these challenges without the support of a community. In response, people are forming small “Resilience […] (continue)

Involving Youth in Your Agency’s Sustainability Activities

This new report from the Institute for Local Government focuses on youth engagement with local governments, particularly on the issues of climate change and energy. The white paper looks at the impact of youth boards and commissions in some California cities, youth involvement in public meetings, and creating programming geared toward a younger audience. The report compiles a fairly comprehensive set of resources to use when thinking about and developing youth involvement strategies. This white paper originally appeared as an article in the September 2011 […] (continue)

A Democratic Approach to Sustainable Futures

This 2011 workbook has been designed to support scholarly role playing in the arena of global diplomacy and human system planning.  Audiences include students, faith-based groups, and community members who like to grapple with the big picture — arguably the biggest picture — or our times:  global sustainability. The modular 4 or 5 week course can be extended as different groups might choose. Through role playing, audiences will collaborate with others in an authentic engagement with the world’s complexity through participatory democracy. This experiential learning […] (continue)

Red Lodge Clearinghouse

The Red Lodge Clearinghouse (RLCH) website, at www.rlch.org, makes participation in natural resources decision-making easier than ever before. The RLCH website — originally founded in 2001 by renowned fashion designer and philanthropist, the late Liz Claiborne and her husband, Art Ortenberg — has served the needs of individuals and organizations engaged in collaborative natural resources management for nearly a decade. The Natural Resources Law Center took over the project in 2007 and, with continued funding from the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation, recently resolved to broaden the mission of the project to support a wider variety of problem-solving methods and to break down the barriers impeding citizen engagement. (continue)

The Yarra River Values Forum

The Yarra River Values Forum was convened by Institute for Sustainable Futures as part of an investigation by the Victorian Smart Water Fund. Dr. Annie Bolitho shared this case study with NCDD... (continue)

Loddon Riparian Frontages Citizens Panel

The Loddon Riparian Frontages Citizens Panel was convened by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and the North Central Catchment Management Authority. Dr. Annie Bolitho shared this case study with NCDD... (continue)

World Wide Views on Global Warming

Led by the Danish Board of Technology, World Wide Views on Global Warming (2009) is considered the first in-depth global citizen consultancy on climate change. WWViews established a model for the future inclusion of the world’s citizens in global policymaking. The novel and practical project design made it potentially possible for all nations on the planet to take part and to produce comparable results that can be clearly communicated to policymakers. World Wide Views on Global Warming involved roughly 4,000 citizens in 38 countries spanning […] (continue)

Facing the Challenges of Climate Change Choicework guide

As both the leading producer of greenhouse gas emissions and the world’s most powerful country, the United States has a special responsibility to lead the way in the search for solutions. Fortunately, we have a long tradition of solving big problems and meeting new challenges. It is high time for the American spirit of innovation to be put to work on meeting the challenges of climate change. This Public Agenda Choicework guide explores the question: Where do we start? Based on decades of research and […] (continue)

Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD) project

How can collective deliberation by citizens lead to wise and timely action on climate change, including by municipal and provincial governments? Alberta (Canada) is a testing ground for this question over the next five yearsn (2010 to 2015). An international team of scholars, NGOs, businesses, and governments will be addressing it, supported by $1 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and over $3 million in contributions from other sources. (continue)