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Divided We Fail: Are Leaders and Citizens Talking Past Each Other on Higher Education?

In 2012–2013, National Issues Forums held around the country have brought college students, high school students, parents, faculty, employers, retirees, and others together to deliberate about the mission of higher education and the role it should play in the nation’s social, political, and economic progress. This interim report by the National Issues Forums Institute Board finds that Americans outside the policymaking arena want to think and talk about the mission of higher education and its role in shaping our collective future. How does their vision […] (continue)

Aim Higher, Dig Deeper

This article addresses why it is so difficult for our country to navigate the issue of gun violence and contains suggestions for starting a national conversation. It was written by Sarah Read and Dave Overfelt, both of The Communications Center, Inc. in Columbia, MO with funding from the University of AZ’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD).  After the December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, NICD called for essays to address the challenges of conducting constructive conversations about gun violence in the U.S. As part of their […] (continue)

How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities? (NIF Issue Advisory)

On February 1, 2013, National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) released an Issue Advisory that contains materials that communities might wish to use in deliberating over the issues raised by the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2012. This “issue advisory” is not a full NIF issue guide, but a basic outline of the options, entitled How Can We Stop Mass Shooting in Our Communities? It can be downloaded here. The 4-page issue advisory was written by NCDD member Brad Rourke, a Kettering Foundation program officer. (continue)

No Easy Way Out: Citizens Talk about Tackling the Debt (NIFI Report)

This 2012 report describes findings from National Issues Forums held in 2012 during which people deliberated about possible approaches to dealing with the national debt. Download the 33-page PDF here. After months of paralyzing partisan disagreement, the nation’s political system now is struggling to avert a fiscal calamity. President Obama and congressional leaders, spurred on by business leaders and a broad range of interest groups, speak of the need to find ways to act. But even amid these hopeful signs, Democrats and Republicans remain divided on nearly […] (continue)

Reports from National Issues Forums

The National Issues Forums Institute encourages reporting from all their forums, and produces a variety of reports on NIF forums. As described on the  NIFI website, “individuals and groups that convene forums, or series of forums, sometimes submit various kinds of reports about their forums including such things as what happened at the forums, and any outcomes that might have been identified from the deliberations.” Examples of these reports include… Forum on Immigration – Columbia, South Carolina Report from a forum on “Money and Politics” – Columbia, South Carolina by Herbert […] (continue)

Could Random Selection and Deliberative Democracy Revitalize Politics in the 21st Century?

The practice of using representative samples in decision making in contemporary political regimes creates an opening for re-establishing sortition (making decisions or filling offices by drawing lots). The diversity that sortition adds to political procedures helps reinforce democratic legitimacy. In author Yves Sintomer’s view, we could even introduce sortition into elections. Here’s an excerpt from this interesting paper by Yves Sintomer… Having vanished for centuries, sortition now seems to be returning to the world of practical politics. [1] Recent experience in Iceland illustrates this. After […] (continue)

Pocketbook Pressures: Who Benefits from Economic Growth? (NIF Report)

This 1996 report assembled by Doble Research Associates examines the results from National Issues Forums examining the state of the economy and how it affects citizens.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… This year, one of the issues that citizens discussed was Pocketbook Pressures: Who Benefits from Economic Growth?  In these forums, participants felt strained and uncertain about the future despite low inflation, low interest rates, and low unemployment. They said the middle class is shrinking, high-paying manufacturing […] (continue)

A Nation in Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills? (NIF Issue Guide)

A National Issues Forums issue guide, A Nation in Debt: How Can We Pay the Bills? (2011) outlines the effect of the growing national debt on our society and several choices or approaches to addressing the issue. National Issues Forums do not advocate a specific solution or point of view, but provide citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those options, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common. […] (continue)

The Troubled American Family: Which Way Out of the Storm? (NIF Report)

This 1996 report assembled by Doble Research Associates focuses on results from forums examining the current state of the American family.  Find more details & order info on the NIF website.  From the report… While the people who deliberated in the 1995-1996 forums on The Troubled American Family: Which Way Out of the Storm? agreed that the American family is in crisis, they did not view the issue in ideological or political terms. Rather, the focus of their concern was on the future of our children. […] (continue)

Money and Politics (NIF Report)

This report is an analysis of what happened in 2001 National Issues Forums (NIF) that took place in 44 states and the District of Columbia on “Money and Politics,” a sample of the hundreds of NIF forums that continue to take place across the country. To learn how citizens feel about this issue, Doble Research Associates, a public interest consulting firm, analyzed what happened in these forums, including questionnaire results from 1,457 participants who sent in a questionnaire by August 1, 2001. Find more details & […] (continue)