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AmericaSpeaks

Promoting the founding belief that every citizen has a right to impact the decisions of government, AmericaSpeaks serves as a neutral convener of large-scale public participation forums. Through close consultation with leaders, citizens, the media and others, AmericaSpeaks designs and facilitates deliberative meetings for 500 to 5,000 participants. Its partners have included regional planning groups, local, state, and national government bodies, and national organizations. Issues have ranged from Social Security reform to redevelopment of ground zero in New York. (continue)

Conducting Your Community Dialogue Manual

The manual provides the essential tools you will need to conduct a Uniting America community dialogue: ways for defining 'your community,' for choosing a format and for creating discussion questions. In addition, the series report, Building a More United America, will give your dialogue a national context as well as provide a convenient reference for well-considered policy options. The American Assembly's unique process builds a constructive consensus for action, and collectively, the dialogues will deepen the engagement of individuals in their communities and strengthen the quality of public opinion nationwide. (continue)

Deliberative Democracy in America

This book offers a blueprint for a fourth branch of government as a way of giving the people a voice of their own. While drawing on the rich theoretical literature about deliberative democracy, Leib concentrates on designing an institutional scheme for embedding deliberation in the practice of American democratic government. (continue)

One America Dialogue Guide: Conducting a Discussion on Race

This guide provides a simple but effective model for dialogue and some good resources. The guide was a key part of Clinton's One America in the 21st Century: The President's Initiative on Race. Clinton recognized that, even as America rapidly becomes the world's first truly multi-racial democracy, race relations remains an issue that too often divides our nation and keeps the American dream from being real for everyone who works for it. (continue)

A Public Voice (program and videos)

Each year, many public television stations around the nation air an hour-long program that features U.S. citizens deliberating in National Issues Forums around the nation. The programs also feature distinguished panels of nationally known political leaders, commentators and journalists meeting at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to reflect on what this 'public voice' may mean in setting direction for America. The topics are different each year. (continue)

Beyond the ‘Up or Down’ Vote

An evaluation of AmericaSpeaks' first national project, Americans Discuss Social Security. (continue)

Millions of Voices: A Blueprint for Engaging the American Public in National Policy-Making

In 2002, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah and Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon introduced legislation that called for a national conversation on health care reform. The following spring and summer, AmericaSpeaks convened more than a dozen leaders in the field of citizen engagement to develop a strategy for making it happen: to figure out how to involve more than a million Americans in deliberations that would identify shared priorities for reforming the nation's troubled health care system - or any other matter of pressing national importance. (continue)

Taking Democracy to Scale: Large Scale Interventions for Citizens

This article reviews the AmericaSpeaks model for large group interventions followed by an examination of AmericaSpeaks' intent to institutionalize the practice of national discussions on critical policy issues. (continue)

Engaging Citizens on the Tough Issues

This 20-page report provides a snapshot of AmericaSpeaks' recent and ongoing efforts. From the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to the community of Oakland Mills in Columbia, Maryland, AmericaSpeaks is bringing together diverse groups of citizens to deliberate on difficult issues, find common values, and reconcile conflicting viewpoints. "Our work helps build strong coalitions that hold decision-makers accountable for change." (continue)

The People Speak

The People Speak (TPS) engages people of all ages and backgrounds in thoughtful discussions about the value of international cooperation for the U.S. and the world. From September 1 to November 30 each year, TPS partners organize thousands of events around the U.S. and the world to explore emerging global challenges and opportunities. (continue)

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