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Here we share some of the most important news for the dialogue and deliberation community that crosses our desks. For even more news and updates, check out NCDD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ncddpage, where over 50 of our members’ blogs are followed.

On new member Jon Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind

I had a great call yesterday with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt — author of a fascinating book that’s been getting a lot of buzz in our field and elsewhere called The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (in the Resource Center here, or at Amazon here). I was a little nervous about the call once I watched his Bill Moyers interview — though so excited about what he would think about NCDD and our community of practice. I’m happy to say […] (continue)

Great new video from the West Virginia Center for Civic Life

Take a moment to enjoy this wonderful 8-minute video created by the West Virginia Center for Civic Life (an NCDD organizational member, directed by the amazing Betty Knighton).  They did a beautiful job capturing the importance and promise of dialogue and deliberation. You may want to use this video to promote your own public engagement work.  You can access the video at YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFckX5rUi9I. The West Virginia Center for Civic Life is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that helps engage citizens in community discussions of important […] (continue)

“Organizational Diagnosis” with Sam Kaner

Organizational Diagosis: Building Commitment For Intentional Change is an advanced consulting skills workshop led by Sam Kaner, PhD. for seasoned professional consultants and facilitators who want to build collaborative partnerships with their clients, to address tough organizational challenges and bring about real, long-term system change.  It will be held July 23-27, 2012 at the Community At Work offices in San Francisco. The workshop combines frequent practice sessions with fascinating and instructive case studies. Participants receive a 150-page workbook that is loaded with professional models, methods and tools and NCDD members are eligible for […] (continue)

NAHRW Journal of Intergroup Relations – Call for Papers

Papers Sought for Special Issue on Contemporary Activism Published by the National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW), The Journal of Intergroup Relations is a twice-yearly publication that features information and research of interest to scholars and practitioners in the human rights cause worldwide and is especially interested in manuscripts that address intergroup relations and/or human rights issues.  Their next, special issue welcomes manuscripts that position Contemporary Activism in any context and from any perspective, and they have a list of suggested themes on their […] (continue)

Inaugural Civic Summit Held at Winona State University

We spotted an interesting report over in the news section of the National Issues Forums website shared by Kara Lindaman, an associate professor at Winona State University, featuring a civic summit run at Winona State University in April exploring one of the National Issue Forums upcoming issue books… On April 19, 2012, Winona State University hosted the inaugural civic summit on the National Issues Forum and American Commonwealth Project Deliberative Dialogue Initiative on Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create The Society We […] (continue)

Why Dialogue? from Network for Peace through Dialogue

Kathleen Kenet from Network for Peace through Dialogue asked us to let NCDDers know about their new video… “Dialogue – A conversation with a center, not sides.” The Network for Peace through Dialogue has released a video on the concept of dialogue and the ability of dialogue to create true understanding, positive change and stronger communities. You can watch it below or view the video on their website at www.networkforpeace.com. Based on the principles of democracy and social justice, Network for Peace through Dialogue seeks […] (continue)

Welsh Government Endorses Engagement Principles

In light of our collective work creating the Core Principles for Public Engagement a couple of years ago, we thought this news from Wales would be of interest… Originally endorsed by the Welsh government last year, the National Principles for Public Engagement in Wales were developed under the guidance of Participation Cymru’s Advisory Panel and are aimed at Public Service organisations across all sectors, with the goal to offer a consistent approach and good standard for public engagement across Wales (a list of Welsh agencies utilizing these […] (continue)

NPR clip on Chicago’s participatory budgeting process

Check out NPR’s fantastic new piece on Participatory Budgeting in Chicago’s 49th Ward, and hear the story of Robin McPherson’s water park. Joe Moore, the alderman in Chicago’s 49th Ward, became the first elected official in the country to hand over the purse strings to his constituents in 2009. Three years later, the “participatory budgeting” experiment is still attracting in new residents to planning meetings. Listen to “Chicago Ward Gives Budgetary Power To The People” or read the story at this link. Also — please […] (continue)

A conversation with Alissa Black on the California Civic Innovation Project

On Tuesday (May 15th), NCDD hosted a call open to dues-paying NCDD members who live or work in California. My colleague Alissa Black, who recently left Code for America to head up the New America Foundation‘s new project, the California Civic Innovation Project (CCIP), was interested in discussing the project with NCDD members.  Alissa was also very interested in learning about the public engagement work NCDDers are doing in California — especially in the realm of local governance. We had a great call, with close to 30 participants […] (continue)

Harry Boyte article on Building Democracy Colleges

Harry Boyte, Director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College, asked me to share with the NCDD community an article he co-wrote with Blase Scarnati for the Huffington Post (published 5/3/12), titled “Building Democracy Colleges: A Different Kind of Politics.” The article begins… A fit with the season of tornadoes across the nation this year, the Citizens United Versus the Federal Elections Commission court decision has unleashed a venomous tsunami of attack ads by Super PACs. The political weather threatens to get worse […] (continue)