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Prison Inmates Deliberate about “Life and Death Decisions”

The following was found on the news page of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI.org/news). The post, authored by William DiMascio, director of the Pennsylvania Prison Society, describes a moderator training and NIF forums held at the State Correctional Institute at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. On Wednesday and Thursday, February 27-28, we held what used to be called a Public Policy Institute (PPI) training at the State Correctional Institute at Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. We trained eight life sentenced prisoners and eight outside guests (a professor and students from Juniata College […] (continue)

NIFI offers an alternative to polarized debate – “How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities?”

Brad Rourke, NCDD member and Kettering Foundation program officer, wrote the following for the NIFI blog. I highly recommend you download the 4-page issue advisory and think about using it in your community.  And take a minute to read over Brad’s thoughtful post below. On Friday, 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 last year. It’s not […] (continue)

Sign up for Monday’s webinar on national debt forums

The National Issues Forums Institute invites you to join them on a webinar on Monday about their public forums on the national debt and recent briefings to policymakers in Washington, DC. The webinar, which will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 Eastern on Monday (Jan 28th), will bring you up to date on the results of forums nationwide, as reported in No Easy Way Out, and National Issues Forums (NIF) briefings on the forums on Capitol Hill. Register for the webinar here. Between Fall 2011 and […] (continue)

From NIFI: Some Resources for Deliberating about Violence

The following is a beginning collection of resources from the National Forums Institute news page that may be helpful to those who would like to deliberate about violence, and/or to frame violence-related issues.  NIF is known for its careful, well-researched strategies for “naming and framing” issues in a balanced way that represents a variety of voices. Naming and Framing Issues to Make Difficult Decisions http://kettering.org/publications/naming-and-framing-difficult-issues-to-make-sound-decisions/ Naming and Framing Local Issues for Public Deliberation http://www.nifi.org/issue_books/detail.aspx?catID=3238&itemID=18703 From the National Issues Forums Institute (NIF) Youth and Violence: Reducing […] (continue)

Kettering, NIF Release Report on National Debt

Since 2011, the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums have focused on the national debt, encouraging dozens of forums across the country to tackle this important issue.  Kettering has just released a report, No Easy Way Out: Citizens Talk About Tackling the Debt, written by Jean Johnson, senior fellow and special adviser for Public Agenda, highlighting the results of these forums.  From the report’s description… “This new report by Jean Johnson about recent citizen deliberations on the debt suggest the seeds of consensus on how to tackle […] (continue)

New Issue Guides from the National Issues Forums

The National Issues Forums Institite (nifi.org) has recently released several new issue guides of note.  “Sustaining Ourselves: How Can We Best Meet the Needs of Today and Tomorrow?” looks at the impact our lives have on the future of this country; “Right From the Start” examines the developement of children in their first four years; and “Bullying: How Should Schools Address this Growing Problem?” & “Bullying: What is it? How do we prevent it?”  continues the work of NIFI and its partners in this critical area. If you are interested in […] (continue)

Webinar on “Shaping Our Future” Forums This Friday

We received the following announcement today from the National Issues Forums Institute‘s Patty Dineen for a fantastic webinar being held this Friday.  Since this is a little last minute, I’m just going to share the whole announcement… SHAPING OUR FUTURE:  WHAT IS HIGHER EDUCATION’S ROLE? Join Us For A Moderator Preparation Webinar on Friday, October 26, 2012 at 2pm This coming year, more than 60 campuses and communities will host shaping our future forums. Here’s your chance to find out how to participate. This free webinar […] (continue)

Kettering’s Connections 2012 Now Available

Focusing on “Educating for Democracy” The Kettering Foundation’s Connections series is an annual publication which focuses on a central issue or particular area of Kettering research.  This year, Connections 2012: Educating for Democracy, explores the issues and innovations within higher education and is being released alongside the recently announced National Issues Forums  “Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?” national dialogue initiative and issue guide. Also Available: “That’s Not Democracy” from CIRCLE Another report, this one from the Center for Information […] (continue)

Video from the “Shaping Our Future” initiative event now available

As we shared earlier this month, the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), in association with the American Commonwealth Partnership, launched their latest year-long national dialogue initiative, Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?, with an event at the National Press Club in DC on September 4th. The video of the event is now available online… Introduced by Harry Boyte, the National Coordinator of the American Commonwealth Partnership, the event featured Martha Kanter, the U.S. Undersecretary of Education;  Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, […] (continue)

“Shaping Our Future” National Dialogue Launches Tomorrow!

As you may know, the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), in association with the American Commonwealth Partnership, is launching their latest year-long national dialogue, Shaping Our Future,  with an event at the National Press Club in DC tomorrow morning (Sept 4th).  This initiative encourages students, faculty, administrators, employers, and members of the general public to reflect on how colleges and universities might help the country tackle some of its most vexing problems. Tomorrow’s kick-off event, which will be streamed live online, will include info about forums now being […] (continue)