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“Shaping Our Future” Launch on Sept. 4 in Washington DC

Our friend Harry Boyte, National Coordinator of the American Commonwealth Partnership, wanted NCDDers to be aware of the Shaping Our Future launch event taking place on September 4th in DC. Below is the media advisory that went out this week on the event, which launches a yearlong, nationwide series of citizen dialogues on how higher education could do more, or operate differently, to strengthen America’s economy, culture, and civic participation. The project is being launched by a coalition of nonprofit and educational leaders on Tuesday, […] (continue)

Book Club Final Week: Constructive Politics as Public Work

Our summer book club on Democratizing Deliberation comes to a close this week, with Harry Boyte’s chapter “Constructive Politics as Public Work: Organizing the Literature.”  Like Harry, this week’s chapter leader, Wendy Willis, is an extraordinary leader in her own right — Wendy is Executive Director of the Policy Consensus Initiative and Deputy Director for Research of the National Policy Consensus Center. Wendy’s first book of poems, Blood Sisters of the Republic, will be released by Press 53 on October 1. Chapter Summary by Wendy Willis… It’s […] (continue)

Book Club Week 7: Sustaining Public Engagement

For this week’s NCDD book club discussion on Democratizing Deliberation, Jan Inglis offers a summary of the chapter Sustaining Public Engagement: Embedded Deliberation in Local Communities by authors Elena Fagotto and Archon Fung. Jan has a background in applying research in adult development and complexity science to designing public deliberation and decision making processes in response to complex issues, especially connected to climate change and commons management of resources. She has recently been appointed to the board of NCDD’s sister organization, the Canadian Community of Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2). I […] (continue)

Book Club Week 6: De-centering Deliberative Democracy by Iris Marion Young

Hello everyone, my name is Monique Pierel. I live in southern New Hampshire. I work as a community and workplace mediator and an online group facilitator.  I have participated as a volunteer in public forums. Participating in this book club is one means for me to be a cog in the wheel of great changes occurring in our nationwide public venues! For this week’s NCDD book club discussion, I offer you a brief synopsis of the late Iris Marion Young’s chapter – De-centering Deliberative Democracy. […] (continue)

Check Out this Fantastic Online Deliberation Infographic

Usually we only highlight accompanying graphs or artwork when featuring new books, or teaching tools, or other really great resources, but I want to turn that around and share the following fantastic infographic created by Laura Black and Amy Lee for a recent paper focused on the current state of online deliberation… The graphic accompanies a really interesting Kettering Foundation working paper that we just added to to the NCDD Resource Center,  The Promise and Problems of Online Deliberation by Laura W. Black, an assistant professor […] (continue)

Book Club Week 5: Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System by Jane Mansbridge

In week 5 of the NCDD Book Club on Democratizing Deliberation, we’re looking at Jane Mansbridge’s chapter “Everyday Talk in the Deliberative System.” This week’s chapter leader is Christoph Berendes of Netalyst, Inc. Christoph is a technologist, project manager, and editor. He’s worked with Federal participation efforts since the early days of the web and blogs at citizentools.netalyst.com. A University engineering department debates its student recruitment policies. Past discussions have gotten ugly, so they’ve brought you in to facilitate. Larry, the department chair, has argued forcefully that fewer […] (continue)

How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?

In April, the National Issues Forums began encouraging dialogues focused on the role of higher ed in our society centered around their latest issue guide Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want? — recently featured in NCDD’s resource center.  Last week they posted more information about future plans for the issue guide and the topic, and are encouraging involvement across the country.  From their latest announcement… Are you concerned about the rising cost of higher education? Are the […] (continue)

Deliberative Democracy Around the World

The Kettering Foundation posted the following interviews with Ruby Quantson, a development consultant from Ghana, to their Vimeo channel a couple months ago. They share a specific example of using deliberation to support capacity development efforts of small-scale farmers, look at how public deliberation is being used at the local, national, and international level and include a few words about moving from deliberation to action… Additional videos with Ghana development consultant Ruby Quantson: Deliberative Democracy Around the World, Part II Challenges at the Local and […] (continue)

Citizens’ Jury Series on the National Debt in San Francisco

Staring July 9th, and running through the month, members of the Mechanics’ Institute Library in San Francisco can take part in a four-part seminar series about the national debt. The series will be moderated and include a combination of expert speakers, issue study, debate and deliberation.  The first seminar, July 9th, 2012, will focus on the Simpson-Bowles and Domenici-Rivlin reports and feature two speakers.  The public is invited to submit an application (second page) to attend. From their announcement… Join fellow members in a Citizens’ Jury to wrestle with current […] (continue)

Book Club Week 4: Difference Democracy

In week 4 of the NCDD Book Club on Democratizing Deliberation, we’re focusing on John Dryzek’s chapter “Difference Democracy: The Consciousness-Raising Group Against the Gentlemen’s Club.” Join in the conversation by adding a comment! About your host, Kim Crowley: As a training consultant specializing in instructional design and accelerated learning, I’m eager to explore how deliberative democracy might become more accessible to a variety of learners. My lens in viewing the chapter: As a volunteer community facilitator, (currently with the Hartford Public Library’s immigrant civic engagement dialogue-to-action […] (continue)