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Civic Engagement & Democracy News from our Friends at the DDC

DDCSelected News from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium

  • Can a group of people write a graphic novel about civic infrastructure? We’ll find out at the Frontiers of Democracy conference
  • Public Agenda celebrates their 40th anniversary and opens the Yankelovich Center for Public Judgment –
  • New issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation – has articles on online deliberation, institutional design, inclusion, recruitment, voting, culture, divided societies, and more, by authors like John Gastil, Alan Tomkins, Carolina Johnson, and Jennifer Stromer-Galley, and reviews of books by Josh Lerner, Chris Karpowitz and Tali Mendelberg, Paula Cossart, and Jose Marichal
  • Rich Harwood champions the role of libraries in engagement, as “uniquely trusted local institutions” –
  • Boiling down public engagement to four basic types –
  • How can “social deliberative skills” be encouraged and supported online? New research from Tom Murray and colleagues
  • Personal Democracy Forum is now accepting applications for its Civic Hall Fellowship Program –
  • New National Issues Forums guide on health care costs –
  • Using keypad polling as part of community planning in Laconia, NH – @OrtonFoundation
  • The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at the University of Texas is seeking a new director –
  • Latest issue of the National Civic Review focuses on the connection between engagement and educational opportunities
  • The new Promising Practice Database is a feature of membership in the National Civic League – @allamericacity
  • How schools in Pittsfield, NH have implemented a more democratic, student-centered approach to leaning –
  • MetroQuest releases a free guide to effective online engagement –
  • Luca Belgiorno-Nettis reflects on whether the great democratic documents of the past have meaning for us today –
  • What do we mean, exactly, by “participation?” Take the survey at to help clarify
  • The Rockefeller Brothers Fund revises its guidelines for its Democratic Practice Program – @RockBrosFund
  • Online engagement platforms mainly involve the privileged? Probably. Here’s why this matters – and why it doesn’t –
  • Should all institutions be democratic? No, says Peter Levine
  • The National Issues Forums Institute releases three new discussion guides on water issues –
  • “The biggest crisis in the world is that we are at a low point in how we all participate in shaping our communities”
  • IAP2 USA seeks nominations for 2015 Core Values Awards, for project, research project, and organization of the year –
  • Rita Allen Foundation announces $515,000 in grants to build civic engagement through technology and media –
  • The session schedule is filling in for the Frontiers of Democracy conference, June 25-27. See the list so far at
  • Everyday Democracy on how to create spaces for all voices, in Baltimore and elsewhere –
  • “‘When people have meaningful, productive roles in making public decisions and solving public problems, we get smarter, more equitable, more broadly supported public policies,’ says Leighninger”
  • Peter Levine has been named associate dean of Tisch College; Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg will succeed him as CIRCLE director
  • Peter Levine & Eric Liu find that no civic renewal organization “ has managed to be large, deep, diverse, and focused”
  • Martin Carcasson and Leah Sprain introduce “deliberative inquiry,” a theory designed to aid the work of practitioners – “ Deliberative inquiry moves from a linear event-focused model where deliberation produces refined public opinion and decision outcomes to using deliberative principles to guide a cyclical learning process.”
  • The Democracy Fund releases its first annual report –
  • The National Conference on Citizenship will be held October 9 in DC –
  • Laura Black, Tim Shaffer, and Nancy Thomas take stock of the field of public deliberation for JPD – “Traditionally, journals haven’t played a central role in social change. But for JPD, we have the potential to do more than a traditional ‘academic’ journal. This is not to be interpreted as a diminishment of rigorous scholarship; instead, we see it as a commitment to making scholarship meaningful to people and communities.”
  • Submit lab ideas now for the World Forum for Democracy 2015. Theme: “Freedom vs control: For a democratic response”
  • “The future of journalism and the future of civic engagement are closely intertwined.”
  • Combining thick and thin engagement in budgeting through a new tool, Balancing Act – @BalancingActEP
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