#CLDE16 DEMOCRATIC DIALOGUE & DELIBERATION INSTITUTE: INTRODUCTION TO DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY
The 2016 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Meeting organized by the American Democracy Project (ADP), The Democracy Commitment (TDC), and NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, have created a special pre-conference workshop with content provided by the National Issues Forum (NIF).
Join us on Wednesday, June 1st to engage in planning activities and hear from experts in the field in the Democratic Dialogue & Deliberation Institute: “Introduction to Deliberative Democracy Theory & Practice”.
This pre-conference institute, supported by NIF, is intended to help colleges and universities as they provide students, administrators, faculty, and community members to talk productively about a difficult issue that concerns all of us. This workshop is a brief introduction to the theory and practice of deliberative democracy using the National Issues Forums (NIF) model. This forum outlines several alternative ways of looking at the issue, each rooted in a shared concern. It provides strategic facts associated with each approach, and suggests the benefits and drawbacks of possible solutions. We encourage individuals from a variety of roles on campus to participate in this endeavor so that skills learned can be further developed back on your respective campuses.
Organizers: Bill Muse, President Emeritus of the National Issues Forums Institute; Windy Lawrence, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, University of Houston-Downtown (Texas); Lisa Strahley, Associate Professor of Teacher Education, SUNY-Broome Community College (N.Y.).
Wednesday, June 1 | 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Half-day Pre-conference Workshops
Democratic Dialogue & Deliberation Institute: Introduction to Deliberative Democracy Theory & Practice
The most familiar concepts of politics either acknowledge that politics is a competitive struggle for power, or aim at a harmonious consensus on the common good. The political theory of deliberative democracy seeks an alternative that is more public than adversarial politics, but allows more room for disagreement than a harmonious consensus on the common good. In the context of a sustained crisis of political polarization, the task of promoting thoughtful public discourse on controversial issues is more urgent than ever. The numerous activities and approaches that constitute civic engagement in higher education offer great promise, but without careful attention to theory and practice they may miss the mark when it comes to promoting deliberative discourse. This workshop is a brief introduction to the theory and practice of deliberative democracy using the National Issues Forums (NIF) model. Workshop topics will include trends in our democracy and the rationale for deliberation; the strengths and weaknesses of deliberation as an approach to civic engagement; naming and framing issues for deliberation; convening and moderating deliberative forums; and resources for deliberative civic engagement. Participants with no prior experience in the use of deliberation are especially welcome.