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Online Forums for College Students During National Week of Deliberation

Experience a full week of online Common Ground for Action (CGA) deliberative forums exclusively for college students. The forum series aims to connect college students from across the country in deliberation in a way that maximizes the opportunity for students to hear different views and opinions from peers living and attending college in different parts of the nation.

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National Initiative on Voting

During the National Week of Conversation in June, National Issues Forums (NIF) launched its national initiative on encouraging and safeguarding voting with opportunities for people from across the country to participate in online National Issues Forums on the issue. NIF practitioners moderated the forums and provided opportunities for participants to delve more deeply into the issue in multiple breakout discussions.
 

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I'd like to get my college involved with this. Is there something we can post - or any advice on how to do this?

President Donald Trump has started the process of eliminating immigrants.

Community Conversation, Hosted by the Ashland University Center for Civic Life on June 16, 2014.

These hacks came from the May and July CGA Moderator Preparation sessions held here in Dayton! What hacks or other tricks do you use to make your forums smoother and/or more deliberative?

What is the most effective way for communities to help reduce violence in their respective areas?

I'm currently working with a non profit to develop a presentation and / or training on International Humanitarian Law, IHL.
Purpose: To understand the impact of war crimes on humanity.
Audience: Adults and High School Students

Will Common Ground for Action's developers consider the design of an IHL module? If so, would developers allow my participation in the design / development of the IHL module?

Please advise,

The latest issue of The Moderators Circle is out with stories on the new Safety and Justice issue guide and Kara Dillard's moderator training workshops coming up this month. If you missed the issue, you can read a copy at http://conta.cc/2knDbYP.

FREE issue guides (and a companion video) are available to the first 100 moderators or conveners who sign up to hold a forum using the new National Issues Forums (NIF) issue guide, Safety and Justice.

Click here to read more and for a link to sign up to hold a forum(s) and to get your free materials.

 

I am interested in how the 2015 launch of the conversation regarding Higher Education has progressed or developed.

ABOUT THE NIF

National Issues Forums (NIF) is a network of civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. It includes civic clubs, religious organizations, libraries, schools, and many other groups that meet to discuss critical public issues. Forum participants range from teenagers to retirees, prison inmates to community leaders, and literacy students to university students.

NIF does not advocate specific solutions or points of view but provides citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those choices, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.

DELIBERATIVE DECISION MAKING: WHERE CHANGE BEGINS

There is a way to tackle problems more directly. Deliberative decision making. Find out how to leverage the power of personal experience, different viewpoints, and the kind of intelligent exchange that leads to a shared purpose and acceptable solutions.

There’s a space between agree/disagree waiting to be discovered.

When it comes to society’s most challenging problems, our elected officials are often stuck between a two-party rock and a hard place. That’s because they aren’t getting honest input from the people they serve.

You can change that, by reviving a lost democratic practice: deliberative decision making.