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WATCH: Presidential Libraries and Historic Decisions

What can citizens learn from history about democracy? The Kettering Foundation has sought to answer this question through collaborative research with several history museums across the country, including Presidential Libraries, which educate the public about historical events during the relevant president’s administration. By partnering to create deliberative issue guides about historical decisions, these museums and libraries have found new ways to engage with visitors and educational networks, and participants in historical forums gain experience with public deliberation.

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WATCH: Civic Education and Learning from Historic Decisions

How do people learn to become democratic citizens? One area of Kettering research explores how schools can provide a space for young people to learn about their roles as citizens in a democracy and engage in the practice of deliberative politics. In this video, Lisa Strahley, Director of the Civic Engagement Center and Chair of Early Childhood & Teacher Education at SUNY Broome Community College, shares why she thinks introducing teachers and students to deliberative decision making is so important.

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WATCH: Deliberating Together on Difficult Issues

Around the country, people are grappling with how best to protect their communities and prevent future mass shootings. While it is necessary to develop a shared sense of how to proceed, some fear engaging in public deliberation about such hotly contested issues, especially at a time of such divisive political discourse. Will deliberating together under these circumstances only lead to greater conflict?

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Watch the Recorded Webinar - Moving Face-to-Face Deliberation Online

In response to setting new directions for in-person forums during our current climate, several National Issues Forums (NIF) partners have successfully convened virtual face-to-face forums using the Zoom platform.  We are happy to be able to share their experiences and some materials and tips about convening a deliberative face-to-face online forum using a platform like Zoom.

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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.

This is important to me for many reasons. I have 2 disabilities that I know of and they are bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I notice it has a problem as a child. During grade school I was picked on because of my height and I developed breasts before many of the other children. I can't remember being hated until I attended parochial school. They laughed at me. Then did not want to talk to me. How does a child grow up in an environment where the other children do not wish to talk to them? That causes schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which is a form of depression.

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.