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  • John J. Theis

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. You can watch the one-hour May 11, 2020 webinar that featured tips, resources and more, for convening and moderating an online deliberative forum.

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  • Public Agenda

Read the Report - Americans Attitudes Toward Health Care: Some Observations from the Research

The National Issues Forums Institute, Public Agenda, USA TODAY, and other partners are collaborating on Hidden Common Ground (HCG), which focuses on areas of agreement among the public on solutions to tough public problems during the election year. The HCG work on health care included traditional focus groups, deliberative focus groups, and a national survey conducted by Public Agenda in late 2019 as well as a series of in-person and online forums convened in the NIF network.

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  • Andrea Christelle

From Andrea Christelle - "How I Use Common Ground for Action (CGA)"

From Nick Felts:

Common Ground for Action (CGA) was originally developed by the Charles F. Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), two non-partisan, non-profit organizations that work on strengthening democracy. Kettering and NIFI are long-time partners -- Kettering conducts research on democracy in the U.S. and other countries, and NIFI works with local partners to host in-person forums in communities and on campuses nationwide.

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Issue Guide - "Free Speech and the Inclusive Campus: How Do We Foster the Campus Community We Want?"

This issue guide was prepared by NASPA (historically, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, research institute that studies the public's role in democracy. 

This issue guide presents three options for deliberation:

Option 1: Prioritize student safety and well-being

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  • PBS El Paso
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Cancelled - Sunday, March 15, 2020, Watch an El Paso, Texas, Forum about Health Care on KCOS TV

NOTE: This forum has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date

This Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Mountain Time (5:00-6:30 p.m., Eastern Time), you can watch a live National Issues Forum (NIF) focusing on Health Care on KCOS TV in El Paso, Texas. For more information contact Jule Zimet at .

Click here to watch the livestream (not available until the forum begins on March 15, 2020).

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