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DDC eBulletin 5-10
Subject: DDC eBulletin 5-10
Send date: 2010-05-31 21:27:26
Issue #: 52

DDC eBulletin, 5-31-10


**Submissions for the 2010 IAP2 Core Values Awards are now being accepted**

The Call for Submissions is now open for the 2010 Core Values Awards given by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). In 2009, IAP2 made some changes to the awards entry process, including some format changes and a standardized style for all entries. These improvements helped the judging process and improved the production of the State of the Practice Report. IAP2 also introduced a new award category in 2009: the Innovation Award. This category is being offered again, but with a different theme. The categories:

- The Project of the Year
- The Organization of the Year
- The Innovation Award - this year's theme is: "Addressing wicked problems through public participation."

Submissions will be accepted until July 16, 2010. Entries must be sent by e-mail (in either Adobe PDF or MS Word formats) to Moira Deslandes,, by midnight local time Adelaide, South Australia.


**Facilitators needed for national "Our Budget, Our Economy" town meeting**

On June 26, thousands of Americans will participate in the national town meeting on "Our Budget, Our Economy" being organized by AmericaSpeaks. This will be an unprecedented national discussion on strategies to ensure a sustainable fiscal future and a strong economic recovery, taking place in locations all across the country, connected live via satellite video, webcast and interactive technologies. "Our Budget, Our Economy" will be a chance to demonstrate that the American public can find common ground across demographic, geographic and political divides, and that we as a nation can govern ourselves in a new way.

Skilled volunteer table facilitators are crucial to the success of the deliberations. AmericaSpeaks is currently recruiting table facilitators for the following Town Meeting locations:

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Augusta, ME
  • Casper, WY
  • Chicago, IL
  • Columbia, SC
  • Dallas, TX
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Grand Forks, ND
  • Jackson, MS
  • Overland Park, KS
  • Louisville, KY
  • Missoula, MT
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Portsmouth, NH
  • Redlands, CA
  • Richmond, VA
  • San Jose, CA

To learn more about the required skills and commitment for facilitators, go to to apply. Bilingual table facilitators are particularly needed. AmericaSpeaks will provide a $100 stipend for facilitators as a recognition for their contribution. If you have questions about this facilitation opportunity, email Ruthann Prange at Ruthann Prange at If you do not live near one of the sites listed above, consider hosting a Community Conversation in your city or town on June 26th. For more information:


**"E-democracy," "New Governance," and "Citizen Focus" among the "Top Ten PA Trends"**

What are the top trends affecting public administrators? Antoinette Samuel, Executive Director of the American Society for Public Administration, argues that "E-democracy," "New Governance," and "Citizen Focus" belong on the list. Samuel's presentation of the "Top Ten Trends in PA" is described by Bill Barnes in his latest "Emerging Issues" column for the National League of Cities. The "Top Ten" draws on suggestions from James Svara of Arizona State, among others. The other seven trends on the list: new leadership styles, succession planning, strategic management/performance measurement, reorganizing work structure and process, new thinking about service delivery, innovation, and ethics and transparency. For more, see The full archive of Barnes' "Emerging Issues" columns can be found at


**Delhi conference report explores democratic innovations around the world**

The Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), one of the world's leading organizations in research and support for democratic governance, convened a conference on "Citizen Leadership and Democratic Accountability" last December in Delhi. The conference proceedings, which describe case studies from around the world, are now available. "The reassertion of democracy at grassroots levels in different parts of the world has become a new reality," asserts the preamble to the report. "Citizens around the world are demanding and demonstrating new ways of relating with state institutions....Democratic states have opened up many new mechanisms and spaces for citizen participation....However, the experiences of such spaces have been found to be somewhat limited in many contexts, and citizens themselves have organised, mostly spontaneously, many spaces to demand 'democratic accountability' from institutions and actors of the state." Read on at

**National Civic League launches All America City Award blog**

The National Civic League has launched an All America City Award blog. This is part of a collaboration between NCL and the New Media Lab & Incubator, to convene researchers and practitioners of new media and digital technology to re-imagine content production, revenue generation, and sustainable management for nonprofit organizations. The blog will start a new conversation with NCL members and broader networks about the All-America City Award and what it means to America's communities. It will include timely information on the awards program and the communities - past and present - who participate in it. Also, it will be a repository for stories and ideas about community-building, civic engagement, democratic governance and collaborative problem solving. To view or comment, visit


**Locals Online is a new hub for local online community-builders** has launched a new peer-to-peer online group for people who use online tools to help people connect, deliberate, and mobilize at the neighborhood or local level. Locals Online is designed for people who host:

-neighborhood e-mail lists
-highly interactive placeblogs
-local social networks on Ning
-private Facebook groups for neighbors
-online networks for neighborhood parents

Find out more at


**PACE white paper outlines Executive Branch approaches to civic engagement**

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) has released its latest publication, "An Evolving Relationship: Executive Branch Approaches to Civic Engagement and Philanthropy." This white paper is based on a briefing memo prepared for a White House meeting earlier this year between leaders of the philanthropic community and Executive Branch officials. The meeting focused on the topics of service, civic engagement, social innovation and public participation and where there might be shared interests between the two groups. For more information, see


**Using online tools to move from transparency to true participation in budgeting**

"Leveraging e-Government at a Time of Financial and Economic Crisis" is a United Nations e-Government Survey document on the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) tools in budget monitoring. In a chapter on "Stimulus Funds, Transparency and Trust," Tiago Peixoto presents cases and analysis of ICT usage in the allocation of crisis response funds during the global economic downturn. You can download the document at Peixoto's Participatory Budgeting group page on Facebook:;


**New report on public dialogue on science and technology issues**

Jason Chilvers at the University of East Anglia has produced report that describes how public dialogue expertise has shifted and expanded in the UK. In Sustainable participation? Mapping out and reflecting on the field of public dialogue on science and technology, he argues that "The field of public participation in issues relating to science, technology and the environment is booming. To date much effort has gone into developing new participatory approaches and their evaluation, while most of what we know comes from individual case studies of engagement." The report builds on one of the first ever studies of public participation experts, their networks, roles and relations, to present a broader analysis of the UK public dialogue field as a whole. To read the full report:


**Portland uses equity lens to assess strategic plan**

The City of Portland (Oregon) is in the midst of a major 25-year strategic planning process (a.k.a. The Portland Plan). One of the unusual aspects of this process is the strong support from the mayor and the city council to make "equity" a major focus of both the process and the resulting plan. Paul Leistner, who works at the city's Office of Neighborhood Involvement, reports that "We're in the midst of the second phase of major community workshops on the strategic plan. Half of each community meeting is devoted to small group discussions in which participants apply an 'equity lens' to main substantive policy areas of the plan and discuss what they think." Portland Mayor Sam Adams commissioned the creation of a great video to help community members better understand the context for the equity discussion. It can be viewed at


**Involve releases "Talking for a Change"**

On June 10, Involve will release "Talking for a Change," a new guide that explores how the latest thinking on citizen engagement can help tackle some of the biggest issues facing democracies in the 21st century. It focuses on two challenges in particular: climate change, and the strains that our ageing society will place on our economic and social structures. To download, see



**The Fielding Program in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement**

Fielding Graduate University has announced the seventh year of their award-winning Graduate Level Certificate Program in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement. This distinctive program, which will be offered in partnership with the University of Western Sydney, Australia, strives for "the development of mastery through building the skills, knowledge and intuitive sensibility that are needed to make wise choices about how to bring forms of dialogue, deliberation, and engagement into situations where they are most effective." The dates are August 16, 2010 - January 18, 2011; for a program description and registration visit


**New Masters' program on participatory development and governance around the world**

The Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and the University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) are collaborating on a new Master’s program in Community Development (International) that will emphasize participatory development and governance. Through a partnership of academics and practitioners, the program will "equip students with the skills to be agents of change, facilitators of change, and to be champions of change. It will prepare students with the tools to design, develop, regenerate and lead institutions - community organizations, NGOs and government agencies." Dates for the Spring 2011 Cohort are May 2011 - Apr 2013, with residency sessions in Summer 2011 and Summer 2012. The application deadline is September 15; for full details, visit


**Orton Family Foundation seeks presenters for CommunityMatters10**

The Orton Family Foundation is accepting proposals for breakout sessions at CommunityMatters10, which will take place October 5-8, 2010, in Denver. Proposals should highlight innovative, interdisciplinary, citizen-driven examples of community building. Session Presenters will be offered more than 50% off the conference registration fee; applications are due by 5 PM EST on June 11. Details are at


**NLC webinar on "Public Engagement Practices in Local Government"**

The National League of Cities (NLC) Center for Research and Innovation will be holding a free webinar on "Public Engagement Practices in Local Government," on Wednesday, June 23 at 2 pm Eastern. Members of NLC's City Futures Panel on Democratic Governance will highlight a range of public engagement practices employed in their cities to effectively engage residents to make decisions, overcome conflicts, and solve critical problems. For more information, see


**PACE webinar on "The Emerging Framework for Civic Engagement Evaluation"**

Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) is holding a webinar on June 15th at 2pm Eastern about improving the evaluation of civic engagement efforts. In response to the call for better tools for assessing progress and framing the impact of civic engagement, the Building Movement Project (BMP) has partnered with groups like the Innovation Network to collect new tools and uncover a useful framework for how groups can think differently about how to approach civic engagement evaluation. Speakers will be Trish Tchume of the Building Movement Project and Ehren Reed of the Innovation Network. Space is limited; reserve your place now at:

**American Democracy Project's "Agents and Architects of Democracy"**

The annual meeting for the American Democracy Project (ADP) is June 17-19, 2010 in Providence, RI. ADP was created to develop strategies and approaches to prepare all undergraduates to be informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. There continues to be a gap between aspirations about civic engagement and actual campus practice, according to a recent study by the American Associations for Colleges and Universities. The question is how to create "institutional intentionality" in our universities, moving from pockets of excellence that affect a few students to a broad effort that reaches all students. The theme of this year's conference reflects that commitment: "Agents and Architects of Democracy." To register, see


**Research Fellow on Citizenship and Public Policy at University of Western Sydney**

Applications are invited for the position of Research Fellow in Applied Politics in the Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. Applicants should have completed a doctorate in an area relating to Applied Politics. They should have a teaching, publication and research record as well as practical experience in the fields of deliberative democracy and citizen engagement in relation to social learning and public policy. Applications must be made on-line via the UWS website at This is a five-year fixed term contract; the closing date is June 9. For position details, contact Professor Anna Yeatman, (02) 9772 6865, email


**DDC Intern graduates with triple major: Looking for entry-level D&D Position**

Tyler Goulet has done a terrific job as the intrepid, inaugural DDC Intern - among other things, by bringing you this eBulletin. He is graduating with a triple major (!) in Communication, Political Science, and Community Environment and Planning from the University of Washington. Tyler has also worked on projects for Professor John Gastil and for the King County Community Forums. He has four years professional experience in marketing and public relations. He is very interested in continuing his work in the field of dialogue, deliberation, and democratic governance; if you know of a position or would like to review his resume, please send an email to Thanks for all the hard work, Tyler!


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