Build on the growing effort for "universities to be more practical" by having regular exchanges on information sharing, citizen engagement, and collaboration with a wide range of colleges and universities, especially reaching to students and scholars in "public service" fields.
One entity which can help is the University Network for Collaborative Governance - http://www.policyconsensus.org/uncg/index.html
Others are involved in one or more of the following:
Deliberative Democracy Consortium - http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/
The Democracy Imperative - http://www.unh.edu/democracy/
Collaborative Democracy Network - http://www.csus.edu/ccp/CDN/
National Coalition for Dialogue and Democracy - http://www.thataway.org/