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Utilize the NCDD network for facilitators, consultants and training

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is an active network of people and groups with expertise in public engagement and group facilitation. The NCDD network should be included in the Open Government Directive as a resource to be tapped into for dialogue facilitators, participation consultants, and public engagement training for federal managers. Engaging people around the issues that affect their ...more »

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engaging young Americans

Young Americans are very eager to participate in democracy, as shown by their rapidly rising voter turnout rates and their high volunteering rates. By participating, they gain skills, habits, and values that last a lifetime--according to rigorous longitudinal research. They add important insights to any public discussion that involves youth or the long-term future of the country. Research shows that certain civic opportunities ...more »

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Nurture Leadership Capacity (competency and character)

Please invest in the success of leaders in the public sector by providing technical assistance for their leadership development. Just like athletes, they need a practice field with coaching to make the organizational system changes required to make public participation a true reality. Many leaders hold the intention to be open, transparent and collaborative, but they do not possess the knowledge, skills and attitudes ...more »

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Training on Facilitative Leadership

In order to create a program of dynamic public engagement, elected officials and government staff need training in the process and skills required to be successful – and this is a great opportunity to develop such trainings. In order to support effective public engagement, leaders from federal, state and city government need to learn best practices for engaging the public, to understand: * Facilitative leadership: ...more »

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Establish Training on Transparency Requirements

The president should establish mandatory training for agency officials on transparency requirements and policies to ensure better implementation, including specific trainings for employees and contractors with classification authority and responsibility for implementing the framework on Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Often, due to lack of training and inadequate guidance, officials and employees making disclosure ...more »

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Increase teacher pay and enhance recruiting to improve our education system

We all are aware of how poorly our nation is education our young people to have the skills needed to compete with emerging countries. Most kids do not attend college and many don't even finish high school. Why is that the case in a world where all the low-skilled jobs have moved over seas? I think it's because the government and media have not done a good job informing young people about the importance of education in ...more »

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Establish a federal institute for public engagement

Establish a federal institute for public engagement, similar to the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, to gather research on best practices, training and development; develop a knowledge-base; and institute the community of practice. This institute can track collaboration at every stage, including intergovernmental, cross-jurisdictional and within individual agencies.

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Start capacity building early for public participation

Start as early as preschool or kindergarten with having people participate in governance through use of consultative process through Web 2.0 and in person. This can then continue throughout their schooling and lifetime. There are many web 2.0 systems out there that are already being used for learning and collaboration in the classroom yet I find that my freshman university students have no idea how to formulate and respond ...more »

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Design Training and Education to be interactive, participant-centered and experiential

(for those of you unfamiliar with these terms, see this description of interactive learning: http://www.openingspace.net/interactiveLearning_whatIsIt.shtml - in this case, I am talking about face-to-face learning - but technology for learning can and is also being used to engage more than text on a screen or audio in a podcast) We have learned much about learning. We have learned that designing training and education ...more »

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Teach participation and empathy for others by teaching true history

We have been engaged in 'nation destroying' with regard to other nations, and are quick to point a finger at others' so-called terrorist practices when they refuse to bend down and knuckle under. From our definition of 'all men are created equal' to include only White, properties males, with a certain religious persuasion, to our persecution of dissenters (although the Republic was founded on dissent), our invading the ...more »

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Practical scholarship and assistance from Universities - the University Network for Collaborative Governance

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 ...more »

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Turn to colleges and universities, fund curricular, co-curricular, and community-based innovation

Higher education can play a pivotal role in this open government initiative. Here are a few things that colleges and universities can do and that the government can support: -teach democracy, not just basic civics: All (not just a few in specific majors or programs) students should graduate from college understanding and valuing Constitutional principles of freedom, justice, equity, representation, and active citizenry ...more »

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