(@sandy0)

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Ask Federal Agencies to Adopt the Core Principles for Public Engagement

Over the past several months, experts in public dialogue, facilitation and collaborative decision-making worked together to develop 7 "Core Principles for Public Engagement." The authors and editors of these principles have spent years creating and honing innovative techniques that help people talk constructively about difficult issues that effect their lives--issues like health care, crime, and conflict between ethnic... more »

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A national citizens' assembly to represent the people's wisdom

A citizen's assembly (CA) is a randomly selected body of several hundred people, brought together to serve a single term on a single issue and then disbanded. The CA has three phases: 1. Intensive information gathering: participants get up to speed on the issue and have the opportunity to hear from a wide variety of witnesses who have relevant information. 2. Dialogue and deliberation: participants build trust first... more »

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(@christinewhitneysanchez)

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Promise USA - National Network of Citizen Conversation

What if Americans of all ages, races, backgrounds and beliefs could come together in a series of national conversations on topics of significant importance to the nation? What if we could create a listening and learning environment through structured conversations to lead us to better understand one another, establish common ground and transform ideas into action? What if all of us had a role in making this a reality?... more »

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(@sandy0)

Training and Development

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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Communications Strategies

Do this again - but with better communication

Problem: Minimal advance public notice of Open Government Dialogue and the brief period allowed for comments mean that many Americans will be precluded from participating. Proposed solution: To get the full benefit of citizens' experiences, wisdom and ingenuity, Open Government Dialogue should be repeated - next time with plenty of public notice and a generous response time - at least as much as provided under standard... more »

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(@c.www.communityforums.org)

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a Citizen Councilor Network: scaleable, manageable, measureable

(this idea was also submitted to Google's "Project 10 to the 100" at www.project10tothe100.com/) More background on this idea is available at: www.KingCounty.gov/operations/auditor/CommunityForums and www.CommunityForums.org WHAT ONE SENTENCE BEST DESCRIBES THIS IDEA? This idea improves upon the common notion of a "public hearing" by taking it "to scale" and capturing the opinions of all participants anywhere they meet.... more »

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(@julieannturner)

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Diverse Ldrs/Citizens Address Pivotal Issues & Co-Create Sustainable Solutions thru Orbits of Influence Global Social Innovation

WHY IS THIS IDEA IMPORTANT? ORBITS OF INFLUENCE Social Innovation Initiative was designed to provide a co-creative space and proven master process through which diverse leaders may come together in dialogue to address and co-create sustainable solutions for the pivotal issues and ideas of our lives, work and world. Using this model for public/civic dialogue, we have successfully addressed - and generated co-created... more »

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(@julieannturner)

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Diverse Ldrs/Citizens Address Pivotal Issues & Co-Create Sustainable Solutions thru Orbits of Influence Global Social Innovation

WHY IS THIS IDEA IMPORTANT? ORBITS OF INFLUENCE Social Innovation Initiative was designed to provide a co-creative space and proven master process through which diverse leaders may come together in dialogue to address and co-create sustainable solutions for the pivotal issues and ideas of our lives, work and world. Using this model for public/civic dialogue, we have successfully addressed - and generated co-created... more »

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(@cii000)

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Use Randomly Selected Citizen Deliberative Councils to tap the collective wisdom of We the People

Ad hoc, randomly selected, well-informed citizen deliberative councils like Citizens Juries, Citizen Assemblies, and Consensus Conferences have been used hundreds of times around the world to provide policy guidance to public officials and the citizenry. The U.S. lags far behind in their use. These similar approaches all enable a microcosm of a country or community to generate informed public judgment about specific... more »

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(@arianward)

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Use a Whole Systems Approach to Transparency and Open Government

One of the major challenges with large initiatives (such as this Transparency and Open Government initiative) and large organizations/institutions (such as the Federal Government) is the lack of integration, collaboration, and synergy that usually result from trying to design, implement, and manage anything this large and complex. They are typically designed and implemented in separate pieces based on the concept that... more »

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(@arianward)

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Create a government-wide culture of transparency, collaboration, and participation

The heart of any large scale change like this Transparency and Open Government initiative is the culture of the organization or institution (my definition of culture is included below). To have any hope of sustaining the changes implemented through this initiative, the culture of the Federal government needs to undergo a transformation. Without changing the culture, only surface changes will occur and the system will... more »

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(@lmaak0)

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Public dialogue on web platforms produces informed deliberation and increases confidence in government

There’s hesitation in government to use the web to engage the public in dialogue. This seems to be because conversations on the web look disorganized and can feel hostile. We’ve found that, if it’s designed properly, web-based dialogue can be positive and productive for agencies. How can we reassure government agencies that they won’t be eaten alive on the web? WestEd has been conducting public dialogues on the web to... more »

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(@veronique)

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Redefine and revitalize role of libraries - convene non-partisan citizen dialogue events

Simply put, there are very few truly non-partisan environments that have a presence in every community across our nation. Libraries, a friend argued recently, are the "last bastion od democracy" - and are uniquely positioned to gather their local citizens into a new national democratic practice of getting together regularly to: access and share information; voice opinions, and take action as individuals or in groups.... more »

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(@kaliya)

Between Federal, State, and Local Governments

Conferences for Collaboraiton (or End Traditional Conferences)

This is for Collaboration across EVERYTHING...for Participation and for Capacity Building Between Federal Agencies Between Federal, State, and Local Governments Public-Private Partnerships Do-It-Yourself Government ---------------- Making innovative change in big systems is challenging. I know, I have been working hard on a particularly large challenge myself - supporting the emergence of the identity layer of the... more »

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