Web Resources on

Dialogue, Deliberation, Public Participation

 

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation

Dialogue to Action Initiative

The Dialogue Community

http://thataway.org/

http://www.thataway.org/resources/understand/models/models.html

 

Institute for Cultural Affairs USa, Canada,

http://www.ica-usa.org/

 

Deliberative Democracy Consortium

http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/

 

Intl Assn for Public Participation

http://www.iap2.org/

 

Policy Consensus Initiative

http://www.policyconsensus.org/

 

Public Conversations Project

http://publicconversations.org/

 

The Co-Intelligence Institute

http://www.co-intelligence.org/

 

Study Circles Resource Center

http://www.studycircles.org/

 

e-democracy

http://www.e-democracy.org/

 

National Issues Forums

http://www.nifi.org/

 

Public Agenda

http://www.publicagenda.org

 

Toolkit Citizen Participation

http://www.toolkitparticipation.nl/index.php

 

EPA Public Invovlement

http://www.epa.gov/stakeholders/

 

LogoLink

http://www.ids.ac.uk/logolink

 

Canadian Institute for Public Engagement

www.Instituteforpublicengagement.org

 

Civitas Foundation

http://www.civitas.ro/peoplegov.php?lang=en

 

Community Building - engaging citizens in the community

http://ceinfo.unh.edu/Pubs/CDPubs/ECCBP.pdf

 

The Public Participation Handbook:

Making Better Decisions Through Citizen Involvement

James L. Creighton

Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2005

ISBN: 0-7879-7307-6

http://www.josseybass.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0787973076.html

 

The Deliberative Democracy Handbook:

Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century

John Gastil and Peter Levine, Editors

ISBN: 0-7879-7661-X 320 pages

Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2005

http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-078797661X,subjectCd-BA73.html

 

Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2003 09:00:22 -0800

From: Nicholas Dewar <ndewar@IGC.ORG>

To: GRP-FACL@listserv.albany.edu

Subject: Re: [GF] Public Participation in Overseas Development Projects

 

Dear friends

 

I have received a lot of responses to my request for help.  Thank you for

being so generous with your time and your knowledge.

 

Below is a summary of the suggestions that I received.

 

Thanks again to all of you

 

Nicholas Dewar

 

SUGGESTED SOURCES OF INFORMATION ON PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

GENERAL

civic dialogue session in Guatemala

http://www.generonconsulting.com/publications.htm

 

useful links on this subject, including reviews of citizen deliberation

methods, in "A Call to Move Beyond Public Opinion to Public Judgment"

http://www.co-intelligence.org/CIPol_publicjudgment.html

 

Conference on this subject

http://www.iap2.org/

 

General information on PRA through Richard Ford at www.clarku.edu

Also correspondence from Richard Ford (Clark U) to Gayle Gifford

 

Agencies like the UN agencies have their own publications like the

World Bank,

UNICEF,

World Resources Institute.

 

Many use

Participatory Rural Appraisal,

Rapid Rural Appraisal (RRA)

Technology of Participation

 

Open Space Technology by Harrison Owen

 

You might join

ODNET and search their archives.

 

CULTURAL ETIQUETTE

Global Work by Mary O'Hara-Devereaux and Robert Johansen,

Multicultural Manners by Norine Dresser

books by Roger E. Axtell

 

LITERACY ISSUES

Institute for Development Studies

http://www.ids.ac.uk/ids/particip/

the International Institute for Environment and Development

http://www.iied.org/index.html

the Institute of Cultural Affairs

http://www.ica-usa.org

 

Silent Cultures: Barbara Pirie, presented a session at an IAF conference,

her article

http://www.iaf-world.org/iaf2001/pirie.htm

 

LEVELS OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

1)  International Association for Public Participation (IAP2)'s

"spectrum of public participation"

http://www.iap2.org/practitionertools/spectrum.html

 

2)  Partnerships' "framework of participation"

http://www.partnerships.org.uk/guide/frame.htm

 

3)  Sherry Arnstein's pioneering "ladder of participation"

http://www.partnerships.org.uk/part/arn.htm

 

4a)  OECD:

Citizens as Partners Guide: Information, Consultation and

Public Participation in Policy-Making  (268 pages)

http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/4201131e.pdf

 

4b) Engaging Citizens in Policy-making: Information, Consultation and

Public Participation. OECD Public Management Policy Brief No. 10

http://www.oecd.org/pdf/M00007000/M00007815.pdf

 

The OECD version of the spectrum/ladder is the simplest of all:

Information, Consultation, Participation.

 

VALUES AND PRINCIPLES OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

International Association for Public Participation,

Community Development Society, and Co-Intelligence Institute.

http://www.co-intelligence.org/CIPol_publicparticipation.html

 

The OECD offers ten principles in

http://www.oecd.org/pdf/M00007000/M00007815.pdf

 

These blend over into the ten key issues articulated by Partnerships

http://www.partnerships.org.uk/guide/ideas.htm

 

Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 20:11:28 -0500

From: Johnson Cheryl <cheryljay@EARTHLINK.NET>

To: GRP-FACL@listserv.albany.edu

Subject: [GF] CITIZEN PARTICIPATION MODEL  RESOURCES

 

I am forwarding, to the group, all of the resources people sent my 

way on  citizen participation models.  Again, thanks for your 

generous responses. I will keep you posted on the developments.  We 

are now focusing on creating a neighborhood coalition as a way to 

partner with the local elected officials.  I am now exploring how to 

create a coalition.

 

1. Google the Kettering Foundation, and perhaps also the Harwood 

Institute.  Both have long term commitments to participatory and 

deliberative democracy, have published many studies, etc.  Kettering 

fuels the National Issues Forums, which are a mechanism if not a 

model for citizen participartion.

 

2. Take a look at The Diversity Report newsletters, on my website at

www.proseink.com (Articles) and you'll see some of the work that we did

with large groups and citizen participation in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Rather than a one-size-fits-all approach, we created a self-selected

citizen Think Tank that included community-wide surveys, forums and town

hall meetings on a broad range of topics.  A lot of great ideas were

generated; just the thing if you're inclined, as I am, towards a "wildly

collaborative model" and that creative edge of chaos.

 

http://www.imaginechicago.org/home.html

"Imagine Chicago works in partnership with individuals and local

organizations; schools, museums, churches, businesses, and community

groups. Together, they design and implement innovative civic projects that build

meaningful connections across generations and cultures and have lasting

institutional and community impact."

 

I would recommend John McKnight's "Building Communities from the

Inside Out".  I hope I've worded the title correctly.  I am a huge

fan of John's work.  There is also resources to do with

"Participatory Decision-making" the you may find helpful.  Good luck!

Kim Jensen,

Kamloops, BC Canada

 

Carolyn Lukensmeyer's group AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org ) is 

famous for doing large-scale citizen involvement projects.

 

Suggest you look into The Wisdom Council by Jim Rough.

Jim Rough & Associates, Inc. / Center for Wise Democracy

www.tobe.net  / www.wisedemocracy.org

 

Appreciative Inquiry Commons

http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/

 

Lisa Heft has a typology:

http://www.openingspace.net/facilitation_facilitationMethods.shtml

 

Check out story of Imagine Chicago and other Imagine Projects:

Appreciative Inquiry Commons

http://appreciativeinquiry.case.edu/

 

A couple of thoughts that arise as I read this.... "be careful what 

you wish for"...

 

Has this council member given any thought as to what he/she means by "citizen

participation"?  This could have many meanings to many different folks. So I would

begin to probe for some clarity on this.... otherwise you could be setting yourself

up for challenges if the council member has one set of expectations and the

"public" has an entirely different set.

 

The other question that arises for me is.....  is this council member really ready to

have a shift in the power of where/how decisions get made (or at least the

perception of that)?  Again, depending on their definition of "participation", how

decisions are made could shift a little or a lot. Either way this could cause some

discomfort for those who perceive themselves in postions of power.

 

Now, having said all that.... here's an interesting approach that I've seen used in a

variety of settings. It produces an amazing amount of energy and generative

conversations....   http://www.theworldcafe.com/ ......    It also does a pretty good

job of helping to build an create a sense of community among those that

participate. How cool would it be to see a city council helping to create community

rather than fighting over simply where the next traffic light should go?!!!!!

 

Good luck....  /jeff miller

 

The Seattle Planning Commission did an interesting report in 

2000 that also looked at best practices in citizen participation 

in other cities, as well as Seattle.  http://www.seattle.gov/

planningcommission/docs/part_REPORT1A2.pdf

 

UN Habitat also has an excellent best practices site and 

database, at http://www.bestpractices.org/bpbriefs/  

urban_governance.html

 

A recent event, called HabitatJam, brought together people from 

all over the world, on line, to discuss issues of urban 

sustainability and livability. It has some excellent ideas in 

terms of citizen participation and  is supposed to be available 

generally on line soon. I believe the URL was www.habitatjam.com

 

The US Conference of Mayors has a best practices database at 

http://www.usmayors.org/uscm/best_practices/search.asp

 

The Vancouver Citizens Committee has an interesting handbook 

called The Citizen’s Handbook: A Guide to Building Community, 

updated in 2005, which includes a list of citizen participation 

activities. http://www.vcn.bc.ca/citizens-handbook/

 

The E-Governance Institute has a list of fascinating links at 

http://www.andromeda.rutgers.edu/~egovinst/Website/citizenspg.htm

 

Rosemary Cairns CPF

Uzice, Serbia