At the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, our mission is to build community capacity for informed, engaged, civil deliberation.
Stronger democracy through enhanced public deliberation.




Black Student Union and Staley School of Leadership Studies host ongoing conversation on inequality

Kansas State University students from the Black Student Union, the Staley School of Leadership Studies and ICDD partnered together to host a series called Conversation Cafés for Racial Justice. The series began in January and continues through March. Read more.

Join ICDD for their Facilitation Workshop

The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy offers the ninth annual Public Issues Facilitation Workshop from Monday, March 2 to Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the Kansas State University Alumni Center. The workshop is designed to provide attendees the skills and training needed to develop and facilitate community conversations about local public issues. The ICDD workshop is created for individuals in local government, education and administration, libraries, community organizations, non-profits, and other community programs. Presenters include Linda Duke, director of the Beach Museum of Art, Kris Boone, head of Communications and Agricultural Education and David Procter, director of ICDD. For more information, click here.  Online registration will be available soon.


ICDD Associate Spotlight: Sarah Green

Current position: independent writer, Wichita

First became involved in ICDD: “I took the facilitation workshop that’s been offered for the last few years in March. That was the first formal training I’ve had in facilitation work. On the last day of the course, everyone was really excited and wanted to continue the work.”

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ICDD Associate Spotlight: Bill Richter

Current position: retired, former head of political science department at K-State

First became involved in ICDD: “It happened during a discussion on the issues surrounding the National Bio and

Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF). There was a newspaper article I really found objectionable. I wrote a letter to the Manhattan Mercury that said participants in the discussion should be treated with more respect. The next thing I know, I was invited to the ICDD advisory board,” said Richter.

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Kids Voting Kansas Results


On Nov. 4, 2014, the KSU Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) provided K-8 students in the Manhattan-Ogden School District the opportunity to experience voting. 

Kids Voting Kansas is an affiliate of Kids Voting USA.  It began in 1992 with six Kansas communities. Over the years, it has grown to include 55 Kansas communities, involving over 230,000 students.  Kids Voting Kansas’ goal is to increase lifelong voter participation by educating Kansas’ elementary and secondary students and involving them in the voting process.

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Movies on the Grass with ICDD

While many campus venues show films for fun, the Movies on the Grass project at Kansas State University screens “films with a conscience.” Movies on the Grass (MoG) screens documentaries and commentaries on social issues for over 100 attendees sitting in the grass of Kauffman Commons outside Hale Library every Sunday in September. This year, they expanded their lineup and strengthened their partnerships throughout campus and the surrounding community.

Deliberative Discourse is Going to the State Fair

ICDD will host a public issue forum each Sunday afternoon at the Kansas State Fair.  The topic is how to manage the Ogallala Aquifer to keep the taps flowing in Western Kansas.  The forums will provide Kansans greater access to a facilitated deliberative conversation.  Many of the round table facilitators will be K-State Research and Extension agents and specialists who have attended an ICDD Public Issue Facilitation (PIF) workshop.  Managing our water resources is one of the five “Grand Challenges” K-State Research and Extension is addressing.

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KSU as a Test Site for Climate Change Forum

On Monday evening June 16, the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy convened a special issue forum on climate change.

Over our ten-year history, ICDD has worked closely with the Kettering Foundation to answer the question, “What does it take to make democracy work as it should?” ICDD also works with National Issues Forums to promote public deliberation in America.  Many of the public issue forums ICDD hosts use NIF issue guides.  NIF issue guides are carefully developed to be fact-based and non-partisan yet include the range of values and principles of most Americans in three or four approaches to a public issue.

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ICDD 10th Anniversary Celebration 

The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) is celebrating its 10th year anniversary this year! With a decade under its belt, it is only proper that we celebrate! Join us on September 6, 2014 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. as we pay tribute to the past, present, and chart the future of ICDD. 

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Johnson County Library Facilitation Workshop

On July 30 and 31 the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) will lead a two-day Public Issues Facilitation workshop at the Johnson County (KS) Library. Johnson County Library has already hosted public forums for citizens to come together, collaborate, and discuss important issues.

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ICDD at the Kettering Foundation

The Kettering Foundation, located in Dayton, OH, strives to strengthen democracy by collaborating with others. They recently held a workshop titled “Innovations in Environmental Issue Forums & Framings.” The intent of the meeting was to begin conversations about producing a line of environmental issue guides and to train future moderators.

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