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.



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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Afternoon mental health forum with Abilene High School

Though the evening mental health forum was postponed, the afternoon session was held. Abilene High School students participated in a deliberative discussion regarding the hard-to-talk-about issue of mental health. The biggest theme of the discussion was the need to reduce the stigma on getting help.

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ICDD holds Deliberative Discussion Training in Johnson County, Kan.

ICDD recently held a deliberative discussion training session for Johnson County Libraries on Oct. 28 and 29. “The libraries in Johnson County want to do more in providing civic spaces for citizens to come together and talk about important issues,” said Dr. David Procter, director of ICDD.

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K-State Salina's Civic Luncheon Lecture Series

The Civic Luncheon Lecture Series at Kansas State University’s Salina campus is providing the community a much-needed opportunity to discuss public issues. Their upcoming discussion, “Hydraulic Fracturing in Kansas: The Process and Challenges,” is scheduled for Nov. 14.

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Mental Health Panel

On Sept. 26, Kansas State University’s Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy (ICDD) and the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum co-hosted an informational panel about mental health. Six panelists from different backgrounds showed us several aspects of mental illness.

CECD/ICDD New Fall Interns   

We would like to welcome our Fall 2013 interns! CECD/ICDD is excited to connect with our new and returning student staff this year.

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ICDD to Host National Issues Forum on Future of Higher Education

Universities are widely recognized as being centers of learning and research. However, with education costs rising and the measure of preparedness guaranteed by a college degree being called into question, the role of higher education itself is an increasing hot topic.


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