Upcoming Events:

Monday March 3, 2014: Mental Health Forum
In partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, ICDD will be hosting a public forum Monday, March 3, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kansas State University Alumni Center Banquet Room in Manhattan, Kan.  The forum will consist of an informational roundtable on mental health focused on increasing understanding and how to create community solutions.
See attached flyer.

Oct 28 & 29; Johnson County Facilitation Workshop

The K-State Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, is offering a workshop to prepare civil servants to facilitate public issue discussion.

Participants will learn the three phases of public deliberation and how to assist a public meeting to:
Discover – collecting and hearing information
Deliberate – weighing information against values and considering possible trade-offs
Decide – decision making processes

Basic facilitation skills will be practiced using the National Issues Forum community meeting method.  Small to large group decision making will be modeled with Nominal Group Process.

The workshop will be held at Leawood Pioneer Library (4700 Town Center Dr. Leawood, KS 66211).  The workshop runs two full days. The cost is $275 and includes lunch both days, refreshments and a workbook.

To register, please mail a check payable to Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy to:
Myles Alexander
Center for Engagement and Community Development
202 Ahearn Field House
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

If you have questions regarding the workshop or registration, or would like to receive notice of future ICDD workshops contact Myles, ICDD Project Coordinator, at (785)532-7252 or

We hope to see you there!

Past Events:

Thurs. Sept 26; 7 p.m, Kansas Town Hall Meeting: Mental Health Panel

The public is invited to the Kansas Town Hall panel discussion"Creating Community Solutions...National Dialogue on Mental Health" as part of the President's call for a national dialogue on mental health issues. The program is scheduled for Sept. 26 in the Visitors Center Auditorium of the Eisenhower Presidential Library at 7 p.m.

Sat. Sept. 21; Kansas City Forum
Kansas City was one of the host cities for a day long national forum on mental health September 21. ICDD is providing facilitation support and conducting research at the forum. 

Mon. to Wed. March 4 - 6, 2013; Facilitation Workshop.
From noon Monday to noon Wednesday participants will gain the skills to plan, conduct and assess discussion of critical issues in work and community life. 

Tues. October 9; Economic Security Forum 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Participants will have the opportunity to discuss ideas on how to solve economic issues.  It will be held in the Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM) Auditorium, located at 1021 Denison Avenue.

Wed. Oct. 3 and Mon. Oct. 22; DebateWatches 7:30-9:30 p.m.
The DebateWatch events will give participants the opportunity to discuss the Presidential Debates in a small group.  It will be held in the K-State Student Union Room 227.

Sun. September 9, 2012; Movies on the Grass showing at 8:00 p.m. with public forum afterwards
South of he Border
On the lawn at Hall Library at 8:00 p.m.
       *An event put on by K-State Libraries sponsored by ICDD

Wed. and Thurs. August 1 and 2; Facilitation Training at K-State Olathe
ICDD offered an accelerated facilitation training at the K-State Olathe campus. For more information go to

Tues. October 25, 2011; Forum 7:00-9:00 p.m.
A Nation in Debt: How Can We Pay our Bills?
Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Visitor Center Auditorium

Sun. September 25; Movies on the Grass showing at 8:00 p.m. with public forum afterwards
The Elephant in the Living Room: Ownership of Exotic Animals
Sunset Zoo, 2333 Oak St.
       *An event put on by K-State Libraries sponsored by ICDD