Upcoming Events:

Sunday September 7 and 14, 2014: Roundtable Discussion on the Declining Water Resource in Kansas

ICDD and K-State Research and Extension are hosting a roundtable discussion at the Kansas State Fair on September 7th and 14th. The discussion will include strategies to manage the Ogallala Aquifer resource and how to decide what action to take. The event will take place at the Cottonwood Court Meeting room and doors will open at 3:00 p.m., with the discussion starting at 3:30 p.m.

November 4th, 2014: Kids Voting Kansas

On Tuesday Nov. 4, students enrolled in grades K-8 will be participating in a presidential mock election at their schools. It begins with a curriculum incorporated into the students’ social studies classes.  Students will participate in activities and group discussions that encourage them to use critical thinking skills. This curriculum provides a model of democracy that they can participate in with an authentic voting experience.

On election day polling booths will be set up to create an authentic voting experience in each school.  Ballots can vary based on the grade level and can include the candidates and the current issue they support. They are able to place their ballot in the box and receive their “I Voted” sticker.  Ballots are collected and counted across the district and then results are released.

Volunteers are needed. If interested in helping please contact Myles Alexander at


Past 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.

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 was held at Leawood Pioneer Library (4700 Town Center Dr. Leawood, KS 66211).  The workshop ran two full days.


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