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The seventh ICDD Facilitation Workshop will be at K-State Monday 4 March to Wednesday 6 March 2013 in the International Grains Program building, 1980 Kimball Ave. (across the street from the Bill Snyder Family Stadium).
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Our communities face important and controversial issues such as shrinking water tables, risk and disaster preparedness, immigration, energy, public education, the environment, and issues of economic development. To move forward in a positive and productive way it is essential to include everyone’s voice and understanding of the issues. Unfortunately, many citizens have disappeared from public life and are leery of discussing issues in public. People are busy enough with family and work commitments and do not want to be part of a public process that is characterized by intolerance, inaction, rudeness, and anger. This is why the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy’s (ICDD) Public Issues Facilitation Workshop is so important. From noon Monday to noon Wednesday this workshop will equip participants with skills necessary to organize, facilitate, and assess community events that address critical local issues in positive, satisfying ways.
"Public issues are matters of widespread concern in the community. They are resolved by group decision processes that create local public policy. We often assume that the responsibility for resolving public issues is in the domain of government. But as society becomes more complex, and we acknowledge the limits of what government can achieve, we recognize the need for public and private interests to work together. Involving diverse interests in public issues, however, can often heighten local conflict and make the resolution of community issues more difficult" (Leatherman & Howell, 2000).
This workshop has gone to Johnson County Kansas (initiated by Johnson County Libraries), Saskatchewan (Community Development Society), Wisconsin (Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service), and Atlanta (National Council for the Social Studies). Contact ICDD for further information about hosting a workshop in your community.
The Journal of Public Deliberation was created as a scholarly forum for deliberative democracy. The journal publishes information on research, opinions, projects, experiments, and experience of practitioners and academics.
Upcoming public forums and events provide an opportunity to contribute your voice on issues of youth retention, health care, and economic security. Join us!
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To contribute financially to the work of ICDD, you can send your tax deductible gift to the KSU Foundation.
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