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  • Planning – adequate, inclusive, thorough – clearly defined purposeInclusion – proactively and equitably include diverse people and ideasCollaboration – encourage participants, government, community institutions to work together to come up with solutions that work for allOpenness – encourage listening, exploring new ideas, generate new optionsTransparency – clear about process, provide access to output generated in public processImpact – ensure effort and participant input has potential to make a difference; communicate how it didSustained – promote ongoing practice of public engagement – becomes the norm
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NCDD Presentation for CommunityMatters in Newport Vermont NCDD Presentation for CommunityMatters in Newport Vermont Presentation Transcript

  • How do we move from this…
  • To this… View slide
  • Challenges we’re facing… Disillusionment with public institutions Partisan politics fostering “us against them” attitudes Social fabric strained by disconnection, isolation and “echo chamber” Complex, growing challenges no one entity can solve “Customer” view of government Few places where people can build their “civic muscle” in ways that feel safe, practical and productive View slide
  • What we need more of… Processes that encourage participation, personal responsibility, cooperation and action Moving from a “deficit” based perspective of community to one that sees and leverages “assets” Deliberative conversations that consider diverse views and values, and weigh carefully the tradeoffs of possible actions Opportunities to strengthen relationships through meaningful dialogue about issues that matter
  • Core Principles for PublicEngagement Careful planning  Transparency and and preparation trust Inclusion and  Impact and action demographic  Sustained diversity engagement and Collaboration and participatory culture shared purpose Openness and learning From National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
  • Core Principles for PublicEngagement Careful planning  Transparency and and preparation trust Inclusion and  Impact and action demographic diversity  Sustained Collaboration and engagement and shared purpose participatory Openness and culture learning From National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
  • Asset-Based Community DevelopmentINCLUSION& “ABCD helps us see people andDIVERSITY places not as problems for experts to solve, but as being full of hidden assets, skills and strengths that can be harnessed.” - Kretzmann & McKnight
  • Asset-Based Community Development It is the capacities of local people and their associations that build powerful communities.ABCD is a place-basedapproach focusing on theassets of an identifiedgeographic area. The focus ison identifying the individualsthat already care about issuesand mobilizing their action.
  • Three “Acts” of ABCD Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Asset MappingIs NOT just another list of resources.It IS: A strategy to identify assets that are available from within the community A process for connecting and engaging the community and using the talents of people to help solve problems and build a better community
  • Asset Mapping Steps Create a Resident Leadership Team Select the geographic area for action Draw first Asset Map Identify individual gifts and passions Draw second Asset Map Connect people with the same passions to act collectively Celebrate Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Identify individual gifts andpassions Conduct a gift inventory Interview people you know  What gifts, skills or abilities are they’re willing to share?  What issues do they care about?  What associations to they belong to?  Who else do they know in the neighborhood and would they be willing to interview them? Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Create a Second Asset Map Group and map by passions Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Map by passions Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Connect people with the samepassions to act collectively Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Source: ABCD Fellow Dan Dunchan
  • Examples of initiatives since2008:Physical Health:• New fitness classes• Weight-loss and fitness competitions• Development of walking trailsSocial Health:• Adding healthy foods to community events• Created Scottish FestivalEconomic Health:• Created microenterprise loan program Fellow Dan Dunchan Source: ABCD
  • Deliberative ForumsIMPACT& Deliberation is “the kind of reasoningACTION and talking we do when a difficult decision has to be made, a great deal is at stake, and there are competing options or approaches we might take. It means to weigh possible actions carefully by examining what is most valuable to us.”
  • DEBATE VS. DELIBERATIONDEBATE DELIBERATION• Searching for • Searching for strength differences in another position• Seeks to prove others • Seeks common understanding wrong • Reveals assumptions• Defends assumptions for reevaluation as truth • Listen to understand• Listen to find flaws and find meaning in and counter agreement arguments • Goal is to find• Goal is to win common ground for action
  • Strategies for changing theconversation Structured conversation with ground rules Authentic framing or discussion guide Neutral and trained moderator and recorder Committed participants Deliberation is based on the premise that many people have pieces of the answer and that together they forge new approaches and solutions.
  • Why a Deliberative Forum? Learn the concerns people have about an issue. Foster willingness to examine all sides of possible choices. Identify the consequences, costs, and benefits associated with various approaches. Work through the inherent conflicts and identify shared values Find a shared sense of direction or common ground for public action.
  • Why a Deliberative Forum? Helps people more deeply understand their own views and those of others Creates new opportunities for collaboration Helps people see new possibilities for action Strengthens relationships Gives policy makers clarity on priorities and tradeoffs people are willing to accept
  • Eanes Community Dialogues © 2012 E3 Alliance
  • Goals:1. Identify what needs to be done to successfully prepare our students for their future2. Prioritize those needs, compare our resources, and provide guidance to our leaders3. Improve communication between the various elements of our community4. Further develop our infrastructure of volunteers © 2012 E3 Alliance
  • Background:1. Organized by individuals in the Eanes community and facilitated by E3 Alliance2. Steering Committee of 33 volunteers lead extensive outreach efforts and managed logistics3. EISD supported costs and logistical needs4. Over 200 individuals attended over the four nights © 2012 E3 Alliance
  • Process:• Structured, moderated small-group forum process using discussion guide• Participants explored common values, examine options, offer new ideas and foster a solution-based discussion• Trained 45 volunteers to moderate and record• Four 2.5 hour weekly sessions which built on each other © 2012 E3 Alliance
  • Process Overview:Deliberate in small groups; exchange information as a wholeNight 1: Provide data on EISD and the economic impacts ofeducation on Central Texas. Exchange perspectives andexamine first of three potential approaches to preparingtoday’s students for tomorrow’s jobsNight 2: Exchange perspectives and examine approachestwo and threeNight 3: Examine themes that emerged from nights one andtwo and develop action plansNight 4: Identify barriers and enablers to actions thatemerged on night three, identify opportunities to getinvolved and support student success © 2012 E3 Alliance
  • Key Insights• “Meta-theme” was the need to maintain academic rigor while creating a more balanced, well- rounded educational experience for students• Importance of “soft” skills - creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork• Create opportunities and support for all students with a range of college/career aspirations• Tap into existing resources within the community – parents, businesses, community members, etc. and look to best practices and build on existing programs to advance new ideas © 2012 E3 Alliance
  • Outcomes…• Significant alignment with District’s current strategic direction• Need for consistency and pervasiveness of programs that integrate community goals• Review campus plans; host meetings between admin and community to learn from each other; speakers bureau• Strengthen relationships with community members with no kids in school; Veteran’s Day event © 2012 E3 Alliance
  • Community Dialogues “Dialogue is a process of genuineSUSTAINED interaction through which humanENGAGEMENT beings listen to each other deeply enough to be changed by what they learn. Each makes a serious effort to take others’ concerns into her or his own picture, even when disagreement persists. No participant gives up her or his identity, but each recognizes enough of the other’s valid human claims that he or she will act differently toward the other.” - Harold Saunders, A Public Peace Process
  • Interfaith Community Small-groupDialogues open to the conversations on topicspublic. Hosted by such as:Interfaith Action ofCentral Texas since • Civility and2009 Polarization • Reconciliation • Religion and the State • Authenticity • Security • Wisdom • Connectivity
  • Conversation Café  The Circle  The HostSimple and  The AgreementsElegant Design:  The Talking Object  The Rounds From Conversation Café –
  • The AgreementsOpen-mindedness: Listen to and respect all pointsof view.Acceptance: Suspend judgment as best you can.Curiosity: Seek to understand rather than persuade.Discovery: Question assumptions, look for newinsights.Sincerity: Speak from your heart and personalexperience. From Conversation Café –
  • The ProcessThe Circle – Rounds of 6 to 8 peopleThe Topic – A question, theme or topic the groupwill exploreHost – Introductions, Agreements, ProcessTalking Object – To foster deeper listening andspeakingRounds – First Round, Open Dialogue, FinalRound From Conversation Café –
  • The Benefits Simple, effective model that is easy to implement Moves people from “small talk” to conversations that matter Helps people have experience of being heard and having civil, thoughtful conversation Fosters understanding and builds relationships From Conversation Café –
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  • Resources and Contactinformation  National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation  National Issues Forums  Conversation Café  Asset Based Community Development Diane Miller, (512) 971-3033,