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Dialogue and Deliberation for Civic Engagement in Chicago                December 5th 2012
What we did      • Use of dialogue &        deliberation        –   Residents        –   Chicago area        –   Community...
D&D: Guiding definitions• Dialogue…  is a process that allows people, usually in small groups,  to share their perspective...
Methods                                           Charrettes           Restorative Circles                               C...
How we did it       • Qualitative research          – Secondary source review          – Focus group 10 experts          –...
Work in progress…to be completed                 by YOUToday                Later
Key LearningWhat we expected         What we found
Understanding the Field
Exploration                                         • Learn about selves,                                           commun...
Core Support = HumanitiesProgramming, funding,                       Process expertise, materials,facilities (Cultural Cen...
Cultural and HistoricalMuseums and Centers Cambodian American Heritage Museum Dialogue photo: Rebeccah Sanders, CCA       ...
Local Arts Community  Neighborhood Writing Alliance                Exploration
MediaWBEZ discussion on race & sexual orientation,photo: Bill Healy                     Exploration
LibrariesCPL, Harold Washington Library Center              Exploration
Entrepreneurial Initiatives,      Issue Groups  Across the Table                     Exploration
Decision-Making                                       • Influence public                                         decisions...
Innovation at a Small Scale                                              • City Wards                                     ...
Planners and Technical Experts                                                       CHICAGO COMMUNITY                    ...
Civic EducationMikva Challenge                       Decision-Making
City and County Government                                             • New Mayor + County                               ...
Collaborative Action                                     • Empower groups and                                       indivi...
CBOs as Gateways to Residents                                                   • CBOs as partners for                    ...
Work of Community Organizers                                              • Use D&D, but limit                            ...
Integrating D&D into organizing                                               • New models =                              ...
Conflict Transformation                                               • Resolve conflicts                                 ...
Dialogue Across Difference                                                 • Race, ethnicity, income,                     ...
Restorative Justice                                                      • Community-owned                                ...
Civil DiscourseChicago Tea Party coordinator at TownHall in Oak Lawn, 2009photo: Southtown Star                           ...
Supports
Skills – Training, Process ConsultingIllinois Art of Hosting Training                                   Supports
Technology         • City government              – Crowdsourcing, open                data, practical apps         • Neig...
Funders                                           • McCormick and Spencer                                             Foun...
Research                                             • Many local academics                                               ...
Communities of Practice (CoP)                             • No local CoP for civic                               engagemen...
OpportunitiesHow to go from this      to this?
Exploration                                                • Plenty of space to grow                                      ...
Decision-Making                                              • Greatest need and                                          ...
Collaborative Action                                           • Unique opportunity                                       ...
Conflict Transformation                                               • Restorative justice =                             ...
Supports -- Skills & TechnologySkills                                  Technology• Widespread skills training            •...
Supports -- Funders & ResearchFunders                                   Research• Expand awareness &                      ...
Supports -- Community of Practice                                • Building a civic                                  infra...
Now, to you….
Questions?           Report content:           Janice Thomson   janice.kay.thomson@gmail.comReport additions, next steps, ...
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  1. 1. Dialogue and Deliberation for Civic Engagement in Chicago December 5th 2012
  2. 2. What we did • Use of dialogue & deliberation – Residents – Chicago area – Community issues – Public policy • Broad outlines – Not exhaustive!
  3. 3. D&D: Guiding definitions• Dialogue… is a process that allows people, usually in small groups, to share their perspectives and experiences with one another...(it) can and often does lead to personal and collaborative action.• Deliberation… is a closely related process…that emphasizes the importance of examining options and trade-offs to make better decisions. Source: National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)
  4. 4. Methods Charrettes Restorative Circles Community Visioning Workshop Participatory Budgeting Online Forums World Cafe Study Circles Civic Reflection Appreciative Inquiry Open Space Technology Race Dialogues21st Century Town Hall Meetings™ Conversation Cafe Citizens Jury Future Search Participatory Appraisal Deliberative Polling™
  5. 5. How we did it • Qualitative research – Secondary source review – Focus group 10 experts – 38 individual interviews • Written report
  6. 6. Work in progress…to be completed by YOUToday Later
  7. 7. Key LearningWhat we expected What we found
  8. 8. Understanding the Field
  9. 9. Exploration • Learn about selves, community, issue • Foundational – Develops skills – Builds social capital – Models good processProject on Civic Reflection Exploration
  10. 10. Core Support = HumanitiesProgramming, funding, Process expertise, materials,facilities (Cultural Center) trainingCafé Society at Ron’s Barber Shop Exploration
  11. 11. Cultural and HistoricalMuseums and Centers Cambodian American Heritage Museum Dialogue photo: Rebeccah Sanders, CCA Exploration
  12. 12. Local Arts Community Neighborhood Writing Alliance Exploration
  13. 13. MediaWBEZ discussion on race & sexual orientation,photo: Bill Healy Exploration
  14. 14. LibrariesCPL, Harold Washington Library Center Exploration
  15. 15. Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Issue Groups Across the Table Exploration
  16. 16. Decision-Making • Influence public decisions & policy • Improve public knowledge • Deliberative = reach consensus recommendationTown Hall Meeting in Cretephoto: Chicago Tribune Decision-Making
  17. 17. Innovation at a Small Scale • City Wards – 1970s Neighborhood Governance – Participatory Budgeting – Master Plans, Council, Participatory Town Halls • Suburbs – Evanston 150Participatory Budgeting in Ward 49 – DuPage County – Elgin budget Decision-Making
  18. 18. Planners and Technical Experts CHICAGO COMMUNITY CLIMATE ACTION TOOLKITResidents “playing” Transopoly (from CNT)photo: CMAP Decision-Making
  19. 19. Civic EducationMikva Challenge Decision-Making
  20. 20. City and County Government • New Mayor + County Board President – “engaged residents” • City Departments – Chicago Cultural Plan • Education & CrimeTown Hall Meeting on City Budget, – 80s/90s: LSCs & CAPSKennedy-King College, 2011 – CPS: FACE = CACsphoto: The Gate – CPD: ? Decision-Making
  21. 21. Collaborative Action • Empower groups and individuals to solve complex problems – Identify shared needs + desires – Idea generationImagine Chicago – Action plans Collaborative Action
  22. 22. CBOs as Gateways to Residents • CBOs as partners for public consultations – Pro: efficient, effective – Con: can limit diversity of opinions • Interest in alternatives – New topics, people, methods (online)Little Village Environmental JusticeOrganization, park consultationphoto: Jay Dunn Collaborative Action
  23. 23. Work of Community Organizers • Use D&D, but limit – 1-on-1=commitment – Priority: mobilization for action • Ambivalence – Action vs. Dialogue – Resident-government collaborationLISC Chicago community visioning sessionphoto: Martha Brock Photography Collaborative Action
  24. 24. Integrating D&D into organizing • New models = collaborative thinking • Community wisdom + government powerCOFI: Community Organizing and Family Issues Collaborative Action
  25. 25. Conflict Transformation • Resolve conflicts • Foster personal healing • Improve relationships between groupsMarae Encounters, Field Museumphoto: Christopher J. Philipp Conflict Transformation
  26. 26. Dialogue Across Difference • Race, ethnicity, income, faith – Barriers to policy-makingYWCA Community Conversations on Racephoto: YWCA Evanston/North Shore Conflict Transformation
  27. 27. Restorative Justice • Community-owned processes – From courts to schools, public housing, churchesPrecious Blood Ministry Peace Circle,Back of the Yardsphoto: Allison Clark/Medill Conflict Transformation
  28. 28. Civil DiscourseChicago Tea Party coordinator at TownHall in Oak Lawn, 2009photo: Southtown Star Conflict Transformation
  29. 29. Supports
  30. 30. Skills – Training, Process ConsultingIllinois Art of Hosting Training Supports
  31. 31. Technology • City government – Crowdsourcing, open data, practical apps • Neighborhood forums – EveryBlock, blogs, list- serves, Facebook • Planning tools Supports
  32. 32. Funders • McCormick and Spencer Foundations – Civic Education, PACE • Limited awareness & understanding • Outside traditionalDonor’s Forum Engage to the Nth Degree funding modelsconvening 2012 – Evaluation, effectiveness Supports
  33. 33. Research • Many local academics with D&D expertise • Promising partnerships – UIC’s Great Cities Institute/IPCE & Participatory Budgeting – Adler School & Restorative JusticeParticipatory Budgeting Press Conference 2012photo: UIC, Great Cities Institute Supports
  34. 34. Communities of Practice (CoP) • No local CoP for civic engagement • Related – Art of Hosting Illinois – IAF Chicago (facilitators) – Cook County Restorative Justice Committee – Open Government, Planners, OD, etc. • NationalNCDD 2012 Conference – NCDDphoto: C.W. Lee – IAP2 (Midwest Chapter) Supports
  35. 35. OpportunitiesHow to go from this to this?
  36. 36. Exploration • Plenty of space to grow – Topics – Geographies – Demographic groups – Methods • Foundational – Model good process – Promote civil discourseRe-Thinking Soup at Jane Addams HullHouse Museum Opportunities
  37. 37. Decision-Making • Greatest need and opportunity – Complex problems – Reconsider roles – New leadership – Participatory Budgeting • Better processes + skillsChicago Cultural Plan 2012 Consultation, • Legal frameworksBridgeportphoto: Chicagoist/Chuck Soto • Be open to unexpected champions! Opportunities
  38. 38. Collaborative Action • Unique opportunity – Strengths of community organizing + D&D • Dialogue to action • Community wisdom for new solutionsBAAWG: Building Academic AchievementWithin This Generation, Bolingbrookphoto: Linda Ozbolt Opportunities
  39. 39. Conflict Transformation • Restorative justice = embedding D&D in communities – Spread, connect • Dialogue on race & inequality – Remove barriers toMy Evanston, My Neighbors race dialogue decision-makingphoto: North Shore United Way Opportunities
  40. 40. Supports -- Skills & TechnologySkills Technology• Widespread skills training • Barely scratched surface! – Affordable & appropriate – Open data + dialogue• Process generalists – Mix online and face-to-face – Serious games• Process innovators Opportunities
  41. 41. Supports -- Funders & ResearchFunders Research• Expand awareness & • Thought leaders improve understanding – Build case: how works, why• Incorporate D&D into important projects • How to define & measure – Legacy in civic infrastructure success • New models Opportunities
  42. 42. Supports -- Community of Practice • Building a civic infrastructure is a big job = work together – Collaborate across “streams” and fields – Share learning – Common supports – Open new pathsNCDD 2012 Conference – Leave something behindphoto: Nancy White Opportunities
  43. 43. Now, to you….
  44. 44. Questions? Report content: Janice Thomson janice.kay.thomson@gmail.comReport additions, next steps, and IPCE: Norma Ramos neramos@uic.edu
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