Dialogue and Deliberation for civic engagement in chicago

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  • 1. Dialogue and Deliberation for Civic Engagement in Chicago December 5th 2012
  • 2. What we did • Use of dialogue & deliberation – Residents – Chicago area – Community issues – Public policy • Broad outlines – Not exhaustive!
  • 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. 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. How we did it • Qualitative research – Secondary source review – Focus group 10 experts – 38 individual interviews • Written report
  • 6. Work in progress…to be completed by YOUToday Later
  • 7. Key LearningWhat we expected What we found
  • 8. Understanding the Field
  • 9. Exploration • Learn about selves, community, issue • Foundational – Develops skills – Builds social capital – Models good processProject on Civic Reflection Exploration
  • 10. Core Support = HumanitiesProgramming, funding, Process expertise, materials,facilities (Cultural Center) trainingCafé Society at Ron’s Barber Shop Exploration
  • 11. Cultural and HistoricalMuseums and Centers Cambodian American Heritage Museum Dialogue photo: Rebeccah Sanders, CCA Exploration
  • 12. Local Arts Community Neighborhood Writing Alliance Exploration
  • 13. MediaWBEZ discussion on race & sexual orientation,photo: Bill Healy Exploration
  • 14. LibrariesCPL, Harold Washington Library Center Exploration
  • 15. Entrepreneurial Initiatives, Issue Groups Across the Table Exploration
  • 16. Decision-Making • Influence public decisions & policy • Improve public knowledge • Deliberative = reach consensus recommendationTown Hall Meeting in Cretephoto: Chicago Tribune Decision-Making
  • 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. Planners and Technical Experts CHICAGO COMMUNITY CLIMATE ACTION TOOLKITResidents “playing” Transopoly (from CNT)photo: CMAP Decision-Making
  • 19. Civic EducationMikva Challenge Decision-Making
  • 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. Collaborative Action • Empower groups and individuals to solve complex problems – Identify shared needs + desires – Idea generationImagine Chicago – Action plans Collaborative Action
  • 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. 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. Integrating D&D into organizing • New models = collaborative thinking • Community wisdom + government powerCOFI: Community Organizing and Family Issues Collaborative Action
  • 25. Conflict Transformation • Resolve conflicts • Foster personal healing • Improve relationships between groupsMarae Encounters, Field Museumphoto: Christopher J. Philipp Conflict Transformation
  • 26. Dialogue Across Difference • Race, ethnicity, income, faith – Barriers to policy-makingYWCA Community Conversations on Racephoto: YWCA Evanston/North Shore Conflict Transformation
  • 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. Civil DiscourseChicago Tea Party coordinator at TownHall in Oak Lawn, 2009photo: Southtown Star Conflict Transformation
  • 29. Supports
  • 30. Skills – Training, Process ConsultingIllinois Art of Hosting Training Supports
  • 31. Technology • City government – Crowdsourcing, open data, practical apps • Neighborhood forums – EveryBlock, blogs, list- serves, Facebook • Planning tools Supports
  • 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. 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. 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. OpportunitiesHow to go from this to this?
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Now, to you….
  • 44. Questions? Report content: Janice Thomson janice.kay.thomson@gmail.comReport additions, next steps, and IPCE: Norma Ramos neramos@uic.edu