2013 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement SummitWeaving Deep Connections through DialogueResources of InterestEveryday Democracyhttp://www.everyday-democracy.org/Everyday Democracy helps people of different backgrounds talk together to solve problems andcreate communities that work for everyone. Using innovative, participatory approaches,Everyday Democracy works with neighborhoods, cities and towns, regions, and states andemphasizes the connection between complex public issues and structural racism.National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberationhttp://ncdd.org/The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation promotes the use of dialogue, deliberation,and other innovative group processes to help people come together across differences to tackleour most challenging problems. We serve as a gathering place, a resource clearinghouse, a newssource, and a facilitative leader for the dialogue and deliberation community and beyond.National Issues Forumhttp://www.nifi.org/National Issues Forums is a network of civic, educational, and other organizations, andindividuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. It has grown toinclude thousands of civic clubs, religious organizations, libraries, schools, and many othergroups that meet to discuss critical public issues.The World Caféhttp://www.theworldcafe.com/The World Café is a powerful social technology for engaging people in conversations thatmatter. Its a way of thinking and being together sourced in a philosophy of conversationalleadership.Sustained Dialoguehttp://www.sustaineddialogue.org/Sustained Dialogue is a systematic, open-ended political process to transform relationships overtime. It conceptualizes of three decades of experience with dialogue among citizens outsidegovernment in such relationships. It may be used in national, community, corporate, or campussettings.America Speakshttp://americaspeaks.org/AmericaSpeaks’ mission is to reinvigorate American Democracy by engaging citizens in thepublic decision-making that most impacts their lives. Our tools, like the 21stCentury TownMeeting®, give citizens an opportunity to have a strong voice in public decision-making withinthe increasingly short timeframes required of decision-makers.
The Deliberative Democracy Consortiumhttp://www.deliberative-democracy.net/The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) is a network of practitioners and researchersrepresenting more than 50 organizations and universities, collaborating to strengthen the field ofdeliberative democracy. The Consortium seeks to support research activities and to advancepractice at all levels of government.Participediahttp://participedia.net/Participedia is an open global knowledge community for researchers and practitioners in the fieldof democratic innovation and public engagement.The Democracy Imperativehttp://www.unh.edu/democracy/The Democracy Imperative is a national network of scholars, campus leaders, and civic leaderscommitted to strengthening democracy in and through higher education.The Kettering Foundationhttp://kettering.org/The Kettering Foundation is a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the tradition ofcooperative research. Kettering’s primary research question is, what does it take to makedemocracy work as it should? This research is distinctive because it is conducted from theperspective of citizens and focuses on what people can do collectively to address problemsaffecting their lives, their communities, and their nation.Public Agendahttp://www.publicagenda.org/Public Agenda, an innovative public opinion research and public engagement organization,works to strengthen our democracys capacity to tackle tough public policy issues. Our efforts areall focused on ensuring that the publics views are represented in decision-making.Public Conversations Projecthttp://www.publicconversations.org/Since 1989, PCP has worked in the U.S. and around the world facilitating dialogues on a widerange of contentious issues including abortion, forest management, homosexuality and faith,biodiversity, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and many others. In a world bristling with tension,controversy, polarization, and war, PCP aims to reduce rancor in public squares and promoteeffective communication within communities.