Latest Tools for Strengthening         Local Democracy:From Model Ordinances to Online Games           NLC Congress of Cit...
Agenda Introductions and overview Discussion: What is one strategy or  principle that seems to work for you when  you do...
What questions are we trying to answer? How can we make public discourse more civil? How can we make public discourse mo...
Making public discourse productive:  What are the tried-and-true tactics? Recruit a diverse critical mass of people Good...
Strengths of quality public engagementGood for: Making policy decisions, plans          Catalyzing citizen action         ...
Limitations of quality public engagement             (as we practice it today)   Lots of work for temporary gain   Ineff...
Building blocks for civic infrastructure:
Resources   www.nlc.org   www.deliberative-democracy.net   www.nicd.org   http://engagementgamelab.org   www.everyday...
Slides available at:www.slideshare.net/mattleighninger            Guides:       http://bit.ly/M1pvMp        http://bit.ly/...
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NLC - Latest tools for strengthening local democracy

  1. 1. Latest Tools for Strengthening Local Democracy:From Model Ordinances to Online Games NLC Congress of Cities Leadership Training Institute Boston, MA November 28, 2012
  2. 2. Agenda Introductions and overview Discussion: What is one strategy or principle that seems to work for you when you do public engagement? Better legal frameworks for participation Break Games and online engagement Planning for stronger local democracy
  3. 3. What questions are we trying to answer? How can we make public discourse more civil? How can we make public discourse more fun? How can we make public discourse more productive?
  4. 4. Making public discourse productive: What are the tried-and-true tactics? Recruit a diverse critical mass of people Good information Structured discussions Deliberative (range of views) Action-oriented Online and f2f
  5. 5. Strengths of quality public engagementGood for: Making policy decisions, plans Catalyzing citizen action Building trust Fostering new leadership
  6. 6. Limitations of quality public engagement (as we practice it today) Lots of work for temporary gain Inefficient – every organization on its own Community moves back to ‘politics as usual’ ‘Engagers’ set the agenda, not the ‘engaged’ Limited impact on equity Trust, relationships fade Laws on participation out of step with practices
  7. 7. Building blocks for civic infrastructure:
  8. 8. Resources www.nlc.org www.deliberative-democracy.net www.nicd.org http://engagementgamelab.org www.everydaydemocracy.org www.participedia.net www.publicagenda.org www.kettering.org
  9. 9. Slides available at:www.slideshare.net/mattleighninger Guides: http://bit.ly/M1pvMp http://bit.ly/iwjgqn

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