Journal of Public Deliberation Seeks New Editors!

After five phenomenal years of leadership and editorship by Laura Black, Timothy Shaffer and Nancy Thomas, the Journal of Public Deliberation is seeking a new editor or editorial team.  The announcement and application instructions are below. ________ Position: Editor or Editorial Team for the Journal of Public Deliberation Type: Volunteer Commencement Date: January 1, 2019 […]

The Sin of Haughty Eyes: A Civic Saturday Sermon

by Wendy Willis _____ As part of a program of Citizen University, DDC Director Wendy Willis partnered with several other organizations–Portland Underground Graduate School, Healthy Democracy, Oregon Humanities, Kitchen Table Democracy, and The Attic Institute–to put on a Civic Saturday in Portland, Oregon. Below is the text of Wendy’s Civic Saturday Sermon. _____ I began […]

A Great Longing is Upon Us

by Wendy Willis Executive Director, Deliberative Democracy Consortium Writer in Residence, Healthy Democracy It won’t surprise you when I say: The state of our union is a little rickety. Hate crimes have increased for the fourth straight year. Political disagreements have strained family relationships to the breaking point. A majority of urban Americans and a majority of […]

Reflections in Response to Frank Dukes- Rosa Zubizarreta

by Rosa Zubizarreta founder of Diapraxis Wow. What a painful situation all around, of good intentions going horribly wrong…. And so much potential learning here, for all of us who care about dialogue and deliberation. Yes, by its very nature, our privilege creates huge ignorance, as it means we don’t know from our own experience, what […]

March Bulletin

Hello Friends of Deliberative Democracy— Happy Spring to all (though I know many of us are still tending to our relationship with an extended winter). Some New Reports Out There Check out this important new report from our friends at Philanthropy Northwest, “The Promise and Challenge of Community Democracy.” It is chock-full of interesting findings […]

February Bulletin

Hello Friends and Champions of Deliberative Democracy— Happy February to you all. My favorite Valentine showed up yesterday in The New York Times, which quoted Obaid Malik as saying: “People are still going to go out and do their thing and have fun—maybe just in different ways. You can’t ban love,” after Pakistan prohibited Valentine’s Day […]

January Bulletin – Happy New Year!

Hello Friends and Fellows of Deliberative Democracy– Happy New Year! Despite a good deal of evidence to the contrary, I have high hopes for democracy in 2018. I see your posts on Twitter and Facebook and Instagram—as well as your year-end newsletters—and I feel tremendously buoyed by knowing you are all out there thinking and […]

Democracy’s Multitudes

Before the whirlwind of the holidays, my friend and democracy- hero, Peter Levine, published a blog post entitled “why the deliberative democracy framework doesn’t quite work for me.” It made me a little prickly given that I am the director of an organization with “deliberative democracy” right in the name. And yet, I understand. My […]

October Bulletin

Hello Deliberative Democracy Pals— I hope you all are enjoying the same kind of delicious fall we are here in the Pacific Northwest (except for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere. . . in your case, I hope it is an equally delicious spring). Interesting Reading Here is some more reporting on James Fishkin’s […]