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Participedia

Participedia

The DDC is proud to be one of several organizations collaborating to create Participedia - www.participedia.net - the world’s primary repository of information on citizen participation, public deliberation, and collaborative governance. The development of Participedia is led by Archon Fung of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard and Mark Warren at the University of British Columbia. Participedia is an open-source, Internet-based “participatory knowledge tool” that will allow hundreds of researchers and practitioners not only to catalogue, but also to compare the performance of participatory political processes. The hubs for Participedia are UBC (research based on, and to build, Participedia), McMaster University (tools for practitioners based on Participedia), and Syracuse (classroom use of Participedia).

 

 

Democracy Helpline

The growth of democratic governance has been a grassroots phenomenon, but most of these efforts to mobilize citizens have been initiated by traditional kinds of leaders. The promise of the Democracy Helpline, a project of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and its Partners, is to enable a broader array of people to make use of these powerful democratic strategies and principles.

The Democracy Helpline will be an unprecedented resource that people will be able to access by phone or on the Internet. Community stories will be the essence of the Helpline: the most valuable way to inspire and prepare new organizers is to give them narratives of existing projects that give them inspiration and useful lessons.

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Teaching Democracy in Public Administration

Teaching Democracy in Public Administration

Why should public administration educators be rethinking their approach to democracy? Is “collaborative governance” broadening to include (or evolving into?) “democratic governance?” How should PA schools teach democratic principles and strategies? Find out how some of your colleagues answered these questions, and add your own thoughts to the mix.

An article by Matt Leighninger called "Teaching Democracy in Public Administration: A roundtable discussion on trends and future prospects," is included in the latest issue of the Journal of Public Deliberation. The issue, a symposium on the ways in which higher education can contribute to democratic governance, was guest-edited by Nancy Thomas of the Democracy Imperative and Martin Carcasson of Colorado State.

Find it at http://services.bepress.com/jpd 

Projects

Much of the work of the DDC is accomplished by four Task Groups:

The DDC is embarking on a new set of activities, each of which is aligned with one of four key priorities:

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