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A Democracy Agenda for Obama

A Democracy Agenda for ObamaHow should the Obama Administration capitalize on the latest trends in democratic governance? A diverse group of practitioners, advocates, and academics, representing the fields of electoral reform, deliberative democracy, and community development, have produced a set of recommendations for federal policy in civic engagement. The Strengthening Our Nation's Democracy report includes proposals for executive orders, legislation, and federal agency initiatives. AmericaSpeaks, Demos, and Everyday Democracy took the lead in convening the group and producing the report.
 

Conference on Online Deliberation

Texas Forums reports that the Public Sphere Project - a collaboration of UC Berkeley and Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility - recently hosted "Tools for Participation," a conference on online deliberation. From the organizers' site:

At the dawn of the 21st century humankind faces challenges of profound proportions. The ability of people around the world to discuss, work, make decisions, and take action collaboratively is one of the most important capabilities for addressing these challenges.

Researchers, scholars, activists, advocates, artists, educators, technologists, designers, students, policy-makers, entrepreneurs, journalists and citizens are rising to these challenges in many ways, including, devising new communication technologies that build on the opportunities afforded by the Internet and other new (as well as old) media. The interactions between technological and social systems are of special and central importance in this area.

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San Mateo Countywide Deliberation on Housing

[From the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University] Is there a critical housing shortage in San Mateo County? If so, what should be done about it? A scientific sample of county residents recently participated in a Deliberative Poll sponsored by Threshold 2008, a coalition of civic groups in the county. The weekend sample of 238 participants considered competing policy options, became more informed about them, questioned competing experts and by the end of the weekend, changed their views. The Deliberative Poll, conducted as part of a Countywide Assembly on Housing Choices, was hosted by Cañada College on the weekend of March 15-16, 2008. Learn more...

GOP Website Offers Platform Input

[From NPR.org] The Platform Committee for the Republican National Convention has launched a Web site to introduce participatory democracy to the platform-writing process. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) says it is an offer to every American to have an input on the Republican platform.<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=92933197" title="NPR on Republic Participatory Platform-writing Web Site">Learn more...</a>