The Deliberative Democracy Consortium

Mar 27th
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Online learning of engagement skills

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We need to explore how online technology can be used to teach the skills essential to citizen engagement, including abilities to:

  • speak my truth
  • listen open-minded and open-hearted
  • assimilate fact-based pros and cons
  • use technology tools
  • lead and organize people

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In online D&D I have seen several ways that engagement skills can be improved: modeling by facilitators, simulation exercises, podcasts of discussion segments.
It's my impression that these issues and techniques will clarify through time simply through younger tech-savvy taking over the reins, In the meantime , for us Boomers, the issue is often tutorials and support by paint-by-numbers approaches.
Dennis Boyer , 02 Aug 2011 03:29 AM
Huge potential for education
There is a huge potential for education: in schools, higher eduction and outside the classroom! Even some of the more basic online tools can be used in ways that help participants acquire basic process know-how (e.g. various group methodologies, basic moderation/facilitation skills) that can then be applied for online and offline citizen engagement.
Tim Bonnemann , 24 Jul 2011 04:53 AM

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