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2008-11 - November


You’re Invited!: Democratic Governance at the Neighborhood Level    

NCDD member Matt Leighninger, director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, sent me an announcement about this Florida event, and I confirmed with him that this event is open to everyone…

Democratic Governance at the Neighborhood Level: What Have We Learned?

An event organized by Grassroots Grantmakers and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, with assistance from
the National League of Cities and NeighborWorks America

- November 11th, 2008, 9am-5pm - Orlando, FL -

Thirty years ago, a new democratic experiment began in a handful of American cities. In Portland, Oregon, and a number of other places, local governments created neighborhood council systems as a way of engaging citizens in public decision-making and problem-solving.

What have we learned from these civic experiments? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What lessons do they offer about how to initiate, recruit for, staff, support, and fund neighborhood-level democracy?

Please join us for a stimulating, interactive day-long session in Orlando! The meeting will feature representatives from Portland and other “first wave” cities in the morning, then turn to a broader discussion of lessons and potential innovations in the afternoon.

The cost of the event will be $50 (to cover breakfast, lunch, and coffee). To RSVP, please contact Matt Leighninger at [email protected] by October 21st.

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