Recent Additions to the Learning Exchange

Below is a list of the 34 resources that have been added to the Learning Exchange within the last 30 days.

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Summary of Playback Theatre Session at the 2004 NCDD Conference new

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), 2005.

On the morning of the third and final day of the 2004 NCDD conference in Denver, Colorado, we began the day with an interactive performance of National Playback Theatre, which turned out to be the most highly-rated and most talked-about feature of the 2004 conference. Playback Theatre is an innovative example of how the arts can foster and enhance dialogue. We utilized this improvisational form of theatre to reflect on our learnings and experiences over the weekend, encourage unresolved conflicts to emerge, and rejuvenate us for the trip home. Here is a summary of what took place…

Report on the 2002 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation new

Sandy Heierbacher. National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), 2003.

The first NCDD conference was held in October 2002 outside of Washington, DC in Alexandria, Virginia. This 28-page report includes a letter from the conference director outlining what worked and what could be improved, a list of who made the conference happen, a listing of all workshops offered at the conference, a description of the three plenary sessions and their outcomes, descriptions of the 12 “next steps groups” that formed at the conference, and a detailed look at whether we met our initial goals.

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Community Psychology Course Syllibus new

A 3-page syllabus for Dr. Gretchen Wehrle’s Community Psychology course at Notre Dame de Namur University. The course includes training and experience in civic engagement and community dialogues.

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Embedding Dialogue on a University Campus new

Many institutions of higher education use dialogue as a communication tool to engage and involve the campus community itself as well as surrounding communities. This workshop at NCDD’s 2006 conference focused on how three institutions have begun to integrate and embed the process of dialogue into university life – and here is where you can find all six handouts from this well-received session.

Creating Meaningful Dialogue at Arts Events: Getting beyond Q & A, testimonial, art critique, or soapbox oratory! new Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Excerpted from Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy by Pam Korza, Barbara Schaffer Bacon, and Andrea Assaf. Washington, D.C.: Americans for the Arts, 2005.

This great 2-page handout was created for a workshop at NCDD’s 2006 conference called “Inquiring Minds Want to Know: What Do the Arts Have to Do With Dialogue?” Presenters Leah Lamb, Ellen Schneider, and Pam Korza list challenges, offer strategies for effectively engaging audiences in civic dialogue at arts events, provide examples of how dialogue professionals can learn to incorporate art to support their dialogue goals, and more.

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Art, Dialogue, Action, Activism: Case Studies from Animating Democracy new Highly Recommended

Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative, 2005.

This 114-page book opens with an essay by Detroit-based activist, cultural worker, and nonagenarian, Grace Lee Boggs. The book’s case studies feature projects by the Council for the Arts of Greater Lima and Sojourn Theatre on longstanding issues of race and trust among city and county leaders, Los Angeles Poverty Department on the advent of crack in the United States and drug policy reform, The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center on engaging disenfranchised people in dialogue and action on current issues of cultural equity and democracy, and Out North Contemporary Art House on the role of same-sex couples in society.

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Critical Perspectives: Writings on Art and Civic Dialogue new

Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative, 2005.

This 176-page collection of essays explores art, civic dialogue, and reflective critical writing. Twelve essays focus on three compelling projects that employed the unique capacities of theater, visual art, and historic preservation to stimulate people to talk about issues that matter in their communities: Dell’Arte theater’s Dentalium Project, about the impact of a Native American casino on the small town of Blue Lake, California; MACLA’s Ties That Bind, about intermarriage between Asian and Latino Americans in the Silicon Valley; and The Slave Galleries Restoration Project, a project of St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in collaboration with the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, about issues of marginalization on the Lower East Side.

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History as Catalyst for Civic Dialogue: Case Studies from Animating Democracy new

Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative, 2005.

This 102-page book highlights three compelling projects that mined forgotten or suppressed histories of slavery and lynching in the United States in order to stimulate meaningful dialogue about persistent issues of race and marginalization.

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Museums and Civic Dialogue: Case Studies from Animating Democracy new

Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative, 2005.

This 88-page book features exhibition projects that demonstrate how three museums have functioned as provocative and effective forums for civic dialogue. Focusing on historic images as well as contemporary and conceptual works of art, the projects highlight new and adapted approaches to curatorial practice, interpretation, and education prompted by civic intention. In-depth case studies also offer insights regarding institutional challenges and changes in practice that necessarily occurred.

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Cultural Perspectives in Civic Dialogue new

Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative, 2005.

This 106-page book illuminates how cultural norms mediate public space and how choices regarding art forms can support or discourage civic participation of various cultural groups.

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Civic Dialogue, Arts & Culture: Findings from Animating Democracy new Highly Recommended

Americans for the Arts, 2005.

This 312-page book from Animating Democracy explores the power of the arts and humanities to foster civic engagement while advancing possibilities for arts and humanities organizations to be vital civic as well as cultural institutions. From 2000 to 2004, Americans for the Arts, with support from the Ford Foundation, implemented Animating Democracy, an initiative to foster artistic activities encouraging civic dialogue on important contemporary issues. This book examines the experiences of 37 arts and humanities projects, realized by a wide range of cultural organizations. These projects explored such issues as race relations, economic inequity, gentrification, school violence, the role of same-sex couples in society, and the influx of immigrants and refugees in communities, among others.

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Core Principles of Dialogue and “The Dialogic Approach” new Great for Beginners

This workshop at the 2006 NCDD conference was presented by Bettye Pruitt and Philip Thomas – co-authors of “Democratic Dialogue: A Handbook for Practitioners.” They presented two concepts central to the Handbook: a definition of dialogue based on five core principles (inclusiveness, empowerment, learning, humanity, long-term perspective); and “the dialogic approach,” an operational “code of conduct” for practitioners derived from those principles.

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Collaborative Governance in Local Government: Choosing Practice Models and Assessing Experience new

This workshop at NCDD’s 2006 conference addressed how civic engagement practitioners can assist local governments in thinking systematically about and choosing among the various forms of civic engagement in public decision-making, and here is where you can find all five handouts/presentations that from this popular session.

Your City/Your Decision: Citizen-Based Budgeting in Menlo Park, CA new

Malka Kopell, Community Focus.

This 5-page PowerPoint document was created as a handout for the workshop entitled “Collaborative Governance in Local Government: Choosing Practice Models and Assessing Experience” given by Terry Amsler, Lisa Blomgren Bingham, and Malka Kopell at the 2006 NCDD Conference in San Francisco. The session addressed how civic engagement practitioners can assist local governments in thinking systematically about and choosing among the various forms of civic engagement in public decision-making. Using this and other documents, Kopell described a year-long process to involve the Menlo Park, California community in decisions about a sustainable funding strategy for city-provided services.

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Dialogue Guide and Workbook for “Afraid of the Dark” new

Gwendolyn Grant and Jim Myers.  

Gwendolyn Grant of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City created this dialogue guide and workbook to accompany Jim Myers’ groundbreaking book “Afraid of the Dark: What Whites and Blacks Need to Know About Each Other.” According to Grant, “Afraid of the Dark defines with such clarity and simplicity so many of the issues that have created this gulf between blacks and whites. It brings to the forefront the stuff that we talk about within our black and white circles, but seldom, if ever across the color line.” Grant distributed this 12-page resource during her well-received workshop at the 2006 NCDD conference in San Francisco.

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Lost and Found in America: Story of New African Immigrants in the United States new

Tokunbo Awoshakin.  

Lost & Found in America is the story of Akobo Adele, an immigrant from Africa who, after the events of September 11, 2001, got caught up in both personal and socio-political circumstances that changed his perceptions about U.S. and transformed his relationships and well being. Lost & Found in America explores the multi-faceted circumstances of new African immigrants in the U.S. and provides unique lenses through which folks from Africa see and analyze events in the country, including how they deal with racism, expectations from home, love, romance, the African-American sub-cultures and the need to find a sense of place.

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Charrette ends with plan for village new

Melissa Maracle, Staff writer. Franklin Press (Macon County, Georgia), 2007.

This article provides a nice overview of New Urbanism, and of how charrettes were used in a Georgia town.

Charrettes in Site Design and Land Use Regulation new

Dino C. La Fiandra. Maryland Bar Journal. September/October, 2006.

There is a relatively new planning and zoning tool gaining popularity in Maryland known as “charrettes.” A charrette is a series of meetings involving the stakeholders and the charrette team. Contrary to traditional zoning and development principles which apply a rigid set of regulations to proposed development within a defined geographic area, charrettes use a different methodology to design a project uniquely from scratch, or almost from scratch. In Maryland and elsewhere, charrettes have been used as a catalyst to permit a departure from restrictive zoning regulations which obstruct creative development. This article examines the use of charrettes in Maryland and elsewhere as they have emerged over the past few years.

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Ning new

Ning launched in 2004 to give everyone the opportunity to create your own social networks for anything. As of November 2007, Ning powers the largest number of social networks on the Internet. Ning offers the latest social networking features, all infinitely customizable to meet your unique needs. The Ning Platform makes this possible. As a platform, you don’t have to appeal to Ning for the features you want. If you have the time and the inclination, you can build them yourself. It’s the software equivalent of Home Depot.

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Putting “Public” Back in Public Health Work new Highly Recommended

Doug Thompson and Don Greenstein. The Keystone Center, 2007.

Experts say chances of a deadly worldwide outbreak of pandemic flu are increasing. In order to involve the public in developing plans for how the government would react to such an outbreak, the CDC held four public meetings to hear public views about possible community control measures that could limit the outbreak. This report outlines and evaluates this award-winning project, which sought to put the “public” in public health by effectively allowing people to participate in policy development.

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