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Most Highly Recommended Resources

These resources are recommended highly by NCDD for many reasons. Some are highly regarded by practitioners or scholars. Some have caused a buzz in the field. Some have proven themselves to be highly effective when put into practice. And some are just the best resources of their kind. As these distinctions are highly subjective, we are open to your feedback and ideas for other resources we should recommend.

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United States Institute of Peace Highly Recommended

The USIP is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict. Established in 1984, the Institute provides an array of programs, including grants, fellowships, conferences and workshops, library services, publications, and other educational activities. The Jeannette Rankin Library Program supports the information and research needs of the Institute's programs and outside practitioners, researchers, libraries and the public through collections, services, networks, cooperative relationships, grants and outreach activities.

Resource Link: http://www.usip.org

University of Massachusetts, Amherst - Social Justice Education Program Highly Recommended

Social Justice Education is an interdisciplinary program of study with a focus on social diversity and social justice education particularly as they apply to formal educational systems, kindergarten through higher education. The masters concentration focuses on reflective practice; the doctoral concentration focuses on research informed by reflective practice. Our goals are to generate knowledge about social justice education and to apply new knowledge to the design and delivery of effective social justice educational programs. The Social Justice Education Program boasts a strong intergroup dialogue component run by Ximena Zuniga.

Resource Link: http://www.umass.edu/sje/

University of Michigan - Program on Intergroup Relations (IGR) Highly Recommended

IGR is a social justice education program which works proactively to promote understanding of intergroup relations throughout the student community. It assists students as they explore models of intergroup understanding and cooperation while acknowledging differences between and within groups. A number of other universities have used IGR as a model for developing similar programs.

Resource Link: http://www.umich.edu/~igrc

University of Minnesota - Center for Democracy and Citizenship Highly Recommended

The Center for Democracy and Citizenship is a University of Minnesota resource based in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Its mission is to promote democracy and strengthen citizenship and civic education within a variety of settings, with a special emphasis on youth. The Center focuses on developing practice-based theory about how to engage citizens in public life.

Resource Link: http://www.publicwork.org

University of Pennsylvania - Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and Community Highly Recommended

From 1996 to 1999, the Penn National Commission sought to understand the problems of contemporary public discussion and behavior and to foster more engaged and thoughtful conversations about social issues. With the research phase of the Commission's work completed, the Penn Public Talk Project is now engaged in the programmatic phase, working to improve the practice of robust public discourse in ways that lead to stronger, more inclusive communities.

Resource Link: http://www.upenn.edu/pnc

Using the Power to Convene: A ‘How to’ for Legislative Leaders Highly Recommended

Policy Consensus Initiative.

This handout from PCI offers eight suggestions for how public officials can be effective conveners.

Resource Link: http://www.policyconsensus.org

Victim-Offender Mediation (VOM) Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Victim Offender Mediation is a face-to-face meeting, in the presence of a trained mediator, between the victim of a crime and the person who committed that crime. The practice is also called victim-offender dialogue, victim-offender conferencing, victim-offender reconciliation, or restorative justice dialogue. In some practices, the victim and the offender are joined by family and community members or others.

Virtual Agora Project Highly Recommended

The Virtual Agora Project was a 3-year e-democracy project run by Carnegie Mellon University's Institute for the Study of Information Technology and Society (InSiTeS) and funded generously by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). The research team, led by faculty members Peter M. Shane, Peter Muhlberger and Robert Cavalier, sought to develop and test software that would enable large numbers of citizens to use the Internet more effectively to learn about, deliberate and act upon community issues.

Resource Link: http://virtualagora.org

We The People Declaration: A Call for Dialogue Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

In June 2004, Let's Talk America and the Democracy In America Project, two dialogue initiatives aimed at healing the left-right divide, co-hosted two dozen thought leaders from across the political spectrum at the Seasons Conference Center at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to explore the potential to bridge their political differences through dialogue. It worked better than anyone dared hope. Shared concerns and perspectives bubbled up in the space of dialogue that never show their faces in debates. On Sunday, June 13, 2004, after two and a half days of powerful dialogue, the group decided to sign a declaration.

Resource Link: http://www.democracycampaign.org/declaration.html

Web Lab Highly Recommended

This non-profit organization is dedicated to developing innovative Web-based projects that bring fresh perspectives and new voices to the discussion of public issues. The goal of the organization is to use the Web as a positive, transformative force in people's lives and in society at large.

Resource Link: http://www.weblab.org

Web Lab's Small Group Dialogue Process Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Web Lab's Small Group Dialogue (SGD) Process is a more perfect discussion tool built to foster intimate, high-quality online exchanges. By limiting group size and lifespan, Small Group Dialogue emphasizes each member's value, encouraging a sense of belonging and an investment in frequent visits. The result is a structured experience requiring minimal intervention, and an astonishing signal-to-noise ratio unmatched in any conventional online dialogue model.

Resource Link: http://www.weblab.org

What is Deliberation (and Public Deliberation)? Quotes from Leaders in the Field Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Deliberation can be used to solve problems, make decisions, produce recommendations, identify choices, and develop action plans. The various models and methods that are used in our field often emphasize, strive for and obtain different outcomes. Click on this resource for eight definitions of deliberation from leaders in the field.

What is Dialogue? Definitions of Dialogue from Leaders in the Field Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Dialogue and deliberation are dynamic processes which can be empathy-enhancing, relationship-changing, problem-solving, action-planning, organization-developing, community-building, conflict-resolving, skill developing, prejudice reducing, consciousness-raising, and more! The various models and methods that are used in our field often emphasize, strive for and obtain different outcomes. Click on this resource for quotes from over a dozen leaders in the D&D; community about what "dialogue" means to them.

What is the relationship between dialogue and deliberation? Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

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

This short piece was written by Sandy Heierbacher, NCDD's Director, to accompany and hopefully add clarity to the definitions of dialogue and deliberation posted on the NCDD website. Feedback (good or bad) is welcomed - [email protected].

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race Highly Recommended

Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D.. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1997.

Anyone who's been to a high school or college has noted how students of the same race seem to stick together. Beverly Daniel Tatum has noticed it too, and she doesn't think it's so bad. As she explains in this provocative book, these students are in the process of establishing and affirming their racial identity. As Tatum sees it, blacks must secure a racial identity free of negative stereotypes. The challenge to whites, on which she expounds, is to give up the privilege that their skin color affords and to work actively to combat injustice in society.

Why Do Dialogue & Deliberation Matter? Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

There so many fabulous organizations promoting and organizing dialogues and deliberative forums today. Here are some of their reasons for fostering dialogue and deliberation.

Wisdom Council workshop handouts Highly Recommended

Jim Rough and Deanna Martin.

Here are the five great handouts from "The Wisdom Council: A Tool for Empowering 'We the People'" - facilitated by Jim Rough and Deanna Martin at the 2006 NCDD Conference in San Francisco.

World Cafe Method, Metaphor, and Community Foundation Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Juanita Brown and David Isaacs from Whole Systems Associates use the model of the cafe setting to create a warm, inviting environment in which people can converse. Participants gather informally at small tables and are encouraged to map out the ideas generated from conversation onto the paper table cloths covering the tables.

Resource Link: http://www.theworldcafe.com

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