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Art Meets Dialogue in Richmond Event

An exciting event is about to take place in Richmond, Virginia. On April 10, the newly-formed Performance Initiative will present PIECING, a dynamic performance installation that joins Richmond filmmakers, performance artists, actors, writers, and dancers in an exploration of American identity, patriotism and protest, with all of the humor, creativity and insight that performance can bring to the challenging issue of military conflict. Describing the event as a community building opportunity, the Performance Initiative (run by NCDD member Leah Lamb) will invite attendees to explore their thoughts on war in a facilitated dialogue following the performance. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Art Space Gallery at 6 East Broad Street. Admission is $3. For more information, contact Leah Lamb at 804-306-4614 or [email protected].

Added by Sandy on April 10, 2003 06:28 PM
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Online "Rotisserie" on the War

The Berkman Center’s H20 Project is hosting a public online discussion about issues surrounding the war in Iraq. The flow of discussion is moderately heavy, with one question per week and one round every couple of days. The H20 Project is building an “interlocking collection of communities based on the free creation and exchange of ideas.” The H20 system uses the “Rotisserie” discussion tool, which encourages measured, thoughtful discourse in a way that that traditional threaded messaging systems do not. http://h2o.law.harvard.edu/ViewProject.do?projectID=82

The H2O project is building an interlocking collection of communities based on the free creation and exchange of ideas. The H2O system currently consists of the Rotisserie structured discussion tool. The Rotisserie implements an innovative approach to online discussion that encourages measured, thoughtful discourse in a way that that traditional threaded messaging systems do not, in the process solving some of the universal complaints about online discussion boards: that the substance of discussions is poor, that participants post quickly rather than thoughtfully, that participation is uneven (most people lurk, and a few posters dominate the rest), and that discussion forums are segregated into balkanized communities of people with similar thoughts and beliefs.

Added by Sandy on April 5, 2003 05:51 PM
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Online Deliberation About the War

Ongoing online deliberation and discussion about the war is happening in numerous places. NCDD members E-ThePeople (www.e-thepeople.org) and PoliTalk (www.politalk.com) are two excellent venues for ongoing e-conversations about the war.

Added by Sandy on April 1, 2003 05:13 PM
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Meetup.com Brings People Together

Meetup.com is a new, free service that organizes local gatherings about anything, anywhere. 233,084 people have already signed up for Meetups about numerous topics (including war in Iraq). Meetups happen at local cafes (and other places) in 545 cities across 34 countries. People who arrive at the site sign up for local meetings for topics that interest them, and then Meetup does the coordination. Meetup has contacted NCDD to explore how we may be able to work together. Any ideas or thoughts about this?

Added by Sandy on April 1, 2003 05:05 PM
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By the People: America in the World

By the People: America in the World, a new initiative of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, aims to energize and enhance the national conversation on America's role in the world through a series of national and local broadcasts and events that demonstrate the relevance of foreign policy issues to local concerns. The project includes three national PBS specials, two cycles of local programming, national and local forums for civic dialogue, and an interactive web site. NCDD is helping By the People locate practitioners who can facilitate these dialogues across the country when needed. Click on "read more info" below to learn about the first online Deliberative Opinion Poll, which was organized for this project. www.by-the-people.org

First Online Deliberative Opinion Poll Reveals Informed Opinions on World Problems

The world's first Online Deliberative Opinion Poll reveals the potential for a new form of democracy on the Internet. Public consultation on the Internet now occurs primarily through "quick votes" with self-selected samples. There are also a few efforts to conduct traditional polling. But information technology now offers new potential for an entirely different form of Internet democracy -- one that is both representative and informed. Deliberative Polling® is a trade mark of James S. Fishkin.

A scientifically selected and representative sample of 280 Americans participated in the online Deliberative Poll. The participants were evenly divided by gender. 30 percent were non-white and 35 percent had high school education or less. Approximately one-third did not own a home computer with Internet access. (They were provided the necessary equipment and technology.) Many might have had trouble participating in an extended public dialogue in person, for instance because they were sick, because they had significant handicaps, or because had small children at home (7 percent said they had a disability of some sort).

Participants met online, in small groups of 10-20 led by trained moderators, to discuss the role of the United States in world affairs. The software allowed the participants literally to speak to each other (as opposed to merely typing text messages), which made these online discussions relatively comparable to in-person discussions.

The online discussions began in early December and continued over a period of four weeks with a break for the holidays. Each group assembled twice a week for an hour to exchange views and talk about competing objectives of U.S. foreign policy. The sequence of topics began with the right to strike unilaterally versus multilaterally against potential terrorists or other enemies, then moved on to the possibility of promoting the spread of democratic governance in the world, then to working cooperatively with other nations, to adjusting international trade barriers, and to dealing with AIDS and world hunger in developing countries.

Deliberative Polling

In the ordinary course of affairs, most people have little incentive to invest time and effort in acquiring political information. Hence the opinions expressed in conventional polls tend to be top-of-the-head, and quite possibly very different from what they would be if the respondents actually knew or thought more about the issues.

By contrast, a Deliberative Poll provides its participants with sustained opportunities for learning, discussion, and reflection, enabling them to form more substantial and better reasoned opinions.

Prior to each online meeting, participants read carefully balanced, non-partisan briefing materials (designed by the National Issues Forums Institute and the Kettering Foundation) offering an overview of "Americans' Role in the World".

They also posed clarifying questions to experts, selected by the Online Newshour, who represented competing viewspoints. The questions and answers were posted periodically on the PBS Online NewsHour website. Responses from the Online Newshour were incorporated into the deliberations as the weeks proceeded. The briefing materials are also available on that site as are detailed results.

The General Results

After deliberating, the participants increased their willingness to take responsibility for problems around the world. The percentages who placed priority on providing food and medical help to poor countries rose from 51 percent to 67 percent, on protecting human rights in other countries from 49 percent to 60 percent, and on protecting weaker nations against aggression from 56 percent to 68 percent.

Questions and Answers

In addition to discussing issues and policies, the online groups generate a battery of questions each week. The Online NewsHour research the questions and find resources or experts that answer the queries. The groups questions and the answers they received are posted throughout the week at the Online NewsHour.

Added by Sandy on March 31, 2003 04:20 PM
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Discussion at OpenDemocracy.net

London-based OpenDemocracy.net presents arguments, reports and assessments of the core issues - from the difference between a regime change war and humanitarian intervention, to the politics of protest and questions of international criminal justice. Visitors to the site can get involved in an ongoing discussion. www.opendemocracy.net

Added by Sandy on March 31, 2003 03:28 PM
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DWCW Online Forum

The Dialogue Webpage for Conflicts Worldwide (www.dwcw.org) is a resource and service for all people interested in conflict and its prevention, and aims to contribute to the improvement of mutual understanding between opposing sides of conflict throughout the world. It is presented by the Japan Center for Conflict Prevention and supported by the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. For inquiries, contact Deborah Sharp at [email protected]. Contributions come from across the globe. For the Iraq discussion, click here.

From a recent DWDC newsletter:

Contributions came from people in more than 21 countries. Discussions continued regarding the `Thankless Heroism of Bush and Blair` and whether the main impetus for the potential attack is oil, whilst a number of new discussions took place. The most involved dialogue of the month was sparked off by a piece where a U.S. citizen argued that there are a number of legitimate reasons for a war against Iraq, listing key points to substantiate his claims. Some contributors commented that one’s location, media access and affiliation consequently affect one’s assessment of the case against Iraq.

Added by Sandy on March 23, 2003 05:24 PM
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ABOUT THIS FORUM

This forum was created to provide dialogue & deliberation practitioners with the support, resources and ideas they need for organizing, facilitating and encouraging D&D; during this time of war. Add your comments to existing postings, or send ideas for new postings to [email protected].

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CONTENTS

Background Info
    Links to Iraq Data
    Public Opinion on the War
    Analysis at OpenDemocracy.net
    Public Opinion on Protest & Patriotism
    Terrorism & Nonviolence
    Peace-Oriented Resources

D&D; Guides on Iraq/Foreign Policy
    SCRC Post-War Discussion Materials

D&D; Programs on Iraq
    Art Meets Dialogue in Richmond Event
    Online "Rotisserie" on the War
    Online Deliberation About the War
    Meetup.com Brings People Together
    By the People: America in the World
    Discussion at OpenDemocracy.net
    DWCW Online Forum

Discussion & Exploration
    Resources on this Forum have been Converted
    Please Use the Links on the Right
    Feedback Needed about Iraq Dialogue
    Ideas/Thoughts About This Forum?

Encouraging Youth D&D;
    ESR’s Revised Guide for Parents & Educators
    Univ of Michigan Resources for Teachers
    PoliTalk to Host Online Student Conference
    United Youth Int’l Fosters Online Dialogue
    YouthNOISE Helps Youth Communicate
    Global Kids Conference on War & Peace
    Best & Worst Things to Say to Kids

Opportunities & Ideas
    Conference on Muslim Peace-Building
    Articles Needed on Dialogue
    Blue Buttons Promote Dialogue

Others Encouraging D&D;
    ACR Calls for Dialogue
    Egyptian Intellectual Encourages Dialogue

Tips and Resources for Facilitators
    Resources at Co-Intelligence Inst. Site
    U.S.-Iraqi Youth Dialogue Video
    PCP Dialogue Guide
    Study Circles Discussion Guide
    National Issues Forum Guide
    Overview of Conversation Café Model
    NCDD’s List of D&D; Organizations & Programs
    Introductory Facilitation Resources


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