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Our mission is to build community capacity for informed, engaged, civil deliberation.
Our vision is stronger democracy through enhanced public deliberation.

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University Partnership Leads to Community Conversation

The Cats for Inclusion campaign, supported through the Staley School of Leadership Studies and the Kansas State University Black Student Union have formed a partnership to develop a public discussion and civic leadership training series. The first of three community conversations took place on September 3rd, with two more scheduled for October 2nd and 27th. Read more here.

Discussion Time is Here

Referencing an article that encouraged farmers to participate in discussions, Kansas State University professor Timothy Shaffer encouraged K-State Polytechnic students to consider the role public discussions have had in addressing public problems.  He spoke at the monthly civic luncheon forum that is open to the public. Read more here.

Voter Readiness

During this election season, ICDD is working with local campus and community organizations to increase voter registration and public discussion of critical issues. Riley County Young Voters, the League of Women Voters, K-State's Student Governing Organization, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Movies on the Grass, and Alpha Phi Alpha are some of the non-partisan organizations  supporting voter education.  Watch for activities related to the vote on our Events calendar

Public Forums on Multiculturalism and Inclusion - Cats for Inclusion Campaign, Black Student Union, and A.E. Staley School of Leadership Studies

Public discussion and civic leadership training go hand-in-hand with a series of public forums this fall aimed at increasing self-understanding and improving multicultural learning at K-State and in the Manhattan community. Participants will share stories, discuss opportunities for change, and leave with action plans to make a difference in our community. Three dates for the same event are September 3, October 2, and October 21 with details provided on our Events calendar

Water Issue Framing - Kettering Foundation, Kansas Association for Conservation & Environmental Education (KACEE)

Development of issue guides following the choice-work of National Issues Forum processes involves focus groups and interviews with subject experts as well as laypersons. ICDD is assisting members of KACEE as part of a national initiative by the Kettering Foundation to explore the value systems foundational to public discussion on a range of water policy issues.  If you are interested in water focus groups and public forums planned through this year, email Donna Schenck-Hamlin.

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Journal of Public Deliberation

The Journal of Public Deliberation was created as a scholarly forum for deliberative democracy. The journal publishes information on research, opinions, projects, experiments, and experience of practitioners and academics.

Read the latest issue of the journal here.