National Dialogue Network Draft Plan
Introduction -- In these times of increasingly complex and urgent challenges, the vision and intention of this proposal is to contribute significantly to strengthening the capacity, sense of responsibility, and desire of people to actively participate in their own self-governance. This is an essential, but certainly not a sufficient element for a well-functioning, robust democracy. Lack of confidence in the American political process is dangerously high. This National Dialogue Network will create space for high-quality dialogue and deliberation in-person and online using the best tools and methods available from a coalition of supporting organizations and individuals. Periodically (with the frequency depending on resources), people of all ages and backgrounds will gather (using in-person or on-line methods—encouraging both random and/or self-selected participants) to discuss important public issues. Collaborating organizations and conveners will be empowered to conduct and customize these gatherings so that they are most relevant to the specific needs of their communities. If you have not seen it yet, please watch the video descripton of the process this document explains in more detail: https://vimeo.com/55836517
Disclaimer -- All ideas presented in this document are my own and in no way speak for the NCDD board or its membership. I draw upon the nearly 50 years of experience and practice of my father and the operational models of his many Dick Spady Legacy Projects -- the most recent being the Community Forums Network of Washington State. This proposal is intended to: Encourage and strengthen broad public engagement on national issues by ordinary everyday Americans and Optionally provide a means for others (public and private) to adapt and extend national core materials to their natural constituants (locally, regionally, or statewide) and/or their methodologies.
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