Happy Facilitation Week! In honor of this week recognizing the importance of facilitation practice (read more about it a facilitationweek.org), our friend Jason Diceman at Feedback Frames is offering our network an amazing deal on this tool for in person meetings! Learn more below.
To help support the important facilitation work of NCDD members, Feedback Frames is offering a 40% discount this week only.
Optimizing Online Surveys for Diverse and Equitable Public Engagement Webinar 10/19
Join MetroQuest on Wednesday, October 19th for a webinar titled Optimizing Online Surveys for Diverse and Equitable Public Engagement. The webinar will be hosted by Dave Biggs, Emily Margitan, and Gerard Penalosa, all three from our very own MetroQuest. This webinar brings together experts on virtual public engagement to discuss the most effective strategies for designing surveys that support diverse and equitable participation. They will unpack how planners can utilize online surveys as part of a deliberate effort to build diversity, equity and inclusion.
Dave Biggs, Chief Engagement Officer at MetroQuest, will share some of his research on how diversity and inclusion are distinct and necessary elements for developing equity in the public participation and planning process. Emily Margitan and Gerard Penalosa, Customer Success Managers at MetroQuest, will discuss the tactics and strategies behind several online public engagement surveys that have been effective at supporting diverse and equitable participation. They’ll use exceptional examples from agencies such as Minnesota Department of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation, Oregon Metro, Texas Department of Transportation, and firms including WSP and Michael Baker International.
In this webinar, we will explore:
The Participatory Budgeting project is launching the latest version of PB for Orgs toolkit. This event will be held on June 23rd at 1pm PT/4pm ET.
About the event:
If you’re already familiar with participatory budgeting, chances are that it’s in the context of a city or government initiative. But the beauty of PB is that it can bring democratic decision-making to any organization—yours included.
This is why PBP launched PB for Orgs—an opportunity for organizations to practice participatory democracy and reap the benefits of implementing a PB process, including shared decision-making power and more equitable and effective spending. We recently wrapped up our first-ever PB for Orgs cohort, which brought together folks from a wide range of non-profit organizations to learn about implementing PB. With their feedback, we rethought, revisited, revised, and are extremely excited to share with you Change From Within: A Guide to Running Participatory Budgeting in Your Organization.
This launch event is for anyone interested in learning more about what a PB process could do for and look like in their non-profit, collective, or network. After a brief teach-in on PB for Orgs, you’ll learn from PBP staff and partners about their experiences with implementing PB processes and have the opportunity to ask questions about what PB in your organization could look like.
NCDD Member Tom Prugh is working with Resilience.org to launch a blog series on the site, titled “Democracy Rising.” The goal of the blog is to introduce the readership to deliberative democracy. He’s working with some fellow NCDD members already, but is looking to expand the list of contributors. What better way than to reach out to you, the NCDD network!
Below is a description of the series and its purpose from Tom. Read on for more information on how to express your interest.
Students spend most of their days in school. Naturally, when national events occur, this extends the teachers regular duties to the role of “first responders”. This publication from Essential Partners was adapted for the classroom from their Reflective Structured Dialogue, and is offered as a tool for teachers to create a space of self- reflection, deep listening and open sharing in the classroom. The prompts and guidelines to consider, proactively invite the students to process crisis in a healthy way.
Read about the structure and prompts offered below or find the original post here.