• Civic Agency
    Involves the capacitities of citizens to work collaboratively across differences like partisan ideology, faith traditions, income, geography, race, and ethnicity to address common challenges, solve problems and create common ground; requires a set of individual skills, knowledge, and predispositions; also involves questions of institutional desgin, particularly how to constitute groups and institutions for sustainable collective action. 

    Guiding Questions to Promote the Development of Students’ Civic Agency
    • How is the concept of citizenship explored in your programs/services?
    • How is meaningful dialogue facilitated across political ideologies?
    • How can community service experiences direct reflection about common challenges, common ground, and common work?
    • How do developmental aims inform your campus response to conservative and/or liberal activism?
    • How do programs support the development of resilience for civic life?
    • How do interactions with students highlight the need for personal and social responsibility?
    • How does your institutional mission statement express the civic mission of your college and university?
    • What specific skills and values do you hope to provide to your students and your graduates?
  • Civic Technology
    Resources coming soon.
  • Community Partnerships
    Resources coming soon.
  • Dialogue and Deliberation
    • Conversation Café: Conversation Cafés are open, hosted conversations in cafés as well as conferences and classrooms—anywhere people gather to make sense of our world. At a Conversation Café there is nothing to join, no homework, no agenda, just a simple process that helps to shift us from small talk to BIG talk, conversations that matter.

      Hosts are key to successful Conversation Cafés.

      • Hosting Manual: http://www.conversationcafe.org/the-complete-hosting-manual/

      • Principles, agreements, and process: http://www.conversationcafe.org/principles-for-conversation-cafes/

    • Facing Project: The Facing Project is a nonprofit that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. We provide tools, a platform, funds, and inspiration so communities can share the stories of citizens through the talent of local writers, artists, and actors.

    • Interactivity Foundation: The Interactivity Foundation works to enhance the process and expand the scope and health of our democracy by bringing people together in small group discussions of broad topics of societal concern. Our goal is to engage more people in the exploration and development of more possibilities for public policy. We use a facilitated discussion process that is oriented around the notion of collaboration by difference, engaging a group to work together to uncover divergent perspectives on the discussion topic and to develop divergent approaches to that topic.

    • Living Room Conversations: Living Room Conversations is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 as a result of a transpartisan partnership focused on revitalizing civil discourse through conversation. Living Room Conversations offers an open-source format to facilitate structured conversations among people of differing views and backgrounds. Through these conversations we hope to increase understanding of various issues, build relationships, and pave the way for collaborative and inclusive problem-solving.

    • National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD): The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation is a network of thousands of innovators who bring people together across divides to tackle today’s toughest challenges. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource clearinghouse, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this extraordinary community. 

    • National Issues Forum (NIF): National Issues Forums (NIF) is a network of civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. It includes civic clubs, religious organizations, libraries, schools, and many other groups that meet to discuss critical public issues. Forum participants range from teenagers to retirees, prison inmates to community leaders, and literacy students to university students

      NIF does not advocate specific solutions or points of view but provides citizens the opportunity to consider a broad range of choices, weigh the pros and cons of those choices, and meet with each other in a public dialogue to identify the concerns they hold in common.

    • Public Conversations Project: Difficult conversations - about the issues that matter most - are too often avoided or approached with fear. Many believe, often based on experience that engaging with difference will threaten the stability of their community or result in the same unproductive debates where no one feels heard or valued. Even when people do engage with difference, they often retreat further into what they know and understand; communities devolve into silence, heated disagreement, or sometimes even violent conflict. In this stalemate, everyone loses the richest, most essential parts of living and working in diverse and pluralistic communities.

    • Story Circles: Story circles are one of the main tools used in the People's State of the Union!  From January 23-30, 2015, Citizen Artists across the country hosted story circles, inviting communities to come together and share their own perspective on the current state of our union.  Below is a general guideline for how story circles may be used in any setting.

  • Democratic Engagement
    Resources coming soon.