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Going beyond the notion of `exercising your right to vote,' participants were building the muscles of facilitation and listening, essential for our democracy when conducting civil public dialogues.
Based on the League's civil discourse work and deliberative dialogue training, the training session began with research about our society's trend toward a more active and collaborative role for community members in addressing problems. Participants then used a discussion guide prepared by League members in their work with the Kettering Foundation as a case study to conduct a deliberative dialogue on the issue. Each participant had a chance to play the part of facilitator, note-taker, and participant.
Click here to download the League's Facilitation Training Handbook.
Download the handouts here. Note: This is a large file (1.1Mb) so be sure you have a good internet connection. Thanks to Pat Cooney for putting this together.
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