Inside Public Judgment

"Shaping Our Future" Moderator Trainings Now Available Online

Archived version of “Shaping Our Future” Moderator Training webinar, conducted by Ellen Knutson.

New Report on Citizen Deliberations on the Debt Now Available

While pundits say that most Americans are unrealistic about the scope of the debt problem and unwilling to support needed changes,  Jean Johnson reports that deliberations by groups of citizens around the country suggest that, in fact, this is an issue where solutions exist and are within reach.

Voice and Judgment: The Practice of Public Politics

In Voice and Judgment: The Practice of Public Politics, Robert Kingston, senior associate of the Kettering Foundation, provides a comprehensive analysis of the continuing public deliberations carried out, nationwide, over the past 30-some years, under the auspices of the National Issues Forums and other organizations.

The Work of Hope: How Individuals & Organizations Can Authentically Do Good

A new book from Richard C. Harwood with a foreword by KF President David Mathews.

The Parable of the Blobs and Squares

Why, Government wondered, did every time they tried to solve a problem, the problem seemed to get worse? The Parable of the Blobs and Squares shows that there is more to people than their problems…

The 2012 issue of Connections is now available online

Each issue of this annual newsletter focuses on a particular area of Kettering's research; in 2012, that focus was higher education. Editing responsibilities for Connections rotate among Kettering program staff.

That's Not Democracy

A new report by the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), in collaboration with Kettering Foundation, focuses on how non-college youth engage in civic life, and what stands in their way.

New from the Kettering Foundation---Citizens, Deliberation, and the Practice of Democracy: A Triptych from the Kettering Review

Citizens, Deliberation, and the Practice of Democracy: A Triptych from the Kettering Review brings together writing by 19 leading thinkers on the contemporary challenges of democracy. These provocative essays, first published in three issues of the Kettering Review to celebrate 25 years of the National Issues Forums, challenge readers to rethink conventional notions of democracy, public deliberation, and citizenship.

Kettering Conversations: NIFI President Bill Muse Discusses "Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty"

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (2012) by MIT professor Daron Acemoglu and Harvard professor James A. Robinson is a lengthy examination set apart from other works describing indicators of economic success of nations by its emphasis on politics. Politics, in one way or another, has always been about the power to make choices. In the case of the authors’ examination, it is primarily about the type of political institutions, people’s access to them, and the unique historical events that created them.

New from the Kettering Foundation---Journalism as a Democratic Art: Selected Essays by Cole Campbell

Journalism as a Democratic Art is an edited collection of 16 essays by Cole Campbell (1954–2007), former newspaper editor, dean at the University of Nevada School of Journalism, and a colleague of the Kettering Foundation. These essays reflect Campbell’s effort to rethink some of the underlying assumptions that he believed kept his craft at a distance from citizens. To Campbell, readers were not just consumers of information but citizens facing common problems.