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Hawaiian State Senator Joins Kettering Board

At the June 11 board meeting in Washington, D.C., Kettering's board of directors elected Les Ihara Jr. of Honolulu, Hawaii, to the board. Ihara is a state senator in Hawaii and a long-time proponent of citizen-based democratic politics. As a former board member of the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), he has been known to include citizen deliberation on current issues as part of the legislative process in Hawaii's state senate.

David Mathews' Preface to Scott London's New Report Available for Download

Kettering Foundation President Dr. David Mathews has written a preface for Scott London's upcoming report, Doing Democracy.

Connect the Dots: A National Student Conference

Connect the Dots: A National Student Conference on Embedding the Democratic Practices of Public Dialogue, Deliberation, Community Problem Solving and Action March 3-6, 2010, Point Clear, AL

National leader in rural health care elected to Kettering Board of Directors

Sandral Hullett, MD, a national leader in providing health care for under-served and underinsured communities, has been elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Kettering Foundation, , a research foundation with offices in Dayton, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

New Report From Elena Fagotto and Archon Fung: Sustaining Public Engagement

When sufficiently agitated, Americans can, and often do, mobilize—at least on a one-time basis—to find solutions for critical community problems. A new research report, issued this week by Everyday Democracy and the Kettering Foundation, provides insights into how public engagement initiatives can grow into a regular practice, used to address a variety of community issues.

Elinor Ostrom: A Brief Appreciation

When Elinor Ostrom of Indiana University was named a co-recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, those of us at the Kettering Foundation nodded in agreement. The foundation long ago recognized the relevance of the work being done through the remarkable workshop at Indiana University that Elinor and her husband Vincent created and directed for over 30 years. They have participated in Kettering research exchanges, including a visit last December by Elinor Ostrom and her student Michael Cox at a meeting at the Mathews Conference Center.

Join the Conversation on the Future of Health Care!

How can we get the health care we need? | How can we pay for it? Across the United States, people say that health care costs are too high, too many are uninsured, and too many don’t get the care they need. But what do we do about it? How can we the public make our voices heard?

Kettering Foundation's Health Care Documentary Now Online

The Kettering Foundation's documentary on health care that was produced earlier this summer in conjunction with ThinkTV can now be viewed online. Coping With the Cost of Care: Where Is the Public Voice? is a half-hour long and is broken into three 10-min. segments. The documentary traces the history of the public's voice on health care, and examines the issues that people are still grappling with. The focus is not on any particular policy option, but on where citizens are in making up their minds about what is most important to preserve as we seek to gain a solution.

Deliberative Town Hall Much More Calm, Constructive Than Many Other Town Halls

Many of the Town Hall meetings on health care held around the country in the last month have been mostly useless to citizens actually trying to engage with their elected representatives. Meetings designed to be discussions have degenerated into shouting matches: people on both sides of the issue come prepared, at best, to debate; at worst, to intimidate.

HHS Secretary Sebelius calls Kettering health care report "very insightful", "very useful"

Following Kettering President David Mathews' White House briefing on the H1N1 pandemic flu, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote to thank Mathews for what she called "very useful insights on the findings of how citizens think". "As the Administration moves forward," wrote Sebelius, "this information will be very useful as we tackle the many challenges facing our health care system."