Kettering Conversations: Bringing Public Judgment In, A Conversation with John Doble

One of the problems of democracy is the tendency for citizens to make hasty decisions or poor judgments.  Kettering’s long-running experiments with deliberative forums were designed, in part, in response to this challenge. Each year Kettering and NIFI commission issue guides and reports offer a frame that can support public deliberation about a specific public challenge. These reports help illuminate how the public thinks about an issue when they are confronted with tensions in making a decision about a wicked problem, such as healthcare. To better understand this process I recently sat down with John Doble to discuss the state of opinion polling and public judgment.

New KF Occasional Paper: Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy

The inquiry described in this Kettering Foundation occasional paper is located within a current debate in philanthropy and among its critics about the behavior of public foundations (including community foundations) and private foundations alike.

New Working Paper - Framing for Democracy: Exploring the Impacts of Adversarial and Deliberative Framing, Understanding the Longer-Term Benefits of Deliberation

This Kettering Foundation Working Paper describes a project by researchers from Public Agenda and the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation that examined the impacts of framing and experience with deliberative issue framing.

"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.

"Shaping Our Future" - Washington DC Part I

"Shaping Our Future" is a year-long national dialogue on the future of higher education.

"Shaping Our Future" - Washington DC Part II

University of Maryland, Baltimore County Student Government Association President, Kaylesh Ramu, at the "Shaping Our Future" launch event in Washington DC on September 4th, 2012.

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…