Kettering Testing Pandemic Flu Dialogue Guide

In response to concerns about the H1N1 virus as the new school year approaches, Kettering is testing a brief guide for public deliberation on the subject. Tentatively titled How Can My Family Be Protected from a Pandemic Flu: How Should We React?, the draft guide will be used in two communities in Ohio prior to further edits.

Kettering President Attends White House Meeting on Flu Pandemic

David Mathews, president of the Kettering Foundation and chairman of the National Issues Forums Institute, attended a meeting at the White House on June 30 to advise President Barack Obama and members of his cabinet on dealing with the H1N1 virus, or swine flu.

New Report Analyzes Public Thinking on Health Care

The American people see the nation’s health-care system as at or near the breaking point and no longer able to be sustained. This suggestion is a result of new analysis of 2008-2009 National Issues Forums on Coping with the Cost of Health Care: How Do We Pay for What We Need?

2009 Higher Education Exchange Available

Every institution that has a role to play in public life must answer the question: what are you doing to support and legitimate the work of citizens as they go about creating and building democracy? Many institutions do little to support the work of citizens but there are always exceptions.

Kettering Selects New Communications Director

Kettering is pleased to announce that journalist David Holwerk will join the foundation staff as director of communications in June. Holwerk, currently the president of the National Conference of Editorial Writers and editorial page editor of The Sacramento Bee, is an award-winning journalist who brings more than 30 years of journalistic experience to his new position with the Kettering Foundation.

Break the Cycle of Inwardness

The Organization-First Approach, a new report from The Harwood Institute, describes how organization's programs crowd out community.

Health Care and Deliberation

Deliberative forums could provide crucial insights into what the public thinks about reforming the health care system. The Kettering Cousins Research Group, an ever-changing group of Kettering staff and associates, has been looking into the impact of federal policies on the ability of citizens and communities to carry out their responsibility in a democracy.

Verdict on Health Care Reform

Public's made progress, but still hasn’t come to grips with costs of making health care a universal right, judges rule in mock trial. The American public is more aware of the costs of health-care reform than it was 15 years ago, but still hasn’t resolved the trade-offs associated with making health care a universal right, raising questions about the Obama administration’s goal of reform this year. This was the ruling by a panel of five “judges” in a mock trial at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., earlier this spring.

Kettering Board Elects Vice Presidents

The Kettering Foundation’s Board of Trustees has elected John R. Dedrick and Maxine S. Thomas vice presidents. A political scientist, Dedrick has served as the foundation’s program director since 2004 and will continue to provide direction for contract research, staff associates, scholars-in-residence, and publications.

Presidential Libraries Hosted NIF forums

In collaboration with the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), the 12 Presidential Libraries of the National Archives and Records Administration hosted a series of discussions on public policy issues in the fall of 2008.