Winter 2014 Newsletter
Building Chicago's Civic Infrastructure through Dialogue and Deliberation
On December 4, 2013, IPCE hosted the Second Annual Dialogue and Deliberation Convening: Building a Civic Infrastructure. Local practitioners gathered at the UIC campus for the half-day conference to explore how the one-year-old Dialogue and Deliberation (D&D) Community of Practice (CoP) can continue to develop Chicago's civic infrastructure.
The convening opened with a method's showcase in which attendees had the opportunity to learn more about collaboration, conflict transformation, and decision-making—three different streams of dialogue and deliberation practice. After a networking lunch, special guest speaker Matt Leighninger, Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, delivered the keynote address on "Building a Civic Infrastructure." (Video of the address is available on IPCE's Youtube page.) The event concluded with a large-scale conversation focused on determining the next steps for growing Chicago's civic infrastructure and how the CoP can assist in this plan.
"The conversations were thought-provoking, and it was great to connect with some of Chicago's most thoughtful and caring civic engagement practitioners. Just delightful," said Matt Sweeney, CoP member and participant.
This convening was part of IPCE's commitment to exploring how the University can help broaden and deepen the engagement of Chicago-area residents in public policy and community issues through the use of dialogue and deliberation practices. Stay tuned for updates on upcoming dialogue and deliberation events.