Civic Engagement Days
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As an university institute, we seek to broaden and deepen the engagement of Chicago-area residents in public policy and community issues—particularly at the neighborhood, city, and county levels—through the use of dialogue and deliberative processes. A national and international dialogue and deliberation movement has been transforming democracy in cities around the world. And we aim to enhance this movement in Chicago.
Our explorations of this movement focus on conversations with practitioners in the field, including individuals and organizations who lead or facilitate dialogue and deliberative processes in Chicago. We have learned that practitioners are engaged in a wide range of activities, including community-building dialogues and explorations, deliberative decision-making processes with citizen participation, collaborative organizing and action, and conflict transformation. However, we have also discovered that these efforts in Chicago tend to be isolated, lack a common language, and yet have tremendous potential for collective, long-term impact. We strive to strengthen this potential.
IPCE supports events that facilitate public discourse on policy issues or the policy implications of university research. Events include public forums, dialogues, town hall meetings, and small conferences or workshops that are either open to the public or that target a specific audience, such as policy advocates; residents of a specific neighborhood; or a sub-population, such as seniors or youth.
IPCE also designs and leads dialogue and deliberation processes in partnership with communities and other institutions. We utilize methods that fall into categories defined by the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. Those engagement streams are: exploration, conflict transformation, decision making and collaborative action.
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