Facilitating community conversations raises the question, "How can we engage communities in productive conversations on difficult issues that concern all of us?" This session will explore one approach: Public Deliberation. The National Issues Forum Institute (NIFI) has developed a framework and multiple issue guides to promote public deliberation.
Making Ends Meet is a topic of widespread community discussion and concern, particularly during this year of attention to the issue of equity and economic opportunity.
Join us for the next MFN event and gain an orientation to the NIF framework for facilitating public deliberation, learn about resources for public forum facilitators, and experience the method using a recent issue guide, Making Ends Meet.
“For many Americans, the recovery from the 2007 recession, a recovery that officially began in 2009, feels very remote, or nonexistent. Even as the stock market surges and millions of jobs have been created, they see a very different picture.”
“Many Americans still believe in the basic notion that anyone who works hard should be able to support a family and get ahead. What can we do to make that happen?”
Three options, or solutions, will be deliberated by participants at the session on April 14:
1) Create New Opportunities,
2) Strengthen the Safety Net,
3) Reduce Inequality.
National Issues Forums:
“Based in Dayton, Ohio, the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves to promote public deliberation and coordinate the activities of the National Issues Forums network. Its activities include publishing the issue guides and other materials used by local forum groups, encouraging collaboration among forum sponsors, and sharing information about current activities in the network.”--https://www.nifi.org/en/about
NIFI works in partnership with The Kettering Foundation, “a nonprofit operating foundation rooted in the American tradition of cooperative research”.--https://www.kettering.org/about
1) An orientation to the NIFI framework for engaging the public in deliberative dialogue
2) Resources for conducting public forums using the NIFI framework, live and online
3) Experience with the NIF method as participant/learner, using one of many NIF issue guides
4) Connections to other facilitators who are developing facilitation skills and/or are working to raise awareness about social and economic change
5) The opportunity to form a special interest group focused on facilitating community conversations about "Making Ends Meet", another NIFI issue guide, or NIFI in general.
Mary Ann Van Cura, MLS
Librarian, Facilitator, Digital Inclusion Educator, Independent Contractor.
Libraries are seen as neutral, trusted venues for hosting difficult community conversations. Van Cura learned about the NIFI method while exploring the role of libraries in civic engagement. She is trained in the National Issues Forum method and has represented the American Library Association’s Center for Civic Life at the Kettering Foundation/NIFI Common Ground for Action pilot online training for NIF Moderators.
Please register by 2:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14 to reserve your place for the meeting.
The meeting fees for this event are:
$15.00 for member online registration
$20.00 for member at-the-door registration
$25.00 for non-member online registration
$30.00 for non-member at-the-door registration
$5.00 for student member online registration
Online registration ends at 2:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
This meeting registration is open to MFN members and the general public.
Light refreshments will be available.
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Minnesota Facilitators Network
The Minnesota Facilitators Network (MFN) is an association of professional facilitators dedicated to sharing and practicing the knowledge and skills of facilitation and to connecting facilitators and clients through networking. MFN maintains partnerships with professionals in related fields like organization development, project management, quality improvement, human resource development, coaching and other consulting specialties. MFN is also a partner with the International Association of Facilitators and the Institute of Cultural Affairs. MFN promotes and practices the ToP (Technology of Participation) methods of facilitation.
MFN web site: http://www.mnfacilitators.org