NCDD has been involved in a great project called Participedia.net for the past couple of years. Participedia is a new online repository for detailed case studies on democratic innovation and public engagement. Here’s a letter from Participedia director Pat Scully extending an invitation to session leaders at NCDD Seattle to contribute their stories and cases to the site!
Letter from Patrick Scully, Director of Participedia
It is exciting to see the impressive line-up of workshops planned for the upcoming 5th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in Seattle. While talking with Sandy the other day, she noted that many of the workshops will feature specific case studies of innovative work in public engagement. Given this, I am writing to invite workshop leaders to write up their cases and post them on Participedia.net.
Participedia is a new, Internet-based open global knowledge community for researchers and practitioners in the field of public engagement and democratic innovation. Participedia makes it easy for anyone to contribute and share information. It provides an excellent opportunity for NCDD’s dedicated, diverse network of researchers, practitioners, advocates, and public officials to work together to build a living repository of case-based information that will allow our field to continue to improve participatory practices and institutions.
Even if you don’t yet have a case in mind that you would like to post on the site, I invite you to browse around Participedia. This is still a beta site, and we are always looking for suggestions on how to improve it. If you would like to jump right in and begin submitting content, you may want to start by visiting the Help Page.
If you are a teacher, you may be interested in assigning your students to write or edit articles for Participedia. This can be a great assignment for courses that deal with political participation, democratic innovation, or deliberation. In the course of selecting, researching, and writing up a case, method, or organization, students will learn about the substance of participation, finding secondary sources, properly citing them, and developing Internet skills for posting on wikis. Click here to view instructions, a sample assignment, and a grading rubric for an upper division undergraduate course to get you started. And, of course, you should also feel free to adjust the material to suit your class’s needs.
I look forward to working with you on Participedia!