Need an online solution for teaching how to convene, moderate, name and frame deliberative forums? The American Library Association (ALA) Center for Civic Life has produced 7 free webinars entitled: The Conversation Continues @ your library: The Place Where Democracy Happens. Produced with the assistance of NIFI Secretary Patty Dineen, Kettering Associate Ellen Knutson, and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life in Alabama, these webinars are archived and publicly available.
Series 1: Hosting Public Issues Forums @ your library — Learn to convene and moderate community discussions.
Webinar 1: Getting Started: An Introduction to Convening Forums @ your library
Webinar 3: Practicing Moderating @ your library
Webinar 4: Convening Forums @ your library–Nuts and Bolts
Webinar 5: Guides for Community Discussions: National Issues Forums (NIF) and Others
Series 2: Naming and Framing Public Issues — Learn ways to uncover the public concerns of your community by listening to people reveal what really matters to them.
Webinar 1: Beyond Deadlock: A Better Way to Talk about Difficult Issues — Uncover the deeper concerns of our communities.
Webinar 2: Tools for Naming and Framing Public Issues — Learn the steps and processes for leading a “naming and framing” effort.
This fall, ALA is working with NIFI and NCDD on a new series of training sessions as part of its Libraries Transform Communities: Models for Change initiative. For more information, see: http://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities. Tools produced from an earlier Libraries Transform Communities: Turning Outward partnership in conjunction with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation are available at: http://www.ala.org/tools/librariestransform/libraries-transforming-communities/turning-outward