History

For over 30 years now the Kettering Foundation and National Issues Forums have partnered each year to engage citizens from across the country in deliberative forums on a tough issue and then report that “public voice” to policymakers. In recent years, we’ve also worked with other deliberation and dialogue groups such as the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation to have as many of these conversations in as many places across the country as we can. The Kettering Foundation then gathers information from these forums, analyzes it, and presents insights from the forum series to policymakers at all levels, local, state and federal, via briefings and an annual event in Washington DC.

This year’s Washington event will be May 9. Our goal for the event is to connect policymakers with organizations who have held a high number of forums in their districts, and to make the capacity of the deliberative democracy network visible and accessible to other policymakers who would be interested in hearing insights from such forums in their own areas.

But the Washington event is not only for policymakers— it’s for the network too. Forum moderator and participants often want to know how their forums fit into the national conversation, and this will be our chance to both let people know how the conversation so far is shaping up and to bring more people into the fold. That’s why’ll we’ll be livestreaming the Washington event, and bringing the network into the event via social media live during the event.

About The Kettering Foundation

The Kettering Foundation is a nonpartisan, noprofit operating foundation. Our primary research question is: what does it take to make democracy work as it should. Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focused on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities and their nation. Find out more. (link to KF About Us/overview)

About The National Issues Forums

The National Issues Forums (NIF) is a network of arganizations that bring together citizens around the nation to talk about pressing social and political issues of the day. Thousands of community organizations, including schools, libraries, churches, civic groups, and other have sponsored forums designed to give people a public voice in the affairs of their communities and their nation. Find out more. (link to nifi.org/about)

Our History

 

For over 30 years now the Kettering Foundation and National Issues Forums have partnered each year to engage citizens from across the country in deliberative forums on a tough issue and then report that “public voice” to policymakers. In recent years, we’ve also worked with other deliberation and dialogue groups such as the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation to have as many of these conversations in as many places across the country as we can. The Kettering Foundation then gathers information from these forums, analyzes it, and presents insights from the forum series to policymakers at all levels, local, state and federal, via briefings and an annual event in Washington DC.

This year’s Washington event will be May 9. Our goal for the event is to connect policymakers with organizations who have held a high number of forums in their districts, and to make the capacity of the deliberative democracy network visible and accessible to other policymakers who would be interested in hearing insights from such forums in their own areas.

But the Washington event is not only for policymakers— it’s for the network too. Forum moderator and participants often want to know how their forums fit into the national conversation, and this will be our chance to both let people know how the conversation so far is shaping up and to bring more people into the fold. That’s why’ll we’ll be livestreaming the Washington event, and bringing the network into the event via social media live during the event.

About the Kettering Foundation

The Kettering Foundation is a nonpartisan, noprofit operating foundation. Our primary research question is: what does it take to make democracy work as it should. Kettering’s research is distinctive because it is conducted from the perspective of citizens and focused on what people can do collectively to address problems affecting their lives, their communities and their nation. Find out more.

About the National Issues Forums

The National Issues Forums (NIF) is a network of arganizations that bring together citizens around the nation to talk about pressing social and political issues of the day. Thousands of community organizations, including schools, libraries, churches, civic groups, and other have sponsored forums designed to give people a public voice in the affairs of their communities and their nation. Find out more