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How is Public Opinion Measured?

How is public opinion measuredElection winners frequently tout their success as a mandate to do as they choose, suggesting that they have been ordained to represent and act on overwhelming public opinion. This is generally the argument regardless of the winning party and it’s generally wrong.

I have to think that this is something ...
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Let’s Hold a Town Hall Meeting!

What is a town hall meeting?

In the United States, a town hall meeting is an informal public meeting, function, or event derived from the traditional town hall meetings of Colonial America. Typically open to everybody in a town community and held at the local municipal building, attendees would present ...
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Family Holidays can be like Public Meetings!

Public MeetingWhew! The holidays are behind me. As I reflect on the past several weeks, I realize that preparing for a house full of family around the holidays is a lot like preparing for a public meeting.

Anticipation. We all know that the actual time needed for planning and designing ...
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Ground Rules for Public Engagement

Public EngagementAcross the US, civility is declining. We could argue about why – but the bottom line is that our communities’ capacity to have constructive conversations about things that matter is not what it used to be. People are not always interested in finding agreement and some even come to public ...
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Shock & Awe: Crystallizing Public Opinion

Crystallizing Public OpinionLots of things changed on November 8, not the least of which was our time-honored tradition of conducting and relying on public opinion polls as reasonable predictors of outcomes. It was fascinating on election night to watch as it slowly dawned on the media that their entire paradigm had shifted; ...
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Community Development is at a Crossroad

Community DevelopmentCommunity development is in trouble. By that I mean people who work for government and who help develop communities are in trouble. Not every public sector agency or employee, of course, but these are difficult days for those who believe that the pursuit of facts, truth, reason, building communities, and ...
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Ground Rules for a Successful Town Hall Style Meeting

Ground Rules for Citizen Engagement

Town Hall Style MeetingAcross the US, civility is declining. We could argue about why, but the bottom line is that our communities’ capacity to have constructive conversations about things that matter is not what it used to be. People are not interested in finding agreement and some even ...
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Consensus Building: Successful Techniques

consensus buildingAs you have perused our website, you have been treated to several blogs about consensus building. What is it? What isn’t it? How do we achieve it? Why does it take so much time? What are some specific techniques to help you and your group gain consensus?

The Red, ...
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