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HISTORY OF PUBLIC DELIBERATION IN OKLAHOMA GOALS/ RESULTS PRODUCTS/ SERVICES/ SITES KEY EVENTS LESSONS LEARNED In the Beginning... Public Deliberation.

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1 HISTORY OF PUBLIC DELIBERATION IN OKLAHOMA GOALS/ RESULTS PRODUCTS/ SERVICES/ SITES KEY EVENTS LESSONS LEARNED In the Beginning... Public Deliberation (PD) came to Oklahoma Statewide Access Difficult to sustain PD works for anyone Conflict is a reality, positive and a tool—if managed well. Conflict is the reason for PD. Global View Visiting Faculty Grasp concept of Public deliberation Social Studies classrooms 50+ Forums 2001-present Delegation from Nigeria Big Moments Capacity Study Big Moments Formation of Oklahoma Partnership for Public Deliberation (OPPD) May 2000 Goal To Foster Public Deliberation Prior to 1994, National Issues Forums and Study Circles used in Oklahoma OU Public Policy Institutes 1995, 1996, 1998 Seminar on Public Deliberation October 2000 OPPD Public Policy Institutes 2001-present Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service programming

2 Oklahoma Partnership for Public Deliberation CONTEXT MAP OUTSIDE TRENDS We need to be information providers, not advocates. Public Deliberation is implementation of participatory democracy. The most valuable information for public decision-makers is from balanced sources. Because of polarization there is a need for the public voice. UNCERTAINTIES INTERNAL TRENDS POLITICAL CLIMATE ECONOMIC CLIMATE CUSTOMER NEEDS Increasing recognition of need for inclusive Public Deliberation in decision making. Varying degrees of polarization depending on community and issue. Impact of demographic changes on issues and resources. Increased curriculum demands competes with deliberation process. Continually seeking committed partners who have a mission alignment with OPPD. Commitment to building a collaboration network. Expand training opportunities for OPPD. Acknowledging and valuing youth and adult voice participation, inclusive of ethnic backgrounds and diverse disciplines. Economic Downturn Disparity between urban and rural resources. OPPD is in an economically sheltered environment through December Disparity of access to public deliberation. Limited access to information regarding resources. Potential of compromising the integrity of OPPD and PD. TECHNOLOGY FACTORS Utilize existing communication infrastructure for PD. Potential for deliberative forums on OETA. Need for easy access to an OPPD website and address. Appropriate technology needed for different audiences. OPPD’s Financial Future unclear. Appropriate matching of skill levels of moderators and recorders to the issue. Controversial issues have the potential for negative impact Appropriate application and performance of Public Deliberation (PD). Need access to practice of Public Deliberation (PD) skills and to deliver PD. Increasing application of PD, so it becomes part of Oklahoma culture. What’s in it for them? How do they get it? What does it cost? Citizens of all ages, ethnicity and disciplines need access to public knowledge. People need to be and feel heard.

3 Oklahoma Partnership for Public Deliberation SUPPORTS CHALLENGES Recruiting and retaining key personnel VALUES B O L D S T E P S Inclusiveness Freedom of democracy Equality Education Oklahoma embraces a culture of Public Deliberation CULTURAL DIVERSITY DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY COLLABORATION OF PARTNERS MANY APPLICATIONS To foster participation in reasoned and informed decision making for the public good. PD can be applied with many issues and situations Timely, worthwhile mission Established state-wide network of resources Credibility of Forums Establish state-wide venue for youth an adult programming Personal/Professional crises Public Voice Civic Engagement Interdependent world Common Ground Non-partisan Respect/Responsibility Justice for all 1. Create an organizational and programmatic structure. 2. Develop the deliberative habit throughout Oklahoma. 3. Frame local and state issues. Use of research-based field-proven resources Uncertain funding Potential for “turf wars” Lack of follow-through Competing demands for time. Maintaining partners’ interest in PD Maintaining focus on mission In-appropriate, unethical application of PD

4 TEAM SUCCESS INDICATORS DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES TARGET 1.Establish organizational structure 2. Establish program 3. Foster Deliberative Habit 4. Frame State and Local Issues State agencies Volunteer/ Civic organizations Professional organizations Government Education RESOURCES Foundations Social Capital PD integrated into educational institutions Forums Statewide Public decision makers use PD for citizen input Self- sustaining Funding PD in valued conflict resolution To foster participation in reasoned and informed decision making for the public good. Oklahoma Partnership for Public Deliberation GAMEPLAN * *See detailed Gamelan page

5 50 forums across Oklahoma annually Identify convenors for Expectations Qualifications for moderators – Code of Conduct Reporting/Set up database for events, staff, and participants Establish a clearinghouse for OPPD Develop steps for integrating deliberative concept into Higher Ed. Correlate deliberative concept to P.A.S.S. and state standards nd quarter st quarter 2002 Basic by 2 nd quarter 2002 In place now Begin 4 th quarter nd quarter 2002 Sue W., Renee, Pam, Ann H., Bill Hu. Identify leadership team Choose structural model Create a short-term work plan Solidify partnership agreements Identify secure funding sources Public information plan Train more moderators and recorders Develop more PPI faculty Project events calendar Evaluation assessment process Publish annual report January nd quarter 2002 Draft 2/14/02 meeting 2/14/02 meeting, 5/1/02 more permanent 4 th quarter /14/02 Travis, Sue T., Bill Hu., Anne, Sue W., Renee, Tony, Mike Ridgeway Sue W. Renee Bill Hu., Sue W. Lisa, Recia, Dianne Sue T., Recia, Travis Pam Ann H., Bill Hu. Lisa, Recia, Dianne Anne M., Renee, Mary, Phyllis Detailed Gameplan Actions TimelineResponsible Person(s) 2 nd quarter 2002 PPW double by July nd quarter 2003, December nd quarter 2002 Objective 1 Establish Organizational Structure Objective 2 Establish Programmatic Structure Objective 3 Foster Deliberative Habits (G Plan) Objective 4 Framing State and Local Issues Lisa, Bill/Ann, Pat W., Tony Pam, Sue T., Renee Sue W./Renee, & Lisa’s group Steve H., Gina W., Ann H., John F. Mary O., Eugene


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