T H E D E L I B E R A T I V E V O I C E
The purpose of The Deliberative Voice is to share the value and methods of the deliberative process for upper elementary through high school classrooms, university curricular and co-curricular settings, faculty development, and communities where citizens seek to address local issues in a reasoned and inclusive manner. Contrasted to debate, where two opposing viewpoints compete, and distinctly different from conversation for the sake of becoming better informed, deliberative democracy helps people move from sharing their respective opinions to making collective choices or judgments with others by weighing strengths and corresponding challenges or drawbacks of a series of potential "problem-solving" actions.
This site represents the voice of one person who has worked in community, organizational, and university settings; one voice who is an active member of the National Issues Forums Institute; and one voice who values the voices and capacities of others to make deliberate choices to improve their lives and communities.
Safety and Justice: How Should Communities Reduce Violence?
In 2017, the National Issues Forums Institute and the Kettering Foundation are working with organizations across the nation to host forums on community-police relations. Several organizations in the Jacksonville area are participating, including St. Phillips Episcopal and St. John's Episcopal Cathedral churches, the University of North Florida OneJax Interfaith initiative, Community Impact, Green Cove Springs, UNF OLLI program, and the UNF Hicks Honors College among others.
Religious Organizations and Community Building
This Kettering Foundation research project asks the questions: Do religious organizations function as 'schools for democracy' as they did in early American history? What civic roles do these organizations play in 21st Century American society? The project is focused on how faith communities cultivate civic skills and contribute to community problem solving.
University of North Florida Hicks Honors College
The UNF Hicks Honors College engages students in a four-year academic and community service program with an emphasis on the American immigrant experience. Students develop leadership and citizenship skills through participating in Jacksonville area nonprofit and educational organizations. Deliberative dialogue is one of several critical thinking methods used to engage students in action civics.
University of North Florida Osher Lifelong Leaning Institute
The UNF OLLI program engages over 1,500 citizens age 50 and older in a wide variety of academic, cultural, and travel courses. Deliberative Democracy is a course that brings people together to discuss National Issues Forums Institute issues.
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The Deliberative Voice works with the ELCA to develop conversation resources that link communal discernment and deliberative dialogue in order to help members of Lutheran churches discuss church teaching documents, social statements and messages relative to public issues.