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 serves as a Kettering Foundation Research Associate and 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.
Cathedral District Jacksonville, Inc.
The Cathedral District Jax, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the renewal of a thirty-three square block area of Jacksonville’s urban core. Five historic churches - The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Mt. Zion African American Methodist Episcopal, First Methodist, First Presbyterian, and St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral – anchor the neighborhood. Several excellent professional studies have been completed. The project seeks to gather concerns and recommendations for moving forward from people who live, worship, work, worship, and visit the area. A series of deliberative forums is scheduled for the summer and fall months. Forums were hosted during the first quarter of 2019. Cathedral District Jacksonville: Creating a Vibrant Neighborhood in the Urban Core. After reviewing the post-forum surveys which called for fostering relationships among people in the district and planning social events, a final report was submitted to CDJ Inc. The board of directors approved the hiring of a part-time community development staff member who commenced her work in June 2019.
The University of Florida Extension School of Forestry and Conservation and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Extension Program desire to incorporate deliberative dialogue into their work across the state. Agents observed a forum where citizens of Bradford County deliberated, What’s Next Bradford County? How Can Citizens Contribute to Improving the County’s Quality of Life?
CIVIC (Community Voices, Informed Choices) is the Florida Cooperative Extension program that builds community capacity for solving local problems. It is jointly managed by FAMU and UF, bringing people together to create productive dialogue and responsible solutions. We welcome partnerships with agencies and organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for Floridians.
St. John’s Cathedral
Love at the Core captures the Cathedral’s mission within the urban core of Jacksonville, Florida. Located on Billy Goat Hill, the highest point in the city, and near the St. John’s River and Atlantic Ocean, the Cathedral has “birthed” nonprofit institutions who feed, clothe, and shelter the poor, educate people for employment, provide health care to disadvantaged residents, and supplement the city schools with the Cathedral Arts program among many other initiatives. Parish member reflect a variety of perspectives and are encouraged to gather for civil discourse in a regular series of deliberative forums.