The Deliberative Voice grew out of working several organizations dedicated to reinvigorating democratic participation in civic life.
The Kettering Foundation's primary research question is "What does it take for democracy to work as it should?" The Foundation was established in 1927 and has developed an international network of practitioners and scholars who are organized into research initiatives. While the Foundation is located in Dayton, Ohio with an office in Washington, D.C., its work is carried out by its many research associates as well as an incredibly dedicated staff. Gregg Kaufman is one of the many people privileged to participate in a number of research projects, two of which include serving as a moderator for the Common Ground for Action online forums and a
research associate in a project entitled Religious Institutions andCommunity Building.
National Issues Forums (NIF) is a network of civic, educational, and other organizations, and individuals, whose common interest is to promote public deliberation in America. It includes civic clubs, religious organizations, libraries, schools, and many other groups that meet to discuss critical public issues. Forum participants range from teenagers to retirees, prison inmates to community leaders, and literacy students to university students. Kaufman serves as a NIFI member.
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