This workshop will introduce the National Issues Forum deliberative dialogue method of convening people to discuss challenging issues. Our objectives are: 1) To provide an overview of the model and allow participants to engage in a brief practice forum; 2) To provide examples of how institutions of higher education are using the model; 3) To give three examples where institutions and organizations have created their own issue guide to convene people on a relevant topic; and 4) To help participants identify ways they can implement the model and process locally. Participants will leave with a packet of materials to assist them in moderating a Forum and/or creating their own issue guide.
Participants will gain an understanding of and experience the National Issues Forum deliberative dialogue model
Participants will gain ideas for utilization of the NIFI model in their own institutional and community setting
Participants will explore the process for creating and designing their own Issue Guide on a relevant issue