THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS.
THE EVENT MAY BE RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2020.
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About the Workshop
This workshop is focused on building local capacity to engage difficult issues more collaboratively and productively through the use of deliberative engagement processes. Deliberative engagement involves interactive, often facilitated, small group discussions utilizing materials and processes designed to spark collaborative learning rather than merely the collection of individual opinions. An opening session will examine the concept of "wicked problems" as a framework to better understand difficult issues and then review recent research on social psychology to help explain why traditional engagement processes are often counterproductive to supporting the high-quality communication democracy requires. The workshop will then explore and engage in hands-on practice with a variety of tools and techniques drawn from several dialogue and deliberation traditions. the workshop will be particularly valuable to practiioners, focused on their local community, working to build capacity across the public, private, and non-profit sectors for higher quality engagement.
About the Presenter
The workshop will be led by Martin Carcasson, Ph.D., professor of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation, and the current chair of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Board of Directors.
Read Dr. Carcasson's full bio here.
This workshop is sponsored by the Democracy and Dialogues Initiative of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut and by Campus Compact for Southern New England.
Additional Event with Dr. Carcasson
Dr. Carcasson will also be doing a public talk on From Wicked People to Wicked Problems: Building Local Capacity for Deliberative Engagement in the Era of Hyper-Partisanship at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at the UConn Hartford Campus. The event is free and open to the public. Attendance at the public talk is not required for workshop participants, but encouraged.