Connected Citizens — Enabling Common Ground

The Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) 2007 Conference has been scheduled for November 12-14, 2007 in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada).

Three potential main themes are currently being evaluated:

  • Citizenship: the character of an individual viewed as a member of a democratic society; behaviour in terms of the duties, obligations, and functions of a citizen.

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  • Common ground: Some people say that an objective of dialogue and deliberation is to find common ground. In many cases, people with different perspectives can look beyond differences to see what they have in common. Common ground would be a great theme for the conference as this could be used to support many different concepts, such as:
    1. Bringing the community together on common ground for the conference;
    2. D&D approaches to finding common ground;
    3. Establishing common ground for the D&D community in Canada.

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  • Interconnectivity: Interconnectivity is another idea being considered as a conference theme. The concept of being interconnected has many powerful interpretations and meanings. Many people are familiar with the concept of six degrees of separation. This is the idea that everyone on the earth is connected to everyone else through six people. This is a neat idea in showing that not only are people in the D&D community connected to each other, but we also use D&D to bring others together to increase understanding, address challenges, find solutions, etc.

I’m interested in all three, hence my suggestion for a combination: Connected Citizens — Enabling Common Ground

In order to help them better prepare the conference, you are invited to complete their online workbook and suggest your own topics or themes.

Via NCDD: C2D2 News - Online Survey & 2007 Conference

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