"Dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem-solving."



The CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) was established in the Fall of 2006 and is “Dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving. It serves as an impartial resource for the northern Colorado community to assist in community problem-solving. We analyze issues, design public participation events, host forums that students facilitate, and write reports on key issues while working with a wide variety of local institutions, including city, county, and state government, school districts, and campus and community organizations. Deliberation requires safe places for citizens to come together, good and fair information to help structure the conversation, and skilled facilitators to guide the process, and the CPD is dedicated to providing these three key ingredients to Northern Colorado.


Applications for students to join the CPD student associate program for the fall 2016 semester are now available (click here for the application). Initial deadline is April 15 for applications.



CPD and Coloradoan event - Beers & ballots: Understanding other viewpoints, Sat. Oct. 22

Saturday, October 22 at 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM in MDT at Intersect Brewing, 2160 W Drake Rd, Ste A-1, Fort Collins, Colorado 80526 This election is one of the most passionate and partisan in years, if not ever. We are hoping to increase understanding of other viewpoints at the last event in our Beers and Ballots […]

CPD Director Coloradoan article on "Why elections can bring out the worst in us"

The Fort Collins Coloradoan published an article by CPD Director Martin Carcasson on Sunday, October 16, reviewing some of his recent research in social psychology around controversial issues. http://www.coloradoan.com/story/opinion/2016/10/14/carcasson-why-elections-can-bring-out-worst-us/92068706/

CPD Community Workshop on Wicked Problems and Deliberative Engagement

Tackling Wicked Problems in Northern Colorado The CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) will be hosting a community workshop focusing on improving the quality of public discourse and community problem-solving in Northern Colorado. The workshop will be held on Friday, July 22, from 9am-4pm at CSU’s Tamasag Retreat Center in Bellvue, Colorado (20 minutes NW […]

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