Dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving
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Curious about what we have been doing? You can download the CPD annual reports below:
The Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) was founded in August of 2006 within the Communication Studies Department at Colorado State University, and serves as an affiliate of the National Issues Forum (NIF) network and a member of the University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG).
The CPD is non-partisan. Working from a communication perspective, CPD staff and students focus on the process of deliberation and community problem-solving, not necessarily its product. 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. The Center is dedicated to providing these three key ingredients to Northern Colorado.
The CPD has three broad goals:
The director of the CPD is Martin Carcasson, associate professor in the CSU Department of Communication Studies. Leah Sprain serves as the Associate Director. They are assisted by an advisory board consisting of community leaders, including representatives from the City of Fort Collins, Poudre School District, the Coloradoan, and various campus institutions such as the Student Leadership and Civic Engagement office and the departments of Political Science and Journalism & Technical Communication. The primary work of the CPD is completed by a core group of especially selected CSU undergraduates who commit to serve as “Student Associates” for two semesters, during which they receive class credit.
To be added to the CPD Event Notification Email List, contact Martin Carcasson at email@example.com
Willing to help the cause? The CPD provides its services to the Northern Colorado community as a public service. To donate to the CPD, visit our CSU development page. Donations help us improve our skills through training and support our events.
The CPD slows down during the summer, as the students tend to disperse. We are currently working on reports for many of our spring projects, as well as choosing and gearing up for fall projects. CPD Director Martin Carcasson will be giving presentations in the coming weeks at the University Network for Collaborative Governance Conference (Malibu, June 3-4), the American Democracy Conference (Denver, June 6-8), Colorado Municipal League conference (Vail, June 20), and the National Association of School Public Relations Officers Conference (San Diego, July 9).
The CPD hosted forums on bullying at Polaris and Lesher Middle Schools during the spring as part of a pilot project to gather student feedback on anti-bullying efforts. A report will be provided to the school distict on Tuesday, May 28.
The CPD hosted an event with the Loveland Senior Advisory Board on May 2, focused on the aging community and how Loveland should react. 75 participants joined the state demographer and CPD students for the vibrant conversation. A report is being developed.
The CPD worked with the Associated Students of CSU to explore the smoking policy on campus. We hosted a forum for campus staff on March 7th, and a student forum on April 3rd. An online survey has also been open for most of the spring semester. A report is currently being developed.
The CPD is hosted a community workshop on Saturday, April 6. 21 participants were involved.
Working with the Poudre River Library District, the CPD started a year long series on September 5th with a presentation by CPD Director Martin Carcasson. It is now also available on YouTube: What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need? Additional events were held on October 8, 2012 (Community Book Discussion of David Mathew's Politics for People), November 12 (a public forum on Higher Education's Role in our Society's Future), January 28 (book discussion of Sirianni and Friedland's Civic Renewal Movement), February 19 (Public Forum on Energy Issues in the US: Where Do We Go from Here?), April 8 *(forum on improving political decision-making and community problem solving in our communities).
The CPD continues to work with the Senior Transportation Coalition of Larimer County. Events will likely be held later in 2013.
The CPD ran three public forums on school safety for St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont in early February, and then a student forum on March 6.
The CPD assisted with the UniverCity Connections stakeholder meeting on January 17, 2013.
On November 3, the CPD assisted with LEAP leadership conference sponsored by the University of Northern Colorado at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.
On October 22, the CPD assisted the Fort Collins Human Relations Commission with the Elder Abuse Summit.
On Oct. 16-17, the CPD assisted with the Net Zero Cities Symposium
The CPD assisted the Poudre School District at four fourms to gather public input concerning the superintendent search.
The new group of CPD student associates were trained on Saturday, August 25th at the Tamasag Retreat Center to prepare for the fall semester.
Working with the Fort Collins Senior Center and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, the CPD is hosting Growing Older in Fort Collins – Silver Tsunami As a Golden Opportunity, a series of public forums focused on our community's response to the changing demographics as the Baby Boomers enter retirement. The initial event was held on Thursday, Nov. 10, a second on March 1, and a third meeting on April 17, and the final meeting on June 20 at the Senior Center.
We continue to work with Embrace Northern Colorado and the PSD Think Tank.
We held our five CPD Community Public Deliberation Workshop in March 2012 in Fort Collins. This free all-day workshop provided participants with a background on the concept of deliberation, as well the practical skills to convene and facilitate public forums, particularly forums using the National Issues Forum material. If you are interested in attending our next workshop (scheduled for April 6, 2013), email Martin Carcasson at (970) 491-5628 or firstname.lastname@example.org