ivoh explores and defines restorative narrative

By September 3, 2013

This post was originally posted at and has been written by Steve Myers. Nailing down the attributes of hazy concepts is never easy, and the early going of ivoh’s exploration of “restorative narrative” was no exception. Maybe that’s why the room came alive when journalism professor and ivoh board member Jon Funabiki (photo above) suggested we make…

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From The Kids’ Table To The Adults’ Table: Taking Relationships Seriously in a World of Networks

By August 23, 2013

By John Esterle, Malka Kopell & Palma Strand  Thanks to all our colleagues who shared this story! Thanks to PACE for making it available to its members and to Cindy Gibson who sent it to her national network. Follow the links to read the insightful introduction to this article from Niki Jagpal on NCRP’s Blog, the kind words of the NCG and Phil…

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Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?

By July 19, 2012

In 2011 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations heard from 775 foundations about grantmaking practices GEO identified as contributing to healthy and successful nonprofits (general operating/unrestricted grants, multiyear funding, and capacity-building support). With Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter?, GEO reports on the results of their survey. Unfortunately, the answer to their question is “no.” On the bright side,…

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Occupy Wall Street: Is the Medium as Important as the Message?

By December 2, 2011

By Matt Leighninger & Bruce L. Mallory As practitioners and students of deliberative democracy for more than a decade, we are intrigued by the tactics of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and by the contrast between these methods and the traditional ways in which governments try to engage citizens. Media commentators speculate on whether the…

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The Politics of the Broken Hearted

By October 28, 2011

By Pia Infante When I first read Parker Palmer’s description of “the politics of the broken hearted” in his new book, Healing the Heart of Democracy, my heart expanded and contracted in resonance. I have a patched together heart full of despair, resilience, and ferocious hope about the time and world we live in. As…

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