ERIC Number: ED426271
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Smart Talk for Growing Communities: Meeting the Challenges of Growth and Development. A Guide for Public Dialogue and Problem Solving [and] The Busy Citizen's Guide for Public Dialogue and Problem Solving.
Topsfield Foundation, Washington, DC.
This facilitator's guide explains how to lead a series of five sessions (study circles) designed to foster public dialogue and problem solving among citizens interested in meeting the challenges of community growth and development. The document begins with an introduction to the concept of study circles that examines the following: definition of growth, ways study circles can foster growth, features and benefits of study circles, ways of making the most of study circles, and ground rules for useful discussions. Presented next are materials for leading discussions on the following topics: ways growth is changing the community; reasons for the changes the community is experiencing; options available for addressing growth issues; ground rules for meeting with public officials; and actions the community can take to shape its future. Concluding the guide are the following: glossary; tips for facilitators (help practitioners know what to expect, learn as you go, use the views expressed, manage the discussion); organization of study circle programs (overview of study circles, organizing study circles on growth, organizing for action, involving public officials); and resources for further discussion and action (list of 38 organizations and 13 websites and annotated bibliography of 31 publications). The companion citizen's guide contains the same materials, minus the facilitator notes and information. (MN)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Annotated Bibliographies, Citizen Participation, Community Action, Community Development, Community Organizations, Community Programs, Discussion Groups, Group Discussion, Group Dynamics, Information Sources, Internet, Leaders Guides, National Organizations, Nonprofit Organizations, Problem Solving, Program Implementation, Public Agencies, Resource Materials, Strategic Planning, World Wide Web
Congressional Exchange, 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 730, Washington, DC 20005.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Topsfield Foundation, Washington, DC.