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Key Aspects of IF’s Public Discussions•

At least four interactive aspects are critical to useful public discussion of IF’s Citizens Discussion Reports. 1. Facilitation is critical in public discussions of IF Citizens Staff Work Reports.  There is nothing “magical” about IF facilitators.  They are,...

Two Lessons for Better Group Thinking

One of the most important features of Interactivity Foundation discussion projects is the emphasis on exploring contrasting perspectives and developing contrasting policy possibilities. Along the way to doing this, panelists need to practice being open to...

IF [in] my Freshman Seminar works…

Thanks, Michael, for your postings. I read them and enjoyed them, and have decided to follow your lead. I had my first IF discussion session last Wednesday. My class is a Freshman Seminar with 24 students. I met them two weeks ago, but decided to wait before I...

Small Groups, Duh

So in my IF-supported class this week, Art: I Know it When I See It, we continued our class discussion focusing on possible responses to the question "What is art?".  Last week they came up with two potential responses (note that I'm avoiding the word "answers" - I...

Attitudes of Discussion

Picture for a moment two very different kinds of citizen “discussions” that took place this summer. Both were focused on issues surrounding health and healthcare in our society.  For the first, you might think of any of a number of the so-called “town hall”...