Please use the resources below to host your own Public Deliberation Forums or use them as a reference to create a guide for an issue your community is experiencing.
This document (click 'Ground Rules' above to access) can be used at the beginning of your forum to establish the intended atmosphere for an open and respectful deliberative process.
Placemats & Issue Guides
In our work with public deliberation, we have found it helpful to design placemats that lay out the three approaches to an issue side-by-side. Below, you'll find placemats about issues that can often divide communities. By clicking on the links below the title, you'll be able to download the placemat (and issue guide when available) and use it to host a deliberative forum within your own community. As a reminder, to host a community, we recommend going through our facilitation training course. Please contact us if you have any questions about these resources, how to use them, or how to get trained.
Health & Wellness
End of Life: What Should We Do for Those Who Are Dying?
What Should We Do About the Opioid Epidemic? *
Work & Education
Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?
Racial and Ethnic Tensions on College Campuses
Social & Community Issues
News Media and Society: How to Restore the Public Trust
Social Security: How Can We Afford It?
America's Future: What Should Our Budget Priorities Be?
America's Role in the World: National Security & Global Threats
The Divided State of America: How Can We Get Work Done Even When We Disagree?
A House Divided: What Would We Have to Give Up to Get the Political System We Want?*
A New Land: What Kind of Government Should We Have?
*These placemats were adapted from the extended NIF Issues Guides, which can be referenced and downloaded here.