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"Can our field present a united front to the new Administration? Let's start by seeing if we can develop a set of principles for public engagement we can all endorse..."

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    This set of forum posts is the start of an attempt to create a set of principles for public engagement that our whole field (well, most of the field) can get behind and endorse. Now's the time to do this, as we need to present a united front to the new Administration.

    Get involved now...

    1. Sign up for the forum

    Click the "join this conversation" tab on the right. Whenever you return, click on the link at the very top of the page to sign in.

    2. Note:  Before you submit a discussion (new topic) or comment, be sure to click control-a and then control-c to save your content to your clipboard.  If your browser times out on you, you'll need to sign back in and post the comment again (control-v will paste what's in your clipboard). This is important if you take a while to compose your post!

    3. Comment on the posts categorized "Principles" to share what you agree with, what you disagree with (and why), what changes you'd suggest, etc. If you're strapped for time, at least look over and comment on the post Tom Atlee created that's an early attempt at gleaning what's common from most sets of principles.

    4. Add additional sets of principles or criteria, articles, etc. that are relevant by clicking "start a new discussion"

    5. Check back later to comment on draft Principles that are created

    If you're not on the NCDD Discussion list or Updates list, add a comment below with your name and email and we'll be sure to keep you updated.


    Look over the Intro to this Project post for more details.

    MAC USERS Please Note: the forum works best in Firefox; not so well in Safari. (Or you can use html tags in Safari.)


    In your steps to "Get Involved by ... " (above), your Step #4 suggests "checking back later ..."

    Does that mean that the only way for a person to know if there are new comments is for me to "check back" to this website?  Is there a way, instead, for me to be notified by email?

    I do notice that there is an option called "Bookmark this discussion" in the upper left hand column of this page.  I do not know what that means, but I will click on that as an experiment.


    • CommentAuthoradmin
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009

    There's no email notification on this forum, so we'll have to email our networks again when it's time to "check back" and look over drafts.

    Bookmarking simply adds a note to the subject line of posts that says "Bookmarked."  You might bookmark a discussion thread you want to keep tabs on.

    • CommentAuthorkcissna
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009

    Sandy, I didn't realize that my "userid" was what would show up as my name on my postings. Can I change that somehow? thanks, Ken

    • CommentAuthorTim
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009 edited
    Go to

    In the left column, under "Account Options" click on "Personal Information".

    You can change your username there and also add your real name (if you wish).

    • CommentAuthorTim
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009 edited
    Notifications by email or RSS are available for Vanilla forums (via plugins):

    Not sure about the details or how much effort it would be to get it working. Maybe Andy can take a look. ;-)

    • CommentAuthorAnn Neale
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2009
    Please put me on the NCDD and Update lists. Thank you. Ann Neale [email protected]

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    • CommentTime4 days ago

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