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Resources at Co-Intelligence Inst. Site

Tom Atlee offers ideas for thinking creatively about the Iraq crisis on the Co-Intelligence Institute website. The page lists solutions that people have put forward for solving the problems that the war is purporting to solve, and calls for citizens, experts and officials to engage in dialogue and deliberation about these solutions. The page, which was compiled before the war began, also includes proposals for solving the Iraq crisis (including regime change and weapons of mass destruction), creatively practical ideas to prevent the war, perspectives on preventing similar crises and some factors in the Middle East crisis. Go to

Added by Sandy on April 7, 2003 06:05 PM
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U.S.-Iraqi Youth Dialogue Video

On March 1st, while world leaders met behind closed doors, 6 young Americans and 7 young Iraqis took part in a historic dialogue. At Downtown Community Television Center (DCTV), a loft in lower Manhattan, and at the Orfali Art Gallery in Baghdad, these youths were able to meet face-to-face. Transcending time zones and national borders they spoke freely as war approached. For more info, or to purchase the program ($30), called “Bridge To Baghdad,” go to A 10-minute video clip is viewable online. For program information contact Tish Bravo at [email protected].

Added by Sandy on April 7, 2003 06:01 PM
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PCP Dialogue Guide

The Public Conversations Project ( suggests that facilitators use their guide "Constructive Conversations about Challenging Times" to conduct conversations about divisive issues with neighbors, colleagues, fellow worshippers, family, and others. Both a Guide to Community Dialogue and a Guide to Family Dialogue are downloadable from their website. Also offered are poignant questions geared specifically to the Iraq conflict and an online forum about the war.

Public Conversations Project: Questions for Iraq Dialogues


1) Can you tell us something about your life experience or current situation that will help us understand your views and concerns about the war in Iraq?

2) What are your views, hopes and fears regarding the war? What is the "heart of the matter for you?


3) Have you experienced any mixed feelings, value conflicts, and/or areas of confusion or uncertainty about the war? If so, please describe.

4) What are the central assumptions and values that underlie your views and uncertainties?

5) What experience or credible information might alter your views, hopes and concerns?

6) Have the war in Iraq and/or the impact of past or anticipated terrorist attacks strained or challenged relationships that matter to you? If so, how?

7) Have you had a constructive conversation about the war with anyone who disagrees with you? If you have, what was the focus of that conversation and what made it possible? If you have not, what internal and/or external barriers have kept you from having such a conversation? What could help you surmount these barriers?

8) Now that the US has attacked Iraq, what are the questions we need to ask ourselves -- as individuals, as members of various groups and organizations, and as citizens? Why do you think these questions are important?

9) What questions could provide a constructive focus for the conversations you want to have with immediate family and friends? With neighbors or colleagues? With activists or politicians? What makes these good questions?

10) What strains or fault lines in your local community are of concern to you at this point? How do you think these divisions will be affected by unfolding events in the Middle East?

11) Where do you see the strongest need for dialogue in your community? How might you help create more opportunities for community dialogue?

12) What actions do you think US leaders should take to keep the war with Iraq from dividing Americans and/or from further estranging the US from its international allies?

13) What specific events or changes have altered your sense of individual, national, and international "security"? In what way do you feel more "secure"? Less "secure"? What are some specific actions our leaders could take that might increase your sense of security at home and abroad?

14) What could the US do regarding Iraq that would make you feel proud to be an American citizen (or to live here)?

Added by Sandy on March 31, 2003 05:03 PM
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Study Circles Discussion Guide

The Study Circles Resource Center ( offers a high-quality discussion guide to help people sort through the various perspectives and facts surrounding U.S. policy toward Iraq. Pre-war geared. For a PDF copy of the guide U.S. Policy Toward Iraq: What Should We Do?, go to

Added by Sandy on March 31, 2003 03:51 PM
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National Issues Forum Guide

The National Issues Forum developed an excellent discussion guide for the project By the People: America in the World, a new initiative of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions. The discussion guide, titled “America’s Role in the World,” presents four different perspectives as a way of framing public discussion. Each approach shows a distinctive perspective on what our global priorities should be and what costs and tradeoffs we should be prepared to accept if we move in that direction. Go to to download the issue book in its entirety, or to download the moderator guide. You may also call 1-800-228-0810 and order hard copies of the issue book for $3.90 each.

The National Issues Forums (NIF) is a network of organizations joined together by a common desire to discuss critical issues. Organizations who participate in NIF include educational institutions, leadership groups, civic groups, churches, libraries, senior centers, community groups, and youth groups. Some are independent, local forums sponsored by energetic citizens. Others are part of educational programs at colleges, schools, and extension services.
Local Issue Forums offer the space to deliberate about public issues.

Deliberation, rather than debate, lets us talk about concerns, weigh drawbacks and tradeoffs, and find a shared sense of direction before making decisions.

When we join together to deliberate, we create a public voice that determines public policy. Reports on the outcomes of the forums are shared with local, state, and national officeholders to give them insight into what the public is thinking.

NIF is non-partisan and does not advocate a specific solution or point of view.

Added by Sandy on March 31, 2003 03:02 PM
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Overview of Conversation Café Model

To encourage people in your community to meet with strangers to talk about these issues in a low-risk environment, look into the Conversation Café model, which has flourished in Seattle and several other cities. Go to to learn more about how a Café works, or click here for the Mini-Manual for Conversation Cafe Hosts.

Added by Sandy on March 31, 2003 01:06 PM
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NCDD’s List of D&D; Organizations & Programs

Go to for a list (with descriptions & links) of some of the most popular and promising D&D; organizations and programs in existence today.

Added by Sandy on March 23, 2003 12:08 PM
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Introductory Facilitation Resources

This page on the Dialogue to Action Initiative site includes some very helpful ground rules for a dialogue, as well as an overview of a typical dialogue process. Go to

Added by Sandy on March 23, 2003 11:10 AM
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This forum was created to provide dialogue & deliberation practitioners with the support, resources and ideas they need for organizing, facilitating and encouraging D&D; during this time of war. Add your comments to existing postings, or send ideas for new postings to [email protected].


Resources at Co-Intelligence Inst. Site
U.S.-Iraqi Youth Dialogue Video
PCP Dialogue Guide


Background Info
    Links to Iraq Data
    Public Opinion on the War
    Analysis at
    Public Opinion on Protest & Patriotism
    Terrorism & Nonviolence
    Peace-Oriented Resources

D&D; Guides on Iraq/Foreign Policy
    SCRC Post-War Discussion Materials

D&D; Programs on Iraq
    Art Meets Dialogue in Richmond Event
    Online "Rotisserie" on the War
    Online Deliberation About the War Brings People Together
    By the People: America in the World
    Discussion at
    DWCW Online Forum

Discussion & Exploration
    Resources on this Forum have been Converted
    Please Use the Links on the Right
    Feedback Needed about Iraq Dialogue
    Ideas/Thoughts About This Forum?

Encouraging Youth D&D;
    ESR’s Revised Guide for Parents & Educators
    Univ of Michigan Resources for Teachers
    PoliTalk to Host Online Student Conference
    United Youth Int’l Fosters Online Dialogue
    YouthNOISE Helps Youth Communicate
    Global Kids Conference on War & Peace
    Best & Worst Things to Say to Kids

Opportunities & Ideas
    Conference on Muslim Peace-Building
    Articles Needed on Dialogue
    Blue Buttons Promote Dialogue

Others Encouraging D&D;
    ACR Calls for Dialogue
    Egyptian Intellectual Encourages Dialogue

Tips and Resources for Facilitators
    Resources at Co-Intelligence Inst. Site
    U.S.-Iraqi Youth Dialogue Video
    PCP Dialogue Guide
    Study Circles Discussion Guide
    National Issues Forum Guide
    Overview of Conversation Café Model
    NCDD’s List of D&D; Organizations & Programs
    Introductory Facilitation Resources

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