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The Talloires Network of Engaged Universities in partnership with the Kettering Foundation will design, implement, and analyze a research experiment in the use of deliberation with college students around the world. The research will address the following questions:

  • In what ways might practices of deliberative civic engagement be of value during periods of uncertainty and change?
  • How might student participation on deliberative civic engagement practices strengthen their capabilities for ethical thinking and decision-making?
  • How might student participation in deliberative civic engagement practices influence ideas they have about themselves?

Activities will include:

  • Recruiting and selecting students to participate in virtual workshops to expose them to deliberative democracy concepts, teaching students to name and frame their own issues, and allowing students to experience deliberation
  • Giving students the opportunity to experience deliberation with each other, across geographical boundaries; and asking students to design their own deliberative experiments
    • Co-organizing research exchanges for students to share their experiences at TNLC2021 and by way of international webinars