Input on NCDD’s Glossary

NCDD has a "Quick Reference Glossary" up at that defines over 150 terms related to dialogue and deliberation work.  Sandy updates it a few times a year by adding a couple terms or replacing definitions, but we’d love more involvement in updating the glossary!

Do you have suggestions for terms that aren’t listed that should be?  Or definitions you think should be changed or updated?  List them below (replace the placeholder text or just add text), with your suggested definitions and sources.

Resilience (not in glossary)

The ability to resist, absorb or recover from or successfully adapt to adversity or a change in conditions.

(USA’s Department of Homeland Security)

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Public Participation (already in glossary)

"IAP2 views public participation as any process that involves the public in problem solving or decision making and uses public input to make decisions. Public participation includes all aspects of identifying problems and opportunities, developing alternatives and making decisions. It uses tools and techniques that are common to a number of dispute resolution and communications fields."


Collective Impact (new)

The commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. Unlike most collaborations, collective impact initiatives involve a centralized infrastructure, a dedicated staff, and a structured process that leads to a common agenda, shared measurement, continuous communication, and mutually reinforcing activities among all participants.

(Collective Impact article in Winter 2011 Stanford Social Innovation Review,


Open Government (new to glossary)

A governing principle and practice that holds that citizens have the right to access the documents and proceedings of the government to allow for effective public oversight. It includes three broad pillars: information transparency (so the public understands the workings of their government, public engagement (so the public can influence the workings of their government by engaging in governmental policy processes and service delivery programs, and

accountability (so the public can hold the government to account for its policy and service delivery performance.

(Global Integrity’s working definition of open gov and Wikipedia)

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