Patty won’t be in the room with us at the LBJ Library, but she’s a dear friend who’s very thoughtful so I’ve invited her to be a guest blogger with us for the Tavis Smiley event tonight.
Patty Dineen has been convening and moderating National Issues Forums (NIF) in Pennsylvania and other states since 1994. She is one of the instructors for a deliberative democracy workshop held each summer by the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has assisted with issue framing and large deliberative forum projects including the Philadelphia Inquirers Citizen Voices projects, the Philadelphia Education Summit, Common Ground in Akron Ohio, and Global Connections-Pittsburgh forums. She has written two issue books for the American Bar Association; about public trust and the American justice system, and about the jury system. Patty does freelance writing and is the contributing editor for the National Issues Forums News (online)