Dedicated to enhancing local democracy through improved public communication and community problem solving
Eddy Building, Room 210
Curious about what we have been doing? You can download the CPD annual reports below:
The Center for Public Deliberation (CPD) was founded in August of 2006 within the Communication Studies Department at Colorado State University, and serves as an affiliate of the National Issues Forum (NIF) network and a member of the University Network for Collaborative Governance (UNCG).
The CPD is non-partisan. Working from a communication perspective, CPD staff and students focus on the process of deliberation and community problem-solving, not necessarily its product. Deliberation requires safe places for citizens to come together, good and fair information to help structure the conversation, and skilled facilitators to guide the process. The Center is dedicated to providing these three key ingredients to Northern Colorado.
The CPD has three broad goals:
The director of the CPD is Martin Carcasson, associate professor in the CSU Department of Communication Studies. Leah Sprain serves as the Associate Director. They are assisted by an advisory board consisting of community leaders, including representatives from the City of Fort Collins, Poudre School District, the Coloradoan, and various campus institutions such as the Student Leadership and Civic Engagement office and the departments of Political Science and Journalism & Technical Communication. The primary work of the CPD is completed by a core group of especially selected CSU undergraduates who commit to serve as “Student Associates” for two semesters, during which they receive class credit.
To be added to the CPD Event Notification Email List, contact Martin Carcasson at email@example.com
Willing to help the cause? The CPD provides its services to the Northern Colorado community as a public service. To donate to the CPD, visit our CSU development page. Donations help us improve our skills through training and support our events.
The CPD is currently working with the Associated Students of CSU to explore the smoking policy on campus. We hosted a forum for campus staff on March 7th, and will be hosting two student forums on March 28th and April 3rd.
The CPD is hosting its next community workshop on Saturday, April 6. For more information, email Martin Carcasson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Working with the Poudre River Library District, the CPD started a year long series on September 5th with a presentation by CPD Director Martin Carcasson. The final event is scheduled for Monday, April 8 at the Old Town Library, and will focus on a deliberative forum on how to improve the quality of community problem solving. RSVP preferred, call the library at 221-6740 to insure your spot.
The CPD continues to work with the Senior Transportation Coalition of Larimer County. Events will likely be held later in 2013.
The CPD is assisting the Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County this spring on their strategic plan.
The CPD is working on scheduling a Silver Tsunami event for the city of Loveland for late April or early May.
The CPD ran three public forums on school safety for St. Vrain Valley School District in Longmont in early February, and then a student forum on March 6.
The CPD assisted with the UniverCity Connections Stakeholder meeting on January 17th.
On November 3, the CPD assisted with LEAP leadership conference sponsored by the University of Northern Colorado at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.
On November 2, the CPD facilitated discussion on poverty iss
On October 22, the CPD assisted the Fort Collins Human Relations Commission with the Elder Abuse Summit.
On Oct. 16-17, the CPD assisted with the Net Zero Cities Symposium
The CPD assisted the Poudre School District at four fourms to gather public input concerning the superintendent search.
The new group of CPD student associates were trained on Saturday, August 25th at the Tamasag Retreat Center to prepare for the fall semester.
Working with the Fort Collins Senior Center and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, the CPD is hosting Growing Older in Fort Collins – Silver Tsunami As a Golden Opportunity, a series of public forums focused on our community's response to the changing demographics as the Baby Boomers enter retirement. The initial event was held on Thursday, Nov. 10, a second on March 1, and a third meeting on April 17, and the final meeting on June 20 at the Senior Center.
We continue to work with Embrace Northern Colorado and the PSD Think Tank.
We held our five CPD Community Public Deliberation Workshop in March 2012 in Fort Collins. This free all-day workshop provided participants with a background on the concept of deliberation, as well the practical skills to convene and facilitate public forums, particularly forums using the National Issues Forum material. If you are interested in attending our next workshop (scheduled for April 6, 2013), email Martin Carcasson at (970) 491-5628 or email@example.com