Charter

New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive Charter

Welcome to the on-line forum of What’s At Stake, a statewide public engagement project designed to gather citizen views about the pros and cons of expanded gambling in New Hampshire. The project is sponsored by the University of New Hampshire as part of our public service mission to the citizens and policy makers of the Granite State. This on-line forum extends the work of hundreds of citizens who are taking part in small group, face-to-face deliberations on Saturday, February 13, 2010 in 11 different cities around the state. The results of the face-to-face conversations and the views expressed in this on-line forum will be summarized and shared with Governor Lynch’s Study Commission on Expanded Gaming in New Hampshire. More information about the Study Commission can be found at: http://www.nh.gov/gsc What will happen as a result of all these small group dialogues? After the community conversations, the UNH team will gather all of the small group reports and create a single document that summarizes the main themes and findings of the various groups. We will simply report the outcomes of the groups to the Governor’s Commission, without selecting, editing, or censoring, so that the key points that each group makes are represented fairly and objectively. Our report will summarize the key points, but we will also attempt to list all of the topics, questions, concerns, and points of view expressed in the individual groups so that the richness of the conversations will be preserved. We will present our final report to the Commission at one of its scheduled meetings this spring. We will ask some of the participants in the conversations to assist in that presentation, so the Commission can hear directly from those whose ideas are contained in our report. We will also make the report available to the press and general public.

Purpose

The purpose of the New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive is to gathering citizen views about the pros and cons of expanded gambling in New Hampshire.

Goals

The goals of New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive are:

  • 1. Engage citizens of NH in informed, thoughtful, and productive discussions about the benefits and risks of expanded gambling in New Hampshire
  • 2. Create balanced face-to-face and on-line discussion groups to achieve the widest diversity possible by demographics, walks of life and lifestyles, as well as by attitudes toward gambling, to ensure that the conversations represent the diverse experiences and views of NH citizens
  • 3. Produce a summary report of citizen views for the Study Commission that is impartial, useful, valid, and reliable.

Participation Rules

By taking part in this forum, you accept the full rules of the forum.

Highlighted rules:

  • This is a special forum is sponsored by the University of New Hampshire and hosted with E-Democracy.org.
  • The full E-Democracy.org rules apply including a requirement for the use of real names, no name calling, etc.
  • The forum will initially be moderated.

Forum Manager

The Forum Manager in New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive is Martha Parker.

The volunteer Forum Manager is responsible for the general health and well-being of the forum. The Forum Manager shall:

  • enforce forum rules
  • respond to participant questions
  • listen to complaints or concerns
  • encourage active participation
  • maintain respectful tone of discussion

If you have any questions or concerns about the New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive, please contact us at: E-Democracy.org

Membership and Roles

The New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive Home Page shows the parts of New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive that can be seen and contributed to by members and non-members.

You are not a member of New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive. However, you can join New Hampshire Community Conversations - Archive.

Who runs this Forum?

This forum will be managed by facilitators selected by the University of New Hampshire's What's At Stake project. We at UNH are committed to creating an objective, fair, inclusive process for citizen dialogue. We believe there is a better way to make public policy and engage citizens than typical town hall meetings or public forums where much is said but too little is heard, where special interest groups dominate the discussion and leave the average citizen out of the picture, and where the loudest voices drown out those who may want to ask questions and engage in true deliberation of a complex issue. Our role is to create a conduit for citizen voices and views, not to shape those views or led to any predetermined outcome.   While our work is being carried out to assist the Commission in its work, we are an independent group, associated with UNH, conducting this project according to the standard practices in the work of deliberative democracy. In the end, it is you, the participants in the local conversations, who will decide what should be said to the Governor’s Commission about the benefits and risks of more legal gambling in NH.