Alison Kadlec works on the management and implementation of Public Agenda's public engagement and opinion research projects, and is active in the development and evaluation of research tools and reports, and in training for and evaluation of public engagement projects.
She is the author of a book on the democratic theory of John Dewey, Dewey's Critical Pragmatism. Alison is also the co-author of a number of papers on the subject of public engagement, including: Beyond Debate: Impacts of Deliberative Issue Framing on Group Dialogue and Problem Solving; Promising Practices in Online Engagement; and Framing for Deliberation.
The fact that the Internet is one of the most powerful organizing tools in history is both thrilling and vexing to public engagement practitioners working to create the conditions for more effective public involvement in public life. We know that the Internet supercharges political campaigning and we know that like-minded individuals are more able than ever to connect with one another because of the Internet. But what is still unclear is how the Internet might help build capacity and momentum for inclusive, collaborative and boundary-crossing problem-solving at all levels of public life (from the national level to the local level).