As of 2010, Portsmouth, New Hampshire (population 20,000) has sustained the practice of organized, public dialogue and deliberation for over ten years. Since 1999, diverse community groups in Portsmouth have organized at least six rounds of large-scale dialogue-to-action circles (study circles) initiatives. This case study provides brief descriptions of four of these initiatives from 1999 through 2004. Descriptions of Portsmouth’s later public engagement initiatives will be added to this entry at a later date, or posted as separate entries.
Il Padule Che Vorremmo ("The Wetland We Want") was a participatory process that occurred over six months between 2009-2010 in the municipality of Ponte Buggianese in Tuscany, Italy. The process used field research, the expertise of technical experts, and conflict mediation techniques to facilitate citizen input through working groups. Through this process the various stakeholders were able to come to an agreement about the restructuring of the local sewage treatment system and its impact on the Fucecchio Wetland.