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People, Spaces, Deliberation Bids Farewell

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Dear Readers,

The People, Spaces, Deliberation blog has, after a long and happy run, been retired. We wanted to take a moment to share some highlights and let you know we are grateful for your loyal readership and the community we created together. 
 
Established in January 2008 by its editor, Sina Odugbemi, the blog was one of the most popular World Bank blogs during much of its duration. Our success was thanks to the many World Bank and guest bloggers who contributed posts, shared their ideas, and engaged in conversations. 
 
The blog’s focus on communication as a field of study, coupled with the independence of its writers, allowed the platform to support a variety of perspectives and cultivate a truly engaged online community. The blog will be remembered by the cutting critiques of modern political thought and mass communication trends written by Sina, discussions from Johanna Martinsson on social movements and communication, guest posts by Duncan Green that often reviewed critical development research, columns on media and psychology, and many explanatory pieces on strategic communication.
 
Our most popular blog of all time is Bonding vs. Bridging by Sabina Panth from June 3, 2010, followed by the winners of our annual Top Ten countdown from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.
 
The blog has also been the home of research on communication for development and governance within the World Bank.  The publications issued in association with the blog will remain an enduring part of our efforts to increase knowledge on the integral role communication plays in international development.
 
The blog will remain available to read through the archives, and none of the pages or links will be corrupted. 
 
Thank you for a terrific ten years!

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