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Sign up in advance for a Saturday afternoon field trip to secure your spot!

New:  As of October 9th, the Seattle Waterfront field trip is full!  New signups for this trip will not be valid — sorry!

Conference attendees for NCDD Seattle have some fun options to choose from on Saturday afternoon/evening. At 4pm, you can (1) attend one of four pre-planned working sessions that explore innovative ideas for how we can work together to move this field forward, (2) launch your own working session on an idea that’s emerging, or (3) enjoy one of four field trips our local team has put together for you.

If you think you’d like to get out and stretch your legs and see some of the city on Saturday afternoon/evening, now’s the time to sign up for one of the field trips below, since capacity is limited and registration is first-come-first-served.  Three of the four tours are free, aside from costs for meals and incidentals.  The Wing Luke Museum and International District Dinner Tour is $44 (including dinner), but we’re told by many it’s well worth the cost.  We need 10 signups by Friday (October 5th) to guarantee the Wing Luke tour.

Check out the field trip options below and sign up for your favorite at www.ncdd.org/events/ncdd2012/fieldtrip-signup today to secure your spot! And feel free to email our Seattle Team leader, Carolina Johnson, at csjohns@uw.edu, if you have questions.

Wing Luke Museum and International District Dinner Tour

The Wing Luke Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is the nation’s only museum devoted to the Asian Pacific American experience. Located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Chinatown-International District, this tour will include discussion of how the museum facilitates the voice of the community in developing its exhibits as well as a walking tour of the neighborhood. The museum has become a national model for community-based exhibition practices and oral history gathering projects. The New Dialogues Initiative, in particular, focuses on exhibitions related to pressing contemporary social issues and current news events, giving voice to underrepresented ideas and opinions from the Asian Pacific American community.

On this field trip, you will learn about the Wing Luke Museum’s work and about the history of the community, while visiting historic locations and businesses. The tour will culminate with dinner at a local restaurant.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 4pm to catch a quick bus to the International District. Cost for this tour and dinner is $44.

Viva South Park Bridge! From Crisis to Community Capital

Join community relations planners from King County’s Department of Transportation as we share the story of how an emergency closure of a bridge became an opportunity for a community of underrepresented populations, local businesses, and a broad array of government agencies to collaborate and re-envision South Park’s future.

We’ll start with a walking tour of the South Park bridge. Then, we’ll progress from dinner at Muy Macho to drinks at Loretta’s – two local businesses which are part of the story. Over drinks and dinner we’ll pose questions to help guide our conversation so we can learn from each other about what it takes to meaningfully engage and create lasting community infrastructure. For people who want to read more about the South Park community ahead of time, check out www.catchtheculture.com. For more information on the bridge project, visit www.kingcounty.gov/transportation/SouthParkBridge.aspx.

We’ll pick participants up at Olive 8 at 5:30 pm and plan to leave South Park by 10:00 pm. Look for the two King County Department of Transportation vans out front. The tour is free, but you are responsible for covering the cost of your dinner and drinks.

Civic Infrastructure at the Seattle Center: Heart of Seattle since 1962 World’s Fair

Seattle Center provides a place for community connection, events and dialogue and provides an essential physical component of civic infrastructure. Join this tour to hear stories at various sites which have housed and fostered many community dialogues and events, from Folklife and Co-Opportunities to Families for Peace and Structures for Change. Highlights include the Totem Pole created in response to a tragic police shooting of a Native American carver and the Center Fountain – site of communal grieving in the aftermath of 9-11.

Participants may dine together at Center House or a neighboring restaurant after the tour. You may also choose to participate in additional activities at Seattle Center – like Chihuly Garden & Glass, The Earth Portal Geodome experience, our touring the Space Needle (fees apply).

Meet in the hotel lobby to walk to the Monorail at 4pm. Tour is free, but you’re responsible for covering your meal and entry fees for additional activities.

Public Space and the Seattle Waterfront Redevelopment (NOW FULL)

Take a tour down to Seattle’s bustling waterfront and learn about the ongoing work to re-envision the central waterfront. Between urgent environmental challenges and diverse interests at stake, this core part of the city has been the focus of a long-running and complex public engagement project.

Hear stories from the staff involved with the public dialogue around the redevelopment of the waterfront, while taking in the sights and sounds of the city’s piers as well as the famous Pike Place Market. Join trip leaders and other conference participants for dinner in one of the many waterfront restaurants after the tour.

Meet in the hotel lobby at 4pm for this walking tour. Tour is free, but you’re responsible for covering the cost of your meal and any incidental expenses.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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