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Online Launch of NCDD Catalyst Awards

To celebrate NCDD’s 10th anniversary this year, we are very excited to launch the NCDD Catalyst Awards.  Two $10,000 prizes will be awarded to team projects organized, led and selected by NCDD members that jump-start the field’s next best ideas and impact our communities’ and our country’s ability to solve its most challenging problems.

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Today, we are excited to announce that the online platform for collaboration is open at CivicEvolution™.  The NCDD Board chose this tool because it’s an excellent fit for the catalyst awards; NCDD members can post ideas for catalyst awards projects, attract collaborators, elicit feedback, and synthesize it into an evolving project proposal through a transparent and constructive process.

NCDD members are diverse in their level of proficiency with online technologies.  If you are curious about integrating online dialogue into your in-person work, this is a great place to start.  NCDD member Brian Sullivan has generously created the online collaboration space on CivicEvolution specifically for the NCDD community.

This is an opportunity for you to jump out of your facilitator role and experience the online process designed by one of our very own members.  Most importantly, we will be collaborating across our organizations on this platform over the next few months (and, of course, in-person at the conference next week!) until the final project proposals are due on January 13th.

The two $10,000 prizes will be awarded in the areas of civic infrastructure and bridge building. We’re looking for self-organization, collaboration, and innovation among our members. The team approach will help you address challenges that are too complex to solve on your own.

More information about the Catalyst Awards is here, and here is the direct link to get started on CivicEvolution: http://ncdd.civicevolution.org.

For an overview of the Catalyst Awards read by NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher, check out this presentation created by Andy Fluke…

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Lucas Cioffi graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Having served one year in Baghdad as an infantry officer, he realizes the need for effective dialogue and deliberation in preventing conflict. He is passionate about advanced online deliberative platforms and is co-founder of AthenaBridge.com.

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