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New to NCDD or D&D but attending the Seattle Conference?

Here are some quick recommendation for NCDD newbies and those just getting started in dialogue and deliberation work who will be joining us next weekend at the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation…

  1. Sign up for the Deliberation Bootcamp that’s being offered by Colorado State University professor Martin Carcasson the evening before the conference (4-6pm). Learn more about this and the other pre-conference activities our attendees are organizing at www.ncdd.org/events/pre-conference.
  2. Spend some time with the NCDD Beginner’s Guide at www.ncdd.org/rc/beginners-guide.  Familiarize yourself with the great resources on this page — especially the NCDD Engagement Streams Framework (which will help you make sense of many of the dialogue and deliberation methodologies people will be mentioning at the conference), the “What are Dialogue & Deliberation?” page, the Resource Guide on Public Engagement and perhaps the Quick Reference Glossary.
  3. Become a member of NCDD by filling out the application at www.ncdd.org/join!  Conference attendees are eligible for a free dues-paying membership for one year.  Of course, NCDD dues are optional — but our Supporting Members get some great benefits like all the discounts on our partners’ trainings listed at www.ncdd.org/discounts.  Once you join (unless you opt out), you’re also added to the NCDD Discussion list, a valuable source of knowledge, resources, and connections for many, and a good entre to the field.
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Sandy Heierbacher
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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