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Live Q&A about Catalyst Awards

As you have likely heard, we are very excited to launch the NCDD Catalyst Awards to celebrate NCDD’s 10th anniversary!  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 related to either civic infrastructure or bridge building.

To support members with ideas for catalyst award projects, there will be two live Q&A opportunities with Sandy Heierbacher (NCDD Executive Director), Brian Sullivan of CivicEvolution (the platform hosting the collaboration of project teams), and members of the NCDD board.

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Over a dozen projects ideas were announced at the NCDD conference in Seattle October 12-14, however the catalyst awards are open to all NCDD members, regardless of whether they were present at the conference or not — and it’s not too late to propose a new idea.

If you have an idea for a catalyst award project and want to get some questions answered, please join us for either of two conference calls from 4-4:30pm Eastern on Thursday, October 25th or 4-4:30pm Eastern on Tuesday, October 30th.  Call-in number: 213-342-3000.  PIN: 444839.

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

UPDATE: On the October 30th phone call mentioned above, we had some questions that are worth posting here too:

Q: What do we do once we post a project on CivicEvolution?  Answer: It’s a good idea to brainstorm and post a few answers to the standard questions which are automatically posted under your project.  This gets the conversation started.

Q: As project coordinators, how can we send a message to all the people who are following our project?  Answer: You will be able to send one message per week to the people who signed up to follow your project.

Q: Who can endorse a project? Answer: Anyone can endorse a project whether or not they are NCDD members.  A person must be an NCDD member to participate in the final vote for the winning projects, however; here is the link to join NCDD as either a dues-paying or non-dues-paying member: http://ncdd.org/community/join  The NCDD Catalyst Awards are not a popularity contest; the number of endorsements gives a proposal credibility, but it is far more important to make sure your proposal takes a collaborative approach to solving an important problem– this will likely have a large impact when NCDD members are voting for the winning proposals.

Q: If I don’t have a large social network, how can I spread the word about my project?  Answer: NCDD reaches 20,000+ people through social media (this blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc) and the projects will be announced through those channels in November.  In the meantime, you can post a message about your project on NCDD’s vibrant email discussion list which has over 1000 members.

You are invited to use the comment section below to ask additional questions.

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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