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April’s Confab Call with Brad Rourke

Join us on Wednesday, April 10th at 2pm Eastern for an NCDD “Confab Call” with Brad Rourke.

After the Newtown shooting, Brad worked quickly to develop an Issue Advisory (or brief issue framework) for the National Issues Forums Institute titled “How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities?” I asked Brad to talk to us next month not just about the issue advisory itself and how NCDD members might utilize it, but also about the process of framing this challenging, emotional issue on a tight timetable. Issue framing is one of the hallmarks of the National Issues Forums (NIF) deliberative process, and this call will provide a great inroad for those new to the NIF approach.

NCDD’s “Confab Calls” are opportunities for members of the NCDD community to talk with innovators in our field about the work they’re doing, connect with each other around shared interests, and dig into some of our field’s most challenging issues.

Register for the April 10th confab today to secure your spot. A long-time NCDD member, Brad is a new program officer at the Kettering Foundation. Brad has an impressive background — he has worked as an associate with the Kettering Foundation for over ten years, and has also worked at the Harwood Institute as director of external initiatives and at the institute for Global Ethics as vice president of public policy. See his full bio here.

Check out our post at www.ncdd.org/10956 on the Issue Advisory on mass shootings, where Brad has already expressed some of the challenges involved in framing this issue during a time of heightened public turmoil.

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Sandy Heierbacher is the Founding Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute, and also serves as a Research Deputy for the Kettering Foundation. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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