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Participate in the National Dialogue Network’s inaugural topic!

The National Dialogue Network — winners of the 2012 NCDD Catalyst Award in the civic infrastructure category — launched a few weeks ago with their inaugural topic, “Poverty & Wealth in America.”

NDN logoLed by John Spady, the National Dialogue Network (NDN) seeks to coordinate local conversations into mindful national dialogue.

NCDD encourages all of you to get involved so we can learn as much as possible from this project!  Here are two things you can do right now:

  1. Download the “conversation kit” to host/facilitate your own gathering of family, friends, neighbors, or community at www.NatDialogue.org/get-involved; or
  2. Participate on your own by reviewing the background materials and answering their national survey directly at www.is.gd/aloxol
  3. Show your support of the project by contributing a modest (or not-so-modest) donation at www.GoFundMe.com/NatDialogue

The NDN network is a nonpartisan, voluntary working group of practitioners, educators and researchers in the fields of public engagement, governance, creative leadership, civic renewal, dialogue, deliberation and participatory decision-making in public issues. They’re building a voluntary civic infrastructure that connects conversations across the U.S. among folks who wish to examine a difficult and complex community issue with others who see the situation or challenges with differing perspectives, disciplines, or ideologies.

The NDN coordinates distinct individual and community conversations giving everyone a “sense of place” and voice within the larger national dialogue. NDN’s dedicated volunteers seek to revitalize and promote civic infrastructures within communities where all who choose to participate will impact the national conversation by:

  • Focusing intently on an issue over time with others;
  • Listening to the opinions and ideas being discussed in your community and across the United States; and
  • Speaking up about your own opinions and ideas in conversations with your family, friends & community.

Good luck to our good friends at the National Dialogue Network as they launch an ambitious project with a modest amount of funds!  We welcome all those who get involved to share here what you’re doing, how you found the materials, and what you think can be learned to inform the next round.

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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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  1. John Spady says:

    Thank you Sandy for helping to spread the word!

    Surveys completed by the end of October will be represented in the public analysis phase and the public report created by our volunteer working group. YOU are invited to help us analyze the results. Visit http://Speek.com/NatDialogue any Monday at 10 AM Pacific Time. Provide your call back number and join us, or leave us a voice message at 800-369-2342. Our weekly meeting notes are available at http://tinyurl.com/ndn-notes

    Please take a small action today and help us make a bigger impact tomorrow.
    Why? “Because we’re all in this together.”

  2. tony genco says:

    Good process.. does this include Canada

    • John Spady says:

      Hi Tony,
      Our 2013 efforts are presently focused only in the U.S. but I would welcome opportunities for mutually collaborative arrangements. It’s a great idea — please contact me directly so we can talk more about it.
      Thanks. John
      jspady AT mac DOT com

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