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NCDD 2014 All-Star Sponsor: The Interactivity Foundation

NCDD is proud to announce that the Interactivity Foundation is stepping up as an All-Star Sponsor of the 6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation…

The Interactivity Foundation (or IF) works to engage citizens in the exploration and development of possibilities for public policy through small group discussions.  With projects impacting policy discussions as close to home as Madison, Wisconsin and as far afield as Hungary, Kazakhstan and the far east, the Interactivity Foundation works on several levels of public discussions within three main focal areas:

Their Project Discussions are longer-term projects with selected panelists that develop our Discussion Reports with different possibilities for future public policy.  IF sponsors—and their Fellows manage—these discussions on broad, complex topics of social and political concern.  They often refer to these Project Discussions as “Sanctuary” discussions because they are designed to foster a protected space for truly collegial discussion and open and collaborative exploration of difficult issues.

Their Public Discussions are shorter-term discussion series that use our Discussion Reports as a starting point for further discussion and exploration.  While these Public Discussions, which are sometimes refer to as “Citizen Discussions,” differ in certain respects from our Project Discussions, both types of discussion are interrelated. They share certain discussion techniques, they may overlap in time, and they are certainly interactive with each other.

Photos from The Interactivity Foundation website.

Photos from The Interactivity Foundation website.

Finally, their Classroom Discussions, where they work with educators to support student-centered discussions in a variety of educational settings, were initiated in late 2005, when they began thinking about education and college classrooms as another forum in which we might further develop our methods for facilitated, small-group discussions of broad public policy topics.

You can learn a lot more about The Interactivity Foundation by visiting their website and when you meet the good folks from IF at the conference this Fall, please thank them for helping make NCDD 2014 possible!

Interested in Sponsoring the Conference?

Over the next few months leading up to NCDD’s 2014 National Conference (held this year at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA just outside DC), we’ll be highlighting the work of our event sponsors on our news blog, on social media, and on our listservs.  Those interested in helping us create our best event ever can learn more about sponsorship opportunities by downloading our 2014 Sponsorship Info PDF.

We also recommend you check out Seattle’s sponsors to get a sense of the fantastic organizations that step up to support NCDD events — and check out the guidebook from NCDD 2012 to see how sponsors are featured.

Andy Fluke
Andy Fluke is the co-founder of NCDD and currently provides creative support to many of NCDD's publications and events. He also works with a handful of other NCDD members on a variety of projects as consultant and designer. More about his work can be found at www.andyfluke.com.

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