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Continuing the conversation from NCDD 2014 – now!

At the 2014 NCDD conference in the DC area this past weekend, 415 leaders and emerging leaders in our field explored what they’d like dialogue and deliberation work to look like a generation from now. While it’s important to have a clear vision of the future we hope for, it is equally important to be clear about what stands in our way and devise plans for getting around those obstacles.

NCDD2014-aspirations-picEven if you weren’t able to attend the conference, we invite you to join conference attendees in identifying existing strategies and co-creating new strategies for overcoming persistent barriers to effective dialogue and deliberation work.

What do you think are the best strategies for addressing the following four key barriers?

  1. Lack of trust in our democracy, in our leaders, and in one another
  2. Unequal access to D&D practices and to government
  3. Lack of cohesion as a clearly delineated field of practice with all parts in communication
  4. Structural barriers within our democracy and in our own infrastructure

These barrier categories actually emerged when we themed the results of the popular Cogitial project we ran back in April that asked the NCDD community “What do you want to see happen at NCDD 2014?” So the barriers themselves came from our community, and we are now seeking leading edge solutions and strategies for overcoming those barriers from within our community. We’re using Codigital once again to help you add new ideas, vote on ideas to prioritize them, suggest edits to the ideas, and vote to resolve edits as a group. All NCDD members and all NCDD 2014 attendees (except those that registered at the last minute – which we’ll take care of soon) will receive an email today inviting you to a page on Codigital where this will be happening. We hope you will participate, even if you weren’t with us at the conference, as these are important considerations for our whole community!

Please try to visit the site at www.ncdd.codigital.com for a few minutes each day during the project, which will run from now through midnight on Halloween (October 31st).

Thank you in advance for providing guidance to NCDD and many others who are interested in helping pave the way for this important work!

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Sandy Heierbacher
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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