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NCDD2018 Session Proposal Deadline Extended Until 5/23!

A few weeks back we announced the call for session proposals were open for the upcoming 2018 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in Downtown Denver, November 2-4. We’ve had great proposals come in so far and have seen folks collaborating on the NCDD discussion listserv to develop exciting sessions.

We’d like to give more time for the network to connect with others and craft their session proposals, so we are extending the deadline and now accepting applications until May 23rd!

If you’re still looking for collaborators on your sessions, you can review the calls for session partners that some of our members have put out on the discussion listserv – check out the session inquires from the last few weeks in our listserv archives or consider joining the listserv and ask for collaborators yourself! Click here to read our advice for potential session leaders.

Remember the super early bird tickets are NOW AVAILABLE! Get yours at this great low rate before it goes up!

Here is some guidance for those thinking about presenting sessions at NCDD 2018…

Our theme for the 2018 conference is Connecting and Strengthening Civic Innovators, and we invite workshop proposals that in some way build upon or engage the ideas around this theme.

NCDD 2018 is taking place the weekend before the November midterm elections and these are vital times for using the skills and tools of the dialogue and deliberation community to continue to bring people together. We have heard from so many, both in our field and particularly those unfamiliar with D&D work – how do we come together and talk with each other despite the divisiveness that pervades our society? There are many in our country that are unaware of the D&D field’s work to better engage people and improve democratic processes.

Our goal of the conference is to explore how to bring dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement work’s many tools and processes into greater visibility and practice within our society. At the conference, we will dig into how to bring D&D to the more widespread awareness and use by:

  • Cultivating new partnerships and connections with other fields utilizing these approaches, including government, libraries, and journalism;
  • Developing our skills, and building our toolkits to address the emerging needs of the communities we work with and live in;
  • Making the case for public engagement, by elevating the stories of how people are coming together across divides, making decisions and taking action together, as well as demonstrating the value and impact of this work;
  • Growing the skills of D&D in our young people, and cultivating leaders who are drawn to D&D;
  • Building the skills and capacities of others in our communities to do this work;
  • Reaching out to and engaging with those less drawn to D&D, including conservatives, activists, and others;
  • Highlighting the ways D&D can be fun, and exploring innovative methods for public engagement – including the arts.

We invite session proposals that will highlight the work being done to tap D&D into the peoples’ daily lives, build democratic participation, and better expose D&D work through the above connections. Your proposal will be evaluated, in part, by its relevance to our theme and goals.

We are thrilled to see what session folks develop for NCDD2018!

Keiva Hummel
Keiva Hummel serves as NCDD’s Communications Coordinator. She graduated cum laude from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Communication Studies, Minor in Global Peace, Human Rights and Justice Studies, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution Studies.

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