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Add it to your calendars! We’re coming together in Seattle this October 12-14

We’re excited to announce that NCDD is holding its 2012 national conference in Seattle, Washington!  We’ll be coming together October 12-14 (Friday through Sunday) for the 5th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation at the Hyatt at Olive 8 in hipster-approved downtown Seattle. Registration, presenter opportunities, sponsorship details, planning survey, and other info will be posted soon at www.ncdd.org/events.  For now, be sure to hold these dates on your calendar!

To stay up-to-date on NCDD Seattle news and opportunities, email me or joy@ncdd.org with your specific interests/ideas, and subscribe to conference updates.

 

We're coming to Seattle!

Here’s a little background on NCDD’s unique events

NCDD’s highly participatory events bring together practitioners, scholars, public leaders, trainers, artists, activists and students from across the dialogue and deliberation community. Over 2,000 people, from 20 countries, have attended our 4 national conferences (2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008) and 5 regional events (2010).  We’re planning for 350 to 400 attendees in Seattle.

NCDD conferences provide people who are committed to helping dialogue and deliberation flourish in the world with the opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge in these processes, share their own learnings and innovations with others, and develop supportive, collaborative relationships with their peers. Perhaps most importantly, NCDD conferences leave you feeling more motivated, energized, supported and prepared to do this vital work.

Why People Love NCDD Events

NCDD gatherings are not your run-of-the-mill conferences. Instead of parading endless speakers in front of you in the hope that you will absorb some of their knowledge, we acknowledge and tap into every participant’s expertise and unique perspectives, and ask them to play an active role in shaping the future of this burgeoning field.

NCDD conferences are known for being innovative and highly participatory. We focus on providing participants with opportunities to network with colleagues, experience innovative group methods, and explore key challenges in our field together.

Here is what Dave Joseph, Director of Project Development at the Public Conversations Project, wrote to us after he attended the 2006 NCDD conference:

“I have gone to many, many, many conferences, workshops etc. over the past 30 years. NCDD was by far the best conference I have ever attended. It was 100% isomorphic and congruent with our practices, with a focus on developing a sense of relationship, connection and community. The activities all contributed to making it extremely easy for participants to get to know each other by focusing on shared purposes, interests and goals. Plus, you had a wonderful mix of people, of course. The structure really contributed greatly to getting to meet a large number of very diverse people and have fun doing it.”

And Avril Orloff, Project Manager for Canada’s Philia Dialogue on Caring Citizenship, had these kind words for us:

“I’m still coming back to earth after the amazing NCDD conference! It was packed so full of wonderful information, ideas, resources and people that I came away utterly inspired and energized. My heartiest congratulations to your team for pulling it off.

What a monumental effort – and what tremendous results! Thank you for every minute…. You’ve created something that’s going to leave a big legacy, and whose effects will just keep rippling further and further out into the world. To say nothing of a great community of practice – one that I’m honoured to associate myself with.”

To get a good sense of what happens at an NCDD conference, check out our report to the Kettering Foundation based on NCDD Austin proceedings and attendee interviews.

We also recommend you look over the Story of the National Conferences on Dialogue & Deliberation and check out the page overviewing The Arts at Our Events.

Get Involved with Our Events!

If you’re interested in attending, exhibiting, sponsoring, or just staying informed as we plan future events, email NCDD’s Office Manager, Joy Garman at joy@ncdd.org and let her know.

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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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