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Take a Look Back at NCDD’s Conferences

If you are curious about NCDD’s National Conference, downloading the various guidebooks will give you a sense of the kinds of great programs, workshops, and networking opportunities we’ve offered!

2018 Guidebook — Denver, CO

“Attending the NCDD Conference has been one of the most important and influential experiences of my professional career. One of the most valuable aspects of the conference is the sheer number and diversity of its participants. At one point I found myself talking with a librarian, a journalist, an academic, a student, and a community organizer — where else am I ever going to experience something like that again? There are few places you will be privy to such a range of opinions, expertise, and knowledge. Suffice it to say I leave the conference both better connected and better informed about the current state of the D&D field, the range of opportunities for future development, and the avenues open for change and growth.”

— Scott Fletcher, Participedia/University of British Columbia

Learn more about the Denver event • Download the 2018 Guidebook

2016 Guidebook — Boston Area

“The NCDD national conferences are absolutely the best way to meet, learn from, and discuss real issues with leaders in the dialogue and deliberation sector. Everyone is there and accessible. The workshops and sessions are very participatory and focused on key issues in the field.”

Pete Shively, Interactivity Foundation

Learn more about the Boston event • Download the 2016 Guidebook

2014 Guidebook — D.C. Area

“SO NICE to be in a group where I don’t have to defend or explain or justify the potential value of talking more openly across differences. Instead, this conference offers a unique chance to explore the immense richness of the “art of conversation” with others who share my passion.”

Jacob Z. Hess, Alloflife.org, Co-author, “You’re not as crazy as I thought (but you’re still wrong)”

Learn more about the D.C. event • Download the 2014 Guidebook

2012 Guidebook — Seattle, WA

“The NCDD conference in Seattle was an extremely useful chance to meet others in the D&D field. Everybody makes the time to go, so everybody you could need to meet is there. I don’t know of another opportunity like it.”
— Amy Lee, Kettering Foundation

Learn more about the Seattle event • Download the 2012 Guidebook

2010 Resource Guide — Regional Events

“It was inspiring to connect with so many people working to bring authentic public engagement to the world through state of the art deliberative processes. I was heartened to see so many civic leaders and schools of public policy there, as well all of the grassroots, networked groups who are changing the face of democracy even as I write. Well done all!”
— Kathryn Thomson, PublicForums

Learn more about the Regional Events • Download the Resource Guide on Public Engagement

2008 Guidebook — Austin, TX

“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.”
— Avril Orloff, Project Manager for Canada’s Philia Dialogue on Caring Citizenship

Learn more about the Austin event • Download the 2008 Guidebook

2006 Guidebook — San Francisco, CA

“I had an exceptional experience at the conference, learned so much, and made many good connections. As was true the first time around, you and all the teams did a remarkable job at collaboratively building an event that did a lot of things for a lot of people. As the organizer, I’m sure you didn’t get to see but a tiny fraction of all the good things, but rest assured there were many at every turn.”
Pam Korza, Animating Democracy, Americans for the Arts

Learn more about the San Francisco event • Download the 2006 Guidebook

2004 Guidebook — Denver, CO

“I just wanted to let you know what an amazing conference it was in Denver. It deepened my understanding of D&D and I met many wonderful people. I believe events like this help strengthen and grow, not only the D&D community, but the work of conflict resolution and democracy world-wide. It was the best organized conference I have ever attended. You and those that helped you did an amazing job.”
— Stephan Gilchrist, Portland State University

Learn more about the Denver event • Download the 2004 Guidebook

2002 Guidebook — Washington, DC

The first National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation was a revelation to many attendees. It was a highly participatory, high-energy event which brought dialogue and deliberation practitioners, scholars and activists together across models, topics, regions, applications and philosophies. We prepared quite an extensive 3-ring binder for all attendees, full of lists of resources, a glossary, and full participant bios. Though more roughly designed than our latest conference guidebooks, people still talk about “the binder,” the contents of which formed the basis of what eventually grew into our extensive Resource Center.

Learn more about the DC event • Download the 2002 Conference Report

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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