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From the CommunityAuthor Archives: Courtney Breese

Blogger Bio:  Courtney Breese is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She has a B.A. in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce University, where she was introduced to dialogue & deliberation.

Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century (June 11)

The following event was shared by our friend Sterling Speirn, who has served on the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship along with NCDD Members Martha McCoy and Carolyn Lukensmeyer. Register to attend at the link below! Our Common Purpose: Reinventing American Democracy for the 21st Century Join us for the release of the final report of the Commission on the Practice of Democratic Citizenship. Hear from the Commissioners, dedicated Americans, and organizations who came together to make these recommendations. Learn more about the […] (continue)

Watch the May Confab: Envisioning a More Intentional Future

Last week NCDD hosted our May Confab Call, led by NCDD Board Member Lori Britt. On the call, over 60 participants identified topics their communities are discussing or will need to discuss in planning for the future after COVID. Thanks again to all who participated, and to those who shared report-outs and notes at the end, so we could capture these conversations! During this event twenty topics were identified by participants as important to their communities in envisioning a more intentional future. Of these twenty, […] (continue)

Leaning in to this moment: Helping our communities envision an intentional future

Earlier in the pandemic, NCDD hosted conversations to help the dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement community explore how to respond to the needs arising immediately in our own communities. These conversations primarily focused on how to continue our work in a virtual format and how to help our communities stay connected while physically distanced. Now, two months into this experience, we would like to launch a conversation on what we are learning about our communities, and how we might help community members recognize what they […] (continue)

Telephone Townhall – A View From You During a Pandemic

NCDD Member and NCL Senior Fellow Larry Schooler has announced a special event this week. Check out the announcement and the link to register below! Join us for a one-of-a-kind, national broadcast conversation where you take center stage. You’ll have the chance to talk directly to community leaders, sharing what you need now and the actions required by our elected officials to get past this crisis. Unlike most “town halls,” you won’t be asking the questions but answering them! National Civic League Senior Fellow Larry […] (continue)

Check Out the April Tech Tuesday with EnCiv!

Last week, we held the April Tech Tuesday featuring EnCiv and the Undebate platform! We were joined by 40 participants as Will Ferguson, David Fridley, and Adolf Gundersen of EnCiv walked us through their Undebate platform, and the newer Unrountable they are developing. If you weren’t able to make the call, this post includes all of the key link and information – check it out! EnCiv automates proven human-interaction methods to scale productive democratic discourse. The Undebate is being made available to voters across the country […] (continue)

Recording Available for Cultivating Community Capacity!

On April 24th, NCDD hosted a special event from NCDD sponsoring member Susan Stuart Clark of Common Knowledge, titled Cultivating Community Capacity with Four “Deep Wisdom” Practices. The event, attended by more than 60 participants, was the start of a series of activities and collection of resources at sense-us.org, a new pro bono project for Common Knowledge and allies in the arts, healing and community transformation. Susan shared with us the four practices identified by cross-cultural pioneer Angeles Arrien, which we can use to help deepen our […] (continue)

Webinar Recording: Social Distancing Meets Public Engagement

Last week’s webinar, Social Distancing Meets Public Engagement, was our largest to date, with over 325 participants! This webinar, co-hosted with our partners at the National Civic League, featured Wendy Willis, Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and Larry Schooler, Director of Consensus Building and Community Engagement, CD&P.  Wendy and Larry showcased strategies for virtual public engagement in this time of social isolation. This webinar included information about leveraging government access television to enhance the efforts of local government to connect with their residents and stakeholders.  […] (continue)

Event: Cultivating Community Capacity with Four “Deep Wisdom” Practices

Join the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and NCDD Sponsoring Member Susan Stuart Clark of Common Knowledge for this free event Friday, April 24, from 2-3:15 PM Eastern/11-12:15 PM Pacific. In honor of Arbor Day, this is an invitation to explore how we cultivate our personal and community capacity for deeper wisdom and healthy interconnectedness. Don’t miss this opportunity – register today! This event is the start of a series of activities and collection of resources at sense-us.org, a new pro bono project […] (continue)

Announcing NCDD’s April Tech Tuesday with EnCiv!

NCDD is thrilled to announce our next Tech Tuesday event featuring EnCiv and their new tool, the “Undebate.” This free event will take place Tuesday, April 28 from 2-3 PM Eastern/11-12 PM Pacific. Don’t miss this opportunity – register today to secure your spot! EnCiv is a tech start-up led by NCDD Members Will Ferguson, David Fridley, and Adolf Gundersen. EnCiv automates proven human-interaction methods to scale productive democratic discourse. In this Tech Tuesday event, these three principals from EnCiv will share with us an […] (continue)

Join NCDD and NCL’s Webinar on Social Distancing and Public Engagement

NCDD is thrilled to announce a joint webinar with our partner, the National Civic League! This webinar takes place next Wednesday, April 15th at 1:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM Pacific. Register today to reserve your spot! The webinar will feature Wendy Willis, Executive Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, and Larry Schooler, Director of Consensus Building and Community Engagement, CD&P.  Wendy and Larry will showcase strategies for virtual public engagement in this time of social isolation. This webinar will include information about leveraging government access television at […] (continue)

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