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Blogger Bio:  Courtney Breese is the Managing Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She has a B.A. in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce College.

Sign up for September’s Tech Tuesday with QiqoChat

Registration is now open for September’s Tech Tuesday event featuring QiqoChat. Join us for this FREE event Tuesday, September 29th from 12:00-1:00pm Eastern/9:00-10:00am Pacific. QiqoChat is a tool for phone-based dialogue and video chat.  It supports dialogue methods such as online open space, Conversation Cafe, and liberating structures. We will be joined by Lucas Cioffi and Michael Herman, who will provide a demonstration of the QiqoChat platform and discuss the lessons learned from hosting two open space conferences for the worldwide community of open space facilitators. NCDD Member Lucas Cioffi served on […] (continue)

Registration Open for August 5th Confab with Matt Leighninger & Tina Nabatchi

Join us on Wednesday, August 5th for NCDD’s next “Confab Call.” We’ll be talking with NCDD Members Matt Leighninger and Tina Nabatchi about their new book, Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy. The confab will take place from 2-3pm Eastern (11am-12pm Pacific). Register today to secure your spot! Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy is an exciting new book that aims to help people improve the infrastructure of public participation, the regular opportunities for citizens to take part in making decisions, solving problems, and strengthening community. It provides real-life examples and practical […] (continue)

An Update on the NCDD-CRS Meetings

As many of you know, NCDD has been working with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service since last October’s NCDD national conference, to organize meetings between NCDD members and CRS staff at their fourteen regional field offices. This was inspired, in part, by CRS director Grande Lum’s speech at the conference. We wanted to let the network know that meetings have begun taking place in several cities over the past few months, and more are in the works! These meetings are an exciting opportunity to start a productive relationship with staff […] (continue)

Announcing June’s Tech Tuesday with Bang The Table

Registration is now open for June’s Tech Tuesday event featuring Bang the Table, creator of online engagement platforms EngagementHQ and the Budget Allocator. Join us for this FREE event Tuesday, June 9th from 2-3pm Eastern/11am-12pm Pacific. Bang the Table began as a place online where people could gather to discuss public policy at a grassroots level, named in recognition of the frustration that many people feel with the traditional policy and decision making processes of government. Today, Bang the Table provides online engagement platform EngagementHQ to […] (continue)

A Resounding “Thank You” to Andy Fluke

NCDD Co-Founder Andy Fluke’s role as Creative Director is coming to a close in July. While many of you know Andy, you might not realize the scale of the contribution he has made over the years. It’s a story well worth telling. As creative director, Andy has been the graphic design force behind our website and publications, quietly anchoring NCDD’s infrastructure and fostering its growth for the past 12 years.  He may be best known for developing the website from a handful of pages to […] (continue)

Sign up for May’s Tech Tuesday featuring Consider.it

NCDD’s next Tech Tuesday event on May 5th will feature Consider.it, a social technology that lets people deliberate on an issue together online. Registration is now open, so sign up today to reserve your spot! Consider.it was created as an interdisciplinary project through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The software focuses dialogues on a specific idea, encourages users to think about both sides of the idea, listen to and include the thoughts of others and express a nuanced opinion. Consider.it shows what thousands of people […] (continue)

NCDD Co-hosting Event in San Francisco April 30th

NCDD is co-hosting an event with the IAP2 Northern California Chapter April 30th in San Francisco – we hope many of you in the Bay Area will join us! This two-hour event (6-8pm PST) will include networking and a presentation from NCDD Supporting member David Campt. Below is a description of David’s presentation, titled “Paradigm Shift: How Facilitators Are Accelerating Their Practice Through Recent Developments on Audience Polling Systems.” From the checkout line to customer service phone systems, our opinions are constantly being sought. Yet most in person meetings do not […] (continue)

Registration open for April 23rd Confab with Pete Peterson

Join us on Thursday, April 23rd for NCDD’s next “Confab Call.” We’ll be talking with NCDD Member Pete Peterson about lessons learned from running for office on a “civic engagement” platform. The confab will take place from 1-2pm Eastern (10-11am Pacific).  Register today to secure your spot! Pete Peterson is the Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy in Malibu, California. In 2014, after earning one of the “top two” slots in the primary, Pete became the Republican candidate for California Secretary of […] (continue)

March 2015 Confab Call on Facilitator Ethics

On March 25th, NCDD hosted a Confab Call on “Facilitator Ethics and Reflective Practice” featuring NCDD member Kimberly Bain. Kimberly discussed the importance of reflective practice for facilitators and challenged participants to consider their own ethical values and how they would address a variety of ethical dilemmas. She also shared an invitation to continue this conversation about ethics and values in virtual discussion groups with colleagues across the globe. Join the conversation today on Kimberly’s website. If you missed the confab, you can now listen to the presentation and […] (continue)

April’s not-to-miss Tech Tuesday to feature Loomio

NCDD’s Tech Tuesday events had a bit of a hiatus since the conference, but they’re back with a vengeance with the next several being firmed up as we speak. For April’s event, on Tuesday, April 7th, we’re pleased to feature Loomio, an open source app for group collaboration and decision-making that has been generating lots of buzz in the field. Registration is open now, so reserve your spot today! Loomio emerged when activists from the Occupy movement teamed up with the social enterprise network Enspiral, realizing that they were using different […] (continue)

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