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Blogger Bio:  This post was submitted by a member of the NCDD community. NCDD members are leaders and future leaders in the fields of public engagement, conflict resolution, and community problem solving. You, too, can post to the NCDD blog by completing the Add-to-Blog form at www.ncdd.org/submit.

Turn Up The Volume!

This post was submitted by NCDD member Jeffrey Abelson of Song Of A Citizen. If you are interested in getting involved or sharing your stories with Jeffrey, email him at ja@songofacitizen.com. Many of you know me from the videos I’ve produced with D&D leaders over the last few years. I’ve done that under the umbrella of my non-profit, non-partisan “Song Of A Citizen” project — the mission of which is to create an ongoing slate of films and videos to inspire fellow Americans to engage as citizens more seriously, […] (continue)

New Training: Integrating Collab Tech for Public Participation

This post was submitted by Jason Gershowitz of Kearns & West, and NCDD organizational members, via out Add-to-Blog form. Kearns & West is pleased to announce Integrating Collaborative Technologies into Public Participation: a one-day training on September 22 in collaboration with the International Association for Public Participation’s 2013 North America Conference in Salt Lake City, UT. Participants will learn approaches for integrating collaborative technologies into public participation initiatives. Technologies will be applied in a hands-on format to varying levels of public engagement: Inform, Consult, Involve, Collaborate, and […] (continue)

Leading Engagement: Involving People in the Decisions that Affect Them

This post was submitted by NCDD supporting member Tuesday Ryan Heart of Confluence Unlimited via the Add-to-Blog form. Join us in Chicago, Sept 30-Oct 2 for an Art of Hosting on developing strategy and methods for designing and hosting meaningful engagement. The tools and know how for meaningful and productive engagement are now available in the fields of dialogue, social media and design. The combination of these disciplines and tools enable us to genuinely integrate those who are most affected in the design and delivery of […] (continue)

Submissions welcome for the National Collegiate Dialogue on Race Relations

This post was submitted by Janice Ellis of USAonRace.com, an NCDD organizational member. Please send all articles, position statements, well-framed questions, papers, or video lectures to Janice at jellis@usaonrace.com. On Monday, September 16, 2013, USAonRace.com will continue the National Collegiate Dialogue on Race Relations (NCDRR). This will be our fourth consecutive year of hosting the dialogue on race relations, which is very much needed. There are racially- motivated incidents occurring on a daily basis across America and around the world. NCDRR provides an excellent opportunity for students and […] (continue)

Design dialogue, facilitate on your feet: Public Conversations’ Fall 2013 Trainings

Facilitate your meetings through the rough spots. Engage conflict constructively in your community or organization. Gain the skills and tools you need with one of the Public Conversations Project’s upcoming trainings. Discounts for early bird registrants, NCDD members, and folks who bring a friend. Continuing Education credits available through NBCC and MAMFT. Facilitating with Purpose and Poise—Even When Things Get Hot October 8-9, 2013, Watertown, MA Anyone who leads meetings can be thrown off balance when difficult moments arise. The difficulty might be an unexpected […] (continue)

Stakeholder Mapping for Collaboration – A tool for inclusiveness & diversity

This post was submitted by NCDD member Michelle Miller of MMBD Consulting via the Add-to-Blog form at www.ncdd.org/submit. When mapping stakeholders for various initiatives, I found that existing stakeholder maps do not help identify all of the voices in a system – they do not help me as a facilitator in my quest to create the diversity and inclusiveness I need for an initiative. They do not help ensure that the whole system is represented and, even worse, they often use the language of control. […] (continue)

The Importance of Conversation (reflections from Katy Byrne)

This reflective piece was submitted by NCDD member Katy Byrne, MFT Psychotherapist, columnist, radio host, and public speaker, via the Add-to-Blog form at www.ncdd.org/submit. We, the people, can create a new world, but not separately. We need community to heal, to be heard in safety and courage no matter what the circumstances. It’s not easy to listen well or respectfully or to speak up. I ask myself “Should I bring it up?” or I wonder if what I have to say might be too hurtful. […] (continue)

Looking to find common ground and get the whole system in the room

Please join the Future Search Network this December 9-11, 2013 and take advantage of your NCDD 25% discount! Managing A Future Search Workshop with Sandra Janoff is for facilitators, leaders, managers or anyone who wants to learn how applying Future Search principles enables a community, group, company, unit or organization to transform its capability for action. Participants will acquire the tools needed to organize and manage Future Search conferences with integrity in any sector or culture. The workshop is built around a simulated Future Search. […] (continue)

Note from the White House from NCDD Board Chair Marla Crockett

A big congratulations to NCDD members Steven Clift and Anita Brown-Graham, who were among 15 Open Government and Civic Hacking Champions of Change honored by the White House on Tuesday for their work in connecting communities.  The Obama administration recognized the business, community and social media leaders for using high-tech tools to bring citizens closer to government at the state and local levels. Steven, the executive director of E-Democracy in Minneapolis, has worked at the neighborhood level since 1994, connecting 1,000 citizens online by starting […] (continue)

Libraries For Democracy Seeks Funding

The following message was submitted by NCDD member Michael Baldwin of Libraries for Democracy via the Add-to-Blog form… Dear Friends and Colleagues, In 2011, I created Libraries For Democracy (LFD) for the purpose of providing factual, non-partisan, information and political tools citizens need to reclaim American democracy. LFD is a unique, free, information service that can help restore democracy for the common good. LFD recently won the Taylor Willingham Memorial Award for Public Issues Programming from the National Issues Forums Institute. In order to continue […] (continue)