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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.

Vote up and share the Living Room Conversations video!

This post was submitted by NCDD member Joan Blades, co-founder of Living Room Conversations and MoveOn.org… At times I feel like a mad scientist  bringing together people with diverse views to have conversations about challenging issues. In unstructured social circumstances, I would be concerned about potential blow-ups. What awes me again and again — the container that Living Room Conversations creates enables meaningful connections to form and defuses the explosive elements. It is such a joy to see the best in people as we learn from each […] (continue)

Questions about your work in red-blue dialogue

Here’s a thoughtful message and some great questions from Jacob Hess, one of our two featured speakers on next Wednesday’s confab call on red-blue dialogue.  See the full description of the confab, and register here if you’d like to join us.  We’re excited that 110 people have already signed up! Rush Limbaugh taught me, in my teenage years, that liberals were trying to destroy America. And I believed him. They were the enemy. And I was a combatant in a desperate culture war against them […] (continue)

Decision-Making + Collaboration = Team Building

This post was submitted by NCDD member Michelle Miller of MMBD Consulting… Getting people involved is one of the most powerful approaches we can take to build team and build skills. However, often we choose whether or not to involve others, it’s based on an “I” decision. For instance, “Do I need support in making this decision?” Or, “Do I need new and better ideas?” Another way to look at it is to judge how this opportunity can help build something that the organization or team may […] (continue)

In Search of Excellence…in Online Engagement

This post was written by Jill Miller Zimon of TheCivicCommons.org, a new organizational member of NCDD… Online and offline conversations can differ in some significant ways. For example, you can’t see body language and you can’t hear intonation. But our track record at the Civic Commons has shown us several ways in which we can use an online platform and go where few other dare to tread (including civil digital discourse). This topic becomes particularly relevant as facilitation practitioners, like those who belong to the National […] (continue)

Status Update From the National Dialogue Network — What are your insights on the results?

Hello again friends, This is a quick update from John Spady on the opinions collected so far to help determine the inaugural issue for the 2013 conversations from the National Dialogue Network (this project received the endorsement of the NCDD voting membership in January 2013). At the bottom of this post is a link to the latest results — updated daily until the survey closes on April 30th. And if you haven’t yet contributed your own voice to these results, you can click here to […] (continue)

Resources for healing dialogues

For those wondering what they might do to help heal rifts or navigate the difficult issues in our communities, Sarah Read at The Communications Center, Inc. offer two resources… The first is our essay on dialogues on gun violence which was recently recognized by the National Institute for Civil Discourse. It can be downloaded on our blog, and the end notes contain many additional resources: http://buildingdialogue.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/planning-for-civil-discourse-about-gun-violence/ We also recently published a workbook to help communities evaluate their readiness for difficult dialogues and to better plan for and […] (continue)

Dialogue in an Era of Divisiveness: Upcoming ACR EPP Conference

Do you work in or study collaboration in public policy? Are you interested in health? Education? The environment? Do you want to learn more about participatory problem solving, finding common ground, and becoming a collaborative leader? The Association for Conflict Resolution’s Environment & Public Policy Section has an exciting conference planned for May 21-22, 2013 in Washington, DC. The conference will highlight innovative approaches to collaborative problem solving and action in this era of divided government and vitriol and the breakthroughs people are achieving on […] (continue)

Help Choose the Inaugural Issue of the 2013 National Dialogue Network — deadline is April 30, 2013

This post was submitted by John Spady, Coordinator of the National Dialogue Network — winner in the Civic Infrastructure category of the recent NCDD Catalyst Awards. Update:  The deadline has been extended until April 30, 2013. “We need a national dialogue about… X” — but how can we actually do it? After weeks of talking, planning, and preparation, the “working group” team of volunteers with the new National Dialogue Network (NDN) is ready to address this question. NDN is now seeking feedback from NCDD members, and […] (continue)

Opening for IAP2 Professional Development Manager

Ellen Ernst from IAP2 submitted this post to the blog a couple of weeks ago — so sorry for the delay!  There are still 4 days left to apply for this great position.  I’ll check with Ellen to see if we can get a further extension for NCDD members since we were slow in posting this. Position Title: Professional Development Manager of IAP2 Location: Virtual Office (International Travel Requirement) Salary Range: A flat rate of $4,500 per month – $55,000 per year (USD) Contract Type: […] (continue)

What Happens BEFORE the Process?

Most of us, one way or another, are experts in the process of dialogue. But what happens before the process begins? Is there anything we can do to prepare ourselves for dialogue? That’s the subject of a new book by NCDD Board member John Backman. Why Can’t We Talk? Christian Wisdom on Dialogue as a Habit of the Heart explores a selection of spiritual practices—as well as fundamental mindshifts and “practical” steps—that can reorient our deepest selves toward dialogue. In becoming dialogic people, the book asserts, […] (continue)