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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.

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)

How to Stay Calm When Faced with an Aggressive Negotiator

Joe Shervell wrote this piece on behalf of The Gap Partnership (negotiation experts) for the NCDD blog. In what ways are these tips for dealing with aggressive negotiators applicable to group facilitators? Use the comments field to share what you think. Negotiations can be a high-pressure situation, and it can be especially difficult if you are either annoyed or intimidated by conflict. Many people on the other side of the negotiation will use that to their advantage, to make you either lose your cool or back […] (continue)

What Would You Do If….? – A Master Class for Professionals in Organization, Group and Personal Development

At the start of the ‘What Would You Do If…?’ Master Class with Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, you can raise whatever questions you have about real issues when organizing or supervising meetings: What would you do if…? You will learn from yourself, from each other, and from Marvin and Sandra (co-creators of the Future Search method), while discovering new possibilities, alternative strategies and new ways to support groups effectively. A unique 1.5-day first-hand experience of the power of being able to put your trust […] (continue)

Surveying the D&D Territory of a City: Lessons from Chicago

This extraordinary post was submitted by NCDD supporting member Janice Thomson. Janice has been working in collaboration with UIC’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement to map the D&D terrain in Chicago, an effort which has led to the development of a new Community of Practice for dialogue and deliberation practitioners in the city. NCDD supports the effort and we hope to see other members launching similar efforts!  – Sandy From Janice… I honestly didn’t realize just how ambitious trying to understand the use of dialogue […] (continue)

Things People Say That Drive Gun Owners Crazy

Here’s a timely post from Dennis Boyer of the Interactivity Foundation… I have been holding a series of local discussions with gun owners in Wisconsin, with a particular focus on owners of “assault weapons,” in an effort to understand their side of this controversy as a foundation for general public discussions. Just as many of us are amazed and outraged by things said by NRA spokespersons, gun owners have their own grievances about claims and statements made by anti-gun folks. Here are the top grievances about […] (continue)

Dynamic Facilitation: Ottawa, Pakistan, and Polygamy

This post was submitted by Rosa Zubizarreta of DiaPraxis, an organizational member of NCDD. Contact Rosa at rosa@diapraxis.com if you have questions about this post. “From Conflict to Creative Community: A transformative Dynamic Facilitation learning journey” will be taking place in Ottawa on March 1-3, 2013. Discount available for NCDD members. For a fairly conventional read about this powerful groundbreaking approach, check out my article in the most recent edition of OD Practitioner. However, for a more unusual description, keep reading to discover how a participant from a […] (continue)

Today & Tomorrow Only! Free e-Book of “The Moment of Oh!”

Attention Amazon Kindle users!  Don’t miss out on a great opportunity from NCDD organizational member, CivilSay!  Today and tomorrow, you can download a free copy of The Moment of OH! by John Blakinger and Greg Ranstrom on to your Kindle e-Book reader.  Not a Kindle user?  Well, you can still order a copy of their “guide to help communities make tough decisions” at Amazon.com or visit their website where each chapter will be posted on their blog through April 2013.  Here’s a little more about the book… The Moment of […] (continue)

Update on John Spady’s Catalyst Proposal to begin a National Dialogue Network infrastructure

This post is from John Spady, who has been working for months on a project to develop a National Dialogue Network infrastructure. He would like to see many NCDD members sign on to show their support.  The easiest way to do this is to add a comment to this blog post (with your name, organization, email and what role you could see yourself eventually playing in this project).  You can also check out his CivicEvolution page and his Hackpad document. Dear NCDD Community: Nine months ago, […] (continue)

Developing Citizen Leaders with the Emerging Issues Commons

This post was submitted by John Coggin of NC State University via the Add to Blog form… The Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NC State University is concerned with the future vitality of North Carolina. IEI deliberately and directly connects interested citizens in business, government, education, and the non-profit sector to problem solve emerging issues that lie along the convergence of four key areas: Education, Health, Economy, and Environments (Natural and Built). Our goal is to bring focus to the state’s complex public challenges, […] (continue)