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From the CommunityAuthor Archives: Sandy Heierbacher

Blogger Bio:  Sandy Heierbacher is the director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She co-founded NCDD in 2002 with her husband Andy Fluke. Sandy has an M.A. in International Management from SIT Graduate Institute. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

How should we tackle our field’s biggest barriers to success?

Ideas & Next Steps from NCDD 2014 Conference The results of NCDD’s recent Codigital engagement project are quite interesting, and having a record of the ideas shared and how our community ranked those ideas is going to be incredibly useful — for NCDD and hopefully for others in our field. As a reminder, on the second day of the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, we created the space for our 415 attendees to launch discussions about four barriers to the dialogue and deliberation […] (continue)

Creating Community Solutions Alliance Wins IAP2 USA Project of the Year

We wanted to share the great news that last month, the Creating Community Solutions Alliance received the International Association of Public Participation’s USA Project of the Year Core Value Award. NCDD is one of six organizations that make up the core CCS alliance — including the National Institute for Civil Discourse (the lead partner), Everyday Democracy, the National Issues Forums Institute, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium and AmericaSpeaks. Creating Community Solutions won for its work in bringing people to the table for the national dialogue on mental health […] (continue)

Join a Live Video Chat on #TextTalkAct Tomorrow

Join organizers of the award-winning #TextTalkAct in a live video chat hosted by @DocForeman tomorrow (Tuesday, November 18th) at 6:30 pm Eastern / 3:30 pm Pacific. Hear what happened during our national Text Talk Act contest on October 6. We’ll connect you with: Winning youth organizers; Ideas texted in by participants across the country; Resources for taking action. To participate, simply click on this link on Tuesday, Nov 18 at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time. You’ll be connected to the live streaming video on YouTube that […] (continue)

NCDD-CRS Meetings Being Planned Across the Country

One of the highlights of the recent National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation was Grande Lum’s speech on the final day of the conference. Grande is director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, an extraordinary program that was established 50 years ago as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Known as “America’s Peacemaker,” the Community Relations Service (CRS) has worked with thousands of communities over the years, many of whom came together in crisis and emerged stronger and more unified as […] (continue)

The NCDD 2014 Conference has been storified!

Check out our awesome Storify page on the 2014 NCDD conference. Lots of great photos, quotes from evaluations, links and other gems in there that will give you a sense of the event, even if you weren’t able to make it. Not only is this a great glance at the conference, this is a useful demonstration of how to bring content from a variety of different social media (and other) sources into one place to “tell the story” of an engaging event! (continue)

Tour of NCDD’s Field Mapping Project

In the months leading up to the 2014 NCDD conference, NCDD conducted a unique field mapping project as part of our collaboration with the Kettering Foundation. The project capitalized on the fact that the conference would bring together more than 400 leaders and emerging leaders in the dialogue & deliberation community, many of whom are interested in finding new ways to collaborate across organizations and sectors to have a greater impact. We had conference planning team member Kathryn Thomson (of LeaderMind Consulting and Ethelo Decisions) […] (continue)

Check out the photos from NCDD 2014!

We posted some of our favorite photos from the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation on Facebook yesterday. About 415 amazing people came together in Reston, VA for networking, learning and field-building. So much fun! Thank you to John Daly of DalyPhotography for taking almost all of these gorgeous photos. Post by National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. (continue)

Continuing the conversation from NCDD 2014 – now!

At the 2014 NCDD conference in the DC area this past weekend, 415 leaders and emerging leaders in our field explored what they’d like dialogue and deliberation work to look like a generation from now. While it’s important to have a clear vision of the future we hope for, it is equally important to be clear about what stands in our way and devise plans for getting around those obstacles. Even if you weren’t able to attend the conference, we invite you to join conference […] (continue)

Free book for first 60 people to register on Friday!

Here’s an incentive for showing up early to get your name tag and tote on Friday morning! Registration opens at 8am. This weekend’s NCDD conference coincides with the publication of a new book called Read the Room For Real: How a Simple Technology Creates Better Meetings. The book is intended for facilitators, presenters, conference planners, or anyone who is curious about how to use increasingly accessible audience polling technology to improve meetings. We are happy to provide preview copies of the book – which include […] (continue)

Screening of “Bring It To The Table” at NCDD 2014

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be screening the not-yet-released film “Bring It To The Table” at NCDD 2014 on Saturday night starting at 8:30 pm, and you’ll have the chance to talk with filmmaker Julie Winokur about her journey, and about how you might utilize the film. Democracy is founded on robust dialogue, but somewhere along the line, politics replaced sex as the one thing in America we don’t discuss in mixed company. Bring it to the Table aims to reverse that trend. Filmmaker […] (continue)

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