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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.

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)

NCDD 2014: Lots of things to get excited about!

If you haven’t yet registered for the NCDD conference (Oct 17-19 in Reston, VA), now’s the time to do it! The late rate goes into effect next Wednesday, and registration will be $550 rather than $450. It’s looking like we’ll reach our goal of 400 attendees (yay!), but we still a few spots open, and maybe one of them has your name on it. But here’s an added incentive to register now.  You can enter the promo code “25percentoff” at registration to save over $110 […] (continue)

Field trip sign-ups are open for 2014 NCDD conference!

Members of our local planning team for NCDD 2014 have organized four amazing field trips for conference participants on Saturday evening. We left time in the schedule for you to enjoy what the DC area has to offer on Saturday starting at 4pm, and though you’re free to do whatever you’d like that night, you can’t go wrong with these four options. There’s something for everybody in these four field trips:  music, history, performance, monuments, yummy food, and of course, lots of great discussion and networking! Sign […] (continue)

“Temperature Check” survey for all NCDD members!

Though we’re all neck-deep in conference prep right now, it’s important to us to serve our members effectively during non-conference time as well.  About 50 of you have completed our “temperature check” survey so far, but we’d love many more of our 2,100 members to provide your input and ideas. As you may have noticed, NCDD has really ramped things up over the last year or two, with new features like the member map and the dialogue storytelling tool, our collaborative efforts with the Creating Community […] (continue)

Who do you want to meet at NCDD 2014?

We thought we’d create a space for attendees to jump-start their networking efforts before next month’s conference. For the past 12 years, NCDD events have brought together more than 2,500 people in the dialogue and deliberation field―practitioners, scholars, public leaders, trainers, artists, activists, philanthropists, students and more―to learn, collaborate, and network. NCDD conferences are wonderful networking opportunities, with about 400 of the most active and influential people in public engagement coming together this year in the DC area. Many friendships, professional relationships, and new partnerships have been hatched […] (continue)

Moderators Needed for “Keystone Crossroads” Forum in Altoona, PA

The Penn Project for Civic Engagement is working on a statewide journalism initiative with all of the public radio stations in PA called Keystone Crossroads. Reporters in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and State College will fan out across the state to report on root causes and potential solutions for the Commonwealth’s urban challenges. We are working with the folks at WPSU (State College Public Radio) to conduct a forum in Altoona and are looking for moderators. The forums are a chance for the public to give […] (continue)

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