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From the CommunityAuthor Archives: Sandy Heierbacher

Blogger Bio:  Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

Participate in NCDD’s Field-Wide Inventory!

What if we knew how many dialogue and deliberation events took place in a typical year? (Or at least had SOME way to guess!) What if we had a sense of which approaches people in the D&D community specialized in and had training in? What if we had a sense of when practitioners and organizations in our field were more likely to collaborate with their peers? NCDD’s Inventory Survey was designed to get answers to these questions and more from individuals and from organizations in […] (continue)

Register Now for NCDD 2016 at the “Super Early Bird Rate”!

Hi, everyone! Registration is live for the 2016 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, and now is the best possible time to register. For a limited time (through June 15th only), our special “SUPER Early Bird” rate of $350 is active. We’re so excited about NCDD 2016!  We’re coming together October 14-16 (Friday through Sunday) in the Boston Metro Area at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center in Framingham, MA. This year’s conference is “Bridging Our Divides,” and our intention is to capture and draw […] (continue)

NCDD is collecting blurbs describing your great work!

NCDD is made up of extraordinary organizations and individuals who, in my opinion, are doing some of the most important work on the planet.  For fundraising and outreach purposes, we want to do a better job explaining the work our members do. For starters, we want to collect short, concise sentences (blurbs) describing your work.  Here are a few examples of some blurbs I wrote a few years ago to illustrate our members’ work… King County’s (Seattle Area) innovative Countywide Community Forums, a project of […] (continue)

Who’s Working on Issues of Income Inequality & Health Care?

A few months ago, I asked the NCDD network who was, is or will soon be working on engaging people around the issues of health care or income inequality. The Kettering Foundation was interested in learning about who is working on these topics (and still is!), as they are topics that the National Issues Forums Institute is currently addressing. Later this month, Kettering will be holding its annual “A Public Voice” event at the National Press Club in DC, and NCDD has been honored to […] (continue)

Fond Memories of Hal Saunders

I’m so sad to share this news with the network, but our long-time member Harold Saunders passed away yesterday at the age of 85. Hal had an incredibly distinguished career – I can’t even begin to do it justice. He developed and practiced the process of Sustained Dialogue, a “public peace process” to transform racial and ethnic conflicts.  He authored four books on peace building and dialogue. He worked with Kissinger, President Carter, and so many others. He became the Director of International Affairs at […] (continue)

Save the Date: NCDD 2016 is set for Oct 14-16 in Boston!

It’s time to mark your calendars for the highly anticipated 2016 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation! We’re excited to announce that our next national conference will take place in the Boston area this October 14-16. Our conferences only come around every two years, and you won’t want to miss this one! Just last night, someone told me they’ve never had more fun at a conference than at the last NCDD conference. But NCDD conferences aren’t just about having fun and enjoying the company of […] (continue)

NCDD’s 2015 Year in Review

When a new year begins, we naturally tend to reflect back on the previous year. As we look back on 2015, it’s clear that it was quite a year for NCDD, and it’s inspiring to look back and see all that’s happened. The year of 2015 was one of many transitions. NCDD had some personnel changes as we said a fond farewell to our former Creative Director Andy Fluke and gave a warm welcome to our new Resource Curator and Social Media Coordinator Keiva Hummel (pictured at left). We also brought […] (continue)

Taking Stock with the NCDD Board of Directors

Hello, NCDDers! The new year is always a great time to take stock of where we are and to think about how we want to move forward. The NCDD Board of Directors will be meeting next month (along with program director Courtney Breese and I) to do just that, but since we are a member-driven network, we want to make sure our conversation is firmly grounded in what is important and emerging for you – our members. To that end, we would appreciate your taking just a few […] (continue)

Laura Chasin: A Loss for the Field and for Humanity

We are so sorry to be sharing the heartbreaking news that Laura R. Chasin – co-founder of the Public Conversations Project and a pillar of the D&D field – passed away on November 17th. Many of us knew and loved Laura Chasin, and greatly admired her work at PCP.  She was a great supporter of NCDD, and a dear friend of mine. Please take a minute to read PCP’s message about Laura below, and if you knew Laura, I encourage you to click the link at the […] (continue)

Register for Oct. 28th Confab on Nevins Democracy Leaders Program

NCDD member organizations, be sure to join us next Wednesday, October 28th from 2-3pm Eastern/11am-12pm Pacific for a special NCDD Confab Call that can help your organization build capacity and contribute to the field! This call will feature a discussion with long-time NCDD member Dr. John Gastil, who will be sharing about the amazing opportunity for organizations in the D&D field to host a bright Penn State fellow next summer through the McCourtney Institute‘s Nevins Democracy Leaders Program! Stipends and living expenses are provided to the students through the program. This […] (continue)

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