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Welcome to the NCDD Idea Incubator

A place for NCDDers to post ideas that benefit our field, gather feedback, and gain partners. Submit your idea here for posting or join the conversation below. Click here for guidance on how best to use the Idea Incubator and other NCDD resources to incubate new ideas. The Idea Incubator is best used for ideas that have already generated interest via NCDD's listservs, events, or social media groups.

Northern NJ foundation seeking local collaborators

Looking for NCDDers in Northern New Jersey. Our foundation convenes civic and educational leaders to discuss/resolve shared problems/opportunities in the fields of Education, Public Health, and Civic Engagement. We have recently instituted “The Hackensack River Compact” as a “tent” under which six communities: Bergenfield, Bogota, Englewood, Hackensack, New Milford, and Teaneck come together to benefit together by collaborating on many projects which heretofore were not even imagined as possible. We are asking, system-wide, “What might you be able to accomplish together that you cannot alone?” […] See full idea & comment!

Will powerful conversations solve state and local budget crises?

What would happen if professional organizers and facilitators of dialogue and deliberation decisively and publicly demonstrated their capacity to help cities and states solve their biggest problem -- collapsing budgets -- and then broadly promoted that fact? See full idea & comment!

Votes and hosts needed for Conversation Week 2011

The next Conversation Week is just around the corner: March 24-31 2011! In late 2009, Bob and Jacquelyn Pogue were offered the stewardship of Conversation Café by Vicki Robin and Susan Partnow, and the stewardship of Conversation Cafe has been transferred to Community Action Dialogues, which now serves as an umbrella for Conversation Café and Richmond Action Dialogues. Community Action Dialogues invites you to vote on your favorite questions that have been submitted for Conversation Week. Select up to ten of your favorite questions and write […] See full idea & comment!

The Conversational Commons

The phrase “the commons” refers to domains and resources that belong to or affect the whole of a community.  The “conversational commons” then embraces everything that supports or makes possible the enjoyable and productive conversations of a community — notably including the health and productivity of professions that specialize in serving quality conversation, e.g., conveners and facilitators, mediators and negotiators, diplomats and public engagement professionals, and so on. A legitimate and important function of professional organizations like the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD), […] See full idea & comment!

Summary of NCDD survey on race dialogue — and next steps

Before the holidays, three was a flurry of dozens of messages on the NCDD Discussion list (our main listserv, with 1150 subscribers) on issues of race and racism within a period of a couple of days. Though our listserv can be a great place to discuss practice-related questions and share announcements, it is not a forum for online dialogue on issues like race, climate change, or health care (see the list description and ground rules here). We can and often do discuss issues related to […] See full idea & comment!

Opportunity for NCDDers to help shape No Labels’ activities

An appeal to NCDD colleagues, from leadership at NCDD and the Public Conversations Project: As some of you will have noticed, No Labels has been the subject of lively discussion on the NCDD listserv in recent weeks.  This month-old effort has Democratic, Republican and Independent leadership and aims to counter what it calls ‘hyper-partisanship” in national, particularly Congressional, politics. The founders’ consistent message has been that they are not about issues but about shifting the “attitudes and behaviors” of elected leaders towards civility and cooperative […] See full idea & comment!

Call for proposals for D&D student conference in March 2011

New NCDD member Jack Becker shared this announcement with the NCDD Discussion List yesterday, and I thought I’d share it here.  I attended the first student conference (“Connecting the Dots”) in Alabama last spring, and it was a great event.  I gave a workshop on NCDD’s Engagement Streams, which was a big hit!  This year, all presenters are asked to cover their travel, lodging and registration expenses, though I’m not sure how much registration will be (it was very reasonable for the first conference). The […] See full idea & comment!

Violence and Incivility at Town Hall Meetings on Health Care… What Can the D&D Community Do?

We’ve been having a rich discussion today about this on the main NCDD listserv (subscribe by sending a blank message to NCDD-DISCUSSION-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org), and I wanted to post my initial message to the blog as well… David Campt sent me a message yesterday with a link to a Huffington Post news story about how labor unions are organizing so their members can take on conservative Tea Party protesters and others planning to protest all of the town halls and other events on health insurance reform going […] See full idea & comment!

Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2 – Day Three

Sandy Heierbacher, NCDD’s director, is in Washington DC this week attending Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2 — a working session organized by AmericaSpeaks, Demos, Everyday Democracy and Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.   Sandy will be sharing her notes via Facebook and Twitter throughout the event and we will be collecting them here along with any comments we receive. 10:06 am –  We’re about to get into groups to work on 7 areas of convergence from yesterday’s activities. I’ll post about each, and love […] See full idea & comment!

Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2 – Day Two

Sandy Heierbacher, NCDD’s director, is in Washington DC this week attending Strengthening Our Nation’s Democracy 2 — a working session organized by AmericaSpeaks, Demos, Everyday Democracy and Harvard University’s Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation.   Sandy will be sharing her notes via Facebook and Twitter throughout the event and we will be collecting them here along with any comments we receive. 9:19 am –  Regarding the meeting you are at: I would propose a shift from thinking about the action starting in Washington […] See full idea & comment!

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