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NCDD runs innovative conferences, meetups, and online events that bring together practitioners, public leaders, artists, activists, academics and students from across this critically important field. Nearly 3,000 people have attended our national and regional conferences so far, and we hope to see you at the next one!

Don’t Miss Our Tech Tuesday Call with Consider.it on 5/5

As we recently announced, NCDD is hosting another one of our Tech Tuesday events next Tuesday, May 5th from 2-3pm EST. We have had many folks already register to join us, but there is still room, so make sure to sign up today! During the call, we will hear from Kevin Miniter, the co-founder of Consider.it – an innovative dialogue software that helps regular people participate in a facilitated conversation where they identify their common ground, sticking points, and misconceptions as they build toward consensus on a topic. Consider.it […] (continue)

Recap of the NCDD Confab Call with Pete Peterson

We had another great Confab Call event last week with NCDD member Pete Peterson of the Davenport Institute. Pete shared some very interesting insights and lessons that he learned from his recent run for California Secretary of State last year in a bid to become, as he calls it, the state’s “Chief Engagement Officer.” It was an inspiring conversation in many ways, and after listening to Pete, there very well may be a few more NCDD members thinking about using their public engagement backgrounds to run for office! In […] (continue)

Confab Call with Pete Peterson is THIS Thursday, 4/23

We are excited to be gearing up for NCDD’s next Confab Call this Thursday, April 23rd! Are you ready to join us? The call will take place from 1-2pm Eastern/10-11am Pacific. As we recently announced, this week’s Confab will feature a conversation with NCDD Member Pete Peterson. Pete is the Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, and in 2014, he ran for California Secretary of State on a platform of increasing informed civic participation and using technology to make government more responsive […] (continue)

Sign up for May’s Tech Tuesday featuring Consider.it

NCDD’s next Tech Tuesday event on May 5th will feature Consider.it, a social technology that lets people deliberate on an issue together online. Registration is now open, so sign up today to reserve your spot! Consider.it was created as an interdisciplinary project through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The software focuses dialogues on a specific idea, encourages users to think about both sides of the idea, listen to and include the thoughts of others and express a nuanced opinion. Consider.it shows what thousands of people […] (continue)

Missed Our Loomio Tech Tuesday Event? Watch it Now!

We had a great Tech Tuesday on April 7th where about 65 NCDD members participated in a call with Alanna Krause and Chelsea Robinson of the Loomio cooperative. Loomio is an independent and neutral online space for complex discussion used by people from around the world to start a discussions, build agreement, and make decisions together for a course of action. We learned a lot and had a great conversation! In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording of the call by clicking here, and Alanna and Chelsea’s power […] (continue)

NCDD Co-hosting Event in San Francisco April 30th

NCDD is co-hosting an event with the IAP2 Northern California Chapter April 30th in San Francisco – we hope many of you in the Bay Area will join us! This two-hour event (6-8pm PST) will include networking and a presentation from NCDD Supporting member David Campt. Below is a description of David’s presentation, titled “Paradigm Shift: How Facilitators Are Accelerating Their Practice Through Recent Developments on Audience Polling Systems.” From the checkout line to customer service phone systems, our opinions are constantly being sought. Yet most in person meetings do not […] (continue)

Registration open for April 23rd Confab with Pete Peterson

Join us on Thursday, April 23rd for NCDD’s next “Confab Call.” We’ll be talking with NCDD Member Pete Peterson about lessons learned from running for office on a “civic engagement” platform. The confab will take place from 1-2pm Eastern (10-11am Pacific).  Register today to secure your spot! Pete Peterson is the Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine’s School of Public Policy in Malibu, California. In 2014, after earning one of the “top two” slots in the primary, Pete became the Republican candidate for California Secretary of […] (continue)

March 2015 Confab Call on Facilitator Ethics

On March 25th, NCDD hosted a Confab Call on “Facilitator Ethics and Reflective Practice” featuring NCDD member Kimberly Bain. Kimberly discussed the importance of reflective practice for facilitators and challenged participants to consider their own ethical values and how they would address a variety of ethical dilemmas. She also shared an invitation to continue this conversation about ethics and values in virtual discussion groups with colleagues across the globe. Join the conversation today on Kimberly’s website. If you missed the confab, you can now listen to the presentation and […] (continue)

David Mathews’ Message to the NCDD Community

At the 2014 NCDD conference last fall, we were honored to have David Mathews speak during the opening session. For those who don’t know, David is president and CEO of the Kettering Foundation. For his talk, we asked David to orient attendees to the past and present landscape in Washington for dialogue and deliberation.  We wanted him to look back to his days in the Ford administration, and reflect on what he and Kettering have learned over the years about how citizen deliberation can influence Washington politics […] (continue)

April’s not-to-miss Tech Tuesday to feature Loomio

NCDD’s Tech Tuesday events had a bit of a hiatus since the conference, but they’re back with a vengeance with the next several being firmed up as we speak. For April’s event, on Tuesday, April 7th, we’re pleased to feature Loomio, an open source app for group collaboration and decision-making that has been generating lots of buzz in the field. Registration is open now, so reserve your spot today! Loomio emerged when activists from the Occupy movement teamed up with the social enterprise network Enspiral, realizing that they were using different […] (continue)

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