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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!

Looking for Innovative Ideas to Enhance Networking at NCDD 2008

Windy Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Houston – Downtown (and member of the conference planning team) asked me to post the following request to the conference blog. She invites everyone in the D&D community to share their ideas using the comments feature. I’m helping to research innovative networking session strategies for the upcoming NCDD conference and I could really use your input. Sandy mentioned to me that in the past, NCDD has tried different things to help conference participants network […] (continue)

First Planning Team Calls Set for Thursday and Monday

I sent an email out to the Planning Team listserv last Thursday (January 10th) about the two introductory conference calls we’re having for the entire team. I thought I’d post something in the conference blog as well. The calls are scheduled at times that should allow even our international team members to make one of the calls. The calls will be held: – Thursday, January 17, at 11 am Eastern / 10 am Central / 8 am Pacific – Monday, January 21, at 7 pm […] (continue)

Join the 2008 Conference Planning Team

Interested in contributing your knowledge, time and talents to help ensure that NCDD’s 2008 conference in Austin is our best event yet? We’d love to have you on the Planning Team! NCDD’s biennial conferences are unique experiments in collaborative planning, and we have managed dynamic planning teams of about 60 people for each of our three previous conferences. Potential planning team members were asked to complete a short survey so we could find out what you’re interested in doing. You can also look over an […] (continue)

Methods to Feature at NCDD 2008

During the plenary sessions at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 National Conferences on Dialogue & Deliberation, we’ve showcased a number of great large-group D&D methods. We’ve used these methods to help reach our goals for the conference – helping participants incorporate their learning, network with one another, set priorities, shape the future of the D&D community, etc. Sometimes we stayed fairly pure with the process, and other times we adapted them in major ways to better suit our needs. We have experimented with these methodologies […] (continue)

Help Us Identify Conservatives who Support D&D

Susan Clark and Jacob Hess are working to make the Austin conference more balanced in terms of political ideology. They are also looking for ways to facilitate and highlight liberal-conservative dialogue at the conference. Given our (not great) track record for attracting conservatives to past conferences, we are asking the greater D&D community to help us think of new ways to involve and identify conservatives who are committed to public engagement and conflict transformation. Here are some of Susan and Jacob’s ideas… Identify and make […] (continue)

What are NCDD Conferences like?

Here are some of the typical elements of NCDD national conferences: The general theme or purpose of NCDD conferences is to unite and strengthen the growing dialogue and deliberation community At least one highly participatory plenary (large-group) session each day; the plenaries model dialogue and deliberation techniques while helping conference participants think about where the field should be going and/or tackle key issues facing the field At least one of the plenary sessions allows participants to hear from several key leaders in the field (not […] (continue)

Attracting More Conservatives to the NCDD Conference

Progressives seem to “get” dialogue and deliberation more than conservatives do, and our conference participants definitely tend to lean to the left. We want make NCDD a more welcoming network/conference for conservatives not only because their perspectives will make our gatherings richer, but also because we need to learn how to appeal to more people if D&D are ever to spread to the mainstream. Conference planning team members Susan Clark and Jacob Hess have taken on this challenge, and here are some notes from their […] (continue)

Sandy and Polly’s Visit to Austin

Polly, Diane and Taylor – Let’s use this page to keep track of my and Polly’s schedules in Austin. When you firm up something, use the comment field to submit it and I’ll edit the page. Hopefully this will help avoid confusion and overbooking! Friday, February 22 4 pm – Sandy arrives in Austin around 4 pm, rents a car, and enjoys rush hour traffic on the way to the hotel 7 pm – Sandy drives over to Anoek’s house for the Central Texas Team […] (continue)

Planning Process for NCDD 2008

Here is an outline of the planning process for NCDD’s 2008 conference. Click here to look over the existing planning team. Structure of the 2008 Planning Team How does the Planning Team function? What’s next in the planning process? What Planning Team members should do Not yet part of the Planning Team? Structure of the 2008 Planning Team Conference Director: Sandy Heierbacher (secures funding, galvanizes involvement and support from community, manages budget, provides overall direction, ensures continuity, supports Core Team, etc.) Conference Manager: TDB (facilitates […] (continue)

Planning Team for the 2008 NCDD Conference

NCDD’s biennial conferences are unique experiments in collaborative planning, and we have managed dynamic mostly-volunteer planning teams of about 60 people for each of our three previous conferences. This year, over 100 people joined the planning team (!) which, as always, was open to anyone who wanted to get involved. Learn more about the planning process. People to contact if you have questions (about what’s in the parentheses): Andy Fluke – NCDD Creative Director (website, publications, blog and other technology) Joy Garman – NCDD Office […] (continue)