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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!

Where We Are Now – Exploring Current Trends

Originally posted by Loretta Donavan for the 2006 NCDD Conference… After a thoroughly engaging opening on Saturday morning, participants move into their right brains in discovering “Where we are now.” Leilani Henry is the moderator for the session. Clear your tables . . . is her first instruciton to the ballroom of participants. She tells the group that it is important to include the nonverbal. Start in silence . . . what are the trends you are hearing . . . visually capture them in 7 […] (continue)

The Zen of NCDD Events

Originally posted by Andy Fluke for the 2006 NCDD Conference… Running a conference is easier than it looks. There, I just gave away our biggest secret. ‘Course, it does help to have such a great team to work with in the first place, but at the heart of this revelation is a simple truth: you fill up a room with good people and good things are going to happen. That’s our secret. What’s left is simply making sure there’s enough chairs to make them comfortable (and […] (continue)

Opening Session at NCDD 2006: Reflecting on Our Past

The following post was written by Dale Ironson for the 2006 NCDD Conference. Also see Loretta Donovan’s reflections on this opening plenary, and download the full record of what attendees wrote on the timelines posted on the walls. Kenoli Oliari and Marc Tognotti did a phenomenal job facilitating this unique dialogue activity among the nearly 400 participants. Discovering the Collective Story that Brought Us Here Today In this plenary session, we explored our personal stories and the evolution of the field of D&D, amidst the background […] (continue)

The Evolutionary Role of D&D

Originally posted by Loretta Donavan for the 2006 NCDD Conference… Presenters: Peggy Holman and Tom Atlee Is it the title of the session . . . the term “evolutionary” that has been the attractor since the group in the room is notably on the “wiser and more experienced” side? Peggy invites everyone into their own inner conversation about the topic as a starting point with a chime. Tom does a quick run-through of 6 themes of evolution and conversation: Characteristic of Evolution: Direction – increasing complexity, […] (continue)

Documenting the Opening Session Process With Flickr

Originally posted by Beth Kanter for the 2006 NCDD Conference…  I used my camera phone to email photos of the opening session to flickr with some short notes on process. The photo set is here How could you incorporate or integrate the use of flickr/photo sharing with in-the-room techniques?   (continue)

Maracot Drummers in Flickr!

Originally posted by Beth Kanter for the 2006 NCDD Conference… Here’s a quick flickr set! Some words spoken by the drum leader … Drumming is an ancient form of communication. The style is called “Maracot” and a northeastern cousin of Samba music. Songs are songs to the gods. The first song was to the god of crossroads who comes to guide you down a path. He’s a trickster, appears in different forms. The second song was a tribute to the African Goddess of Love! Share the love! […] (continue)

Opening/How Did We Get Here

Originally posted by Loretta Donavan for the 2006 NCDD Conference… The room is filled with the rhythm of drums of Maracats  . . . enraptured, the participants are focused on the sound, glitter and motion at center stage.  Sounds get louder. Symbolically, the lights dim around the room, then come up again in the room and dim on the stage . . .  the focus is on the whole space . . . the participants are where the energy is at. Cheers and hoots as […] (continue)

NCDD 2006 Opening Session

Originally posted by Dale Ironson for the 2006 NCDD Conference… The 2006 NCDD conference started off with a bang – literally. After a wonderful buffet breakfast of fruit and pastries we were ushered into the main meeting room by the energizing drumming of the Maracat Drummers. The vibrant pulsating rhythms of Samba like music were stirring and energizing setting an exciting tone for the conference. After the procession of dancing drummers dressed in dazzling colored costumes well over 320 of us took our seats in […] (continue)

All About the BrainJam…

Ready for a BrainJam? Originally posted by Chris Heuer for the 2006 NCDD Conference… So here we are on the eve of our NCDD BrainJam and I am finally getting a chance to write you about what we have planned for tomorrow. I am writing this from the backseat of my car as Kristie drives myself and Tom Foremski to a meeting south of the airport – which is where I suspect a few of you might be at this very moment. The past few weeks have been extremely hectic, […] (continue)

The Art of Live Blogging

Originally posted by Beth Kanter for the 2006 NCDD Conference… I’m gearing up to do some live blogging at the NCDD. Live blogging is basically taking notes, photos, or recordings at lectures, conferences, and presentations of what was said and posting it to your blog. I ended up doing live blogging because I think through fingers anyway, so why not share it with others on my blog? So, here are some pointers: First of all, live blogging takes a certain chutzpah.    Someone said that live bloggers […] (continue)

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