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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!

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)

How can social media and social networking tools help the tooth fairy?

Originally posted by Beth Kanter for the 2006 NCDD Conference…  I recently discovered a blog by a colleague, Allison Fine, called A. Fine Blog. Her focus is on “the ways that digital tools, particularly social media, are enhancing our connectedness to one another and our ability and willingness to work for the collective social good.” Her forthcoming book Momentum: IgnitingSocial Change in the Connected Age takes an indepth look at the topic. One of her entries, “The Softer Side of Social Media” shares the story of how a friend […] (continue)

What Brings Me to NCDD

Originally posted by Kai Degner for the 2006 NCDD Conference… Greetings, Since I’m one of the ”new practioners” represented at the NCDD this year, I thought I might share a mini-version of how I got involved with this wonderful crowd.  I hope to convey to any readers the opportunity I feel exists for involving hundreds of thousands of people into more regular conversation about things important to them. This will also set the stage for the title of my Friday showcase titled “OrangeBand: A Gateway to D&D.” In 2003, I was a senior undergraduate student […] (continue)

Second National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation to be Held this October

NCDD’s 2004 conference will take place in Denver, Colorado, October 23-25 at Regis University. We plan to have this conference surpass the groundbreaking 2002 conference in every way – in numbers, in quality, in networking opportunities, in learning and skill-building. Like our first conference, the 2004 conference will be planned as collaboratively and creatively as possible, and your input and involvement are more than welcome. Go to www.thataway.org/conference/2004/index.html for more info. (continue)