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Learn about various projects and goings-on at NCDD (aside from our events): collaborative projects we’re involved in, research we’re undertaking, and topics our community is tackling.

Sign Up for December’s Tech Tuesday on Common Ground for Action

Registration is now open for December’s Tech Tuesday event featuring Common Ground for Action. Join us for this FREE event Tuesday, December 1st from 2:00-3:00pm Eastern/11:00am-12:00pm Pacific. In 2013, Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums collaborated with Conteneo, the developer of the San Jose Budget Games, to produce a platform that could allow truly deliberative online public forums. The result is Common Ground for Action, a simple, intuitive tool that allows participants to examine options for dealing with the problem, weigh tradeoffs, and find common ground, with […] (continue)

Confab Call Launches Nevins Democracy Leaders Program Partnership – Apply Today!

Wow. Our NCDD team was blown away by the amazing response from the field to the announcement we recently made about the launch of our partnership with the McCourtney Institute for Democracy‘s new Nevins Democracy Leaders Program and the Confab Call we hosted on Wednesday to educate organizational leaders on how they can apply to host a Nevins Fellow. We had nearly 70 registrants for the call, including some of D&D’s leading organizations, and the excitement on the call for what this program can do for the field […] (continue)

Get 20% Off NCDD Membership & Renewal During Membership Drive!

Hi, everybody!  To round out our summer membership drive, we wanted to offer a special incentive for any of you who have not yet renewed or upgraded your membership. For the rest of the week, you can save 20% on all membership types and upgrades by entering “SUMMER-DRIVE” in the discount field in any of these three forms: Join form for individuals (if you’re not already a member) – www.ncdd.org/join-individual Join form for organizations – www.ncdd.org/join-organization Renewal/upgrade form – www.ncdd.org/renew You can even renew for two years with […] (continue)

A Time of Transition for NCDD

It has been a crazy summer — a crazy year so far, really — for me and for NCDD. Those of you who are connected to me on Facebook or who have seen me at events likely know what’s been going on. But this is an overdue update to the whole network. As many of you know, NCDD was co-founded in 2002 (13 years ago now!) by me and Andy Fluke. The vision for NCDD was primarily mine, but Andy’s skills in website and graphic […] (continue)

Public Conversations Project Founder: “Invest in NCDD”

Please take a minute to read this wonderful letter from Laura Chasin – founder of one of our long-standing members, the Public Conversations Project – endorsing the value of an NCDD membership. As we’ve recently mentioned, NCDD is in the midst of an important membership drive. If you are a non-dues member of NCDD, if your dues have lapsed, or if you’re not a member at all, we hope this letter encourages you to support our work! We encourage you to look yourself up in the NCDD member directory at to find […] (continue)

It’s a Great Time to Join NCDD

The NCDD Board of Directors is reaching out to the NCDD community with the following message… There is so much to talk about in America – gun violence, racism, healthcare, climate change, same sex marriage, voting rights, the shrinking middle class, presidential campaigns. Now more than ever, Americans need to be able to talk and act together to solve our most pressing problems. NCDD plays a unique and important role in supporting and accelerating the work of practitioners and the public in building democratic capacity. Our […] (continue)

An Update on the NCDD-CRS Meetings

As many of you know, NCDD has been working with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service since last October’s NCDD national conference, to organize meetings between NCDD members and CRS staff at their fourteen regional field offices. This was inspired, in part, by CRS director Grande Lum’s speech at the conference. We wanted to let the network know that meetings have begun taking place in several cities over the past few months, and more are in the works! These meetings are an exciting opportunity to start a productive relationship with staff […] (continue)

A Resounding “Thank You” to Andy Fluke

NCDD Co-Founder Andy Fluke’s role as Creative Director is coming to a close in July. While many of you know Andy, you might not realize the scale of the contribution he has made over the years. It’s a story well worth telling. As creative director, Andy has been the graphic design force behind our website and publications, quietly anchoring NCDD’s infrastructure and fostering its growth for the past 12 years.  He may be best known for developing the website from a handful of pages to […] (continue)

Help NCDD Explore a D&D Youth Leadership Initiative

Some of you may have heard already on our Discussion Listserv that, as part of our continued commitment to cultivating “democracy for the next generation,” NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher asked me to help conduct a scoping project to explore what possibilities there are to potentially launch a youth leadership /emerging leaders program within the NCDD network. We are already collecting input from NCDD’s student and young professional members (young folks/students, share your input on our survey for a chance to win $50, and write to me at […] (continue)

NCDD’s Year In Numbers infographic is out!

2014 was a great year for the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation! Designed by our co-founder Andy Fluke, this end-of-year infographic highlights NCDD’s growth and activity during the past twelve months. Please share this post with all those you think should know there’s an amazing community of innovators in public engagement and group process work they can tap into or join in with. Also be sure to look over the great Year-in-Review post at www.ncdd.org/17033, where we summarize 2014’s activities, accomplishments and highlights. It has been quite […] (continue)