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From the CommunityCommunity News Archives: NCDD News

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.

NCDD is collecting blurbs describing your great work!

NCDD is made up of extraordinary organizations and individuals who, in my opinion, are doing some of the most important work on the planet.  For fundraising and outreach purposes, we want to do a better job explaining the work our members do. For starters, we want to collect short, concise sentences (blurbs) describing your work.  Here are a few examples of some blurbs I wrote a few years ago to illustrate our members’ work… King County’s (Seattle Area) innovative Countywide Community Forums, a project of […] (continue)

Who’s Working on Issues of Income Inequality & Health Care?

A few months ago, I asked the NCDD network who was, is or will soon be working on engaging people around the issues of health care or income inequality. The Kettering Foundation was interested in learning about who is working on these topics (and still is!), as they are topics that the National Issues Forums Institute is currently addressing. Later this month, Kettering will be holding its annual “A Public Voice” event at the National Press Club in DC, and NCDD has been honored to […] (continue)

What You Missed from the NCDD Confab Call with PBP

Our NCDD Confab Call this week featuring the Participatory Budgeting Project was one of our best so far! Over 75 people participated in the call and learned tons about the work that PBP is doing to grow participatory budgeting across the country – you missed out if you weren’t on the call! NCDD member and PBP’s Communications Director David Beasley told us about exciting developments coming down the line for PBP, including working closely with the City of New York to use PB inside their housing authority agency, the […] (continue)

NCDD’s 2015 Year in Review

When a new year begins, we naturally tend to reflect back on the previous year. As we look back on 2015, it’s clear that it was quite a year for NCDD, and it’s inspiring to look back and see all that’s happened. The year of 2015 was one of many transitions. NCDD had some personnel changes as we said a fond farewell to our former Creative Director Andy Fluke and gave a warm welcome to our new Resource Curator and Social Media Coordinator Keiva Hummel (pictured at left). We also brought […] (continue)

Taking Stock with the NCDD Board of Directors

Hello, NCDDers! The new year is always a great time to take stock of where we are and to think about how we want to move forward. The NCDD Board of Directors will be meeting next month (along with program director Courtney Breese and I) to do just that, but since we are a member-driven network, we want to make sure our conversation is firmly grounded in what is important and emerging for you – our members. To that end, we would appreciate your taking just a few […] (continue)

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)

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