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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.

Important 10-question survey for NCDD volunteers and contractors

To all members of the NCDD community: With our small staff and modest budget over the years, we’ve always relied on NCDD members to step forward as volunteers to plan the national and regional conferences, organize our online events, host our book clubs, contribute content to the website, create videos, provide each other with advice, and so much more.  We are a Coalition after all, and that’s part of our culture. I hope you’ve noticed that NCDD has a lot going on these days — […] (continue)

Request your free copy of David Mathews’ new book The Ecology of Democracy

Our friends at the Kettering Foundation are offering to send complimentary copies of David Mathews’ new book out to anyone in the NCDD community who requests one. As you may know, David Mathews is president of the Kettering Foundation and former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare in the Ford administration. I know him personally, and he’s an extremely kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and humble guy. The Ecology of Democracy: Finding Ways to Have a Stronger Hand in Shaping Our Future is for people who care […] (continue)

Deal for NCDDers on Tamarack’s Evaluating Community Impact workshops

Many of us in the NCDD network are part of community-based initiatives for creating change, in local government, healthcare, poverty, education, and numerous other arenas. And while we know it is important to stand back and evaluate the impact we are making on these issues and how to do things better, we often don’t know how to evaluate the effects of our work in meaningful ways. That is why we are pleased to invite NCDD members to participate in a great program run by our friends […] (continue)

Should NCDD become the new steward of Conversation Cafe?

NCDD is engaging our members and the broader dialogue and deliberation community on an important decision we’re facing, and we are seeking our members’ input, ideas, and reaction. Our good friend Jacquelyn Pogue has reluctantly decided to retire from her stewardship of the process known as Conversation Café, leaving a powerful form of dialogue at risk. Jacqueline, as well as Vicki Robin and Susan Partnow (the co-creators of Conversation Café), approached me about whether NCDD would be interested in stewarding the tool, and I believe NCDD has […] (continue)

Invitation to join the new Transpartisan Listserv

On behalf of all the founding participants, NCDD is pleased to invite you to join the new Transpartisan Listserv. Our intension for this moderated email discussion list is to provide a simple, safe communication channel where individuals and organizations that are active in this boundary-crossing work can connect and learn from each other. The list is hosted by NCDD through a partnership of NCDD and Mediators Foundation.  The following amazing group of people are co-founding the list: Mark Gerzon, Tom Hast and John Steiner of […] (continue)

NCDD welcomes two extraordinary new Board members

This post was submitted by Barb Simonetti — the new chair of NCDD’s Board of Directors as of January. It is my extreme pleasure to announce two wonderful new additions to NCDD’s Board of Directors. Both are longtime members and active friends of NCDD with impressive credentials. Susan Stuart Clark is the founder and Executive Director of Common Knowledge with the mission of exploring and demonstrating more inclusive and innovative approaches to achieving sustainable social change. She works with state and local government agencies, nonprofits, foundations […] (continue)

NCDD’s 2013 Year-in-Numbers

2013 was a banner year for NCDD, and we’ve already summarized our activities, collaborative projects, and new developments in our Year-in-Review post. Please help us increase NCDD’s reach (and celebrate 2013!) by sharing this infographic with all those you think need to know there’s an amazing community of innovators in public engagement and group process work they can tap into or join in with. Andy has created 3 versions of this infographic for NCDD members to use or share: A .png image, which is great for […] (continue)

NCDD’s Year In Review

2013 was an incredible year for NCDD and for our community. We started off the year by intensely engaging our members around how the D&D community can respond to crises like the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (explore the Hackpad series here). Soon after that, we announced the two projects that won our member-selected Catalyst Awards (in hindsight, we realized we had actually run our first Participatory Budgeting process, having had members develop the contending projects in teams and then vote for the winners!). We […] (continue)

Results of NCDD’s member drive – and a huge THANK YOU!

Last month, we shared NCDD’s news from 2013 with all our members—including our strengthened relationship with the Kettering Foundation—and asked you to support our efforts to serve you by “stepping up” your membership.  Our goal was to see many non-dues members upgrading to supporting member levels, and to see those whose dues were due for renewal or lapsed to get their supporting membership in good standing. Many people did exactly that. In all, nearly 150 stepped up during the drive (all but 14 as supporting […] (continue)

Text, Talk, Act: Results and How to Continue

Last week, on Dec. 5, thousands of people across the country joined Creating Community Solutions in a “Text, Talk, and Act,” a nationwide discussion on mental health via text. Participants met in groups of 4-5 to talk about the importance of mental health, their personal experiences, and what they could do to make a difference. The initiative was designed to engage high school and college students in particular, using technology that is ubiquitous in their lives. Over 600 phones (and approx. 2,400 people) joined in to “Text, […] (continue)