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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.

IJP2 Article Part 9: Cultivate and support public engagement practitioners

Here is my final post excerpting my IJP2 article on the Systems and Framing challenges. Although I got sidetracked and should have posted this weeks ago with the others (sorry about that!), I think this segment is actually the most important one for practitioners, funders and community leaders to take note of… Cultivate and Support Public Engagement Practitioners In Sustaining Public Engagement, Archon Fung and Elana Fagotto (2006) credit much of the success of embedded public engagement to deliberative or civic entrepreneurs – highly skilled […] (continue)

Need your feedback on NCDD blog categories

I’ve been wanting to ask people who use the NCDD site what they think of the blog categories.  If you’re reading this on the NCDD blog (www.thataway.org if you’re reading this on Facebook or elsewhere), look in the left column and you’ll see all the categories listed in the second box titled “NCDD’s News & Perspectives.” Andy’s working on a site redesign and though we love using a WordPress blog to manage most of our site content, we plan to simplify the site’s appearance A […] (continue)

Project on Civic Reflection Facilitation Training Workshop

Catherine Tufariello at the Project on Civic Reflection at Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, Indiana) wanted to share this announcement with the NCDD community (note the NCDD discount on this already reasonably-priced training!)… From volunteers to educators, nonprofit leaders to community organizers, civic reflection discussions engage participants seeking to make a difference in the world.  If you are interested in learning to facilitate civic reflection discussions, consider attending the Project on Civic Reflection‘s next Facilitation Training Workshop.  The two-day workshop, to be held at Columbia College in […] (continue)

Audio from yesterday’s NCDD Confab on online conferences

We held our first “NCDD Confab” yesterday, and we want to thank our featured guests and everyone who participated!  We had close to 20 people on the call, and you can listen to the audio by clicking below if you’re interested (press the play button or download the mp3 file).  NCDD member Beth Offenbacker from PublicDecisions was our featured guest, and she talked with us about the upcoming Including the Excluded Online Conference (March 2-4) and about online conferences in general. Audio:  NCDD Confab – […] (continue)

Welcoming January’s new NCDD members

In January, NCDD gained 11 new individual members (5 dues-paying and 6 non-dues-paying) and 13 of our dues-paying members renewed their memberships (4 organizations and 8 individuals).  Welcome to our new members, and thank you to those who re-upped! Our new dues-paying individual members are: Myles Alexander, Research Assistant for the Community and Economic Development Laboratory at the University of Illinois John Inman, Doctoral Student in Human and Organization Systems at the Fielding Graduate University Pat Bonner, Lead Staff of Public Involvement/Collaboration for the US […] (continue)

NCDD Confab with Beth Offenbacker next Wed. 3:30 pm

All NCDD members are welcome to join us on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3:30-4:00 Eastern for the first in a new series of “NCDD Confabs” — conference calls for NCDD members where we’ll explore dialogue & deliberation’s role in current issues, learn about exciting projects and interesting methods from fellow NCDD members, and just get to know each other a little better. At this first NCDD Confab call on the 17th, we asked NCDD member Beth Offenbacker from PublicDecisions to talk with us about the […] (continue)

"SMART Conversations" Workshop and Facilitator Certification

Learn what SMART Conversations are and how to have them. In this workshop on Monday, April 19th, discover how to engage yourself and others in dialogue, productive conversations that build trust and respect, foster a participative environment, encourage authenticity, invite all perspectives and have a bias for action. Dialogue is essential for building consensus, encouraging public engagement, enhancing organizational effectiveness and sparking creativity and innovation. If you need to train others in the conversation style of dialogue, join us for the optional two-day facilitator certification […] (continue)

Help the Federal Government Understand Participation

We have a simple opportunity to advise the federal government about public participation.  We have so many great ideas that we routinely share with each other on our email list, so let’s spend a few moments to share them with the federal employees that are just now entering this space.  Our NCDD colleagues within the federal government at the EPA and CDC have demonstrated that just a handful of individuals with the right knowledge can make a tremendous impact, so let’s spread that knowledge! (continue)

$1M grant awarded to engage citizens in Alberta around climate change

A group of top researchers and practitioners in deliberation we’ve been involved in recently got some great news we wanted to share with everyone… How can collective deliberation by citizens lead to wise and timely action on climate change, including by municipal and provincial governments? Alberta (Canada) will be a testing ground for this question over the next five years. An international team of scholars, NGOs, businesses, and governments will be addressing it, supported by $1 million in funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities […] (continue)

Reflecting on NCDD in 2009

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) moved in some new directions in 2009, in large part in response to President Obama’s focus on open government and citizen participation. Our work with the Open Government Initiative and on the Principles for Public Engagement both invigorated our membership and raised NCDD’s profile and status in many people’s eyes. NCDD continues to be one of the most trusted organizations in the field of public engagement, and seems to have more respect in the field now than […] (continue)

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