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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.

Question on NCDD Forum about online engagement

For those who don’t know, we’re using NCDD’s recently-relaunched forum at http://ncdd.org/forum to gather materials and insights on the 3 focus areas for our one-day regional events in Austin, Boston, Denver, San Francisco and Portland. Matt Leighninger (Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium), who’s working on a report on online engagement, just posted a question in the forum that he’d love your responses to.  Matt’s question asks whether you agree that there are two main ways of thinking about online engagement:  go where they are […] (continue)

Today’s Featured NCDD Member: Healthy Democracy Oregon

The following post by NCDD members Tyrone Reitman and Elliot Shuford of Healthy Democracy Oregon is part of an ongoing effort to highlight the extraordinary people and groups involved in the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). We encourage you to add a comment here today (or anywhere else you see a post about this).  Tyrone and Elliot will be watching NCDD’s blog, listserv, facebook and other social media, and will respond to any questions or comments you have. — Hi, NCDD Community – […] (continue)

Your ideas needed for NCDD’s fall events

Those of you on NCDD’s Updates list saw a message about this yesterday. NCDD is working with our members to hold 5 regional events this fall: In Denver (Oct 22), the San Francisco Bay Area (Oct 29), Boston (Oct 29), Austin (Nov 5) and Portland (Nov 13). I hope you can join us at one of these regional events! We’re conducting a quick 10-question survey of potential attendees (and others who want to share ideas) about the 3 topic areas we’re focusing on: quality public […] (continue)

Check out our "Beginner’s Guide" page

I wanted to encourage everyone to visit this page on the new ncdd.org site: http://ncdd.org/rc/beginners-guide It’s our “Beginner’s Guide,” and it lists and links to some of the best resources NCDD offers, including… our Engagement Streams framework for helping people determine which methods fit their circumstances the collaboratively-created Core Principles for Public Engagement the town hall articles and flyer we developed for public managers last year a glossary of terms pages full of quotes about D&D This is a great page to share with colleagues […] (continue)

Welcome to July’s new NCDD members!

11 new members joined the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) during the month of July: 1 organizational member and 10 individuals (2 dues-paying and 8 non-dues). 2 non-dues members became full dues-paying members, and 22 of our dues-paying members renewed their memberships (1 organization and 21 individuals). Thanks everybody, and welcome to our new members! We post these monthly summaries not only to welcome our new members and to thank those who re-upped, but also to help members connect with one another. Click […] (continue)

25% discount for NCDD members on new Dotmocracy handbook

NCDD member Jason Diceman, a Senior Public Consultation Coordinator with the City of Toronto, has released a new version of his Dotmocracy Handbook: A simple tool to help large groups find agreement. The Dotmocracy Handbook provides a unique set of easy-to-follow instructions for finding useful agreements among many people. At its core is the deceptively simple Dotmocracy sheet, which is a paper based facilitation tool designed to provide participants with equal opportunity to contribute to a reliable and transparent large group decision-making process. C2D2’s Rob […] (continue)

Ch-ch-ch-changes on the NCDD site

Faithful visitors to the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) website may have noticed there are some major changes going on.  We’re in the middle of transitioning our whole site from thataway.org to ncdd.org (don’t worry – thataway.org will always take people to ncdd.org automagically).  We’re not only changing URLs, though; we’re also changing our logo and site design. We’re trying very hard to make the new site design friendlier, bolder, less overwhelming, and – most importantly – easier to navigate. We have LOTS […] (continue)

New NCDD Events Video… please watch & share!

Our creative director, Andy Fluke, just created a new 3-minute video featuring some of our favorite photos from NCDD conferences over the years (maybe you’re in one of them!). Those of you who have attended NCDD events will enjoy revisiting some of the highlights of the events, and those of you who haven’t may be inspired to join us at the one-day regional events we’re holding this October and November in Austin, Boston, Denver, Portland and San Francisco! Enjoy the video, and please consider sharing […] (continue)

Looking for promising practices in public engagement

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is conducting an important survey of public engagement practitioners in collaboration with Penn’s Fels Institute of Government. Fels is looking for stories about successful (however YOU define it) efforts to engage people in public policy and community problem-solving – as well as lessons learned from less-than-successful efforts. They’re working on a Promising Practices Report on Public Engagement, and your contributions could be featured. NCDD is looking for such stories as well, for the NCDD website and for […] (continue)

NCDD resources are back online (all 2,392 of them!)

I wanted to let everyone know that the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation’s resource database is back up and running (yay!) at http://ncdd.org/rc (on the NCDD site, you can click on “resources” at the top of any page to get to the Resource Center). The Resource Center describes and categorizes close to 2,400 resources — including many dialogue guides, D&D methods, online tools, case studies, videos, higher ed programs, articles, NCDD publications, and more.  It’s up on the new ncdd.org site (we’re transitioning from […] (continue)