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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.

What we’re up to on Facebook

Did you know that the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation has both a group and a page on Facebook, and that they serve very different purposes?  I resisted creating an NCDD fan page for some time, since we already had an active, popular group going.  But since Facebook made lots of changes to the functionality of groups, we started up a page that’s now providing quite a valuable service to our field. I hope you decide to join both (well, join the group and […] (continue)

Audio for NCDD Confab with Susanna Haas Lyons

We had close to 40 people join us on our June 29th Confab call with Susanna Haas Lyons.  Andy had added a link to the audio to the original blog posts about the call, but I wanted to add a new post that shows up in RSS feeds, on Facebook, etc. in case this helps people who missed the call locate the audio and google doc. I really enjoyed the call, and was fascinated by the project Susanna has been running on Facebook in partnership […] (continue)

Did we rise to John Spady’s challenge? Oh yes we did!

I am absolutely floored right now, and so humbled by the support coming through for NCDD’s work. I announced at noon that John Spady was donating $500 and ready to match up to $500 in additional donations, and checked a few minutes ago to find out that a $500 contribution had just come in from Deb Ganderton, Executive Manager of Communications and Engagement for the City of Boroondara (Victoria, Australia). Not only that, but another $625 in contributions had come in throughout the day (check them […] (continue)

Special Opportunity for next 24 hours only: Extra $500 from John Spady if others can match it

July 25th update:  John Spady has contributed $500 to the NCDD’s summer fund drive — bringing our total so far up to $3635 — and is ready to donate another $500 if other donations can match that amount by noon EST tomorrow (July 26th).  So now’s the time to donate (at www.ncdd.org/funddrive), even if you can only give $25 or $10. A huge thank you to John Spady for his matching donation!  John has been an active, supportive member of NCDD since we got started, […] (continue)

Meeting with White House officials this Friday

I was invited by Nicholas Fraser of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to have two NCDD representatives attend a one-hour discussion in DC this Friday with White House officials and 6 or 7 additional stakeholder groups.  The invitation described the meeting as an opportunity for White House officials “to hear your thoughts on a proposed US National Plan per the Open Government Partnership.” OGP is a new global, multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, […] (continue)

Important letter from NCDD’s Board of Directors

Please take note of this important message from NCDD’s Board of Directors, launching our Summer Fund Drive and outlining some new directions NCDD is taking.  – Sandy Dear NCDD Supporter, Since 2002, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation has served as a hub, a resource clearinghouse, and a facilitative leader for our dialogue and deliberation community.  Together we have been the catalyst for extraordinary connection and progress across our field. NCDD is at a critical juncture, however, as foundation support has declined in recent […] (continue)

The NCDD Dialogue on Race, Diversity, and Inclusion

Several months ago, there was a call for more discussion about diversity, race, and inclusion in our field. Using the NCDD discussion list, I put out a call for people who would be interested in pursuing this topic further, and we had a good number of people sign up. Three small groups, each with six NCDD members, will meet one day per week via phone over the next three weeks (7-8pm EDT July 13, 20, 27). I wanted to give readers of the blog one […] (continue)

Updating NCDD’s Membership Structure

I wanted to announce some exciting changes the NCDD Board recently decided on for our membership structure.  I think these are sound decisions that retain NCDD’s principles of inclusion and accessibility while ensuring that dues can help NCDD be more fiscally sustainable. Here’s an outline of the changes: 1.  We’re moving away from identifying people as “dues-paying members” and “non-dues-paying members.”  If you aren’t paying dues (which are optional, after all), we’ll simply call you a “Member” of NCDD (imagine that!).  However, if you do […] (continue)

Quick Links for Today’s Confab Call

Update: Thanks to everyone able to join us today, with a special thank you to Susanna for sharing details about her project! Links to both the audio from the call, and the cooperative Google doc worked on during the call, can be found below. It was a really great call and we were happy that so many people could join us. Look for news about our next Confab Call soon. Blog post with more details on today’s Confab with NCDD member Susanna Haas Lyons: www.ncdd.org/5200 […] (continue)

Resource Spotlight: The Triangle of Engagement

I just came across the listing for this paper in the NCDD Resource Center and was reminded of how interesting this work by John May really is.  The article was published in an issue of Public Money and Management back in 2007, and it has some notable implications for those of you working to engage people in in-depth dialogue and deliberation efforts — both online and face-to-face. The article was written primarily for practitioners and commissioners of public participation and community engagement.  It introduces the […] (continue)