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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.

Welcome new NCDD members!

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation gained 74 great new members in the last few months: 67 individual members and 7 organizations.  Please welcome the following new members to the network!  If you’d like to connect with any of them, search for them in the NCDD members network to find their contact info and bio. Our newest organizational members: Mediation@MIT (Contact: Ruthy Rosenberg) USARiseUp, Inc. (Contact: Janice Ellis and Christopher Ellis) Democrasoft (Contact: Will Schneider) City of Beaverton Dispute Resolution Center (Contacts: Sandy Riccardi) […] (continue)

Please “like” some NCDD resources on Facebook!

Happy 2011, everyone!  I hope this is a productive and prosperous year for all of you. I wanted to point out a couple of things on the NCDD site that I’m excited about, and that have the potential to help us spread the word about the critical work you’re all doing in this field. We have over 2,500 resources listed in the revamped NCDD Resource Center at www.ncdd.org/rc (which uses the new web design and logo we’re switching over to). There, you’ll find more resources […] (continue)

Higher ed's role in civic engagement – do you have a suggestion for U.S. Dept of Ed?

I’m heading down to DC for a small meeting of civic leaders at the Department of Education run by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).  We’ll be helping advice the U.S. Department of Education on how to increase higher education’s leadership in promoting civic learning and democratic engagement.  Very exciting! If this topic interests you, be sure to look over the articles in the recent Journal for Public Deliberation issue on deliberative democracy and higher ed posted at http://services.bepress.com/jpd/vol6/iss1/ — especially Nancy Thomas’ […] (continue)

Have you seen NCDD’s new Resource Guide yet?

Have you seen NCDD’s new Resource Guide on Public Engagement?  If you’ve attended our regional events this fall, you have.  Those of you gathering together in Portland this weekend (see you there!) will get a copy. Others can download the doc from www.ncdd.org/rc/item/4471.  We’re planning on raising funds for the next round of printing by charging small amounts ($5 each; $3 each if you want more than 20?) for the printed copies we have leftover from the events.  Everybody seems to want them, which is […] (continue)

20% NCDD discount for Appreciative Inquiry Summits Workshop

Register now for a top-notch 4-day Appreciative Inquiry Summits Workshop held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina next month (November 8-11).  Dues-paying NCDD members get a 20% discount on registration! (Call 303.972.5155 for instructions on how to register with the discount – which saves you over $300). Join Appreciative Inquiry pioneer Diana Whitney and master practitioners Barbara Lewis and Ralph Weickel as you learn to design and conduct an Appreciative Inquiry Summit. Summits accelerate organizational creativity and change by enabling groups of 50 to 3,000 people […] (continue)

Update on Oct 22 networking luncheon in Denver

If you’re based in Colorado, please plan to join us at the networking luncheon and dialogue we’re holding in Denver on Friday, October 22nd at The Wellshire Inn.  We will meet at 10:30am at the Wellshire, and enjoy lunch and group discussions until 3:30pm. After 3:30, you are welcome to stick around for additional networking and an early happy hour! The planning team is putting together a great program, with impressive leaders in public engagement playing various roles: Peggy Kerns, Director of the Center for […] (continue)

Register now for NorCal event in Cupertino

I hope those of you in Northern California are planning to join us for the NCDD regional event on Friday, October 29th at De Anza College in Cupertino! Please register for “Making Tough Decisions Together” soon so we know you’re coming. This is quite the community effort, with numerous local organizations sponsoring (listed below) and the following regional leaders involved in guiding the planning process and leading learning sessions at the event: Dave Knapp, City Manager of Cupertino, CA Ed Everett, City Manager of Redwood […] (continue)

Workshop opportunities at NCDD Austin event

Joining us in Austin on Nov. 5th for the NCDD regional event “From Chaos to Collaboration: Raising the bar in public engagement”? The Central Texas D&D Network is looking for a few additional presenters to make their upcoming workshop more interactive, productive and relevant… Here are three opportunities for you to contribute, with links to an online form you can complete if you’re interested. The deadline for submitting is Friday, October 22. D&D Marketplace: Sign up for a table at our D&D Marketplace that will […] (continue)

In DC on October 19th? Come to an NCDD Happy Hour!

NCDD member Wayne Burke, director of the Open Forum Foundation, is hosting an “NCDD Happy Hour” on Tuesday, October 19 at 5:30.  He was inspired by the amazing people who were introducing themselves on NCDD’s DC-Network listserv. RSVP and see who’s coming at http://ncdd-dc1.eventbrite.com/ (as I write this, 7 people have RSVPed already – and I can guarantee they’re all worth knowing!). He writes… Sandy seems to think there are a bunch of cool NCDD people in the DC area. I’m always up for meeting […] (continue)

RFP’s for NCDD Boston Event – From Polarization to Problem Solving

The Boston planning team is looking for a few more good cases, tools and questions for the New England regional event at UMass Boston on October 29th.  If you’re planning on joining us at the event, please consider what you might be able to contribute (and don’t forget to register!)… Early in the planning stages, the Planning Team for the NCDD 2010 Boston event, From Polarization to Problem Solving, reviewed all responses to the pre-meeting survey NCDD sent out to the network. Based on your […] (continue)

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