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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.

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)

Announcing the February Open Government Directive Workshop

This month’s Open Government Directive Workshop will take place at the Charles Sumner Museum and Conference Center (17th and M Street NW, Washington, DC).  The workshop will take place from 9am to 4:30pm on February 17th.  RSVP is required by February 9th (instructions are below). NCDD is a partner of this workshop series, as is the General Services Administration (GSA), the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and GovLoop.  NCDD member Alex Moll will facilitate February’s workshop. We have a great program planned.  Building off […] (continue)

Attendees at 2010 Stakeholder Engagement Online Conference can Support NCDD & Save!

NCDD is a Conference Affiliate for the Including the Excluded Online Conference that will take place March 2-4, 2010. This unique online conference will be focused on Social Inclusion, Social/Environmental Justice and Accessibility, and will feature interactive presentations, networking and more. A portion of your registration supports NCDD, so be sure to use the NCDD discount code (“NCDDspecial”) when you register, so you can save $40 and support NCDD at the same time!  Registration for NCDD members is just $139. Here is the latest press […] (continue)

Upcoming trainings offered by NCDD members

Members of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) have let us know about a number of workshops and trainings they are offering in the coming months.  Most of them are discounted considerably for dues-paying NCDD members.  They are… What Methods to Use When? Advanced Public Engagement Training CogNexus Institute’s Issue Mapping Webinar Series Masterful Facilitation Institute’s Spring Programs in Vancouver, BC Dynamic Facilitation Trainings for Individuals, Groups, and Large Systems “Hidden in Plain Sight”: a Center for Strategic Facilitation workshop Two Trainings for […] (continue)

New and renewed NCDD members for December

I wanted to post a “new and renewed members” report for December 2009, with a special welcome to our 8 new December members and a huge thank you to the 32 existing members who renewed or transitioned from non-dues to dues-paying memberships. I plan to add a post like this every month in 2010, and hopefully earlier in the month than this starting in February… NCDD is an open, inclusive network and, as such, membership dues are not required.  But in these tough economic times, […] (continue)

Job openings in public engagement or conflict resolution?

Just a quick note to encourage those of you who are aware of job openings related to dialogue and deliberation to forward them to me or Joy (joy@thataway.org) so we can share them with the NCDD network.  Too many NCDD members are unemployed or underemployed right now, and sharing job openings within the network is a first step. I’ll be making it a priority this year to add job openings, internships, consulting opportunities, etc. that I hear about to the News & Perspectives blog on […] (continue)

Open Govt Workshop at D.O.T. on Jan 11

I wanted to make sure you all knew about the Open Government Directive Workshop Series — a unique series of innovative events run by several NCDD members. The next workshop, which will be partly an Open Space event, will take place on January 11th at the Department of Transportation in D.C. Over 200 people are expected at this point, and over 30 federal agencies will be represented! NCDD is a partner, as is NAPA (National Academy of Public Administration). Although the workshop on the 11th […] (continue)

IJP2 Article Part 8: Establish your own definition of success

In many ways, the Systems Challenge overlaps with the Evaluation Challenge and the Action & Change Challenge (these are three of the five challenges we focused on at the 2008 NCDD conference). Embedding dialogue and deliberation in our government and other systems is next to impossible if we are not able to assess the effectiveness of these processes, and to show how they lead to concrete outcomes. Since there are many types of outcomes of this work and much of what is being done today […] (continue)

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