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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.

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)

Welcome to June's new NCDD members!

20 new members joined NCDD during the month of June: 3 organizational members and 14 individuals (3 dues-paying and 11 non-dues). 4 non-dues members became full dues-paying members, and 9 of our dues-paying members renewed their memberships (2 organizations and 7 individuals)! 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 on anyone’s name below to learn more about them and connect with them. Our new […] (continue)

Boost your Dialogue Skills & Credentials

NCDD member Paul Weisman is sponsoring a one-day dialogue workshop followed by a two-day certification program in Jacksonville, Florida on July 26-28, and he invites NCDD members to participate at a discounted rate (10% off). SMART Conversations® is a work that incorporates best practices of thought leaders like Stephen Covey, Daniel Goleman, David Bohm and William Isaacs. After the certification, you will be able to more confidently facilitate public engagement events, strategic planning sessions, business meetings and all types of conversations that would benefit from […] (continue)

Today’s NCDD Confab Call: "Online Engagement" Using Maestro

Nearly 80 people joined us today for our latest NCDD Confab call where we discussed online engagement through a World Cafe-style conversation using Maestro, a conference call / online tool that combines traditional conference call features with the ability to create small group conversations among the participants of the same call.  Teresa Bidlake, of Concepts Captured, was kind enough to offer her services as graphic recorder and provided us with the wonderful visual recording above.  The conversation is being continued online at the newly re-activated […] (continue)

Don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s NCDD Confab on online engagement

Lots of people have signed up for tomorrow’s “NCDD Confab” (June 30th, 12 noon to 1:45pm EST), but it’s not too late to register! Our confabs provide members and potential members of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) a chance to network with one another while delving into an important issue in our field. Register at the following link (once you register, you’ll receive call-in details): http://myaccount.maestroconference.com/conference/register/Z2KU79UCR6ZLSQ4 Tomorrow, we’ll be using Maestro conference call software to run a World Cafe on the topic […] (continue)

NCDD Discount for Art of Convening Core TeleTraining

Patricia Neal of Heartland, Inc. has asked us to let our community know about the special summer rate (for July-September 2010) of $495 (regularly $550-595) they are offering to NCDD members for their next “Art of Convening” teletraining. The Art of Convening – Authentic Engagement in Meetings, Gatherings & Conversations In an age of reduced travel budgets and reliance on effective, virtual communication, the AoC adds crucial capacities to leaders who are conveners/facilitators of conversations and meetings that matter and work. Not just another meeting methodology, the Art of […] (continue)

Keep track of today's national town hall on the budget

As you hopefully know because we’ve posted about this numerous times, today is AmericaSpeaks’ national town hall on “Our Budget, Our Economy.”  NCDD has served as a promotional partner for the event, and many NCDDers are involved in various capacities (I’d be there myself, but tonight is my 20-year high school reunion). Across the U.S., thousands of people have come together to take part in this national discussion.  I’ve been following the day’s events off and on today, by watching the live feed at http://ht.ly/23CXB […] (continue)