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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.

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)

IJP2 Article Part 7: Build on and learn from what’s already in place

In order to build the “joint ownership” described in the previous section posted about the “Systems Challenge,” a necessary step in many communities is to convene and connect the various groups and leaders who are already mobilizing people locally around issues and problems. Our challenge leaders suggest that community foundations and others who tend to play convening roles should bring these local leaders together to talk about what’s currently being done and by whom, and to start thinking and talking about a) how they can […] (continue)

Open Government Directive to be announced tomorrow at 11am

Hi, all!  Looks like the White House Open Government Directive will be announced online tomorrow at 11am Eastern. This is the Directive outlining how government agencies and offices can become more transparent, collaborative, and engage the public more effectively.  NCDD members were very active in the Open Government dialogue/consultation process this past May and June. (See this blog post for a summary of activities NCDD and our peers have been active in related to the OGD.) In an appropriate first for the White House, they’ll […] (continue)

IJP2 Article Part 6: Share ownership of programs and structures widely

Now that I’ve finished posting about the “Framing Challenge,” it’s time to move on to the “Systems Challenge.” Most recent experiments in dialogue and deliberation have been temporary and somewhat isolated programs that lead to few long-term changes in the way people and institutions interact. For the “Systems Challenge,” we explored how we can make public engagement values and practices integral to government, schools, and other systems, so our methods of involving people, solving problems, and making decisions happen more naturally and efficiently. At the […] (continue)

IJP2 Article Part 5: Cultivate the ability to adapt framings for different audiences

At the October 2008 NCDD conference in Austin, Texas, one thing people seemed to agree on related to the “Framing Challenge” was that dialogue and deliberation practitioners need to cultivate the ability to adapt framings for different audiences. How practitioners should emphasize potential action outcomes depends, in part, on whom they are trying to reach. It may not be necessary to attract people from every group to every program. Talking in terms of social justice, social change and racial equity may work well when recruiting […] (continue)

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