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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.

Harwood Institute Offers Two Learning Opportunities for NCDD Members

The Harwood Institute will be offering its next Harwood Public Innovators Lab March 17-20, 2008 in Baltimore, MD. The Lab is an intensive, three-day experience that will help you create new pathways to accelerate change and engender authentic hope. The aim of the Lab is to engage people in thinking about and applying the Harwood Institute’s key ideas, frameworks, and tools developed over the last eighteen years to their own context and goals. They offer alumni access to webinars and starting in February a website […] (continue)

Public Decisions Announces Winter 2008 Training Schedule

PublicDecisions.com – a worldwide leader in online training for public participation – has announced its upcoming schedule of nearly two dozen specialized classes for the first quarter of 2008. PublicDecisions provides practically oriented training for persons who work with stakeholders and the public to solve problems, craft policies/programs or achieve social change. The company’s offerings are suitable for working professionals and officials who are constrained from participating in professional development activities by geographic distances and limited budgets. Classes are conducted live, and quality is ensured […] (continue)

Dates Announced for IAP2 Certificate Program

The Perspectives Group has announced the dates for their five-day IAP2 Certificate Program in Public Participation. Each of the four training opportunities are offered in the Washington Metro Area and will be held throughout 2008 on the following dates: February 4-8, 2008, June 9-13, 2008, September 15-19, 2008 and December 1-5, 2008. Presented by International Master Trainer in Public Participation and NCDD member, Douglas Sarno, the training is offered in 3 sections: Planning for Effective Public Participation (two days), Effective Communication for Public Participation (one […] (continue)

NCDD Discount Available for January 8th Online Training

How do you distinguish prospective clients who want to conduct a true public participation process from those who really want a marketing campaign? This question and other techniques and approaches for screening and qualifying clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors are examined in Consultant’s Corner: Qualifying Prospects Who Want to Engage You, a training presented online by PublicDecisions.com. Participants will learn key insights for making a go/no go decision from a panel of p2 consultants with extensive experience in all three sectors. Guest […] (continue)

Planning Team for the 2008 NCDD Conference

NCDD’s biennial conferences are unique experiments in collaborative planning, and we have managed dynamic mostly-volunteer planning teams of about 60 people for each of our three previous conferences. This year, over 100 people joined the planning team (!) which, as always, was open to anyone who wanted to get involved. Learn more about the planning process. People to contact if you have questions (about what’s in the parentheses): Andy Fluke – NCDD Creative Director (website, publications, blog and other technology) Joy Garman – NCDD Office […] (continue)

C2D2 2007 Conference Program Highlights

The Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) 2007 Conference Facing Complex Issues is shaping up to be a really great meeting. The conference features a rich slate of interactive sessions—plenary, concurrent and poster—as well as innovative and fun “after hours” sessions designed to stimulate and inform. Presenters, speakers and panelists include Matt Leighninger (author of The Next Form of Democracy), Bettye Pruitt (a social historian, Boston University who develops practices and tools for collective learning and action), David Beers (Editor of the Tyee), Andrew […] (continue)

Write an Op-Ed on Edwards' "One Democracy Initiative"!

On Saturday, October 13th, Senator and Presidential Candidate John Edwards gave a speech in Keene, New Hampshire that could have a major impact on our field. In his speech, he called for the creation of “Citizen Congresses” that would regularly convene one million Americans in national deliberations on critical policy issues. These congresses are part of his One Democracy Initiative, which references AmericaSpeaks’ and Study Circles’ work, as well as Deliberation Day and the newly-formed November 5th Coalition. AmericaSpeaks’ Joe Goldman was contacted by the […] (continue)

Host One of “20,000 Dialogues”

Watch a film… Make a friend… Make peace happen… 20,000 Dialogues is a nationwide initiative bringing interfaith dialogue into the hands of ordinary people who want to make a positive difference. NCDD is partnering with 20,000 Dialogues to encourage you to join a nationwide campaign to bring people of different faiths together using films about Muslims to stimulate discussion and promote understanding. Host a dialogue in your living room, at your school, or with your congregation. Do it during lunch with your coworkers or with […] (continue)

C2D2 Early Bird Registration Ends Sept. 30

As many of you know, the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) is holding its second conference this November in Vancouver, BC, Canada. From Nov 12-14, the conference will gather D&D practitioners, researchers and policymakers to talk about the theme “Facing Complex Issues Together.” (Check out the program at: http://www.c2d2.ca/default.aspx?DN=707,699,32,Documents). The early bird registration discount, which reduces conference fees by $100, ends on September 30th — so now is the time to register! C2D2 was inspired by the work of NCDD, and the two […] (continue)

Just for Fun…

I can add something frivolous once in a while, right? This is a blog, after all. I just couldn’t resist sharing the Simpsonized version of Andy and I – the powercouple behind NCDD. You can get your own Simpsonized image at www.simpsonizeme.com if you’d like to. This post is right in line with our goofy mood here today. Andy, Joy and I are starting to add our members to the new NCDD Members Network – an interactive members directory that, because it runs on social […] (continue)

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