Get Involved in the NCDD Community
There are many ways to get involved in the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. First and foremost, if you’re not already a member, you should join NCDD! By joining, you become part of a dynamic network of practitioners, scholars, public administrators and activists working throughout the dialogue & deliberation community (see membership benefits here).
Whether you are a member of NCDD or not, we welcome you to utilize the following outlets to share resources, get input on your ideas, publicize your D&D-related events and trainings, find facilitators or convenors, obtain advice from seasoned colleagues, launch collaborative projects and more!
And feel free to contact us if you have a question or interest that’s not addressed on this page.
NCDD’s Social Media
Of course NCDD’s on FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. But did you know we have hundreds of pictures posted at Flickr? (You can use them if you credit NCDD properly.) And did you know that NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher created public playlists organizing dozens and dozens of D&D videos on YouTube?
- Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/ncddpage (super-useful, as we’re using the page to automatically share posts from dozens of our members’ blogs!)
- Facebook group (over 2,200 members!): www.facebook.com/groups/ncddnetwork
- LinkedIn group: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=990997&trk=hb_side_g
- Twitter stream: www.twitter.com/ncdd
- YouTube D&D playlists: http://www.youtube.com/user/sheierbacher/ (link to public playlists organizing hundreds of dialogue and deliberation videos)
- NCDD’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/ncddcoalition
- Flickr photos: www.flickr.com/search/?q=NCDD&m=tags&s=int (over 500 photos from NCDD national and regional events)
And here’s how to connect with NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher via the big three…
- FaceBook: www.facebook.com/heierbacher
- LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sandyheierbacher
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/heierbacher
More about all of NCDD’s social media is online at www.ncdd.org/social.
NCDD’s Listservs and E-Updates
NCDD runs numerous email discussion lists (powered and donated by L-Soft’s LISTSERV®) to foster networking, information-sharing and collaboration within the dialogue and deliberation community.
Our most active list – the main NCDD Discussion list – has over 1,150 subscribers as of January 2011, and is a source for advice and inspiration to many in the field. We also run regional lists, interest-based lists and lists for NCDD working groups. Learn more about all our discussion lists and subscribe!
We also run several announcement lists (not two-way discussion lists) – including the NCDD Updates list. NCDD’s monthly updates keep over 22,000 people informed about opportunities and goings-on in the world of dialogue & deliberation, and many people find them to be valuable and inspiring (subscribe at www.ncdd.org/updates). We run another announcement list for NCDD members only, and a third for those interested in staying updated on NCDD events (send a blank email to NCDD-Conference-Updatesemail@example.com to subscribe).
Community News Blog
Since 2004, the NCDD news blog has kept thousands updated on news and opportunities in dialogue and deliberation. With new posts added every couple days, NCDD’s blog is one of the best places online to stay informed about upcoming events, news about programs, and educational and training opportunities in intergroup dialogue, deliberative democracy, conflict resolution, and public engagement.
Visit www.ncdd.org/news to see the latest posts. You can use the search field, post tags or sidebar navigation options to hone in.
Participate by adding comments to any post or by submitting news directly to the blog for review and posting at www.ncdd.org/submit or emailing your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org (note: posts from NCDD members get priority). Keep your submissions as brief as possible (2 to 4 paragraphs is best), easy to cut-and-paste (no PDFs or charts please), and include a link where people can find more details.
If you would like to do more, consider joining our team of NCDD bloggers and regularly posting announcements or thought pieces about areas that interest you. Email Sandy at email@example.com if you’re interested in exploring this option.
NCDD Resource Center
Our Resource Center is chock-full of all kinds of resources about and for dialogue & deliberation. We have categorized, described, and linked to over 2,500 discussion guides, assessment tools, case studies, D&D programs and organizations, articles, books, videos, and more. It’s a must-see resource.
Find it at www.ncdd.org/rc, or click on “resources” at the top of any page on the site. You can use the search field, post categories and tags or sidebar navigation options to hone in. We especially recommend you use the “I’m Looking For…” sidebar box that lets you cross-search categories and tags.
Participate by adding comments to any resource post or by submitting resources for review and posting at www.ncdd.org/rc/add. We could also really use help keeping the Resource Center up-to-date and easily navigable, please email Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in exploring this option.
NCDD’s Members Network
At its essence, the online NCDD Members Network is an interactive directory of all NCDD members. Since it is run on social network software, the Network allows our members to get to know each other better, share their work, and discuss what they care about. Visit the NCDD Members Network!
National Conferences and Other Events
Our web technology helps connect members of NCDD and the greater dialogue and deliberation community, but nothing beats face-to-face interaction.
NCDD has held four biennial national conferences focused on strengthening and uniting the D&D community – in Alexandria, Virginia in 2002; Denver, Colorado in 2004; San Francisco, California in 2006; and Austin, Texas in 2008 – attended by over 1,400 people from two dozen countries. In fall 2010, we held 5 member-led regional events in Boston, Austin, Denver, Portland and the San Francisco Bay Area, attended by over 700 people.
Email NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher at email@example.com and let her know if you are interested in helping to organize future national or regional NCDD events. Click here to learn more about NCDD’s events (or click on “events” at the top of any page).