Make the most of your NCDD membership
This page supplements the email every new member receives from Joy Garman (NCDD’s office manager) after they join. NCDD membership provides many great benefits — but you need to utilize them. Please pick-and-choose from the options and technologies that best suit you. Thank you again for joining NCDD!
1. Participate in the NCDD Discussion list
The best way to communicate quickly with almost all NCDD members is through our main listserv — the NCDD Discussion List. This active list (with 1,500 subscribers) is used for networking, information-sharing, and discussing challenges facing the D&D community.
The NCDD Discussion list is a source for advice, inspiration, support, and food-for-thought to many in the field. People tend to be very generous with their expertise and know-how on the list, so it’s a great place to ask for practice-related advice. Please look over the ground rules for this moderated list if you plan to be active on the list.
We recommend new members send a quick message of introduction to the list so NCDDers can learn a little about your work and interests.
2. Participate in NCDD’s other listservs
Look over NCDD’s other listservs at www.ncdd.org/listservs and see if there are other lists you’d like to subscribe to — especially if you opted out of the main NCDD Discussion list. None of these lists will burden your inbox too much, but give you easy ways to connect with others in specific regions, stay updated on job opportunities in the field, and more.
3. Sign up for trainings and workshops offered by our partners
Look over the page at www.ncdd.org/discounts to see all of the great discounts we’ve negotiated for dues-paying NCDD members. These workshops and trainings are some of the best offered in our field, and many of the discounts save you hundreds of dollars. (By the way, to upgrade to a supporting membership or renew your lapsed membership, go to www.ncdd.org/renew.)
4. Utilize the NCDD member map
Use our interactive member map at www.ncdd.org/map to find other members near you, to check your own member data and make sure it’s up-to-date, and to locate facilitators and potential collaborators in places you’re working. You might also use the map to find great new people to meet up with during your travels!
If you notice your details are out-of-date or can’t locate yourself at all, send an email to NCDD office manager Joy Garman (joy at ncdd dot org) and she’ll work with you to get your membership and member data updated. Contributing members do get a bigger symbol on the map, so use the form at www.ncdd.org/renew if you’d like to upgrade or renew.
5. Participate in NCDD’s social media groups and pages
Are you active on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter? Well, so is NCDD! We’d love to see you there…
- Facebook group (nearly 2,500 members!): www.facebook.com/groups/ncddnetwork
- Facebook fan page: www.facebook.com/ncddpage (super-useful, as we’re using the page to automatically share posts from dozens of our members’ D&D blogs!). Note: you can also sign up for a daily summary of page posts via email.
- Twitter stream: www.twitter.com/ncdd
- LinkedIn group: www.tinyurl.com/NCDD-LinkedIn
6. Share your success stories on the Dialogue Storytelling Tool
The new Dialogue Storytelling Tool allows you to report on the basics of your dialogue and deliberation projects and events, so that NCDD can do the work of spreading the word. We’ll share your story (i.e. mini case study) with our partners at the Kettering Foundation and at Participedia.net, and we may also feature it on the NCDD site. Kettering, Participedia, and NCDD are interested in what you’ve got going on, and may follow up with you or even assign someone to gather more info about your dialogue and deliberation projects.
7. Post and comment on NCDD’s news blog
Since 2004, the NCDD news blog has kept thousands updated on news and opportunities in dialogue and deliberation.
Visit www.ncdd.org/news to stay updated on training opportunities, upcoming events, job and funding opportunities, and other news for the D&D community. You can use the search field, tags or sidebar navigation options to hone in. The blog is updated several times a week, so you’ll want to check back frequently. You can also sign up to receive new posts via email through Feedburner.
Participate by adding comments to any post or by authoring new posts via the Add-to-Blog form at www.ncdd.org/submit (or by emailing your ideas to sandy [at] ncdd [dot] org). If emailing a suggested post to Sandy, keep your submissions brief (3 or 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 if you’re interested in exploring this option.
8. Post to the NCDD Resource Center
The NCDD Resource Center is your gateway to over 2,800 resources on group process… dialogue guides, D&D methods, videos, case studies, evaluation tools, articles, books, programs, consultants and more. Includes NCDD’s must-see beginner’s guide, D&D glossary and Resource Guide on Public Engagement.
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 bar, categories and tags, or additional 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. Use the site map to see a full list of all the categories and tags, or just look over the most recently added resources. You can also subscribe to the Resource Center via Feedburner, and receive new posts in your inbox every few days.
You can add comments to existing resources, but we especially encourage you to participate by adding new resources via the form at www.ncdd.org/rc/add.
9. Familiarize yourself with NCDD’s Beginner’s Guide
Whether you are new to dialogue and deliberation, want to expand your knowledge about different types of D&D, or you’re just new to the NCDD website, we strongly encourage you to explore the Beginner’s Guide at www.ncdd.org/rc/beginners-guide.
In this section, you’ll find links to the basics about D&D (jargon-free descriptions, steps for organizing a program, our glossary, our D&D quotes page). You’ll also find links to some gems in our Resource Center – like our Best-of-the-Best Resources page, our Resource Guide on Public Engagement, and our well-loved Engagement Streams Framework.
10. Post to NCDD’s Idea Incubator
The Idea Incubator is a space on the NCDD site where members can pose ideas that benefit our field, gather feedback, and gain partners. Your post in the Idea Incubator is published on the blog and essentially creates a “home base” for your idea, where you can describe your idea, let people know how they can get involved, and keep people updated on new developments.
We strongly recommend you use the NCDD Discussion list, Facebook group, and/or LinkedIn group first, to see if your idea resonates with a significant number of NCDD members. If it does, post it to the Idea Incubator so even more people can hear about your idea and get involved. And look over our “Moving from Ideas to Action” page for guidance on how best to proceed via the Idea Incubator and numerous free online technologies.
11. Keep an eye on the emails you receive from NCDD
As a member of NCDD, we’ll be sure to keep you updated on NCDD’s biennial conferences and other events, and various NCDD activities (like Confab Calls) that you can get involved in. You’ll get emails once or twice a month from NCDD’s director, Sandy Heierbacher (sandy at ncdd dot org) via the one-way member announcement list. This is the one email list that all NCDD members are required to subscribe to, as it’s our only means of connecting to all NCDD members — and only NCDD members — at once.
There are many other opportunities to get involved in NCDD, and the best way to keep up with new avenues for participation is to keep an eye on emails that come to you from NCDD and look over the latest posts on the NCDD blog. At times, most of the opportunities are related to NCDD conferences (which are held on the even years in the fall, and rely largely on volunteer organizers). Other times, you’ll see opportunities to participate in conference calls and webinars featuring leaders and innovators in our field, or in book clubs, surveys, crowdsourcing events and other programs that give you opportunities to engage with other members, share your knowledge, or learn from the many innovators in this great community.
We’re so glad to have you as a member of NCDD, and we hope you find your membership both enjoyable and valuable!