Our Conferences and Events
Since October 2002, NCDD has run five national conferences, over a dozen regional and local events and partnered with many more organizations to bring innovators in dialogue and deliberation together to share knowledge, build communities and support the growth of our field. NCDD events are highly participatory opportunities to network, learn about the latest in public engagement and group process, meet leaders in our field, and address common challenges.
We hold our national conferences on the even years, with our latest in Seattle in October 2012, but have a number of great activities and events rolling out in 2013…
NCDD Tufts Meetup: A Speed Networking & Learning Event
Thursday, July 18, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Tuft’s University in Medford, MA.
Join us for a fun afternoon meetup before this year’s Frontiers of Democracy conference! We’ll do some “speed networking,” spend time in small groups learning about some of the region’s most exciting dialogue and deliberation projects, and talk some about what is and can be done to build civic infrastructure in the region. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
We’re encouraging NCDD members (and potential members) from across New England to come together for the event, whether or not you’re staying for the Frontiers conference. NCDDers coming in from outside New England for Frontiers are strongly encouraged to attend as well.
Frontiers of Democracy is sponsored by the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, the Democracy Imperative, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. Between 125 and 150 people attend this conference each year – including many leading deliberative democracy scholars and practitioners.
Registration for the NCDD meetup is just $25, and you can register today at the link below.
Register here: www.ncdd-tufts-meetup.eventbrite.com
Kettering Foundation’s 2013 Public Voice Event
June 2013 in Washington DC
NCDD was proud to help the Kettering Foundation identify a couple dozen leaders from the dialogue and deliberation community to be invited to attend this year’s annual Public Voice event at the National Press Club – both as featured roundtable participants and as observers. The overall program is being organized by the Kettering Foundation and participation is by invitation-only.
Members of the NCDD community who are in attendance will be gathering for an NCDD-Hosted Meeting immediately after lunch at the Press Club, where we’ll network, reflect on the morning’s discussion between deliberative democracy leaders and policymakers, and get a better sense of each other’s strengths, current projects, needs, and capacity as we discuss how we can become more of a united force. We are encouraging those attending the NCDD Meeting to post and tweet to their communities about this portion of the day.
2013 “Confab Call” Series
NCDD’s “Confab calls” are opportunities for members of the NCDD community to connect with each other, hear about exciting projects in our field, and explore our field’s most pressing challenges. All NCDD members and potential members are welcome to participate in these calls. Our confabs are held on a monthly basis (when we’re good with it!), and feature some of our community’s most exciting leaders, projects and topics. Check out the confab archives to access audio recordings and archives of the collaborative docs participants have worked on for all our past confabs!
April 2013 – Responding to Newtown - www.ncdd.org/11287
May 2013 – Red-Blue Dialogue - www.ncdd.org/11540
New “Tech Tuesdays” Series
Launching this July, Tech Tuesday is a new initiative from NCDD focused on online technology. Many in our field are curious about how they can use online tools to support their engagement work, and many tool creators are excited to talk to this community about their innovations.
Debut Tech Tuesday on July 16th!
We’ll be holding our very first Tech Tuesday event at 3pm Eastern on Tuesday, July 16th, focusing a cool engagement tool called “WeJIT“. Other Tech Tuesday webinars and screen-sharing events will take place once a month or so, helping D&D practitioners get a better sense of the online engagement landscape and options available to them. We’ll be announcing more on the NCDD blog soon!
Looking Back: NCDD 2012 in Seattle, WA
NCDD held its 5th National Conference October 12-14 at the beautiful Hyatt at Olive 8 in downtown Seattle. Thank you to all 400 of you who joined us to celebrate NCDD’s 10 year anniversary! We had a wonderful time with all of you and truly appreciate you sharing, teaching, engaging and laughing with us in Seattle! We also want to thank, again, our wonderful sponsors who helped make the event what it was.