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The 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is set for October 17-19 in the Washington, DC area. See our 1-minute Save-the-Date video for some reasons to put this on your calendar now!

You can also sign up for updates on the conference, let us know you’re interested in helping plan the conference or offering a session, or inquire about sponsorship by filling out the NCDD 2014 interest form.

Since 2002, NCDD has run five national conferences, over a dozen regional and local events, and partnered with numerous organizations to bring innovators in dialogue and deliberation together to share ideas, network, build on each other’s knowledge, and support the growth of our field.

We hold our national conferences on the even years, with our latest in Seattle in October 2012, but these days there’s always something going on…

“Confab Call” Series


NCDD’s popular “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. Our confabs 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!

Next confabs:

April 9, 2014 (2-3pm Eastern / 11-noon Pacific) - We’ll be talking with NCDD members Matt Leighninger and Mike Smith about Text Talk Act, a project of Creating Community Solutions that’s been experimenting with how the fun and convenience of text messaging can be leveraged to scale up face-to-face dialogue - www.ncdd.org/14516

June 12, 2014 (2-3pm Eastern / 11-noon Pacific) - We’ll be talking with NCDD member Peter Levine about his new book We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For – announcement and registration coming soon

Latest confab calls:

March 26, 2014 – Carolyne Abdullah and Malik Russell on Everyday Democracy’s approach to changewww.ncdd.org/14202

November 20, 2013 - Rob Garris (Rockefeller Fdn) and Noah Rimland Flower (Monitor Inst) on Rockefeller’s GATHER publication - www.ncdd.org/13442

August 2013 - Rich Harwood on Newtown, CT - www.ncdd.org/12309

May 2013 - Red-Blue Dialogue with Jacob Hess and Phil Neisser  –  www.ncdd.org/11540

April 2013 – Brad Rourke on Responding to Newtown - www.ncdd.org/11287


New “Tech Tuesdays” Series

NCDD’s Tech Tuesday series is focused on online technology for engagement. 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.

Upcoming events:

April 22, 2014 (2-3pm Eastern / 11-noon Pacific) - Colleen Hardwick will walk us through PlaceSpeak - www.ncdd.org/14552

May 27, 2014 (1-2:30pm Eastern / 10-11:30am Pacific) – Kathryn Thomson will introduce us to Ethelo Decisions – www.ncdd.org/14562

Latest calls:

December 2013 – MetroQuestwww.ncdd.org/13725

September 2013 – Zilinowww.ncdd.org/12527

July 2013 – WeJIT - www.ncdd.org/11921

Text, Talk, Act on Mental Health

On December 5th, we encouraged all NCDD members to participate in the first-ever, nationwide text-enabled dialogue on mental health. All that was required was 1 hour, 4 people, and at least 1 phone.

This is a project of Creating Community Solutions – a collaborative effort led by the National Institute for Civil Discourse, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, AmericaSpeaks, Everyday Democracy, National Issues Forums Institute, and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. We’re excited to be experimenting with the use of text messaging technology to help groups of young people and adults, all over the country, get together in small groups for one-hour discussions on mental health.

The initiative was designed to engage high school and college students in particular, using technology that is ubiquitous in their lives. Over 600 phones (and approx. 2,400 people) joined in to “Text, Talk, and Act” last Thursday.

More on the results: www.ncdd.org/13684

Regional NCDD Gathering at University of Virginia

November 2013 in Charlottesville, VA

On November 19th, NCDDers Nancy Gansneder at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service of the University of Virginia and Lucas Cioffi of AthenaBridge teamed up to host a 3-hour gathering and knowledge exchange for Virginians working in the fields of dialogue and deliberation. 19 people attended, and second event is being planned already!

Read more at www.ncdd.org/13416 about this gathering and the convenors’ advice to others who want to host a regional gathering of NCDD members.

NCDD 2013 Meetup at Tufts

On Thursday, July 18, 2013, NCDD held a networking event at Tuft’s University in Medford, MA in conjunction with the Frontiers of Democracy conference, learning about some of the region’s most exciting dialogue and deliberation projects, and talking about what is and can be done to build civic infrastructure in the region.

NCDD Meetup at Tufts

Over 30 NCDD members (and a few potential members) from across New England came together for the event.

Learn more:  www.ncdd.org/12204

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 was organized by the Kettering Foundation.

Members of the NCDD community who were in attendance gathered for an NCDD-hosted meeting immediately after lunch at the Press Club, where we networked, reflected on the morning’s discussion between deliberative democracy leaders and policymakers, and gained a better sense of each other’s strengths, current projects, needs, and capacity. We explored how we can collectively become more of a united force, and discussed some ideas for ambitious projects we can work on together.

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 a success.

NCDD 2012 All Sponsors