Our Conferences and Events
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…
Online book club event on “Slow Democracy”
Join us on March 5th from 2pm-3pm Eastern (11-noon Pacific) for an interactive online discussion on Susan Clark’s book Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home. The event is hosted by Chelsea Green Publishing, and you can learn more at www.ncdd.org/14066 or sign up now to participate.
“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. All NCDD members and potential members are welcome to participate in these calls. 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!
March 26, 2014 (2-3pm Eastern / 11-noon Pacific) - Malik Russell and Carolyne Abdullah will talk to us about what Everyday Democracy has learned over the years about how to create dialogue and change, and show us the tools and features on their new website that are designed to provide change makers with resources for creating change in their own communities. - www.ncdd.org/14202
Latest confab calls:
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 - www.ncdd.org/11540
April 2013 – Brad Rourke on Responding to Newtown - www.ncdd.org/11287
New “Tech Tuesdays” Series
Launched July 2013, 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.
December 2013 – MetroQuest - www.ncdd.org/13725
September 2013 – Zilino - www.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.
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.