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“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, video recordings and archives of the collaborative docs participants have worked on during past confabs!

Upcoming Confab:

Tuesday, March 10, 2-3 pm Eastern/11 am -noon Pacific – John Gastil and Katie Knobloch will discuss their new book, Hope for Democracyhttp://ncdd.org/30865

Archives for recent Confabs:

February 20, 2020 – we discussed the Hidden Common Ground Initiative with folks from the National Issues Forums Institutewww.ncdd.org/30860

December 5, 2019 – we talked about resources for discussing guns & violence with folks from National Issues Forums Institute, Living Room Conversations, and Essential Partnerswww.ncdd.org/30863

November 14, 2019 – we talked with Everyday Democracy about their evaluation tool, Ripple Effect Mapping www.ncdd.org/30579

September 30, 2019 – Bob Garfield from Purple Project for Democracy talked about the movement for democracy and civic engagement – www.ncdd.org/30432

June 6, 2019 – we co-hosted this event with the Bridge Alliance, which discussed the tool Slack and how it can be used for D&D Movement Buildingwww.ncdd.org/29903

March 13, 2019 – we co-hosted this event with the National Conversation Project, which featured Net Impact and the National Issues Forums Institute talking about their collaboration on a new issue guide on the National Debtwww.ncdd.org/29282

February 13, 2019 – we partnered with NCDD Member Org The National Civic League to learn about the All-America City Awards, hear from past awardees, and how to win this prestigious award – www.ncdd.org/29119

January 16, 2019 – Senator Unger discussed his community engagement process during his recent campaign and how that ultimately lead to his re-election – www.ncdd.org/28967

June 28, 2018 – NCDD Member David and Erin Leaverton of Undivided Nation spoke about their ongoing US road trip and the experiences they have had meeting people previously unfamiliar to them – www.ncdd.org/27028

April 10, 2018 – NCDD Member Linda Ellinor and  Paul Cienfuegos of Community Rights US talked about the community rights movement and its impact on dialogue and deliberation efforts at a local level – www.ncdd.org/26332

December 19, 2017 – Michelle Vilchez and Malissa Netane-Jones from the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center spoke about the Center’s experience working with communities and law enforcement – www.ncdd.org/25097

September 20, 2017 – Chris Beem from the McCourtney Institute and Robin Teater from Healthy Democracy talked about the Nevins Democracy Leaders Program and the opportunity to host a fellow for FREE!www.ncdd.org/24532

May 4, 2017 – Rich Bartlett and MJ Kaplan of Loomio spoke with us about their experiences with decision-making in a non-hierarchical organization – www.ncdd.org/23682

March 15th, 2017 – Engagement practitioners & journalists came together to discuss how we can partner to help bring people together across differences – www.ncdd.org/23316

February 8, 2017 – We talked with Patrice O’Neill from Not In Our Town about communities’ responses to hate – www.ncdd.org/23072

January 3, 2017 – Susan Partnow provided a Conversation Cafe host training session – www.ncdd.org/22789

December 19, 2016 – Co-founders Susan Partnow and Vicki Robin discussed Conversation Cafe and its history – www.ncdd.org/22722

November 29, 2016 – NCDD’s staff hosted a conversation about what’s next for our field post-election and invited participants to share their efforts – www.ncdd.org/22337

April 20th, 2016 – NCDD’s staff provided a tour of the website, and talked about what NCDD offers its members in this intro to NCDD’s website.  www.ncdd.org/20444

Access more confab archives at www.ncdd.org/confabs.


“Tech Tuesday” Learning Events

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 Tech Tuesday: To be announced

Archives for recent Tech Tuesdays:

April 2019 – Ethelo – archive at www.ncdd.org/29639

October 2018 – Konveio and the interactive guidebook for #NCDD2018 – archive at www.ncdd.org/28323

May 2018 – Mismatch – archive at www.ncdd.org/26702

March 2018 – Synaccord – archive at http://ncdd.org/26059

February 2018 – Citizens Foundation – archive at www.ncdd.org/25627

November 2017 – Gell – archive at www.ncdd.org/24813

June 2016 – Trusted Sharing – archive at www.ncdd.org/20867

May 2016 – Urban Interactive Studio – archive at www.ncdd.org/20611

February 2016 – Balancing Act – archive at www.ncdd.org/19881

December 2015 – Common Ground for Action – archive at www.ncdd.org/19493

Access more Tech Tuesday archives at www.ncdd.org/tech-tuesdays.

Meet-ups and Other Events

NCDD periodically hosts meet-ups and other events for members of the NCDD Community to come together in their respective regions to network and hear from some of their fellow members.

We have a small budget for helping NCDD members organize local events, so please contact Managing Director Courtney Breese at courtney@ncdd.org if you’re interested in leading a local networking event!

A few quick examples…

March 9, 2018 (Tempe)- NCDD held a meet up during the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy conference on Friday night in Tempe. It was a great opportunity to connect with folks in our network and those new to NCDD – all of whom are passionate about participatory democracy. Read about it at www.ncdd.org/25892

April 30, 2015 (San Francisco) – NCDD co-hosted an event with IAP2 NorCal featuring a presentation from NCDD member David Campt on how facilitators are accelerating their practice through audience polling systems. Learn more at www.ncdd.org/17956.