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Our Program for NCDD Seattle

We had a fantastic time in Seattle!  Check out the conference guidebook for more detail, or look over the schedule for the 5th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation below.

GUIDE:      = PLENARY     = WORKSHOPS     = LUNCH     = SPECIAL      = OTHER  

Optional Pre-Conference Activities on Thursday, October 11

For local folks and those arriving on Thursday, there was a selection of FREE pre-conference activities organized by our exceptional conference attendees…

  • Evening Conversation Cafe at the Seattle Center House (7:00 – 8:45pm) — part of the Seattle Center’s Next 50 Celebration
  • Deliberation Bootcamp (4:00 – 6:00pm at the Hyatt at Olive 8, Azure Room, 3rd floor)
  • Method Mapping with the Group Works Card Deck training (1:30 – 5:30 pm at Antioch University Seattle)
  • E-Democracy Training and Peer Exchange for Online Neighbor Connectors (4:30 – 6:30pm at Beacon Hill Library)
  • Community Weaving: Action planning session to better outcomes (9:30am – noon at Antioch University Seattle)

See www.ncdd.org/events/ncdd2012/pre-conference for more info on all these great options!

  8:30 – 9:45 am  –  REGISTRATION

Check in and get your name tag and goodie bag, have some coffee and bagels, and start chatting people up!  (3rd floor atrium at the Hyatt at Olive 8)

   10:00 am – 12:30 pm  –  OPENING SESSION

In this inspirational and welcoming plenary session, we’ll use creative ways to help you see who’s in the room and do some initial networking using the Group Works card deck. NCDD director Sandy Heierbacher will welcome you to the event, give you a sense of the flow and goals of the conference, and share her perspective on why this year’s conference theme is critically important not only to the future of our field but also to the future of our society.

Our featured speaker for our opening plenary is Eric Liu, Founder of the Guiding Lights Network.  Eric will talk to us about some of the themes in his book Gardens of Democracy, and tell us about some exciting trends in the broader movement for democratic participation and change.

In celebration of our 10 year anniversary as a Coalition, our first plenary will feature highlights of our journey as a field and a community of practice.  We’ll look at the conference theme — building strong civic infrastructure and capacity in order to equip communities with the tools they need to thrive over the long term — and use Appreciative Inquiry to get a sense from attendees about what the theme means to them and how they’d like to be part of further developing civic infrastructure in their communities, in our country, and in our field.  (Located in the ballroom.)

   12:30 – 1:30 pm  –  LUNCH

Lunch will be provided and served in the ballroom.  (Located in the ballroom.)

   1:30 – 2:00 pm  –  BREAK

   2:00 – 4:00 pm  –  WORKSHOPS   [details]

Workshop Session A. Choose from among seven top-notch sessions led by people who have done extraordinary work in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. This afternoon’s workshops will be focused primarily on getting you up to speed on what’s been happening in this field – and will include several great sessions designed for newbies.  (Located in the breakout rooms, also on the 3rd floor.)

   4:00 – 4:30 pm  –  BREAK

   4:30 – 6:00 pm  –  D&D SHOWCASE and RECEPTION

Have some snacks and stroll around the ballroom, talking with a couple dozen presenters stationed around the room who are excited to tell you about a tool, concept, or project they’re working on. Showcase presenters will have posters on display and materials to give you. This is a great chance to meet some movers-and-shakers in D&D, learn what’s new in the field, and do some more networking!  Look over our D&D Showcase presenters.  (Located in the ballroom.)

   6:00 pm on  –  EVENING

Dinner on your own. Go out to dinner with new or old friends… there are lots of options right around the hotel.



   9:00 – 10:30 am  –  WORKSHOPS   [details]

Workshop Session B. This morning’s workshops enable you to delve into a variety of case studies and stories involving the most innovative projects and programs in this field. (Located in the breakout rooms.)

   10:30 – 11:00 am  –  BREAK

   11:00 – 12:30 pm  –  WORKSHOPS     [details]

Workshop Session C. Delve into more case studies and stories involving the most innovative projects and programs in our field. (Located in the breakout rooms.)

     12:30 – 3:30 pm  –  LUNCH and AFTERNOON PLENARY

In today’s large-group session, we’ll use small group dialogue and graphic recording to harvest what we’re discovering so far about strengthening communities’ capacity to work together toward shared goals, and identify key challenges and opportunities for building civic infrastructure.

For inspiration and ideas, we’ll hear from speakers Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, on building civic infrastructure at the state and local level, and from Carolyn Lukensmeyer, director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (formerly director of AmericaSpeaks), about how we might build a national infrastructure for democratic participation. Following the presentations, with the help of a panel of practitioners, together we will look at the greatest obstacles and opportunities about how to move forward as a field.  (Located in the ballroom.)

   3:30 pm – 4:00 pm  –  BREAK

     4:00 – 6:00 pm  –  WORKING SESSIONS and FIELD TRIPS    [details]

Working sessions and field trips. You have some options for the rest of this afternoon and evening. Attend one of several pre-planned working sessions that explore innovative ideas for how we can work together to move this field forward, or launch or participate in a working session about an idea that’s just emerging. (Located in the breakout rooms.)

We’ll also be offering four fun-but-relevant field trips for those of you who’d like to get out and stretch your legs and see part of the city. These excusions will combine informal tours with story-telling about local public engagement efforts that are helping strengthen Seattle’s civic infrastructure — plus some fun destinations. Sign up for a field trip now to secure your spot!  (Meet in the lobby.)

   6:00 pm on  –  EVENING

Dinner on your own. Unscheduled time to continue meeting over dinner, do some reflecting on your own, or otherwise enjoy some of what Seattle has to offer. NCDD will provide a list of great restaurants nearby, to help you plan your evening.



   9:00 – 10:30 am  –  WORKSHOPS     [details]

Workshop Session D. Choose from among seven top-notch concurrent sessions. Day 3 workshops focus primarily on action and next steps: How can attendees advise/support projects that are in development? How can we dig deeper into what we can do together that we can’t do on our own?  (Located in the breakout rooms.)

   10:30 – 11:00 am  –  BREAK

   11:00 – 12:30 pm  –  WORKSHOPS     [details]

Workshop Session E. Choose from among seven more top-notch concurrent sessions. (Located in the breakout rooms.)

     12:30 – 3:30 pm  –  LUNCH and CLOSING PLENARY

In our final large group gathering, we will reflect on what we have learned and identify key priorities and strategies for moving forward in our individual practices, our communities, and as a community of practice.  As part of that conversation, we will also engage in lively presentations and discussions of potential Catalyst Awards projects – an initiative created to spark our network and get us thinking and collaborating in new ways on challenges that are too complex for any of us to solve on our own.

Our conference Emcee, John Gastil (Head of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State) and Fran Korten, publisher of YES! Magazine, will share some of their reflections on the progress we have made and insights gained over the past three days. We will conclude with a final celebration of the work we have done together but could not have done alone.  (Located in the ballroom.)

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