NCDD2016 · Boston Metro Area
The 2016 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is over and we had an amazing time at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center in the Boston Metro Area, October 14-16!
These leading organizations in the dialogue and deliberation community generously supported the event. NCDD sends its heartfelt thanks to the organizations on this page for their fantastic support of NCDD 2016. We couldn’t do it without you!
Our All-Star Sponsors (donated $3000+) are the Bridge Alliance, the Democracy Fund, Essential Partners, Everyday Democracy, the International Association of Facilitators, and the National Dialogue Network..
Our Co-Sponsors ($2000) are the Interactivity Foundation, the Jefferson Center, and the School Reform Initiative.
And our Partners ($1000) are the Covision, Davenport Institute, the Institute for Local Government, Journalism That Matters, the Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration, PlaceSpeak, Public Agenda, and Trusted Sharing.
The Bridge Alliance
The Bridge Alliance exists to upgrade our democratic republic. We do so by serving organizations and citizens who are uniting Americans across the political divides to increase civility and collaboration. It’s members include pioneering organizations that have collectively spent hundreds of years connecting Americans who disagree with each other yet are working together to make the best decisions for their communities and our nation. While some Alliance members are focused on state legislatures or the US Congress, others are focused on businesses, universities, and neighborhoods. But all have in common a commitment to working together for collective impact and increased visibility for all those who want to strengthen the common ground on which the United States of America depends.
The Democracy Fund
The Democracy Fund is a bipartisan foundation established by eBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar to help ensure that the American people come first in our democracy. Today, technologies and innovations offer new opportunities for public engagement in a more vibrant democracy — even as serious challenges including hyper-partisanship, money in politics, and struggling media threaten the health of our political system. The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.
Essential Partners (formerly the Public Conversations Project) equips individuals and groups with skills for relationship that keep people connected while naming and claiming their differences. We design courageous conversations on the issues that matter most, and which many people feel ill-equipped to engage. We train facilitators and leaders, offering a skill set that can be adapted to many challenges and settings. We work with our partners in their contexts to build communities that find strength and new possibilities in both their shared concerns and their differences.
Everyday Democracy has more than 25 years of experience offering structured dialogues to help communities work together to solve problems and build greater civic involvement. Our process incorporates use of a racial equity lens and other principles, including involving diverse groups of people, especially those who have been marginalized; opportunities for authentic listening and sharing; building capacity in communities; and connecting dialogue and deliberation to action and change. We offer discussion guides in how to use our process on issues such as poverty, police-community relations, racism, education reform and more, and how-to materials and coaching in our process for communities and organizations. Having seen the power of authentic connection among diverse groups of people, we cultivate community leaders and institutions to champion and carry out this work. We also convene practitioners from various fields to build a common vision of a democracy that works for everyone.
International Association of Facilitators
The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) is a participatory organisation with members in more than 65 countries. As a professional association we set internationally accepted industry standards, provide accreditation, support a community of practice, advocate and educate on the power of facilitation and embrace the diversity of facilitators. Our vision is to see professional facilitation used throughout the world to address the challenges faced by people in their groups, organizations and communities. Our mission is to grow the community of practice for all those who facilitate, establish internationally accepted professional standards, build credibility and promote the value of facilitation around the world.
The National Dialogue Network
The National Dialogue Network received the NCDD Catalyst Award in 2012 and is building a voluntary civic infrastructure to help coordinate collaborative local conversations into mindful national dialogue. Its design and function is meant to strengthen local civic infrastructures that, collectively, can reveal deeper insights into the national scale awareness of participants. Until the end of 2016, and with the assistance of the Forum Foundation, they are awarding up to $20,000 in targeted micro-grants to NCDD members and organizations. See their ad in the conference guidebook to learn more & apply online.
The Interactivity Foundation
Through a facilitated small-group discussion process, the Interactivity Foundation works to improve the quality and increase the quantity of public discussion by engaging citizens in the exploration and development of contrasting possibilities, or broad directions, for longer-term public policy. In partnership with other organizations and individuals, their work is focused on three, complementary, and often overlapping discussion formats. Their longer-term “Project” discussions engage selected panelists in developing multiple contrasting possibilities for their discussion guides. Their shorter-term “Public” discussions use those guides or other materials as starting points for further citizen engagement, exploration, and development. They also work with educators and students in classrooms, online, and other settings to support student-centered discussion and learning. They are a non-profit, non-partisan, and non-advocacy organization. Visit their website for more information or to download any of their discussion guides or other publications.
The Jefferson Center is a Minnesota-based nonpartisan nonprofit that engages Americans directly to solve shared challenges and craft better policy. Their mission is to strengthen democracy by advancing informed, citizen-developed solutions to challenging public issues. They advance the public interest by creating opportunities for in-depth citizen education and deliberation that generates informed, inclusive solutions to today’s toughest problems. Their current work focuses on engaging citizens to shape health policy and healthcare implementation, participatory journalism and local media, climate change and extreme weather planning, and electoral and governance reform.
Covision believes deeply in the power of deliberative processes. For 25 years they’ve been bringing that power to large and very large groups. They’ve developed a unique dialogue based methodology, accelerated by engagement technologies, that gives all participants a significant voice in the proceedings. Through this “design+technology” approach, they are able to scale engagement without sacrificing detail or understanding in the outcomes. They’ve supported some of the largest deliberative processes in the U.S. and around the world — face-to-face, online, and hybrid. They partner with deliberative process designers to make their engagements most effective as group sizes increase. For the whole story, read: “Virtuous Meetings – Technology + Design for High Engagement in Large Groups”
The Davenport Institute
Since their founding as a multi-partisan and non-profit organization in 2005, The Davenport Institute (formerly Common Sense California) has worked to engage the citizens of California in the policy decisions that affect their everyday lives. The purpose of the Davenport Institute is to help solve California’s public problems by promoting citizen participation in governance. They work with city and county governments, special districts, regional governance associations, and non-profit organizations to both promote and support legitimate civic involvement through a special affiliation with the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy.
The Institute for Local Government
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is the nonprofit research and education affiliate of the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and the Calfornia Special Districts Association. ILG’s mission is to promote good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities. Program areas include: public engagement, local government basics, ethics and transparency, sustainable communities and collaboration and partnerships. The Institute’s Public Engagement Program promotes and supports effective and inclusive public engagement in California’s cities and counties and helps local officials make good decisions about involving the public in local decision making. The program offerings include: direct assistance, trainings, workshops, tip sheets, case stories and more.
Journalism That Matters
Journalism That Matters is a nonprofit that convenes conversations to foster collaboration, innovation, and action so that a diverse news and information ecosystem can support communities to thrive. We believe journalism matters most when it is of, by, and for the people. Since 2001, the organization has hosted unconferences that have inspired hundreds of varied media initiatives around the nation. JTM has a proven track record catalyzing disruptive innovation and fostering collaborations within the news industry and between communities and journalism organizations. Almost 1,500 alumni have participated in JTM-sponsored events that have inspired new ideas, projects, partnerships, and a variety of journalistic ventures such as the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism, the Living Textbook Project, and the Seattle Globalist.
Massachusetts Office of Public Collaboration
MOPC is a research center and the state office for public collaboration serving government agencies and citizens of Massachusetts as a neutral forum for conflict resolution and consensus-building and an administrator of public mediation programs. Established by statute in 1990, MOPC provides effective forums for collaborative planning, problem-solving and public engagement on contentious public issues, and builds capacity within state, regional and municipal government through evidence-based programming and expedited procurement of resources.
PlaceSpeak is an award-winning smart city civic engagement platform designed to enable online consultation with people within specific geographic boundaries. Its mission is to build legitimacy in online democratic practices by authenticating digital identity to place, protecting individual privacy, and closing the feedback loop between public consultation and accountability. PlaceSpeak empowers citizens to influence decision-making processes while providing governments at all levels with the tools they need to engage on a wide range of issues. Most recently, PlaceSpeak’s unique geo-verification technology has been recognized internationally with the Exemplary Implementation Award and Geospatial Excellence Award.
Public Agenda is a nonprofit organization that helps diverse leaders and citizens navigate divisive, complex issues. Through nonpartisan research and engagement, it provides people with the insights and support they need to arrive at workable solutions on critical issues, regardless of their differences. Since 1975, Public Agenda has helped foster progress on K-12 and higher education reform, health care, federal and local budgets, energy and immigration. Public Agenda was founded in 1975 by the social scientist and public opinion expert Dan Yankelovich and former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance, and is based in New York City.
Trusted Sharing has created a set of online tools and spaces for hosting deeper conversations that can support specific facilitation methods. We have created Trusted Sharing Conversations as a platform for saving all your conversations in one place and organizing them under group pages to create greater organizational efficiency, eliminating the incoherence of email conversations. Our tools are both simple and versatile; they can be configured to meet many different goals for different groups- from small private conversations to large scale public interactions. In this information age, researchers have shown that businesses excel or fail as a result of the quality of their conversations. Our social mission is to enhance the power of online collaborations. We are partnering with facilitators to help us fulfill our social mission.