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2018 Conference Schedule

NCDD2018 · Denver, CO

Conference Schedule

The 2018 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is taking place at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, CO November 2-4!

This page shows you the overall flow and focus of the conference, as well as start and end times, what meals are provided, and each day’s activities.  We’ll continue to update this page with specific details about all conference activities.

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

Thursday, November 1

  9:00 – 5:00 pm  –  PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS

We have five pre-conference, day-long workshops scheduled to provide more Intensive Learning opportunities:

Session 1 – Standing Up for Social Justice in Times of Fear & Hatred (Beginner)

Session 2 – Tackling Wicked Problems in Local Communities: A Workshop for Local Governments, School Districts, and Community Leaders (Beginner)

Session 3 – A Taste of the Theory and Practice of Bohm Dialogue (Beginner)

Session 4 – Transforming Community Spaces: A Workshop for Community Facilitators (Advanced)

Session 5 – We the People Are More Powerful Than We Dare to Believe (Beginner)

All sessions come with an additional price – see the pre-conference page for pricing and descriptions.

5:00 – 7:00 pm  –  INFORMAL RECEPTION

We are hoping to offer an informal reception Thursday evening for folks participating in pre-conference activities and conference attendees who have arrived early.

  6:00 – 7:00 pm  –  DELIBERATION BOOTCAMP

This session, specifically designed for newcomers to the conference, will provide an overall introduction to NCDD and to many of the key concepts, organizations, and challenges related to the field. The session will be led by Martin Carcasson, NCDD Board member and Director of Colorado State University’s Center for Public Deliberation. Email Martín at mcarcas@colostate.edu to let him know you’ll be attending the Bootcamp. 

   7:00 – 9:00 pm  –  TRANSPARTISAN LIVING ROOM CONVERSATION

A small group of NCDD regulars are convening a transpartisan conversation exploring the idea that our political culture and the engagement necessary for healthy dialogue is threatened by a “political trance” brought on by our own defensive stance against the political divide that continues to damage our democracy. During this session, the participants of this conversation would like to share with you their observations and invite you to contribute your own perspective. More information coming soon.

 8:00 – 9:15 pm  –  EMERGING LEADERS MENTORING SESSION

NCDD is hosting a pre-conference event for young people and students. This will be a time for attendees 35 and under to connect with the other younger conference attendees. We will also be kicking off our NCDD 2018 Mentoring Program, which will intentionally connect a cadre of experienced D&D leaders with students and youth attendees during the conference.

Friday, November 2

  8:00 – 9:45 am  –  REGISTRATION

Check in and get your name tag and goodie bag, have some coffee and bagels, and start chatting people up! (South Convention Lobby)

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

The opening plenary for NCDD 2018 will focus on networking and exploring the conference theme of bringing D&D into greater visibility and use. We will start by welcoming our emcees, who will get you started with meeting others in the room right away. NCDD staff will then introduce our conference theme, and talk about how we will explore this theme together over the three days of conference.

To launch our conversations about amplifying our work and broadening its use, we’ll have several lightning talks from civic innovators who will share how they are achieving this goal in their work.

Conference attendees will then jumpstart their conference experience with a networking activity, intended to help them identify their goals for their time at NCDD 2018, meet people they want to connect further with, and set us all up for three days of collaboration.

We’ll close out the plenary by describing additional networking opportunities and spaces for collaboration and innovation. It promises to be a fun and inspiring session! (Grand Ballroom)

   12:00 – 1:00 pm  –  LUNCH

A healthy buffet lunch is provided, and will be served outside the ballroom.  (Grand Ballroom)

  1:00 – 2:30 pm  – WORKSHOP SESSON A

Choose from among ten exciting sessions led by people doing extraordinary work in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. (Breakout Rooms)

   2:30 – 3:00 pm  –  BREAK

   3:00 – 4:30 pm  –  WORKSHOP SESSION B

Choose from among ten exciting sessions led by people doing extraordinary work in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. (Breakout Rooms)

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

Stroll around, talking with 30 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 also a chance to meet other conference participants and do some more networking! (South Convention Lobby)

   6:00 pm on  –  FREE TIME FOR DINNER

Dinner on your own. Go out to dinner with new or old friends… We’ll provide you with all you need to organize your evening out.

   6:30 pm – 8:00pm  – WHITE PRIVILEGE SYMPOSIUM – COMMUNITY EVENT

We are sharing the Ballroom with the White Privilege Symposium for their community event, featuring performances and speakers. Event is open to NCDD attendees and the public.  (Grand Ballroom)

  7:30 pm – 9:30pm  – NATIONAL ISSUES FORUM: THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

What Should We Do About The Opioid Epidemic?  –  Virgina York will lead attendees in a National Issues Forum on the opioid epidemic. Join fellow attendees to experience the National Issues Forums model and deliberate on possible approaches to this complex national issue. (TBA)

Saturday, November 3

   9:00 – 10:30 am  –  WORKSHOP SESSION C

Choose from among ten exciting sessions led by people doing extraordinary work in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. (Breakout Rooms)

   10:30 – 11:00 am  –  BREAK

Coffee will be available!

   11:00 – 12:30 pm  –  WORKSHOPS

Choose from among ten exciting sessions led by people doing extraordinary work in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. (Breakout Rooms)

   12:30 – 1:30 pm  –  LUNCH

A healthy buffet lunch is provided, and will be served outside the ballroom.

   1:30 – 5:00 pm  –  AFTERNOON PLENARY

In the second plenary, we’ll shift our focus to the topics we need to discuss as a field in order to bring dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement into more widespread use.

To kick us off, a few speakers will touch briefly on their thoughts about what we as a field need to discuss. Then, the session will shift to Open Space. Participants will have the opportunity to set the agenda for the afternoon and propose topics they think are most pressing for our field to discuss. Several rounds of sessions will allow attendees to explore a variety of topics in self-organized sessions. Everyone will then come together for reflections and closing.  (Grand Ballroom)

    5:00 pm-on  –  FREE TIME FOR DINNER & FUN

Explore downtown Denver and go out to dinner with new or old friends… We’ll provide you with all you need to organize your evening out!

Sunday, November 4

   9:00 – 10:30 am  –  WORKSHOPS

Choose from among ten exciting sessions led by people doing extraordinary work in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. (Breakout Rooms)

   10:30 – 11:00 am  –  BREAK

Coffee will be available!

   11:00 – 12:30 pm  –  WORKSHOPS

Choose from among ten exciting sessions led by people doing extraordinary work in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. (Breakout Rooms)

   12:30 – 1:30 pm  –  LUNCH

A healthy buffet lunch is provided, and will be served outside the ballroom.

   1:30 – 3:30 pm  –  CLOSING PLENARY

In this closing plenary, we’ll look to the future of our field and discuss what work we can do together beyond the conference to expand and innovate dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement.

Speakers will offer brief glimpses into their efforts to bring D&D to this next level, or speak about what they believe to be the next steps for our field.

Participants will then join in a Pro Action Cafe, a process blending World Cafe and Open Space, where they will have the opportunity to work together on ideas for moving us forward. This process will help those with questions and project ideas to move to action, with the input of their peers. Participants will be encouraged to connect after the conference on ideas they want to move forward!

We will end with a celebration of our time together at NCDD 2018! (Grand Ballroom)

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