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Program for NCDD 2008 Austin

Below is the schedule for the 4th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, which took place in Austin, Texas October 2nd through 5th, 2008. This page links to more details about the sessions offered, the leaders we featured during plenary sessions and sub-plenaries, the pre- and post-conference activities, and more.

Thursday, October 2nd

Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops (approx. 9 am to 5 pm – only $95)…

  1. Managing Difficult Conversations (a great workshop for the newbies, and for local folks who want to learn more about this work)
  2. Choosing Deliberation and Dialogue Techniques that Work (for those who want to learn about a number of D&D processes, and when to use which)
  3. Creating “We the People” in our Groups, Organizations, Communities & Society (for those who want to learn more about Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council)
  4. The Whiteness Learning Lab (for white folks who want to develop a better understanding of racism and white privilege)
  5. Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education (for those affiliated with colleges and universities who want to see this work advance at various levels in the academy)
  6. The Underlying Dynamics of Conversations that Matter (for folks who are thoughtful about this work and would like to help create a “pattern language” for it)

Half-Day Pre-Conference Workshop (2 pm to 5 pm – only $55)…

  1. Taking Dialogue to Work: Leading from the Heart (for those dealing with divisions and differences in the workplace)

Free Conversation Cafe Host Training – 6:15 – 7:30 pm, Ballroom B

  • Learn how to facilitate (or “host”) Conversation Cafes at this FREE training that is open to the public and conference participants alike! Facilitated by Susan Partnow.

Conversation Cafe – 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Ballroom B

“Traces of the Trade” Viewing – 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Wedgwood

  • View the powerful new documentary film Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, in which filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that their New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. The film shows how she and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide. Presented by Harold Fields and Holly Fulton (one of the cousins in the film).

Informal “Tech-at-the-Conference” Gathering – with Pizza Hosted by Texas Forums – 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Nueces

  • Come learn how to use technology (blogs, flickr, twitter, etc.) to connect with others while at the conference, and to share your reflections on the conference with others who could not attend in person.  Email Charles Knickerbocker at [email deleted] if you have questions, or if you’d like to be part of the conference Tech Team.

Friday, October 3rd – first day of the conference

8:00 am – 10:00 am, Atrium

  • Registration, continental breakfast, and mingling

10:00 am, Ballroom A

  • The Opening Session will set the context for our three days together. Sitting with others who share your interests, you will talk about your hopes and goals for the conference, learn about the 5 challenges we’ll be addressing at NCDD Austin, hear about the innovative arts programs you can get involved in (like with our 5-person Graphic Recording Team and the unique musical composition that will be created at the conference by musician/educator Eric Haltmeier), and gain a transatlantic perspective on the field from German civic entrepreneur Hans-Peter Meister. There are still openings if you’d like to host a table during the opening session on a topic you want to network with others around.

12:00 noon, Ballroom B

  • Lunch (provided)

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Your choice of 10 exciting concurrent workshops

4:00 – 5:30 pm, Ballroom A

  • D&D Marketplace – participants will stroll around the ballroom, talking with presenters who want to tell others about a tool, concept or case they’re excited about. Some marketplace presenters will be presenting posters which will be on display throughout the whole three days of the conference.

5:30 pm, Atrium

  • Reception (enjoy some food, explore exhibits, possible book signing, continue checking out posters)

7:00 pm, Ballroom B

  • Early showing of soon-to-be-released documentary Europe in One Room, followed by Q&A with Jim Fishkin and Bob Luskin. This Emmy Award winning documentary by Paladin-Invision (London) tells the story of the first European Wide Deliberative Poll. A scientific sample of all of Europe gathered in the Parliament Building in Brussels in October 2007 to deliberate for three days about the future of Europe on the eve of the Lisbon summit. All 27 countries were represented and discussed the issues in 22 languages. The story of this effort is told through the eyes of participants and organizers. It is an unprecedented experiment in trans-national democracy that shows how dialogue across differences of language and nationality are possible.

Saturday, October 4th – 2nd day of the conference

8:30 – 9:00 am, Ballroom A

  • Community Time (check in with fellow conference attendees and planners in the main ballroom, hear an overview of the day, and enjoy some music)

9:00 – 10:30 am

  • Your choice of 10 exciting concurrent workshops

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • Your choice of 10 exciting concurrent workshops

12:30 – 2:00 pm, Ballroom B

2:15 – 4:00 pm

  • Your choice of two dynamic “Sub-Plenary Sessions” (2 large concurrent sessions) – a panel of conservatives who support public engagement (Ballroom A) and a Trans-Generational Dialogue (Wedgwood).

4:30 – 6:15, Ballroom A

  • Day 2 Plenary: NCDD’s signature Reflective Panel with David Campt, Bill Isaacs, Carolyn Lukensmeyer and Najeeba Syeed-Miller. Using the Inquiry Circle method, the panelists will address major challenges facing the D&D community. Unlike traditional “talking head” panel presentations, conversation in this space flows among the panelists without long monologues.

6:15 pm – whenever

  • Free time to see some of Austin, eat dinner with some of your new and not-so-new colleagues, and self-organize some activities.

One option (coordinated by UT professor Patricia Wilson) is dinner at Casa de Luz, Austin’s only non-profit vegetarian (macrobiotic) community center and campus for integral living. Meet at the conference hotel entrance at 6:30 for ride or carpool to Casa de Luz. See the eco-friendly Casa campus; dine at the community tables with locally grown organic food; and meet the members of Casa’s new and non-traditiona College for Integral Living (CoIL). Walk to downtown for the Sixth Street night scene or stay at Casa for spirited east-west world beat entertainment. Learn more about Casa del Luz at www.casadeluz.org. Cost for dinner is $12. No reservation needed.

Sunday, October 5th – final day of the conference

8:30 – 9:00 am, Ballroom A

  • Community Time (check in with fellow conference attendees and planners in the main ballroom, hear an overview of the day, and enjoy some music)

9:00 – 10:30 am

  • Your choice of 10 exciting concurrent workshops

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

  • Your choice of 10 exciting concurrent workshops

12:30 – 2:00, Ballroom A

  • Lunch (provided)

2:00 – 3:30, Ballroom A

  • Closing Session – including small-group dialogue and report-outs from our Challenge Leaders and Graphic Recording Team about what was learned about the 5 challenges. We’ll also hear the unique musical composition that was created at the conference (featuring your voices!) by Eric Haltmeier, and Harold Saunders will leave you inspired to continue your vital work back home.

Monday and Tuesday, October 6th and 7th, Concho

2-day Post-Conference Disaster and Crisis Intervention Training

  • Facilitative Disaster & Crisis Intervention (DCI): Building Community Resilience & Self-Reliance (a great in-depth training opportunity for practitioners)

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2-Day Post-Conference Workshop

NCDD 2008 Co-Sponsor, the Global Facilitator Service Corps, is conducting a two-day intensive workshop at the Austin Renaissance on October 6th and 7th in conjunction with the NCDD conference. We encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful skill-building opportunity.

Registration for this 2-day workshop is $325 for paid NCDD members and $375 for non-members. While you can register for just this workshop, we encourage you to attend both the NCDD conference and the DCI workshop.

Facilitative Disaster & Crisis Intervention (DCI): Building Community Resilience & Self-Reliance

GFSC Workshop Photo2When people are caught up in a disaster, they first need to be physically rescued and brought to safety. Once these survival needs are met, the important work of rebuilding individual lives and the collective social network in the community can begin. The GFSC Facilitative Disaster and Crisis Intervention (DCI) workshop shares tools and techniques to help individuals, groups and communities build their resilience and self-reliance.

Natural and social disasters can strike at any time in any corner of the world. Effectively managing the grief and the ensuing psychosocial impact on personal and community connections is crucial to reweaving the social fabric. Based on research and experience in many other crises, GFSC uses a social learning model to share effective facilitative techniques preparing professionals and community leaders to help their communities regain their viability.

This 2-day intensive, highly participatory workshop prepares facilitators, community leaders, agency and organization staff to:

  1. Recognize and manage productive and non-productive ways of dealing with grief in one’s self and others
  2. Apply strategies to support the stages of group and individual resilience
  3. Learn techniques that help caregivers maintain a balance between their professional responsibilities and taking care of themselves
  4. Share and mentor those responsible for post-disaster planning and implementation.

If you work with the survivors of disasters, or if you work with organizations, communities or agencies with responsibilities in disaster recovery, this workshop will give you effective tools and techniques to enhance community resilience and self-reliance, now and in the future.


Photo of Carol FleischmanCarol Fleischman, an international human development specialist, helps organizations find innovative and practical ways to mobilize their resources for maximum potential. Her 35-year affiliation with the Institute of Cultural Affairs, an international research, development and training organization, has honed her ability to work effectively with diverse groups at various educational, cultural and social levels. In her unique comprehensive consulting approach, Carol assumes three roles: professional facilitator, team leadership trainer, and management coach. Based in Louisiana, Fleischman Associates has worked with over 200 organizations, locally, nationally and internationally, including corporate, health care, education, arts, community service, and public sectors.

Post-Katrina, Carol volunteers with Global Facilitator Service Corps as part of a team that trains groups in After-Disaster Crisis Intervention skills. She also offers personal coaching to individuals and organizations, volunteers with the Friends of New Orleans (a national advocacy organization) and is an active facilitator with AmeriCorps and with the New Orleans Unified Planning Process.

Photo of Tim KarpoffTimothy Karpoff has over 30 years of experience in community and organizational development, strategic planning, and multi-sector collaboration. A graduate of Yale University, Tim worked for 16 years as a regional director and vice president of the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) in the U.S. and Southeast Asia, organizing community-based programs and facilitating strategic planning and team building processes with businesses and government agencies. Tim is a founding member of Global Facilitator Service Corps and currently serves as Vice President of GFSC’s Board of Directors. Karpoff & Associates is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For the past 14 years, Tim has focused on bringing quality and depth to public and organizational planning processes. Starting from the assumption that people and groups have the capacity to shape their future, he designs and facilitates processes that promote participation in decision making, robust conversations, and better meetings. Tim works with a wide range of organizations, facilitating a variety of planning processes, construction partnering meetings, and task forces on resource management issues.

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This Rebuilding Process…

  • Moves Beyond Survival – assists individuals, families and communities focusing on their emotional, psychological, social and spiritual needs
  • Develops Deep Understanding – gives empathetic guidance so that people can move through the stages of grief as they change their self-perception from victim to survivor and empowered decision-maker
  • Creates New Beginnings – guides positive first steps, preparing people and communities to move forward successfully, managing resources and making effective choices
  • Facilitates Vision and Purpose – helps individuals, families and communities find meaning and significance in their lives, as they rebuild social and community support systems

The DCI Workshop prepares community leaders and facilitators to share these techniques and tools with their local communities. Participants will learn effective ways to address:

  • Grief Cycle: as it relates to community disaster; identifying productive and non-productive ways of dealing with grief in one’s self and others, for individuals and groups; introducing specific, effective tools for understanding and managing grief.
  • Resilience: identifying and applying strategies to support the four stages of group and individual resilience.
  • Caring for Caregivers: assisting others who are working with disaster survivors to maintain a healthy balance between their work and their own personal well-being.
  • Sharing and mentoring leaders in community groups, organizations and agencies working in affected communities as well as those responsible for organizing proactive strategies in the event of a disaster.

This is a highly participatory workshop. Each participant receives a workshop manual and exercises. Additional workshop-generated intervention ideas, issues and learning will be collected and distributed after the workshop.

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Program Officer Positions Open at the Fetzer Institute

Tom Callanan wanted me to share with the network that there are two Program Officer positions open at the Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan. One in the Communications and Outreach area and one in the Individual and Community Transformation (ICT) area.

According to Tom, they don’t have anyone pre-identified for either position, and they’re looking for people who are aligned with their mission but who will also add new perspectives to their work. Although they imagine filling the position with someone in the first half of their career, they haven’t counted out senior-level candidates. Both positions require a Kalamazoo location.

All inquiries and questions should be directed toward the Director of Human Resources. Details below. (more…)

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Primary Challenges Facing the D&D Community

At NCDD’s first three national conferences, seven major challenges emerged as priorities for the dialogue and deliberation community to address. At our fourth NCDD conference in Austin, we hope to tackle the first five of these challenges (A through E) in creative, collaborative ways.

What do you think of these challenge areas? Feel free to add your thoughts and ideas using the comment field.

Challenge A: Making D&D Integral to our Systems

Rooting the values and practices of D&D in our public and private systems (government, schools, organizations, etc.) so that using more democratic methods of involving people, making decisions and solving problems can happen more naturally and more easily in such systems.

Challenge B: Framing this Work in an Accessible Way

Articulating the importance of this work to those beyond our immediate community (making D&D compelling to people of all income levels, education levels, and political perspectives, etc.) – and helping equip members of the D&D community to talk about this work in an accessible, effective way.

Challenge C: Demonstrating that D&D Works

Demonstrating to power-holders (public officials, funders, CEOs) that D&D really does work, and creating/propagating quality evaluation tools for practitioners to use that can feed into research. In the private sector, demonstrating how D&D contributes to the bottom line.

Challenge D: D&D to Action and Policy Change

Strengthening the link between D&D and community action and policy change.

Challenge E: Walking Our Talk

Addressing issues of oppression and bias within the D&D community – and effectively using D&D to address these issues throughout society.

The next two challenges emerged at past NCDD conferences as well, but we chose to focus on the 5 above at NCDD Austin because they seem to be the most pressing.

Challenge F: Regional D&D Networks

Fostering the development of regional D&D networks and gatherings.

Challenge G: International Connections

Finding ways to readily learn from what D&D innovators outside of the U.S. are doing.

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Goals Set for NCDD Austin

The Core Team made some important decisions during our last call. Based on feedback from the all-team calls and our own conversations, the Core Team agreed on five basic goals for the conference. They are:

  1. Enable supportive, collaborative relationships to form and existing relationships to strengthen.
  2. Equip participants with the skills, knowledge, resources and connections they need to improve and expand their work.
  3. Address head-on some of the major challenges facing the dialogue & deliberation community.
  4. Have a real, positive impact on Central Texas.
  5. Inspire and energize all conference participants.

Click “more” to see what we mean by each of these goals, and how they might play out at the conference. (more…)

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Citizen Engagement Conference Coming Up May 1-2 in Vancouver, BC

I’ve been busy these past few months working at the new Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. So I’m very happy to announce what we’ve been working on: the upcoming conference “When Citizens Decide: The Challenges of Large Scale Public Engagement,” to be held Thursday May 1 and Friday May 2, 2008 in Vancouver, BC.

The conference will bring together outstanding researchers and practitioners from North America and Europe to explore the challenges of large scale public engagement in policy making. Panel topics include how large scale citizen engagement exercises can connect with the general public, how they might be used in a range of different policy areas, and how they can be connected to the institutions of representative democracy. The conference will also feature new comparative research on the Dutch, Ontario and BC Citizens’ Assemblies on Electoral Reform, a round table on leadership with the distinguished chairs of each Citizens’ Assembly, and a launch reception for Mark E. Warren and Hilary Pearse’s Designing Deliberative Democracy, the first comprehensive book on the BC Citizens’ Assembly, published this spring by Cambridge University Press.

The Conference poster, preliminary program and registration form are available on at http://democracy.ubc.ca under the link “Conferences and Workshops.” Please direct any questions to Rebecca Monnerat-McPartlin, CSDI Project Manager at monnerat@interchange.ubc.ca or 604-827-4390. Space is limited; we’re urging people to register early to reserve a place in what we anticipate will be a highly informative and stimulating event.

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Announcing Pre-Conference Workshops at NCDD Austin

I wanted to add a post about the great line-up of pre-conference workshops we’ll be offering before the 2008 NCDD conference in Austin this October. It’s a diverse selection of workshops from some of the most well-respected people/programs in the field. And if you haven’t been to an NCDD conference before, this list can give you an idea of the kinds of workshops we offer at our conferences.

Full-day workshops (only $95):

  • Managing Difficult Conversations: An Introduction to Group Dialogue Processes (Cathey Capers and Leilani Rose, Partners in Wellspring Resources; and Mary Thompson, President of Corder/Thompson & Associates)
  • Creating “We the People” in our Organizations, Communities & Society (Jim Rough and DeAnna Martin, Co-Founders of the Center for Wise Democracy)
  • The Whiteness Learning Lab: A Deeper Understanding of Racism and White Privilege as Essential to Inclusive Community-Building (Lauren Parker Kucera, director of coAction; and Catherine Orland, diversity trainer and facilitator)
  • Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education: A Workshop on Innovative Democratic Education and Leadership (Bruce Mallory, Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of New Hampshire; and Nancy Thomas, Director of the Democracy Imperative and Everyday Democracy senior associate)

Half-day workshops (only $50):

  • Taking Dialogue to Work: Leading from the Heart (Meenakshi Chakraverti, Bob Stains and Dave Joseph from the Public Conversations Project)
  • The Underlying Dynamics of Conversations that Matter (Tom Atlee, Founder and President of The Co-Intelligence Institute, and Peggy Holman, Co-Founder of Open Circle Company)
  • Engaging Across the Divides: Convening and Facilitating Transpartisan Dialogue (Michael Ostrolenk, Ana Micka and Jeff Weissglass from Reuniting America)
  • The Process/Action Continuum: From Exploration and Understanding to Collaborative Action (Bill Corbett and Beth Offenbacker, Co-Founders of the Center for Voter Deliberation of Northern Virginia)

We’ll be sending out a call for workshop proposals soon (so don’t worry – you’re not too late for that!). Registration will be live soon, too, if you’re wondering how to sign up for these pre-conference workshops and/or the conference.

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Nexus II is Quickly Approaching

Nexus II LogoNexus for Change II is right around the corner, and those of you interested in large-scale whole-system change methods should take note. Nexus II is a global convergence of practitioners, leaders, activists, social entrepreneurs and scholars committed to the power of participative change methods that transform whole organizations and communities facing 21st century challenges. It is hosted by the College of Business Administration and the Institute for Organization Effectiveness, and takes place in Bowling Green, Ohio at Bowling Green State University later this month (March 30 – April 1, with a pre-conference opportunity on March 29th and 30th).


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NCDD 2008 Pre-Conference Workshops

We’re offering a wonderful selection of full-day and half-day workshops on October 2nd – the day before the conference begins. The pre-conference workshops are designed to provide high-quality, intensive skill- and knowledge-building opportunities for conference participants, and for people from the local area who just want to learn more about dialogue and deliberation. They are also an opportunity to learn from and get to know some of the thought leaders in the D&D community.

And don’t forget to check out the 2-day post-conference workshop on Disaster and Crisis Intervention our friends at the Global Facilitator Service Corps are offering on October 6th and 7th!

The full-day workshops (only $95) are:

Managing Difficult Conversations: An Introduction to Group Dialogue Processes

Today’s communities are challenged by polarizing, often intractable conflicts – yet people too often lack the tools to engage in respectful, civil discourse regarding differences in values, religious beliefs, and politics. This workshop will demonstrate two dialogue approaches to exploring differences: Conversation Café and National Issues Forums. Through demonstrations, exercises and discussion, workshop participants will analyze and contrast dialogue processes, explore the role of questions in promoting understanding, and identify practical applications for use in community and organizational conflicts. A great opportunity for those new to dialogue and deliberation!

Facilitators: Cathey Capers and Leilani Rose, Partners in Wellspring Resources; Mary Thompson, President of Corder/Thompson & Associates; and Taylor Willingham, Director of Texas Forums, LBJ Presidential Library

Choosing Deliberation and Dialogue Techniques that Work

Back by popular demand from NCDD’s 2006 conference, this day-long workshop is a lively exploration of a variety of deliberative and participatory techniques including 21st Century Town Meeting, Citizens’ Jury, Consensus Forum, Open Space Technology, World Café, Multi Criteria Analysis Conference, Deliberative Poll and online deliberation. Learn more about how to apply, adapt and combine these models in the practice of public engagement to influence policy development and decision making. Bring to the training your own issue(s) that could benefit from such an engagement, explore the most appropriate methodologies to address that issue, the drivers and constraints, and steps to implement. The day will include opportunities to apply some of the techniques and to use the wisdom of the group to explore the issues and create useful responses.

Facilitators: Janette Hartz-Karp, Director of 21st Century Dialogue and Professor at Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, Western Australia; and Brian Sullivan, Director of Practical Evolution, LLC.

Creating “We the People” in our Groups, Organizations, Communities & Society

As a society, we are faced with a growing collection of crises that require us to evolve to new levels of thinking, talking, and organizing in order to co-create our future. At the root of these crises is a system on autopilot enforcing unsustainable attitudes, behaviors, practices, and processes. How do “we” change this system in our communities, in our organizations, and as a whole? That’s just it, there is no “We” that includes all of us looking creatively and collaboratively at the issues we face and generating solutions and the will to implement them. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to how Dynamic Facilitation and the Wisdom Council allow us to bring this “We” into being in our communities and living organizations. The workshop will include an introduction to the theory behind these methods, an experiential demonstration and debrief, some sharing of where and how these methods are making a difference, and next steps for how participants can apply these methods in their own communities or organizations.

Facilitators: Jim Rough and DeAnna Martin, Co-Founders of the Center for Wise Democracy

The Whiteness Learning Lab: A Deeper Understanding of Racism and White Privilege as Essential to Inclusive Community-Building

If dialogue and deliberation practitioners are unaware of the complex dynamics of racism and white privilege, we may stumble in our community-building efforts. As facilitators, organizers and visionaries, we need to develop a critical understanding of the barriers of race, racism and white privilege–not only on a head level, but also on a heart level. The Whiteness Learning Lab is an experiential learning and sharing opportunity for white folks committed to taking the next steps toward building more sustainable movements for social justice. In an environment free from judgment or blame, we will explore how institutional racism hurts everyone and creates barriers that harm our alliances. As we develop a greater sense of our cultures, ethnicities and racial positions, we will be better prepared to embrace our full humanity and play a part in society that is not at the expense of people of color. We will learn tools and language for interrupting racism, strategies for becoming better allies to people of color, and will gain a better understanding of our own culture as white folks.

Facilitators: Lauren Parker Kucera, director of coAction; and Catherine Orland, diversity trainer and facilitator

Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education: A Workshop on Innovative Democratic Education and Leadership

This workshop is based on the assumptions that American public life and democracy are strongest when citizens come together, engage in dialogue and deliberation, and then work together to solve pressing social, economic, and political problems — and that colleges and universities are critical partners in this work. This workshop is designed for college and university faculty, administrators, students, and community partners committed to strengthening their institutions’ role in American public life and democracy. By the end of the workshop, participants will be better prepared to make the case for this work on their own campuses. They will have explored some exemplary programs and practices on campuses. They will know more about resources available to them. And they will be more involved in the national network of educators and democracy builders deeply immersed in this work.

Facilitators: Bruce Mallory, Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of New Hampshire; John Gastil, Professor of Communications at the University of Washington; and Michele Holt-Shannon, Administrative Director for Discovery (General Education) at the University of New Hampshire

The Underlying Dynamics of Conversations that Matter

The 21st century is rife with crises and opportunities that have implications for generations to come. How we converse – and the role that conversation plays in our societies – will be key factors in evolving into a sustainable, vibrant world that works for all people and life. What do we, as conversational practitioners, need to understand to contribute to such a future? What are we learning about the dynamics of interactivity and conversation, that can make them more generative and powerful? Join two of the most well-known thought leaders in our field in an exploration of the underlying dynamics of interactivity and conversation and to weave them together into a “pattern language” – a coherent map of the elements needed for conversation to uplift and transform our lives, organizations, communities, and societies. The session leaders have done work understanding interactivity in an evolutionary context to meet the challenges of our times, and this session will be a collaborative continuation of that work with you.

Facilitators: Tom Atlee, Founder and President of The Co-Intelligence Institute, and Peggy Holman, Co-Author of The Change Handbook

The half-day workshops (only $50) are:

Taking Dialogue to Work: Leading from the Heart (2 pm to 5 pm)

When tensions flare or differences are actively or passively avoided in the work setting, organizational effectiveness suffers. This highly experiential workshop will employ a case study, exercises, coaching and discussion to explore the competencies leaders need to engage divisive differences within their organizations. The ability to foster constructive conversations (one-to-one or in groups) that build trust, strengthen relationships and allow organizations to fulfill their missions is a critical leadership skill. We will focus on concrete ways that leaders can model, initiate and support practices that enhance assessment, planning, communication and overall leadership skills.

Facilitators: Meenakshi Chakraverti, Bob Stains and Dave Joseph from the Public Conversations Project

Cancelled – The Process/Action Continuum: From Exploration and Understanding to Collaborative Action

We’re so sorry, but the facilitators of this session needed to cancel. If you registered for this pre-conference workshop before July 30th (and missed our email about this), let us know if you would like to switch to the other half-day workshop, switch to one of the full-day workshops at no additional charge, or receive your $50 fee back.


The Collaboration Imperative

Large Group Design Skills for Leaders and Consultants

Paid NCDD members receive a 15% discount (saving over $200!) off this three-day course: “The Collaboration Imperative,“ facilitated by Nancy Aronson, Ph.D and Gilbert Steil Jr. The program’s goal is to share with participants the magic of whole systems work, and equip them with the tools to design their own large group meetings whether they involve 30 people or several thousand. Large group methods, virtually unknown twenty years ago, are being used worldwide to address complex organizational and community issues. These large group working sessions are task focused and results oriented. They have proven to be an invaluable method for strategic planning, organization design, working specific strategic issues, process re-design and for complex projects that cross the boundaries of functions, departments and organizations. They build the indispensable relationships needed for coherence and alignment within an organization or community.

The fee for the seminar is $1490 ($1267 for NCDD members). Contact Ferne Kuhn at 610-725-0444 or ferne@gilsteil.com for more information – or visit gilsteil.com.