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Something Fun for NCDD’s Engagement Streams Framework

Streams diagramI just created something fun in ComicLife to accompany NCDD’s well-loved Engagement Streams framework. The framework is a series of two charts that helps people figure out which dialogue and deliberation method(s) best fit their circumstances – something practitioners always tell us they desperately need. The charts categorize the D&D field into four streams of practice based on your primary intention or purpose – Exploration, Conflict Transformation, Decision Making, and Collaborative Action – and show which of the most well-known methods have proven themselves effective in which streams. The second chart goes into more detail about 23 dialogue and deliberation methods, and includes information such as group size, meeting type and how participants are selected.

The image accompanying this post is a mini version of what I created – a one-page snapshot of the four streams that introduces the purpose for using each stream and lists some of the dialogue and deliberation methods that have proven themselves to be effective in each stream. Those of you who use the Engagement Streams framework to introduce community leaders, organization heads and public managers to their options are welcome to use this one-page handout as well. Might lighten things up a bit. Plus, diagrams always help, right?

Go to www.ncdd.org/streams to download the Streams framework in a couple of different formats, as well as this diagram and an additional handout.

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Help Us Identify Conservatives who Support D&D

Susan Clark and Jacob Hess are working to make the Austin conference more balanced in terms of political ideology. They are also looking for ways to facilitate and highlight liberal-conservative dialogue at the conference. Given our (not great) track record for attracting conservatives to past conferences, we are asking the greater D&D community to help us think of new ways to involve and identify conservatives who are committed to public engagement and conflict transformation.

Here are some of Susan and Jacob’s ideas…

  • Identify and make visible dialogue projects that include conservative leadership – and/or explicit bi-partisan leadership.
  • Plan a plenary session at the conference that provides a forum to address increasing polarization in the media and the need for dialogue between people with traditionally “liberal” and “conservatives” views.
  • Identify and reach out to specific conservatives who are or could be interested in the work of NCDD.

One workshop idea is to use evaluation findings from the liberal/conservative dialogue course at the University of Illinois as a stepping off point for a discussion of how to “frame” dialogue in a way that avoids inadvertent cues that would turn off conservatives. And we thought you might enjoy reading this student’s quote about the class:

“Before this class, I went through the logic of conservatives and would think, “They have to be crazy!” From this experience, it’s great to know half of the world is not nuts. You don’t get this on TV—they’re goofy on both sides there. But from this class, I better understand now the conservative logic; I may not agree, but it makes more sense.”

Please share your suggestions on specific projects to highlight (in workshops, or as something to receive an NCDD award) and/or practitioners or community leaders who should be invited to the conference. We’d especially like to know aout dialogue projects that have conservative leadership – and/or explicit bi-partisan leadership. Plus we welcome any other suggestions you have on this issue.

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National Initiative Seeks to Build Cadre of Community-Engaged Faculty

We’re pleased to help spread the word about Faculty for the Engaged Campus, a new national initiative of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The initiative aims to strengthen community-engaged career paths in the academy by developing innovative competency-based models of faculty development, facilitating peer review and dissemination of products of community-engaged scholarship, and supporting community-engaged faculty through the promotion and tenure process. The initiative, supported by a three grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education, builds on the work of the FIPSE-funded Community-Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative of health professional schools that has been working to build capacity for community engaged scholarship (CES) on their campuses and among their peers nationally (Details at http://depts.washington.edu/ccph/healthcollab.html). (more…)


Harwood Institute Offers Two Learning Opportunities for NCDD Members

The Harwood Institute will be offering its next Harwood Public Innovators Lab March 17-20, 2008 in Baltimore, MD. The Lab is an intensive, three-day experience that will help you create new pathways to accelerate change and engender authentic hope. The aim of the Lab is to engage people in thinking about and applying the Harwood Institute’s key ideas, frameworks, and tools developed over the last eighteen years to their own context and goals. They offer alumni access to webinars and starting in February a website just for alumni where they can gain access to tools and share their stories and experiences. Information about the Harwood Public Innovators Lab can be found here: www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?eventid=173062. Paid NCDD members qualify for a 10% discount. You’ll need to put in NCDD in the special codes space when registering to automatically receive the discount.

Also, Rich Harwood has just written a new essay that you may be interested in reading. Make Hope Real discusses 5 key factors to making hope real in our communities. The essay is a tool for both understanding the challenges of creating change, as well as a way to begin a national discussion on what each of us can do to make hope real in our own community. The essay Make Hope Real offers readers an opportunity to explore the ways that they can help to accelerate change in their community and make hope real. To order the essay, call 301-656-3669. The regular price is $5 but for NCDD members it is $4 – just say you are with NCDD to get the discount.

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UMBC Cross-Cultural Study on Citizen Involvement

Mini Terri Mannarini and Angela Fedi, researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, recently posted a message on the NCDD discussion list about a cross-cultural study on citizen involvement they are working on with Ken Maton, associate professor at UMBC. From their message…

We are looking for people who have been involved — as simple citizens — in one or more initiatives of citizen involvement ran by the District government, and who are willing to participate in the study by completing a questionnaire or, alternatively, being interviewed on the phone (about 15-20 minutes each). The study is designed according to the requirements of the International Review Board of the University of Maryland in terms of confidentiality, voluntary participation, and informed consent; less than minimal risks are associated with the procedures

Anyone interested in participating in the study can contact Mini Terri Mannarini (minimann@umbc.edu) or Angela Fedi (angelafe@umbc.edu).

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2008 Americans for the Arts Convention

American Evolution: Arts in the New Civic Life is the theme for this year’s Americans for the Arts (americansforthearts.org) annual convention in Philadelphia, June 20-22. Event information, including registration and a schedule of events can be found at the organization’s website.

Though not specifically a d&d event, it may appeal to those who appreciate the work of Americans for the Arts’ Animating Democracy Initiative (artsusa.org/animatingdemocracy), an NCDD member who we’ve worked closely with over the years.

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Menlo Park, CA Seeks Community Engagement Manager

Audrey Ramberg, Menlo Park’s Assistant City Manager, just sent us an announcement for what might be an amazing job opportunity in the San Francisco Bay Area. Menlo Park is looking for a Community Engagement Manager to develop, support and implement the City’s community engagement efforts with the goal to create meaningful opportunities for community members to have a voice in City decision-making. There doesn’t seem to be any specific information about this job online at the moment so you might need to contact the Menlo Park personnel office directly for more information.

The complete job announcement follows the break. (more…)

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Miki Kashtan's Living Peace NVC Retreat in Florida

Miki Kashtan

Join NCDD member Miki Kashtan for six transformative days of NVC immersion (her 60th intensive retreat), held in Delray Beach, Florida — February 22nd-27th, 2008. Topics in Miki’s highly acclaimed intensives include the spiritual foundation of NVC; living NVC within ourselves, in relationships, and in the world; working with anger; and so much more. There are wonderful opportunities of practice, experiential learning, empathy groups, and a special focus for people interested in exploring teaching NVC. She is excited to offer this level of support to the ever-growing NVC communities. Tuition: Sliding scale $400-$800 & Accommodations: $625. To register email register@baynvc.org or contact Lorili 516-662-7282. More information about the event can be found on the Bay Area Nonviolent Communication website.

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What are NCDD Conferences like?

Here are some of the typical elements of NCDD national conferences:

  • The general theme or purpose of NCDD conferences is to unite and strengthen the growing dialogue and deliberation community
  • At least one highly participatory plenary (large-group) session each day; the plenaries model dialogue and deliberation techniques while helping conference participants think about where the field should be going and/or tackle key issues facing the field
  • At least one of the plenary sessions allows participants to hear from several key leaders in the field (not a keynote, by any means, but a much more dialogic, participatory format)
  • 5 or 6 timeslots in which people can choose between approximately 10 workshops
  • 50 or more 2-hour workshops offered throughout the conference, led by leaders and innovators in the field; workshops are generally very participatory – not just dry panel presentations in smaller rooms!
  • A dynamic arts component, through which arts that stimulate dialogue are featured and the arts are used to help participants process their experience
  • An afternoon of Open Space, during which participants self-organize dozens of discussions (we did this in both 2004 and 2006)
  • 30 minute breaks between sessions so participants don’t feel rushed and have extra time for informal networking
  • No hard and fast rules (so these elements are subject to change for each event!)

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Public Decisions Announces Winter 2008 Training Schedule

PublicDecisions.com – a worldwide leader in online training for public participation – has announced its upcoming schedule of nearly two dozen specialized classes for the first quarter of 2008. PublicDecisions provides practically oriented training for persons who work with stakeholders and the public to solve problems, craft policies/programs or achieve social change. The company’s offerings are suitable for working professionals and officials who are constrained from participating in professional development activities by geographic distances and limited budgets. Classes are conducted live, and quality is ensured by limiting class sizes to a small number of participants. Plus – paid NCDD members are eligible for a 20% discount on any PublicDecisions training (read more about this at www.thataway.org/discounts)!

Classes are taught by skilled practitioners experienced in the public, private and nonprofit/NGO sectors. PublicDecisions also provides a convenient, profitable opportunity for experienced professionals who are interested in establishing or expanding their teaching practice in the field of public participation. To learn more about their course offerings from January to March 2008, visit http://publicdecisions.com/class_schedule.html. Or contact Chief Learning Officer Beth Offenbacker at beth@publicdecisions.com.