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NCDD’s Discussion Lists

NCDD’s email discussion lists are open to everyone involved in dialogue and deliberation work (not just NCDD members). Our discussion lists foster networking, information-sharing and collaboration within the growing dialogue and deliberation community.

First, thank you to L-Soft for their generous support! Since 2008, NCDD has benefited from the generous donation of mailing list services by L-Soft, a leading provider of email list management software, email marketing software and email list hosting services. NCDD has been relying on L-Soft’s LISTSERV® email list management software solution since 2006 and all our mailing lists are hosted by L-Soft free of charge.

The NCDD Updates announcement list

NCDD’s monthly email update keeps over 33,000 people informed about opportunities and goings-on in the rapidly growing dialogue and deliberation community. Many people find our updates to be invaluable, and we promise not to send more than one message a month!

Subscribe here or send a blank email to NCDD-Updates-subscribe-request@lists.thataway.org to subscribe yourself. Note: this is a one-way announcement list, not a discussion list.

The main NCDD Discussion list

Our most popular discussion list – NCDD Discussion – has 1,600 subscribers as of April 2014.  It is a valued source of advice, inspiration, support, and food-for-thought for many in the field. Most but not all subscribers are members of NCDD. All subscribers should familiarize themselves with the ground rules that have been established over the years for this moderated list.

People tend to be very generous with their expertise and know-how on the list, so it’s a great place to ask for practice-related advice. One subscriber recently posted that she’s “always grateful for the generosity of spirit and sharing within this group …. all the sharings are like jewels!”

Most subscribers are experienced facilitators, convenors or scholars in public engagement or conflict resolution, but we have many grad and undergrad students and “newbies” to this work on the list as well.  The diversity of experience (level and type) of our subscribers is one of the things that makes the listserv such a useful resource for so many people.

Activity on the list varies from week to week depending on the topics that are brought up on the list. One week there may only be three or four messages, another week there may be dozens. If you find the number of messages to be too much, you can email Joy Garman (our Office Manager) at joy@ncdd.org and ask her to switch you to the daily digest version so you receive only one message a day.

Archives of the NCDD Discussion list are available online.  Archives go back to March 2006. See this link for instructions for accessing the archives. Subscribers can also follow messages to the list through the list’s RSS feed.

Subscribe to the NCDD Discussion list by sending a blank email to NCDD-Discussion-subscribe-request@lists.thataway.org (or email joy@ncdd.org and ask Joy to add you). And if you’re already subscribed to the list, send your messages to the list via this email address: NCDD-Discussion@lists.thataway.org.

NCDD’s Conference Updates list

If you want to be sure to stay updated on NCDD’s events, subscribe to the Conference Updates list by sending a blank email to NCDD-Conference-Updates-subscribe-request@lists.thataway.org.

The Making A Living list (our jobs list)

If you are looking for work in dialogue & deliberation, we recommend you subscribe to this list.  We now use this list to primarily share job openings we hear about in the field.

NCDD member Steve Pyser initiated this discussion list in 2006, and launched it with a conference call focused on such issues as setting pay standards and helping people professionalize the work they do. Archives for the Making A Living list can be accessed online.

Subscribe to the Making a Living in D&D list by sending a blank email to MAKING-A-LIVING-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email making-a-living@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

The Transpartisan Listserv

Launched in March 2014 through a collaboration of NCDD, Mediators Foundation, and over a dozen co-founders who are leaders in political bridge building work, the Transpartisan List is meant to connect and inform those working in the transpartisan realm.

The purpose of this moderated listserv is to introduce potential colleagues to one another, to expand our knowledge of transpartisan theory and practice, and to showcase ongoing activity in the transpartisan field. Our goal is to provide a simple, safe communication channel where individuals and organizations that are active in this boundary-crossing work can connect and learn from each other. This list is not used for debating public policy issues.

More about the list, its co-founders, and the list ground rules can be found at www.ncdd.org/rc/item/8770. Subscribe to the Transpartisan List by sending a blank email to transpartisan-subscribe-request@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email transpartisan@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

Regional listservs

NCDD members are always interested in additional opportunities to network and share information with colleagues locally, and we’ve set up some discussion lists to help. We also use these lists to periodically share grant opportunities, job openings, facilitation opportunities, workshops, etc. specific to these regions.

- Greater Chicago list -

The Greater Chicago Dialogue & Deliberation listserv launched in February 2013 to support the development of a local D&D community of practice which emerged from the UIC-IPCE project “Dialogue & Deliberation for Civic Engagement in Chicago.” Use it to share events, invitations, and news, and to ask questions or for advice related to dialogue & deliberation for civic engagement. Those in the Greater Chicago area can subscribe to this list by sending a blank message to ChicagoDD-subscribe-request@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email chicagodd@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

- Northern California Network list -

Formed after the 2003 Northern California Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, anyone from the San Francisco Bay Area (and anywhere else in Northern CA) is welcome. Subscribe by sending a blank email to NORTHERN-CA-NETWORK-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email northern-ca-network@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

- New England Network list -

All in New England who are involved in dialogue and deliberation work are welcome to subscribe to this list. Subscribe by sending a blank email to NEWENGLAND-NETWORK-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email newengland-network@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

- Colorado Network list -

Formed around the time of the 2004 NCDD conference in Denver, in response to requests from scholars and practitioners in the Denver-Boulder region. Anyone in Colorado is welcome to subscribe to this list. Subscribe to the Colorado Network list by sending a blank email to COLORADO-NETWORK-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email colorado-network@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

- Central Texas list -

All in Central Texas are welcome to subscribe to this list. Subscribe by sending a blank email to CENTRALTX-DD-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email centraltx-dd@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

Cascadia list

All based in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia (Canada) are welcome to subscribe to this list. Subscribe by sending a blank email to CASCADIA-NETWORK-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email cascadia-network@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

- DC Metro Area list -

All in Washington, DC and the surrounding area are welcome to subscribe to this list. Subscribe by sending a blank email to DC-NETWORK-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email DC-network@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

- Boston list -

Those in and around Boston, Massachusetts are welcome to subscribe to this list. Subscribe by sending a blank email to BOSTON-NETWORK-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email boston-network@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

The Newbies list

This listserv is meant to provide a space for networking and mutual support for new practitioners (“newbies”) who are trying to find their way in this emerging field.

The young people who attended NCDD’s Denver conference in 2004 initiated this discussion list. All those who are newer to this work are welcome to subscribe, as are more seasoned practitioners who would like to help or connect with newbies. Priya Parker and Evan Thomas Paul are the two young people who led the New Practitioners initiatives after the 2004 conference (including this list).

Subscribe to the Newbies list by sending a blank email to NEWBIES-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org. Subscribers should email newbies@lists.thataway.org to send a message to the list.

Have An Idea for a New Discussion List?

We’d love to hear it, and help you get it started by alerting the network and giving you some pointers on starting the discussion and keeping it going. Email NCDD Director Sandy Heierbacher at sandy@ncdd.org with your idea.

Need to Unsubscribe or Make a Change to your Subscription?

To unsubscribe from any discussion list, replace “listname” in the following email address with the name of the discussion list (COLORADO-NETWORK, for example):


For the NCDD Discussion list, that would be NCDD-Discussion-SIGNOFF-REQUEST@lists.thataway.org.

If that doesn’t work for you (it only works if you send the message from the email you’re subscribed with), or if you need to make a change in your email address, switch to the daily digest, etc., just email NCDD office manager Joy Garman at joy@ncdd.org and she’ll make the changes you need.

To log in to the back-end of the listservs to see the archives or make changes to your subscriptions yourself, go to http://lists.thataway.org/scripts/wa-THATAWAY.exe?GETPW1=&X=&Y=.

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