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The bridge-building tag is about building bridges or improving relations between different groups (ethnic groups, partisan groups, etc.).

LGBT-Religious Conservative Dialogue Yields New Utah Law

We were inspired by this wonderful piece from NCDD supporting member Dr. Jacob Hess of All of Life and Political-Dialogue.com on a controversial but promising development in Utah legislation that was brokered by long-term intergroup dialogue. Jacob’s piece explores how dialogue between religious conservatives and LGBTQ advocates created unlikely collaborations, and it holds a lot of insight for us in our work. You can read Jacob’s article below or find the original here. Did Something Really Good or Really Bad Just Happen in Utah? Leaning back in his […] (continue)

Learning from SUNY Racial Justice Deliberations

Our partners with the National Issues Forums Institute recently shared an interesting piece from SUNY Professor Scott Corely on his experiences hosting NIFI-style deliberations about racial and ethnic justice on campus. He shares rich insights and lessons that many of us could learn from, so we encourage you to read his piece below or to find the original NIFI post here. A Report about Racial and Ethnic Justice Deliberations at SUNY Broome Community College Overview and Explanation In 2013, I began thinking about how civic […] (continue)

Update on Pastor-Scientist Dialogue Series from PA

We have been watching the development of a fascinating series from the good folks with NCDD member organization Public Agenda wherein they are bringing together evangelical Christians and scientists for dialogue. We’ve shared their latest blog posts on how the dialogues have gone, and we encourage you to read it below or find the original here. Diffusing Tension Through Dialogue – and a Touch of Humor Public Agenda is partnering with AAAS to facilitate a series of dialogues between scientists and evangelical Christian pastors throughout the summer […] (continue)

Join Everyday Democracy’s Orientation Webinar on Feb. 12

If you’re not already familiar with the work of Everyday Democracy, one of our founding NCDD organizational members, we highly encourage you to register for their upcoming orientation webinar on Thursday, February 12th at 2pm Eastern. EvDem has been honing its dialogue-to-change model for years in a huge variety of communities and has developed a wide ranging suite of tools to support the communities they work with, and this webinar is a great opportunity to get an overview of what resources they have to offer and how you can engage […] (continue)

3 Questions for Navigating Conflict in Dialogue from PCP

We thought our members would resonate with this piece from the blog of our friends with NCDD organizational member the Public Conversations Project that offers key questions you can ask as you seek to address conflict. The post came from a discussion on the NCDD discussion listserv, and we encourage you to read it below or find the original by clicking here. At Public Conversations Project, we work with groups torn by deep divisions over issues related to different identities, beliefs and values – divisions that tear apart communities and […] (continue)

Community-Police Dialogue Resources from ED

The tragic killings of two NYPD officers last month has continued to ripple through our communities and our conversations as the officers’ funerals finished this weekend. As the incident and the #BlackLivesMatter movement continue to drive conversations about police-community relationships in our country, we want to highlight the resource below from Everyday Democracy – an NCDD organizational member – for those using this moment to have these much-needed conversations. You can read ED’s post below or find the original here. We also encourage you to […] (continue)

Healing, Transformation, & Change from Ferguson

As negativity continues to swirl around Ferguson, MO and the country at large in the aftermath of the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson last week, the time is ripe for real and challenging dialogue about how we can transform this energy into something positive. Everyday Democracy program officer Janee Woods wrote a powerful piece for Guernica Magazine in which she says that both punitive justice and restorative justice models are inadequate for healing the deep wounds that racism has caused our country, and advocates instead for rehabilitative justice, saying that “[w]e need to rehabilitate […] (continue)

Resources for Dialogue After the Ferguson Decision

With yesterday’s announcement of a grand jury’s decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the need for dialogue in our communities about race, police, deadly use of force, and our criminal justice system is high. In moments like these, it is hard to know where to even begin with these kinds of conversations, so we want to offer some resources to help those of our NCDD community who may be working to facilitate conversations about the […] (continue)

Job Opening with DOJ’s Community Relations Service

As we hope you’ve heard by now, NCDD was honored to host Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS), as one of our featured speakers at the NCDD 2014 conference. During his address, Grande made the commitment to host meetings across the country between CRS staff and NCDD members to talk about how we might collaborate more closely. We encourage you to learn more about the meetings and give us your input on how we can make the best use of them by sharing your […] (continue)

Hawaii Senator Pursues “Collaborative Legislators Network”

Our partners with the Kettering Foundation recently published a great interview with Hawaii Senator Les Ihara Jr. – who we are proud to have as an NCDD supporting member – about some exciting work he’s doing to get legislators doing more and better public engagement work. Sen. Ihara’s ideas have great potential, and we encourage you to read more about them below or find the original here. Developing Our Civic Culture: State Legislators and Public Engagement Hawaii state senator Les Ihara Jr. has found many state legislators […] (continue)

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