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

Thoughts on “Place” from Pete Peterson

We wanted to share a thoughtful note that Pete Peterson sent to our transpartisan listserv the other day. Pete is not only the executive director of the Davenport Institute and an NCDD organizational member, but he’s also running for Secretary of State in CA, and he has some great insights to share on “place” from a newly released book… All, I thought you might be interested in knowing about a new book project on the subject of “Place” and its relationship to civic engagement… Why Place Matters: […] (continue)

Does Identity Trump Facts? (reflections from Greg Ranstrom)

We are happy to share the reflective piece below from NCDD organizational member Greg Ranstrom of CivilSay, which came via our great Submit-to-Blog Form. Do you have news you want to share with the NCDD network? Just click here to submit your news post for the NCDD Blog! Here’s a great example from the public health sphere about how hard it can be to arrive at shared facts: an NPR segment on vaccines and public opinion. The reporting suggests that the right information is not enough – people must reconcile […] (continue)

Job Opportunities for Senior and Lead Facilitators/Mediators with Center for Collaborative Policy

We are pleased to highlight the post below, which came from Susan Sherry of the Center for Collaborative Policy, an NCDD organizational member, via our Submit-to-Blog Form. Do you have news you want to share with the NCDD network? Just click here to submit your news post for the NCDD Blog! The Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento is pleased to announce that is is now recruiting for both a Senior-Level and a Lead-Level Mediator/ Facilitator. Both of these positions call for a professional with demonstrated experience in […] (continue)

Invitation to join the new Transpartisan Listserv

On behalf of all the founding participants, NCDD is pleased to invite you to join the new Transpartisan Listserv. Our intension for this moderated email discussion list 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. The list is hosted by NCDD through a partnership of NCDD and Mediators Foundation.  The following amazing group of people are co-founding the list: Mark Gerzon, Tom Hast and John Steiner of […] (continue)

Next Generation Initiative Advances State Legislature Civility

We’re pleased to be able to highlight The Next Generation Initiative, a fantastic project driven by NCDD supporting member and former Ohio state representative Ted Celeste of the National Institute on Civil Discourse. Next Generation is trying to help state legislators find ways to be more civil with each other as they create legislation, and we think it’s fundamentally important work. To get a sense of what the initiative is about, check out this great article from Akron Legal News that recently covered Ted’s work. […] (continue)

Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Conference March 7-9

We are excited to announce that the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network will be hosting its annual conference this March 7th – 9th, and NCDD members, especially those working in higher education, are invited! This year’s gathering is being hosted at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and promises to be a great opportunity to deepen our work on campus and connect with campus dialogue practitioners from around the country. The conference will be attended by NCDD members like Phil Neisser, Jacob Hess, Mark Gerzon, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, […] (continue)

Group Decision Tip: My part

In principle, there are at least two pieces to every puzzle, at least two parts to every solution. No solution to a problem is entirely in the hands of just one person. For example, people at the back of a room might have a hard time hearing the speaker at the front. When this happens someone is apt to suggest to the speaker: “Speak up.” But another solution is in the hands of the listeners: “Move closer.” If I have a problem with someone’s behavior, […] (continue)

Community Participation in Racial Justice Efforts

As we reflected this week on the meaning of Martin Luther King’s example for our work, we took quite a bit of inspiration  from one of the stories shared in the most recent newsletter from our partners at Everyday Democracy that we wanted to share with you. The story of this Virginia town’s struggle to confront racism is a glimpse into what it might look like for our field to deal more with questions of justice in our democracy. You can read the story and […] (continue)

Insights from the Latino Participatory Research Project

In case you missed it, we wanted to share a post from the inCommon blog, a project of our partners at the Davenport Institute, about a project in Oregon that holds valuable insights and best practices for engaging Latino/a populations. You can read the post below or find the original here. Like many part of the US, Lane County, Oregon is seeing tremendous growth in its Latino population. Unwilling just to say “this is a traditionally difficult population to engage,”  the Latino Participatory Research Project […] (continue)

Group Decision Tip: E-mail

In principle, e-mail is an efficient way to communicate in groups, but it is a relatively new way of communicating that we are still getting used to. E-mail is instant, like conversation; enduring, like a written document; and able to be copied and distributed like nothing we have ever known. The combination of these three attributes makes it rather like a chainsaw: very effective when used properly, very dangerous when used on impulse or in anger. E-mail is most effective when used to convey facts […] (continue)

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