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

Get Involved in the National Week of Conversation

We’re excited announce the upcoming National Week of Conversation (NWOC), which is taking place this April 20-28. The National Week of Conversation is designed to: Turn the tide of rising rancor and deepening division Begin mending the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides Bring people together again–from ‘us vs. them’ to ‘me and you’ Build relationships by listening first to understand the other NCDD took part in the initial planning meeting for this project last October, which was convened by the Bridge Alliance and […] (continue)

MetroQuest Webinar on Finding Common Ground, Feb. 28th

Coming up at the end of February, NCDD member org MetroQuest will be hosting the webinar, How to Design Public Engagement to Find Common Ground; co-sponsored by NCDD, IAP2, and the American Planning Association (APA).  This webinar will be an opportunity to learn more on how to design public engagement efforts that uplift the common ground amongst the community and create solutions that demonstrate these shared ideals. You can read the announcement below or find the original on MetroQuest’s site here. MetroQuest Webinar: How to Design Public Engagement to Find Common […] (continue)

NCDD at Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference

We are thrilled to let folks know that NCDD staff, Courtney Breese and I will be at the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference, which is happening on March 8th – 10th in the Phoenix area. This conference will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the top innovations in civic engagement and democracy, and to network with leaders in the field doing this powerful work. We are especially excited to announce we will be presenting a session in collaboration with two fellow NCDD members: Cassandra Hemphill of […] (continue)

Strengthening Public Engagement with Volunteers

Public engagement practices can be best accomplished with the help of volunteers as NCDD member org Everyday Democracy points out in this article. Volunteers can provide several benefits to public engagement, because of their community expertise and additional support for the work that needs to be done. In the article, Evdem gives examples from across the country of engagement work being done with the help of volunteers to drive a more participatory democracy. You can read the article below or find the original on Everyday Democracy’s […] (continue)

NCDD Orgs Team up for Utah Civic Engagement Fellowship

For Utah folks in our network, there is an exciting endeavor underway that we wanted to share with you! Several NCDD member orgs – Essential Partners, Village Square, and Living Room Conversations – in partnership with Salt Lake Civil Network and Utah Humanities, have teamed for a year-long Civic Engagement Fellowship, with a focus on further building Utah as a hub for civil discourse. The fellowship will kick off with two-day training in dialogue facilitation by Essential Partners on March 2 & 3, then the following […] (continue)

NCL Hosts 109th Nat’l Conference on Local Governance

The National Civic League, an NCDD member organization is hosting the 109th National Conference on Local Governance on June 22nd in Denver, which will precede the 2018 All-America City awards. This conference will be a great opportunity to hear about exciting civic engagement projects being done in cities across the country that are working to promote equity. You can register for the conference by clicking here and take note that early bird registration is available until March 28. Learn more in the announcement below or find the original […] (continue)

Third Phase Begins for Am. Library Association D&D Training

We are thrilled to announce the third phase of D&D training for librarians is starting in February, as part of our partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) on the Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change initiative. Last year we kicked off this partnership to train librarians on D&D methods and processes to share with their communities and further be hubs for engagement and dialogue. The first series last spring was tailored to large/urban public libraries, Fall 2017 was for academic libraries, and this round will be for small, mid-size, and rural […] (continue)

Exploring Restorative Justice in Law Enforcement

In case you missed it, we wanted to lift up this exciting online course from the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice, a program of NCDD member org, the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. The four-session course will provide an introduction to restorative justice with an emphasis on its application in law enforcement and other community partnerships. It will be a great opportunity for those working in or with law enforcement agencies, though make sure you sign up ASAP as the course is limited to […] (continue)

Two Women & a Republic Blog Officially Launches

We are excited to share that NCDD board member, Wendy Willis, recently launched a blog in collaboration with Paula Ellis called, Two Women & a Republic: Letters to Democracy between friends. The site is a correspondence between the two women, focused on exploring the heart of democracy and the ways in which we can bring about a more humane democratic experience. We encourage you to check out their weekly musings which you can find on their beautiful new website here, created by NCDD co-founder Andy Fluke. You […] (continue)

Traversing Institutional Silos in Engagement

We wanted to share this article written by Matt Leighninger of NCDD member org Public Agenda, on the need for institutions to break out of their silos in order to improve public engagement. In the article, he talks about how public engagement efforts are often challenged and unnecessarily duplicated because of the common practice by institutions to perform their own engagement efforts, as opposed to working together with other groups. This article is part 5 in the series on ways that public engagement needs to improve and the links to […] (continue)

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