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The “collaborative action” stream is focused on empowering people and groups to focus on their own role in solving complicated problems, and helping them self-organize to take responsibility for the solution. Study Circles, Future Search, and Appreciative Inquiry are considered part of this stream.

New Initiative Experiments with Collective Healing Processes

In the lead up to our NCDD 2016 conference, we continue to lift up stories of people who are Bridging Our Divides. So we wanted to share the piece below written by NCDD member Beth Tener of New Directions Collaborative about a great collective healing initiative she’s involved in that seeks to experiment with processes that will help large groups heal from old wounds that maintain separation. We encourage you to read her piece below or find the original here. Collective Healing: Shifting Historical Patterns that Divide Us We […] (continue)

Don’t Forget to Contribute to Our Survey of the D&D Field!

As we recently announced, NCDD is teaming up with the Kettering Foundation to conduct an Inventory Survey of the D&D and public engagement field, and you’re all encouraged to participate! In addition to just getting a better sense of the state of our field, our hope is to use the results to create a map of facilitators and organizations that can be searched by location, the approaches you use, and the issues you specialize in. The map would be designed to help folks outside of the field connect with your consultancy or organization. But […] (continue)

PBP Releases Guide for Participatory Budgeting in Schools

Ensuring that younger generations have opportunities to practice the skills they need to make decisions together about substantive issues is vital to maintaining a democratic society. So we are thrilled to share that the Participatory Budgeting Project – an NCDD member organization – has created a new tool to help schools everywhere give students that opportunity with its new PB in Schools Guide, which is designed to help educators collaboratively launch participatory budgeting processes in their classrooms and school buildings. Learn more in the PBP announcement below or […] (continue)

CII Seeks Support to Develop New “Wise Democracy” Tool

Long time NCDD members John Spady recently sent us news of a project being undertaken by another NCDD member, Tom Atlee, and his Co-Intelligence Institute that we wanted to share here. Tom and the CII are developing a new tool for supporting “wiser democracy,” and are seeking support to obtain a matching grant for the work. We encourage you to read John’s letter about the project below or learn more about the project and how to support here. Fundraiser request from the Co-intelligence Institute with Tom Atlee The board of the […] (continue)

Former Legislators Work with NICD to End Partisan “War”

Recently, The Hill published a piece written by two former representatives, Republican Mickey Edwards and Democrat Zack Space – both of whom have worked with NCDD member organization the National Institute for Civil Discourse – on the current state of politics in Congress, and we wanted to share part of it here. The former reps urge us not to see politics in terms of warfare, instead calling on their colleagues to restore civility, bridge their divides, work toward solutions to national problems. We encourage you to read excerpts from their piece […] (continue)

A Story of Bridging Partisan Divides in the Legislature

A major goal of NCDD2016 is to lift up stories of how people across the country are Bridging Our Divides through D&D work, despite pervasive narratives telling us we can’t. So we wanted to share just such a story that NCDD member Jessica Weaver of the Public Conversations Project recently wrote about. The piece tells the story of women legislators who are resisting the urge to focus on the negative and instead look to solutions. You can read the story below or find Jessica’s original post here. Shining a Light Beyond Polarization We’ve […] (continue)

Bridging Our Divides on Criminal Justice Reform

As we look toward NCDD’s 2016 national conference on Bridging Our Divides, we want to lift up stories of D&D projects that are actively showing how people can work together across huge differences, and NCDD member organization Living Room Conversations is a powerful example of that kind of work.  We wanted to share a recent article from their blog about the change LRC has brought to the criminal justice reform conversation, and we encourage you to read it below or find the original here. Living Room Conversations […] (continue)

D&D CAN Hosts Call on Networks & Climate Change Work

We encourage our NCDD members to register for the next D&D Climate Action Network (D&D CAN) conference call coming up on Tuesday, June 21st from 5-7pm Eastern / 2-4pm Pacific! D&D CAN is a network led by NCDD supporting member Linda Ellinor of the Dialogue Group that is working to foster shared learning, networking and collaboration among those seeking to use dialogue, deliberation, and other process skills to address climate change. The monthly D&D CAN conference calls are a great way to connect with the network, and we encourage you to register to save your spot in their next conversation […] (continue)

Lessons from NCDD Members Bridging Partisan Divides

One of the most salient divides in our nation today that we will be focusing on during NCDD 2016 is the divide between the left and right sides of the political spectrum. Bridging the partisan divide, especially in an election year, is crucial work that many of our NCDD members have taken on, and we wanted to share the article below in which NCDD member Mark Gerzon of the Mediators Foundation poignantly shares lessons to be learned from their efforts. The original version of Mark’s piece appeared in the Christian Science Monitor […] (continue)

Join NICD’s “Revive Civility” Campaign this Election Season

As many of you may have heard yesterday, the National Institute for Civil Discourse – one of our NCDD member organizations – just launched a new campaign, and we want to encourage our NCDD members to participate. The effort is known as the Revive Civility, Our Democracy Depends On It Campaign. Through the campaign, NICD is inviting people across the country to join them in trying to shift from the toxic tone of US politics and the rhetoric that this year’s election is generating. They have laid […] (continue)

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