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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.

50 “Next Generation” Digital Engagement Tools

The theme for this year’s NCDD conference, “Democracy for the Next Generation“, is meant to invite us to build on all the innovative tools and practices that have been invigorating our field in recent years. Many of those innovations are digital, and that is why a major goal for NCDD 2014 is to help our field better understand how to utilize technology for engagement and to provide insights and know-how for harnessing the emerging technologies that support dialogue and deliberation. NCDD 2014 will feature tons of “next generation” engagement tech, so don’t […] (continue)

Updates from the Deliberative Democracy Consortium

We recently received a newsletter from NCDD supporting member Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC), and we wanted to share it with you. The DDC has been working on some important and exciting projects, and they have 3 big announcements. First, the DDC has released a significant new white paper: Infogagement: Citizenship and Democracy in the Age of Connection is the latest white paper from PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement). Written by the DDC’s Matt Leighninger, the report – downloadable here - […] (continue)

Global Innovation Competition Seeks Governance Ideas

We think that NCDD members will be interested to learn more about a great initiative from Making All Voices Count, who will be launching global competition of innovative governance ideas next week. We encourage you to read MAVC’s write up on the competition below or find the original piece here.   While democracies share common features, there is no single model and the same is true for innovations designed to engage citizens and incentivise better governance. On the International Day of Democracy September 15, Making All Voices Count, […] (continue)

Questions for Thinking Through Collective Impact Strategy

We know many in the NCDD community are interested in collective impact strategies, so we wanted to share a helpful piece on the subject from the blog of one of our newest NCDD members, Beth Tener of the New Directions Collaborative. We encourage you to her thoughts below or find the original here. Several clients recently have asked us to help with strategic planning. The more I have worked with networks and cross-sector initiatives, I have seen the limits of the traditional way of thinking about strategy. Typically, a strategy will be for […] (continue)

Participatory Budgeting Expands in NYC for ’14 – ’15

We are excited to share the announcement from our friends with the Participatory Budgeting Project, and NCDD organizational member, that participatory budgeting is once again expanding in NYC to reach even more of its citizens. We encourage you to read PBP’s press release below about the expansion or find it on PBP’s website here. 22 districts will participate in next cycle to designate over $25 million City Hall— Today, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the New York City Council announced the expansion of participatory budgeting to 22 […] (continue)

CM Call on Rural Design, August 20th

We are pleased to invite NCDD members once again to join our partners at CommunityMatters for the next installation in their capacity-building call series, which is jointly hosted by the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design. This month’s call is titled “How Design Sparks Rural Development”, and it will be taking place next Wednesday, August 20th from 4-5pm Eastern Time. The folks at CM describe the upcoming call this way: Urban, not rural, places are usually thought of as hubs of creativity and innovation, but this month’s CommunityMatters® and […] (continue)

Jefferson Center Hosts Rural Climate Dialogues

Our NCDD organizational members at the Jefferson Center recently shared a write up on a series of deliberations on climate issues in rural Minnesota. The project produced positive results and a detailed report with recommendations for moving forward. We hope you will read their write up below or find the original version by clicking here. Way back in March, we talked about our plans to engage citizens in rural communities in Minnesota to discuss climate and extreme weather. Our first conversation, the Morris Area Climate Dialogue, took place […] (continue)

CM Conference Call on Grassroots Grants, July 31

It’s time again for another capacity-building conference call from our organizational partners at CommunityMatters, which is coming up this Thursday, July 31st from 4-5pm EST. The topic of this latest call is “Grassroots Grants“, and CM will be partnering with Janis Foster Richardson, the Executive Director of Grassroots Grantmakers, to host it. They introduce the call’s topic like this: Is your community a place for possibilities? Can residents bring their ideas to life, take risks, make connections and ply their creative skills? Grassroots grantmaking focuses on helping organizations […] (continue)

Announcing Next Stage Facilitation Intensives in Montreal and Boulder

We are happy to share the announcement below from NCDD Sustaining Member Rebecca Colwell of Ten Directions. Rebecca’s announcement 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! Integral Facilitator® Next Stage Facilitation™ Intensives are 3-day workshops introducing the core competencies of an Integral approach to facilitation designed to enhance your capacity to generate greater coherence and increased collaboration and dialogue in the groups you work with. In this three-day workshop, […] (continue)

Community-Building Arts Project from Tamarack

We wanted to share a write up from Axiom News that featured a great initiative in Canada led by NCDD organizational member Tamarack. The lessons learned from this arts-based project to support community building are valuable for all of us, so we hope you’ll take a moment to read the Axiom piece below or find the original version here. Massive, Main Street Photo Exhibit ‘Shifts Feelings’ in Alberta Community The Village of Delburne, located halfway between Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta provides a model for communities looking to […] (continue)

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