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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.

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)

Featured D&D Story: Putting People at the Center in Public Health

Today we are happy to feature another great example of dialogue and deliberation in action. This mini case study was submitted by NCDD student member Megan Powers of Grassroots Solutions via NCDD’s Dialogue Storytelling Tool. Do you have a dialogue story that our network could learn from? Add YOUR dialogue story today!  Title of Project: Putting People at the Center: A Fundamental Shift in Public Health Campaigns Description One of the most pivotal developments in public health practice over the past 20 years is the attention that […] (continue)

JPD Special Issue Looks at “The State of Our Field”

This month, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) released a special issue of their collaboratively produced Journal of Public Deliberation, and it is a must-read.  They collected writings from leading scholars and practitioners of our work – including numerous NCDD members and our director, Sandy Heierbacher – to create this special issue focused on “The State of Our Field”: This is a special issue that assess the state of our field, celebrates our successes, and calls for future innovative work. The […] (continue)

CM’s 4 Tips for More Inclusive Communities

Our partners at CommunityMatters recently put together a useful list of tips for creating more inclusive communities to go along with their recent conference call on the same topic. We wanted to make sure to our members see these pointers, so we encourage you to read CM staffer Caitlyn Horose’s write up below or find the original CM blog post by clicking here.  What do you do to make people in your community feel welcome? How do you create opportunities for people from all backgrounds to […] (continue)

Fusion Partnerships Wins Social Activist Award

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating NCDD supporting/founding member Polly Riddims and the wonderful team at Fusion Partnerships on recently being awarded the Social Activist Award from the Justice Studies Association. We are proud to count Polly and her team as part of our NCDD community, and we hope you’ll take a moment to read the Fusion team’s statement on their award below.  On Friday, May 30, 2014, Fusion Partnerships, Inc. received the Social Activist Award from the Justice Studies Association in recognition for their continuing […] (continue)

New Reports on Civic Dialogue & Business Leaders

Our friends at the Network for Business Sustainability recently released two reports that we think NCDD members should note. The reports focus on the potential for business leaders to be more involved in civic dialogues, and we encourage you to read more about them in the NBS statement below. Businesses have traditionally played little role in civic dialogue, but their involvement can help advance issues. The Network for Business Sustainability (NBS) has recently published two reports, written by Dr. Thomas Webler, that identify the potential for […] (continue)

Harwood on US Soccer’s Civic Lessons

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the USA’s national soccer team has been advancing steadily in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Rich Harwood, director of NCDD organizational member The Harwood Institute, penned an article reflective piece this week (before the US played Germany yesterday) on the civic lessons we can take from the US team’s resolve early on in the Cup. You can read Rich’s article below or find the original here. As a huge soccer fan, I was […] (continue)

New EvDem Documentary on Youth Mental Health Dialogue

We hope you will take a moment to read about a great project that our organizational partners at Everyday Democracy are working on with a New Mexico youth organization called Generation Justice. Their new documentary is helping young people have the difficult but needed conversations about mental health in connection with the NCDD-supported Creating Community Solutions initiative. We hope you’ll take a moment to read about their work or find the original post from EvDem here. When the Mask Comes Off, produced by the youth media organization Generation […] (continue)

Announcing the 2014 All-American City Award Winners

We hope you will join the National Civic League and NCDD in congratulating the winners of the 2014 All-American City Awards. The NCL, an NCDD member organization, used this year’s awards to give a special focus to healthy communities. We encourage you to read the NCL press release below or find more information at www.allamericacityaward.com. The National Civic League announced the ten winners of the 2014 All-America City Awards (AAC) tonight. The award is given each year to towns, cities, counties, neighborhoods and metropolitan regions that demonstrate outstanding […] (continue)

Chronicle of Philanthropy Highlights PACE Project

We just heard from our friends with Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE) that their work with was featured recently in the prominent Chronicle of Philanthropy. The article was coauthored by two NCDD members and has some great insights, so we wanted to share their announcement and encourage you to read the article. You can read their announcement below. The Chronicle of Philanthropy has recently published “Foundations Must Rethink Their Ideas of Strategic Giving and Accountability”, an article that was co-authored by PACE Executive Director Chris Gates […] (continue)

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