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With support and funding from the Orton Family Foundation, the CommunityMatters® Partnership is driven by a group of seven national organizations (including NCDD). As an alliance of leaders in the community building field, the CM Partnership champions the notion that people have the power to solve their community’s problems and shape its future.

Ten Pointers for More Inclusive Public Engagement

Our friends at the Orton Family Foundation recently shared a list of 10 great tips for inclusive engagement that we wanted to share with our members. Orton’s tips come from lessons learned through their engagement work, especially with their Community Heart & Soul program – which is detailed in the full post. But the list was so good, we wanted to make sure our network saw it. Check it out below or read Orton’s full post here. Top 10 Tips for Inclusive Engagement 1. There’s no such […] (continue)

CM & Orton Launch Heart & Soul Talks and Trainings

We are excited to announce that our friends at CommunityMatters – a partnership in which NCDD is a core member – are introducing a new series of online events on the Orton Family Foundation‘s Heart & Soul Planning process, which is also the basis of Orton’s new Heart & Soul Field Guide. The series begins this Thursday, February 12th at 4pm Eastern with a “Heart & Soul Talk” conference call. The talk, titled “Use Community Network Analysis to Improve Participation and Results,” promises to be a great opportunity to learn about a useful tool that can strengthen the […] (continue)

“Resilient Communities” Conference Call from CM, Jan. 22

We are pleased to invite NCDD members once again to join CommunityMatters – a joint partnership that NCDD is proud to be a member of – for the next installation in their capacity-building call series. This month’s call on “Resilient Communities”, and it will be taking place on Thursday, January 22nd, from 2-3pm Eastern Time. The folks at CM describe the upcoming call like this: Our communities are constantly changing. Most changes are gradual and predictable – a new store opens on Main Street, newcomers come to […] (continue)

Orton’s Community Field Guide Makes Holiday Reading List

If you are looking for something to read during your holiday down time or gift ideas, we encourage you to check out the great community and economic planning reading list that our partners with CommunityMatters shared on their blog. We especially encourage you to learn more about the Orton Family Foundation’s wonderful Community Heart & Soul Field Guide, a resource on the list that is designed to help those of us doing community & civic engagement work. You can read the list below of find the original post here. The Center for Rural […] (continue)

6 Guiding Questions for Online Engagement from CM

On one of their recent capacity building calls, our friends at CommunityMatters – a partnership in which NCDD is a member – had a great discussion about online engagement. They distilled a list of key questions to help people think about and plan for online engagement that are incredibly useful. We encourage you to read more about them below or find the original CM blog post by clicking here. Digital engagement is the latest buzz when it comes to public participation. We hear about the great work […] (continue)

CM Call on Rural Brain Drain, Oct. 9th

We are pleased to invite NCDD members to join our partners at CommunityMatters for the next of their monthly capacity-building calls series. This month’s call is titled “Rewriting the Rural Narrative”, and it will be taking place next Thursday, October 9th from 4-5pm Eastern Time.  This month’s call will feature the insights of Ben Winchester, research fellow, University of Minnesota Extension. CM describes the upcoming call like this: Brain drain – the loss of 18-29 year olds – dominates the conversation about rural population change. Yet at the same […] (continue)

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)

CM Call on Digital Public Participation, Sept. 5

We are pleased to invite NCDD members to join our partners at CommunityMatters for the next of their monthly capacity-building calls series. This month’s call is titled “Deepening Public Participation – Digitally”, and it will be taking place next Friday, September 5th from 2-3pm Eastern Time.  We are excited to note that this month’s call features insights from Pete Peterson of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership – NCDD organization member – as well as Alissa Black of the Omidyar Network. The folks at CM describe the upcoming call this way: Your town is […] (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)

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)

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