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Here we share some of the most important news for the dialogue and deliberation community that crosses our desks. For even more news and updates, check out NCDD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ncddpage, where over 50 of our members’ blogs are followed.

Video from the “Shaping Our Future” initiative event now available

As we shared earlier this month, the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), in association with the American Commonwealth Partnership, launched their latest year-long national dialogue initiative, Shaping Our Future: How Should Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?, with an event at the National Press Club in DC on September 4th. The video of the event is now available online… Introduced by Harry Boyte, the National Coordinator of the American Commonwealth Partnership, the event featured Martha Kanter, the U.S. Undersecretary of Education;  Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, […] (continue)

Introducing Chinese students to facilitation and public policy discussions

Here’s a post from Peter Shively of the Interactivity Foundation.  Peter is a Sustaining Member of NCDD, and the Interactivity Foundation is one of our Co-Sponsors for the 2012 NCDD Conference.  We encourage you to learn more about all the great work IF is doing! The Interactivity Foundation was a recent co-sponsor and presenter at the 2012 China Citizenship & Social Innovation SEED Camp held at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government during the week of August 19-26. This week-long intensive conference experience at Harvard for Chinese college […] (continue)

Announcing the NCDD Catalyst Awards!

In conjunction with our 5th NCDD national conference, the Board of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation is delighted to announce the NCDD Catalyst Awards. Two $10,000 prizes will be awarded to separate team projects that jump-start the field’s next best ideas and impact our communities’ and our country’s ability to solve its most challenging problems. The Catalyst Awards are not only about competition, but about utilizing the resources in our network. NCDD’s most valuable resource is our membership of 1,600 leaders and innovators […] (continue)

“Shaping Our Future” National Dialogue Launches Tomorrow!

As you may know, the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), in association with the American Commonwealth Partnership, is launching their latest year-long national dialogue, Shaping Our Future,  with an event at the National Press Club in DC tomorrow morning (Sept 4th).  This initiative encourages students, faculty, administrators, employers, and members of the general public to reflect on how colleges and universities might help the country tackle some of its most vexing problems. Tomorrow’s kick-off event, which will be streamed live online, will include info about forums now being […] (continue)

An Introduction to the Cosmopolis 2045 Project

We wanted to share with the NCDD community an exciting project being led by the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution — one of our Co-Sponsors for this October’s 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation (“NCDD Seattle“). The Cosmopolis 2045 Project is a multi-year website project envisioned by the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution and supported in part by grants from the CMM Institute, the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society at Villanova University, and Syracuse University’s College […] (continue)

More reasons to join us at NCDD Seattle this October!

Still on the fence about whether or not you’ll be joining us in Seattle this Oct 12-14 for the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation? I think you’ll decide to join us when you check out the following… 1.  See who’s registered so far — it’s an amazing group of leaders and innovators in our field!  I’ve activated the “show registrants” function on Eventbrite, so you can see the list of who’s registered at this point at http://ncddseattle.eventbrite.com/ 2.  Look over the list of workshops […] (continue)

Citizen deliberators generate well-considered recommendations

The process and mandate of panelists in citizen deliberative councils tend to make randomly selected people act much more responsibly as citizens while on the council. A recent article in the New York Times Magazine notes that randomly selected panelists in Oregon’s Citizens’ Initiative Review — organized by NCDD members Ty Reitman and Elliot Shuford and studied by NCDD member John Gastil — knew they were “expected to base their opinions on hard evidence” and “felt obligated to consider the measure more carefully than they otherwise […] (continue)

Over $2000 donated so far for scholarship funds for NCDD Seattle – more needed!

We launched our scholarship fund drive for the 2012 NCDD conference on Monday, and proud to say that our community has contributed $2,075 so far! We greatly appreciate the support of our earliest donors. Our goal is to raise $15,000 from our community to help people from diverse backgrounds make it to NCDD Seattle who may not otherwise be able to join us. Please help out at whatever level you’re able to, at www.ncdd.org/funddrive. Here is a run-down of our generous donors so far… and […] (continue)

Colorado shooting tragedy: crisis/opportunity?

This post was submitted for NCDD members’ consideration today by supporting member Karen Hirsch, in response to the Colorado theatre shooting on Thursday night… Tragedy/Crisis/Opportunity:  I’m hoping very much that some in the NCDD community are seriously considering mobilizing to offer dialogue opportunities to the people of our beloved country — including members of Congress. I vividly recall a friend who works closely with many Congressional members saying that the immediate period following the shooting of then Congresswoman Gabby Gifford and others in her Phoenix office […] (continue)

Register today for Thursday’s NCDD Confab Call on civic infrastructure

On Thursday at 3pm Eastern (noon Pacific), we’ll be digging into the concept of civic infrastructure further together. NCDD members Ben Roberts and Amy Lenzo will be facilitating the call. Sign up today if you haven’t already registered. The term “civic infrastructure” certainly is buzzing in our field these days. The Orton Family Foundation launched the exciting CommunityMatters partnership (with NCDD and 6 other organizations) with the primary goal of building civic infrastructure in communities. Harold McDougall (who may be the first to use the term) […] (continue)

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