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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.

Registration open for Aug 7th Confab call with Rich Harwood

We have a special guest lined up for our August confab call — Rich Harwood, president and founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation in Bethesda, Maryland. The call will take place on Wednesday, August 7th, from 2:00 to 3:30 Eastern (11-12:30 Pacific), and registration is now open! Earlier this year, Rich was asked to facilitate a series of meetings in Newtown, CT to help the grieving city decide what to do with Sandy Hook Elementary School, site of the horrific mass murder of children […] (continue)

Mental health dialogues happening tomorrow in Sacramento and Albuquerque

This Saturday, community members in ‪‎Sacramento‬ and ‪Albuquerque‬ are coming together to discuss mental health topics and identify priorities. Not in CA or NM? Follow @MentalHealthCCS or join the online dialogue at www.theciviccommons.com/mentalhealth. A bit about the project… An important component of the National Dialogue for Mental Health, “Creating Community Solutions” is a series of events around the country that will allow people to engage in dialogue and action on mental health issues. Creating Community Solutions will engage thousands of Americans, in a range of […] (continue)

Open Gov Tech Wiz Named US Deputy CTO

Cross-posted from the OpenGov Foundation blog, with heartfelt congratulations from NCDD to Jennifer and high hopes for her future contributions to the field. Ms. Pahlka’s Code Comes to America The American Constitution may have been the first to codify the notion of “nailing it, then scaling it.”  At our best, states and the people themselves are supposed to be the “laboratories of democracy,” with the power to innovate and tackle old social problems in new ways.  Washington watches the many policy experiments underway in individual states, […] (continue)

Announcing the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge

We want to make sure NCDD members are aware of an exciting new endeavor being launched by the Rockefeller Foundation.  With the increasing frequency and scale of natural and man-made disasters challenging cities around the world, it is increasingly important to find and develop ways to increase our cities’ capacity to absorb shocks and bounce back quickly.  That is why the Rockefeller Foundation is inviting cities from around the world to enter the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. Starting this August, cities can formally apply to […] (continue)

Journal of Public Deliberation seeks new Editor

The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) and the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), who work in partnership to jointly support the Journal of Public Deliberation (JPD), are beginning a search to find the next editor for the journal. This peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary publication appeals to practitioners, academics and emerging professionals interested in the public participation around the world. JPD is the leading journal in the rapidly growing field of deliberative public participation. This is a volunteer position which commences on September 15, 2013.  Since there is […] (continue)

New primer on building civic infrastructure from CommunityMatters

The CommunityMatters partners hosted a workshop in February in Newport, Vermont focused on tools and techniques to encourage broad citizen participation and improve local decision-making. CommunityMatters®, a partnership of seven national organizations including NCDD, share the belief that people have the power to solve their community’s problems and direct future growth and change. The partners just released a valuable report on resources and action steps resulting from the CommunityMatters workshop. In conjunction with our local host, Newport City Renaissance Corporation, the workshop convened representatives of […] (continue)

Public Engagement in California: New research on the state of our democracy

Two new must-see reports have been released by Public Agenda in partnership with the Institute for Local Government and the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University (three AWESOME organizational members of NCDD, I might add!). The study was funded by Irvine Foundation. The reports summarize the perspectives of 1,400 public officials and leaders of civic organizations on the state of public participation in local government decision making in California.  The two gorgeous reports (I received my copies over the weekend!) are titled […] (continue)

Invitation to get involved in Creating Community Solutions on mental health

On January 16, 2013, President Obama called for a “national conversation to increase understanding about mental health,” and directed Secretary Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services and Secretary Arne Duncan of the U.S. Dept of Education to launch a National Dialogue on Mental Health. The national dialogue was officially launched by Obama on June 3rd at the White House. As you may know from my persistent emails and tweets, NCDD is involved in an exciting initiative called Creating Community Solutions, which is a key […] (continue)

National Dialogue Network hosting weeklong Open Space June 18-25

Submitted to the NCDD blog by John Spady… Throughout June, the National Dialogue Network (NDN) is focused on listening to you! In addition to our quick “Naming and Framing Survey” that is already receiving great feedback (http://tinyurl.com/NDN-Cycle2-2013), our team of volunteers is hosting an experimental weeklong “Virtual Open Space Dialogue” using Hackpad and Maestroconference anchor calls June 18 and 25 so you can contribute your thinking on the general issue of “Poverty/Wealth in America” and influence the final core materials produced for national distribution. During […] (continue)

Let’s talk about… Metrics

Metrics, measurement, assessment, evaluation — in the past ten years I’ve mostly heard these terms talked about in our field as things we “don’t know enough about,” or “don’t have the right tools to do well.”  However, as I write this, NCDD has indexed exactly 43 “assessment tools” in our online Resource Center — surveys, questionnaires, guidebooks, essays and more. Some of my favorites: A Manager’s Guide to Evaluating Citizen Participation (Tina Nabatchi, 2012) A Comprehensive Approach to Evaluating Deliberative Public Engagement (John Gastil, 2008) […] (continue)