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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.

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)

Nominate a White House Champion of Change for “Transformative Civic Engagement”!

This July, the White House will host a “Champions of Change” event to celebrate local change agents whose exemplary leadership is helping to strengthen our democracy and increase participation in our government. The event will convene extraordinary individuals who are taking innovative approaches to engage citizens and communities in the practice of open government and civic participation.  These leaders will be invited to the White House to celebrate their accomplishments and showcase the steps they have taken to foster a more open, transparent, and participatory […] (continue)

Roundup of News from the Kettering Foundation

NCDD has been working closely with the Kettering Foundation recently, including playing a role in this past week’s Public Voice 2013, and we wanted to share more of what Kettering has been up to over the past few months… A Public Voice 2013: Framing the Public Deliberation on Budget Issues On June 5, Washington policymakers and representatives from the deliberative democracy network will meet at the National Press Club for a working meeting. Do Partisan Elites Polarize the Public? KF research associate David McIvor recently […] (continue)

National conversation on mental health launches tomorrow — watch live!

Tomorrow (Monday, June 3rd), President Obama and Vice President Biden will host a National Conference on Mental Health as part of the Administration’s commitment to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. The day-long conference at the White House will convene people from across the country, including representatives from state and local governments, mental health advocates, educators, health care providers, faith leaders and individuals who have struggled with mental health problems. The public will be able to view the invitation-only […] (continue)

Join us for the NCDD Tufts Meetup – a speed networking & learning event

Join us for a fun afternoon meetup immediately before this year’s Frontiers of Democracy conference begins! On Thursday, July 18th from 1-4pm at Tufts in Medford, Massachusetts, we’ll do some “speed networking,” spend time in small groups learning about some of the region’s most exciting dialogue and deliberation projects, and talk some about what is and can be done to build civic infrastructure in the region. Coffee and snacks will be provided. We’re encouraging NCDD members (and potential members) from across New England to come together for […] (continue)

Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Taylor L. Willingham Legacy Award

We would like you to join our friends at the National Issues Forums Institute in congratulating the three winners of the Taylor  L. Willingham Legacy Award.  The 2013 winners are Michael Baldwin, Krysta Best, and Erin Katherine Sykes.  This is the second year that the fund has provided $1,000 grants in memory of Taylor Willingham’s contribution to the deliberative movement, and you can read more about the exciting projects that the winners will be creating with their grants in the NIFI’s write-up on this year’s winners, which […] (continue)

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