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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.

Write-up on mental health dialogues in Sacramento and Albuquerque

We hope you will take a moment to check out the following update on the Creating Community Solutions dialogue series from Carol Lukensmeyer of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, an NCDD organizational member.  This article was cross-posted with permission from Joe Goldman of the Democracy Fund. You can read the post in full below or find the original here: www.democracyfund.org/blog/entry/guest-post-creating-community-solutions. NCDD is one of the main partners in this national dialogue effort, and we encourage you to get involved by hosting local dialogues or joining […] (continue)

Workshop on Building Trust through Civil Dialogue at National CSG meeting

This post was submitted by supporting member Ted Celeste, former Ohio State Representative and initiator of the Next Generation initiative of the National Institute for Civil Discourse. After a year of development, I will be co-facilitating a workshop and introducing several new practical modules at the annual national meeting of the Council of State Governments in Kansas City this month. This hands-on workshop was developed specifically for legislators around the country. Learn more at the CSG website at www.csg.org/2013nationalconference/Civility.aspx. Ted Celeste served in the Ohio Legislature from […] (continue)

Online dialogues on mental health with Zilino

This post was submitted by Tim Bonnemann of Intellitics, Inc., an NCDD organizational member, via the Add-to-Blog form. By now I’m sure everybody here has heard about the Creating Community Solutions initiative, part of the National Dialogue on Mental Health (if not, check the NCDD blog to catch up). My company, Intellitics, is working on an offering to support communities across the country that want to host online dialogues on the issue that are time-bound and outcome-oriented and closely follow the official discussion guide and other […] (continue)

Participate in research on public participation and win $50

Research is underway to understand how participants perceive communication in public participation processes. With funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Social and Environmental Research Institute has developed a short online survey. We need your help to spread the word about this important research. Publics, stakeholders, or experts who are taking part in any public participation process are eligible. Please share this invitation widely. There is a drawing for several $50 cash awards. Take the survey on a smartphone or computer at: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/Publicparticipation/ Thomas […] (continue)

New issue of the International Journal of Collaborative Practices

The current issue (Issue 4) of the International Journal of Collaborative Practices is out! The Journal provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and stories from practitioners, researchers and scholars who utilize collaborative principles in their daily work and disciplines. The journal is published once a year, with new issues coming out in the Spring. Sponsored by the Houston Galveston Institute, the Taos Institute, and the Psychology Department at Our Lady of the Lake University, it is an open-access on-line publication that is offered in the spirit […] (continue)

Turn Up The Volume!

This post was submitted by NCDD member Jeffrey Abelson of Song Of A Citizen. If you are interested in getting involved or sharing your stories with Jeffrey, email him at ja@songofacitizen.com. Many of you know me from the videos I’ve produced with D&D leaders over the last few years. I’ve done that under the umbrella of my non-profit, non-partisan “Song Of A Citizen” project — the mission of which is to create an ongoing slate of films and videos to inspire fellow Americans to engage as citizens more seriously, […] (continue)

Reminder: Info call on DDPE certificate program tmw at 6pm Central

The next info call for the DDPE certificate program is taking place tomorrow at 6pm Central (that’s 7pm Eastern or 4pm Pacific). You can sign up for the call here if you’re interested in learning more about the program. The award winning Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement Certificate Program, which is now run by Kansas State University, is a transformative professional development program focused on making wise choices for engagement. NCDD is a ‘Collaborator’ of the program, and NCDD supporting members enjoy a 10% discount on program fees. This year’s […] (continue)

IISD Announces Mark Farr as New President

We hope you will join us in extending a warm NCDD congratulations to Mark J. Farr on his recent appointment as the new president of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue.  IISD’s work in fostering sustained dialogue here and abroad has made important inroads in our field, and we look forward to seeing how someone with Mark’s background will guide this important organization in its next chapter. Founded by our friend Hal Saunders, IISD is a long-time organizational member and supporter of NCDD. You can […] (continue)

Peter Levine takes on the question “Do we live in a republic or a democracy?”

I am excited to see the latest post on scholar Peter Levine’s blog, which tackles the bewildering question (I’ve found it bewildering, anyway!), Do we live in a republic or a democracy? My pat answer to that question has been both — the U.S. is a democratic republic or a representative democracy; that in a large country you need some combination of elected representatives and direct citizen voice.  I’ve also said that this is partly a question of semantics and of changing definitions over time. […] (continue)

LA Days of Dialogue addresses Trayvon Martin verdict

Days of Dialogue — a long-time NCDD organizational member based on Los Angeles — got some great TV coverage of their recent event in a series of dialogues designed to help the L.A. community process their emotions and opinions about the Trayvon Martin verdict. They’re in the midst of running a series of three events titled Days of Dialogue:  The Death of Trayvon Martin… Unfinished Business.  The first event, which received the coverage on NBC News in Southern California, took place on  Saturday (July 27). […] (continue)