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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.

Seven Ways to Increase Community Power in Local Decision-Making

The following post, written by CommunityMatters fellow Caitlyn Horose, is reposted from the Orton Family Foundation blog. CommunityMatters®, a partnership of seven national organizations including Orton [and NCDD], share the belief that people have the power to solve their community’s problems and direct future growth and change. As leaders in the fields of civic engagement and community and economic development, the partners believe that by strengthening civic infrastructure, communities can become more prosperous, vibrant places to live. Why is civic infrastructure key? Because, like the […] (continue)

Opening for IAP2 Professional Development Manager

Ellen Ernst from IAP2 submitted this post to the blog a couple of weeks ago — so sorry for the delay!  There are still 4 days left to apply for this great position.  I’ll check with Ellen to see if we can get a further extension for NCDD members since we were slow in posting this. Position Title: Professional Development Manager of IAP2 Location: Virtual Office (International Travel Requirement) Salary Range: A flat rate of $4,500 per month – $55,000 per year (USD) Contract Type: […] (continue)

Shareable’s Primer on Group Decision Making

I was thrilled to learn all about the “Sharing Economy” on last week’s CommunityMatters conference call.  A lot of what Neal Gorenflo (Co-founder and Publisher of Shareable Magazine) talked about on the call resonated strongly with me, as I found that Shareable’s philosophy of group decision making and collaboration is very aligned with the dialogue and deliberation community’s principles and work. The Sharing Economy is not just about pooling resources like bikes, cars, yard tools, and office space; it’s also about rebuilding a lost sense of community, […] (continue)

Invitation to participate in AmericaSpeaks’ new paired dialogue project

I wanted to share some information about a new project AmericaSpeaks (one of NCDD’s founding members) is doing in conjunction with Face the Facts, USA.  During March and April they are taking advantage of the publicity surrounding the budget stalemate in Washington and promoting the need for “nonpartisan dialogue instead of partisan debate.” AmericaSpeaks will be working to help change the conversation on budget issues by getting people around the country to have paired conversations with those who have somewhat different political views. This involves getting […] (continue)

Let’s Talk America: Unearthed and Reconsidered

Update 4/1/13:  Look over my summary report of what we’ve gleaned so far from this great discussion!  And keep adding comments here so we can learn even more. Some of you may remember the 2004/2005 national dialogue project “Let’s Talk America.” LTA was a joint project of the Utne Institute, Conversation Cafe, World Cafe, and NCDD run in/around 2004.  The project aimed to bring Americans from all points on the political spectrum together in cafes, bookstores, churches and living rooms for lively, open-hearted dialogue to consider […] (continue)

Are dissenting voices being filtered out of your Facebook feed and Google searches?

You may have noticed the same people’s posts always showing up on your Facebook news feed lately, but you may not have realized that even your Google searches are tailored to what a not-so-thoughtful algorithm thinks you want to see. One of the most disturbing and pervasive trends happening on the interwebs is described brilliantly by Eli Pariser (board president of MoveOn.org) in this 9-minute Ted Talk. As Pariser notes in his talk, there has been a gradual shift in the way information is being posted […] (continue)

New listserv started for D&D innovators in Greater Chicago

We wrote a month ago about the extraordinary work being done in Chicago to map the city’s D&D terrain, and to launch a new Community of Practice for dialogue and deliberation innovators in the city (see the report if you haven’t already!). Now, we want to let you know about the new listserv that’s been launched to support the Community of Practice. NCDD is hosting the listserv, and those of you in and around Chicago are welcome to subscribe by sending a blank email to ChicagoDD-subscribe-request@lists.thataway.org.  You may […] (continue)

CommunityMatters Partnership holds joint workshop in Newport, Vermont

We’re excited to report that on February 4th, NCDD and the 6 other organizations in the CommunityMatters Partnership (a collective impact initiative launched by the Orton Family Foundation in June of last year), collaborated to run a workshop for 40 community leaders in Newport, Vermont. We wanted to pool our resources to offer tools and techniques to encourage broad citizen participation and improve local decision-making in a town that’s on the cusp of a lot of exciting developments that will greatly effect every resident. The one-day workshop on the 4th was […] (continue)

Two Cherished NCDD Members in Critical Condition

We thought the community should know that two long-time NCDD members were struck by a bus in London this past weekend and remain in critical condition in separate London hospitals. As of yesterday, Terry Amsler and Lisa Bingham remain in critical but stable condition in medically induced comas and are on respirators. It goes without saying that this is a horrible situation and a blow to our field.  Terry and Lisa are a wonderful couple — two of the kindest and most accomplished people in our […] (continue)

NIFI offers an alternative to polarized debate – “How Can We Stop Mass Shootings in Our Communities?”

Brad Rourke, NCDD member and Kettering Foundation program officer, wrote the following for the NIFI blog. I highly recommend you download the 4-page issue advisory and think about using it in your community.  And take a minute to read over Brad’s thoughtful post below. On Friday, February 1, 2013, National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) released an Issue Advisory that contains materials that communities might wish to use in deliberating over the issues raised by the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut in December last year. It’s not […] (continue)