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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.

Sad news to share from AmericaSpeaks

AmericaSpeaks’ executive director, Steve Brigham, added a heartbreaking announcement to the organization’s website this afternoon. AMERICASPEAKS – IN HONOR OF OUR 19 YEAR LEGACY AmericaSpeaks has an unparalleled record of organizing more than 100 major citizen deliberations in all 50 states.  Because of this remarkable history that we’ve had, it makes me very sad to share today that after 19 years of working as an independent, national, nonprofit organization–sustained exclusively by grants and contracts–AmericaSpeaks will close its doors today. AmericaSpeaks has operated without an endowment or a […] (continue)

Raising Democracy from the (Un)Dead: A Year-End Reflection

The end of the year is always a reflective time, and recently, I saw a truly inspiring Bill Moyers interview with cultural critic and scholar Henry A. Giroux, whose insightful critique of the state of democracy and reflections on what is possible for its future remind me why I originally wanted to work in public engagement. Though the book discussed in the interview, Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, sets up a rather bleak premise, we at NCDD see our own vision and values in […] (continue)

Deborah Wadsworth, Former President of Public Agenda, Has Passed Away

It is with heavy hearts that we join the team at Public Agenda and the broader engagement community in mourning the loss of Deborah Wadsworth. Our condolences go out to Deborah’s family and friends. You can read the announcement that the PA team released below or find the original post here.  We are saddened to report that Public Agenda’s Deborah Wadsworth, who led our organization between 1999 and 2003 and served on our board after her retirement, died on December 24, 2013. As many of you […] (continue)

NCDD’s Year In Review

2013 was an incredible year for NCDD and for our community. We started off the year by intensely engaging our members around how the D&D community can respond to crises like the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (explore the Hackpad series here). Soon after that, we announced the two projects that won our member-selected Catalyst Awards (in hindsight, we realized we had actually run our first Participatory Budgeting process, having had members develop the contending projects in teams and then vote for the winners!). We […] (continue)

NIFI Announces New Vice President

NCDD is pleased to join our friends and partners at the National Issues Forums Institute in welcoming Carol Farquhar Nugent as the new NIFI Vice President.  Ms. Nugent was appointed earlier this month, and the announcement below was shared on the NIFI news page: Carol Farquhar Nugent of Dayton, Ohio was appointed Vice President of the National Issues Forums Institute at a meeting of the NIFI Directors on December 5, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.  Ms. Nugent formerly served as a Program Officer with the Kettering Foundation and as […] (continue)

Results of NCDD’s member drive – and a huge THANK YOU!

Last month, we shared NCDD’s news from 2013 with all our members—including our strengthened relationship with the Kettering Foundation—and asked you to support our efforts to serve you by “stepping up” your membership.  Our goal was to see many non-dues members upgrading to supporting member levels, and to see those whose dues were due for renewal or lapsed to get their supporting membership in good standing. Many people did exactly that. In all, nearly 150 stepped up during the drive (all but 14 as supporting […] (continue)

Civic Data Challenge Winners Announced

Earlier this year, the National Conference on Citizenship announced the 2013 Civic Data Challenge, a competition for civic groups to turn raw civic data into tools that their communities could use to increase civic participation. And earlier this month, the winners were announced!   We hope you’ll take a moment to join us in recognizing and congratulating the winning groups. The winning teams included: The Outline Team. Their Balanced State Budget Simulator tool allows citizens to assess public policy with the same understanding of the impacts […] (continue)

JDS & Dialogue Theory Workshop Call for Papers

Recently, we announced the launch of the new academic publication, the Journal of Dialogue Studies from the Dialogue Society, and we wanted to let our members know that the JDS is accepting submissions for the next publication of the journal. The call for submissions comes along with the announcement of an academic workshop on “dialogue thinkers” coming up next year. You can read the basics of both calls below, or find more the full announcements here for the journal and here for the workshop. Journal of Dialogue Studies Call for Papers JDS Spring 2014, Vol […] (continue)

Challenges to Democracy Public Dialogue Series and Blog

I wanted to share some news from one of our newest supporting members. I finally got Archon Fung to take the plunge and join NCDD during the recent member drive. (Yay!) For those who don’t know, Archon is the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at the Harvard Kennedy School, and he’s one of the top researchers in our field. Archon is a key member of the faculty for the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School. The Ash Center advances excellence and […] (continue)

Video review of JCRC’s Year of Civil Discourse

I’m thrilled to share with you this wonderful video overview of Rachel Eryn Kalish‘s work on the Jewish Community Relations Council’s Year of Civil Discourse initiative. Congratulations, Eryn, on your incredible work with the Community Relations Council in Northern California. Eryn is a long-time supporting member of NCDD, and we’re so very proud of her! The Year of Civil Discourse (YCD) Initiative was designed to elevate the level of discourse in the Jewish community when discussing Israel. This innovative project is a joint effort of […] (continue)