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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.

Learning from Chicago’s PB Challenges

Participatory budgeting (“PB” for short) is an innovative form of empowered public engagement that has started proliferating in parts of Chicago, New York and California due to the leadership and hard work of one of our organizational members, the Participatory Budgeting Project. PB is a process through which ordinary residents decide how to allocate government funds. Residents identify possible projects that could be funded, research them and develop them further, and then decide through a popular vote how to allocate the funds. Initially developed in Brazil in the […] (continue)

Messaging, Short and Sweet: Can you help us gather examples of effective communication in dialogue and deliberation?

At the 2012 NCDD Seattle conference a small group of us started a quest. We shared a desire to see dialogue and deliberation (D & D) become more widely understood, experienced, and available. But, we also knew that when many people hear words like “dialogue,” they envision scenes from political talk shows, “open mic” style municipal meetings, or dogmatic speeches from family, friends, and colleagues. The rich possibilities for successful engagement do not seem widely understood. What to do? We decided to create a collection […] (continue)

IAF Launches 2014 Facilitation Impact Awards

We know that there many talented and accomplished facilitators in the NCDD network, so we wanted to make sure to share that the International Association of Facilitators has launched its 2014 Facilitation Impact Awards. These awards are intended to honor “excellence in facilitation and its positive, measurable impact on businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations around the world”, and we know that many of our facilitators’ work has exactly that kind of impact, so we want to encourage you to apply for consideration for the award. […] (continue)

NCDD’s 2013 Year-in-Numbers

2013 was a banner year for NCDD, and we’ve already summarized our activities, collaborative projects, and new developments in our Year-in-Review post. Please help us increase NCDD’s reach (and celebrate 2013!) by sharing this infographic with all those you think need to know there’s an amazing community of innovators in public engagement and group process work they can tap into or join in with. Andy has created 3 versions of this infographic for NCDD members to use or share: A .png image, which is great for […] (continue)

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)