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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.

Invitation to 3rd round of dialogue on Race, Poverty & Wealth in America

Here’s an invitation from Ben Roberts of The Conversation Collaborative to participate in the third (and final) round of the innovative online conversation he’s hosting as part of the National Dialogue Network initiative… From now through October 31st, please join us on hackpad, on the phone and perhaps in person as well, as we continue to explore the topic of race as it relates to the National Dialogue Network’s topic of Poverty and Wealth in America. The stories we tell ourselves concerning race, poverty and wealth […] (continue)

Meeting Tips Radio Podcast

I just added a great interview to the NCDD resource center with past IAF chair Mirja Hanson and, while doing so, had a chance to learn about an excellent new audio podcast that features topics on all forms of meeting facilitation. Meeting Tips Radio describes itself as a “resource for anyone who runs meetings including: meeting facilitators, corporate executives, non-profit executives, managers, CIOs, business managers, IT managers, project managers, business analysts and strategic planners. Collaborative facilitation, face-to face facilitation, and virtual facilitation methods are discussed. Special guests include the […] (continue)

It’s full steam ahead for the Participatory Budgeting Project!

I’m happy to share some great news from our friends at the Participatory Budgeting Project.  PBP is an organizational member of NCDD, and I’m proud to serve on their Advisory Board and to have attended both of their conferences in New York and Chicago. Earlier this month, PBP announced that they’re embarking on a new collaboration with one of California’s foremost foundations, The California Endowment (TCE). As part of a new grant, PBP will support local organizing for Participatory Budgeting in 14 low-income communities across the […] (continue)

Making Public Participation Legal launched at Brookings

Most of the laws that govern public participation in the U.S. are over thirty years old. They do not match the expectations and capacities of citizens today, they pre-date the Internet, and they do not reflect the lessons learned in the last two decades about how citizens and governments can work together. Increasingly, public administrators and public engagement practitioners are hindered by the fact that it’s unclear if many of the best practices in participation are even allowed by the law. Making Public Participation Legal, […] (continue)

Discussion of stakeholder and citizen roles in public deliberation

Here’s a warm invitation from a team of top deliberative democracy scholars and practitioners (David Kahane and Kristjana Loptson from Canada and Max Hardy and Jade Herriman from Australia) to join in an important exploration they’ve embarked on together… Some public participation exercises bring together people who formally represent different constituencies, other exercises focus on ordinary or unaffiliated citizens, and others combine these. We’re a team of deliberative democracy researchers and practitioners who wanted to explore the distinction between ‘citizens’ and ‘stakeholder representatives’, and how these groups […] (continue)

Our field’s readiness to engage people online

As part of the Online Facilitation Unconference that’s going on right now in the midst of IAF’s International Facilitation Week, I’d like to engage people around a compelling report produced by our friends at AmericaSpeaks, an NCDD organizational member. The report is nice and short (just 5 pages long!), and focuses on how we might use new forms of media, digital platforms, and citizen engagement principles to reengage the center and those who have turned out due to apathy and disgust.  Download it here. It’s a good […] (continue)

Rich Harwood’s Campaign to Reclaim Main Street

Those of you in the DC area may want to add this to your calendars… Rich Harwood, founder of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation (an organizational member of NCDD), is launching a new “Reclaiming Main Street Campaign” next week.  On Monday (Oct 28th) at 6pm, you can join him at the MLK Memorial Library for the launch! Here’s how Rich describes the effort on his blog: Next week, on the heels of the government shutdown, I’ll be launching my new Reclaiming Main Street Campaign. […] (continue)

Join us at the Brookings Institution on Wednesday!

Tired of tense, unproductive public meetings? Want to embed better online and face-to-face processes in the way governments work? Making Public Participation Legal, a new publication of the National Civic League, presents a valuable set of tools, including a model ordinance, set of policy options, and resource list, to help communities improve public participation. The publication is being released at a launch event at the Brookings Institution this Wednesday, October 23rd. RSVP today if you can join us! Most of the laws that govern public participation in […] (continue)

Participate in the National Dialogue Network’s inaugural topic!

The National Dialogue Network — winners of the 2012 NCDD Catalyst Award in the civic infrastructure category — launched a few weeks ago with their inaugural topic, “Poverty & Wealth in America.” Led by John Spady, the National Dialogue Network (NDN) seeks to coordinate local conversations into mindful national dialogue. NCDD encourages all of you to get involved so we can learn as much as possible from this project!  Here are two things you can do right now: Download the “conversation kit” to host/facilitate your own gathering […] (continue)

Announcing the Online Facilitation Unconference: Oct. 23-25

NCDD is proud to be collaborating as a Media Partner in next week’s Online Facilitation Unconference! The Unconference is a free, fully digital convergence of folks from around the world interested in sharing and learning about virtual facilitation (i.e. facilitating and moderating online). You can read the event description below or find out more and register for the Unconference at http://ofu13.eventbrite.com. You won’t want to miss this innovative event, so make sure to register ASAP!  We’d love to see lots of NCDD members participating. The Online Facilitation Unconference is part […] (continue)