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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.

A Bold, Upcoming Experiment with Catalyst Awards

As you have likely heard, the Catalyst Awards Program is NCDD’s effort to stimulate collaboration across our member organizations.  The NCDD Board is very happy to see all the projects that have been proposed, and now we are excited to push this experiment farther. We will do this by focusing as much energy as possible from our 1600+ member network on these proposals through a 75-min Maestro Conference call.  The call will consist of small-group discussion where you will have the opportunity to brainstorm with three separate […] (continue)

NCDD members featured on This American Life on NPR

Congratulations to NCDD members and supporters Jacob Hess and Phil Neisser for being featured on this weekend’s This American Life! Here’s a message Jacob just shared on the NCDD Discussion listserv about the Red State Blue State show… Dear NCDD, Good news!  NPR’s This American Life did an hour episode this weekend on friendships and family connections disrupted because of election season, partisan resentment.  As a counterpoint to the animosity, the producer featured a new book Phil Neisser and I wrote, “You’re not as crazy as I thought (but […] (continue)

Launch of YourWordsCount.org

If you were among the participants in last month’s NCDD conference in Seattle, this news will not come as a surprise to you, because our longtime colleague, Carolyn Lukensmeyer shared it during her plenary speech.  The National Institute for Civil Discourse at the University of Arizona, which recently welcomed Carolyn as their first Executive Director, has just launched a website to engage citizens in promoting civil discourse. I encourage you to visit www.YourWordsCount.org.  Check out the webinar given by Carolyn, Tom Daschle and Jim Kolbe or take one […] (continue)

Americans Envision a Civic Infrastructure for Public Dialogue and Deliberation

Here’s a great post by Janice Thomson that appeared here on Involve.org’s blog this morning. I’m reposting it here on the NCDD blog because it provides a wonderful overview of our efforts at the NCDD Seattle conference (and in the field) to make progress in strengthening our country’s and communities’ civic infrastructure… Janice Thomson’s take on the NCDD conference and American’s vision for Public Dialogue and Deliberation Over a long and rainy weekend in Seattle, I joined 400 members of the US-based National Coalition for Dialogue and […] (continue)

Pete Peterson’s lively speech at the 2012 NCDD Conference

Filmmaker Jeffrey Abelson (Song Of A Citizen) has produced his second video from the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, which took place earlier this month in Seattle, drawing a total of 400 civic innovators from across the U.S. and several other countries. The second video shares the great speech made by Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, on the second day of the conference. Saturday’s plenary session began with small group dialogue, encouraging people to reflect on […] (continue)

Symphony in Seattle — First Video by Jeffrey Abelson

Sandy encouraged us to blog about our experience at the conference. Mine was unusual in that I was not able to attend many of the workshops I wished I could have because (as some of you know) I was upstairs filming interviews for most of the weekend. But here’s what really surprised me — by speaking at length with those of you I filmed, and listening to the plenary speeches, and chatting with so many other people throughout the 3 days (and nights), I feel […] (continue)

Online Launch of NCDD Catalyst Awards

To celebrate NCDD’s 10th anniversary this year, we are very excited to launch the NCDD Catalyst Awards.  Two $10,000 prizes will be awarded to team projects organized, led and selected by NCDD members that jump-start the field’s next best ideas and impact our communities’ and our country’s ability to solve its most challenging problems. Today, we are excited to announce that the online platform for collaboration is open at CivicEvolution™.  The NCDD Board chose this tool because it’s an excellent fit for the catalyst awards; NCDD […] (continue)

Scholarships still available for 2012 NCDD conference in Seattle!

Due to the generosity of the NCDD community during our summer fund drive, we still have some scholarship funds available to help people attend next month’s National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in Seattle.  We’re particularly interested in helping people who are traditionally underrepresented in our field to attend:  young people, people of color, conservatives and public servants.  At this late date, we imagine that most of our scholarship funds will help people from the Puget Sound region to attend. Will you help us spread […] (continue)

AmericaSpeaks announces the Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer Innovation Fund

Here’s an announcement shared today by Steve Brigham, the new President of AmericaSpeaks since founder Carolyn Lukensmeyer transitioned to directing the National Institute for Civil Discourse based at the University of Arizona. AmericaSpeaks is a long-time organizational member of NCDD, and a sponsor of our 2012 national conference. AmericaSpeaks is excited to announce the creation of the Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer Innovation Fund, which honors the founder and past president of AmericaSpeaks, Carolyn Lukensmeyer. Carolyn has had a profound effect on my career, my practice of citizen […] (continue)

It’s time to register for the 2012 NCDD conference in Seattle!

Just wanted to take a moment to remind you that today is the last day to register for the 2012 NCDD conference (Oct 12-14 in Seattle) at the regular rate — and the last day to reserve your room at the hotel at the NCDD group rate! The 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is shaping up to be an extraordinary event — and if your work involves public engagement, conflict resolution, or community problem solving, you’re not going to want to miss it. […] (continue)