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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.

Detroit News from the Davenport Institute

We want to make the NCDD community aware of some interesting content the Davenport Institute has been posting on their inCommon blog.  As of late, they have highlighted a number of different projects the City of Detroit has undertaken over the last year to increase civic engagement. Most recently, the city launched its “Detroit Future City” website to encourage online engagement around the city’s strategic framework plan, and our friends at the Davenport Institute are helping to bring more attention to the project. Now – after hundreds […] (continue)

Knight News Challenge on open gov launches Feb. 12

The Knight News Challenge on open government will run from Feb. 12 to March 18. It’s an opportunity to win part of the $5 million the Knight Foundation will use this year to support innovative projects. In a post on the Knight blog on Wednesday, John Bracken (Director of Journalism and Media Innovation at Knight) says they “expect the News Challenge to generate proposals to improve the way citizens and governments interact. Projects could help parents evaluate schools, make weather data more usable, identify best routes from one […] (continue)

Surveying the D&D Territory of a City: Lessons from Chicago

This extraordinary post was submitted by NCDD supporting member Janice Thomson. Janice has been working in collaboration with UIC’s Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement to map the D&D terrain in Chicago, an effort which has led to the development of a new Community of Practice for dialogue and deliberation practitioners in the city. NCDD supports the effort and we hope to see other members launching similar efforts!  – Sandy From Janice… I honestly didn’t realize just how ambitious trying to understand the use of dialogue […] (continue)

Voting Open for the Catalyst Awards!

Voting opens today for the NCDD Catalyst Awards — two $10,000 prizes for team projects run by NCDD members in the areas of Civic Infrastructure and Political Bridge Building. A special project run in conjunction with NCDD’s 10-year anniversary and 5th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, the Catalyst Awards were designed to tap into NCDD’s most valuable resource — our membership of 1,700 leaders and innovators in public engagement, conflict transformation, group process, and community problem solving. Using a combination of activities (our Seattle […] (continue)

Living Room Conversations in Action

NCDD member Joan Blades, co-founder of the dialogue program Living Room Conversations, as well as the immensely popular MoveOn.org, contacted us this week about a recent gathering of folks on both sides of the political divide, exemplifying the central goal of Living Room Conversations, bringing people together from both sides of the aisle to talk civilly about hot button issues. Although the gathering included a journalist to help publicize both Living Room Dialogues and the need to encourage conversations to bridge the political divide in […] (continue)

Omidyar’s Democracy Fund launches new website

Joe Goldman emailed me the other day with an update on the Democracy Fund (which Joe directs).  Joe is a Sustaining Member of NCDD, and his work at the Democracy Fund is definitely worth noting. From Joe… As someone who shares an interest in the health of our democracy, I wanted to let you know that we’ve just launched the Democracy Fund’s new website: www.democracyfund.org In a blog post released today, Pierre Omidyar outlined the focus of the Democracy Fund’s work and the thinking behind its […] (continue)

Next steps on NCDD’s response to Newtown shooting

On December 17th (three days after the Newtown tragedy), NCDD launched a collaborative workspace on Hackpad to help the dialogue and deliberation community think through how we might respond — both individually and collectively — to the shooting and all it surfaced. There has been a lot of activity on the Hackpad site at www.bit.ly/natdial, and I’ve been really impressed with the input and exchange that’s been going on.  We have pages there dedicated to sharing resources people can put to use immediately, debating about what […] (continue)

Certificate Program in DDPE launching this spring at KSU

NCDD is proud to join our friends at Kansas State University in announcing that KSU is the new home for the much-touted certificate program in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement (DDPE). As we announced at the 2012 NCDD conference in Seattle, NCDD is the “Core Collaborator” for the DDPE program. Our supporting members receive a 10% discount on tuition, and NCDD resources will be featured in the curriculum. The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at KSU is offering the award winning graduate level DDPE Collaborative […] (continue)

NCDD Year in Review — and Request for Support!

This has been quite the year, for NCDD and all of us.  Our tiny staff (me, Andy and Joy) and our amazing Board and volunteers do the best we can to support the dialogue and deliberation community.  As always, we need your support to keep this work going – so please think us in your end-of-year gifts. I was just looking over our blog posts over the past year to get a good sense of what 2012 has been about for NCDD. As we close […] (continue)

How should the D&D community respond to the crisis in Newtown?

In collaboration with Newtown, Connecticut resident and NCDD member Ben Roberts, NCDD has created a space on Hackpad where we can talk about last Friday’s tragedy and how our community might respond. Our community is buzzing with conversation (and opinion!) about what WE can do in light of this crisis… Can we offer facilitation support to organizations in Newtown? Can we organize a national dialogue on issues that have emerged from this crisis? — and what are the right issues to engage people around?  (Gun […] (continue)