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We use the “gems” tag to identify blog posts that are extraordinary in some way. Some have garnered a lot of interesting comments, and others are especially useful or informative posts.

Visual Mapping Process Leading into NCDD 2014

NCDD is in the midst of an exciting mapping process leading up to our national conference in the DC area this October. We’re conducting this initial mapping project–and a more in depth mapping process we hope to launch at the conference–in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation. There is a vast field of organizations, communities and networks whose work centers around collaborative group practices. This work goes by many different names (dialogue and deliberation, deliberative democracy, whole systems change, collective intelligence, collaborative problem solving, etc.), and NCDD […] (continue)

Parker Palmer’s book “Healing the Heart of Democracy” now out in paperback

One of NCDD’s most well-known and well-loved members, Parker Palmer, alerted me today that one of his newest books, Healing the Heart of Democracy, is soon to be available in paperback. Here’s what U.S. Congressman John Lewis, had to say about the book: “We have been trying to bridge the great divides in this great country for a long time. In this book, Parker J. Palmer urges us to ‘keep on walking, keep on talking’—just as we did in the civil rights movement—until we cross those […] (continue)

Six Simple Changes for Better Public Engagement

NCDD supporting member Jennifer Wilding of Consensus and her team have been working to increase civility in Kansas City, and we love their infographic on what KC residents told them officials can do to improve public engagement. Learn more about Consensus’ Civility Project at www.consensuskc.org/civilityproject/ and in Jennifer’s write-up below the image. Old Habits for Engaging the Public Make it Harder to Be Civil Americans have talked a lot about civility the last few years. Along with exploring the way individuals behave, it’s important to pay attention to the processes […] (continue)

National Dialogue on Mental Health Turns 1!

A little over one year ago, on June 3rd, President Obama called for a national dialogue on mental health. Since then, the alliance of organizations running Creating Community Solutions (including NCDD) have been finding creative ways to get Americans talking about mental health in their communities. It has been quite the year, with highs and lows and plenty of pleasant surprises along the way. Check out our Creating Community Solutions tag for all the NCDD posts on the project, and definitely explore the CCS website if […] (continue)

A Public Voice 2014

The Kettering Foundation’s annual DC event, “A Public Voice,” took place yesterday at the Newseum in Washington DC. The content of the event is off the record, so those from government can feel comfortable engaging in a deeper conversation in front of the audience that attends. This year’s topic was Health Care: What Do We Want and How Can We Pay For It?, and the proceedings will inform the development of a National Issues Forums Institute discussion guide on this very timely and contentious issue. This roundtable panel bought together […] (continue)

Learning from the NH Listens Initiative

Our partners at CommunityMatters recently shared a wonderful blog piece about the continuing success of a dialogue initiative in New Hampshire called  NH Listens. NH Listens is an NCDD organizational member, and the author of the post, John Backman, is an NCDD Board member. We hope you’ll take a moment to read about this innovative program below or find the original by clicking here. Listening to New Hampshire: Grassroots Groups Assemble Civic Infrastructure for Dialogues The need was clear. All the pieces were at hand. […] (continue)

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation a key player in Thursday’s Text Talk Act

We’re excited to announce that Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation is partnering with Creating Community Solutions to promote youth participation in Thursday’s Text Talk Act event! How cool is that? We hope many of you are planning on participating on Thursday. For those of you still on the fence, please join in and hold at least one TTA conversation.  All you need is 3 people, a smartphone, and about an hour, anytime on the 24th.  Anyone can participate, though involving young people is especially […] (continue)

Introducing our fabulous youth organizers for Text Talk Act

Creating Community Solutions is pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Active Minds, Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, and our other partners (NCDD is one of them) to identify some fantastic young people across the U.S. who will be helping organize Text Talk Act events in their communities. We asked them to send us selfies, and you can check out their brief bios here. Hopefully you already know all about Text Talk Act from our previous postings and recent confab call on the […] (continue)

How we tackled “Civic Infrastructure” at NCDD 2012

I’m preparing a little presentation for our partners at CommunityMatters on how NCDD tackled the concept of civic infrastructure at our last national conference, and thought I’d write about it here on the blog to gather my thoughts. Our convening question (kinda like a theme) for NCDD Seattle was: How can we build a more robust civic infrastructure in our practice, our communities, and our country? In our conference guidebook, we described our challenge to attendees this way: Our hope is that this theme takes […] (continue)

Invitation to join the new Transpartisan Listserv

On behalf of all the founding participants, NCDD is pleased to invite you to join the new Transpartisan Listserv. Our intension for this moderated email discussion list is to provide a simple, safe communication channel where individuals and organizations that are active in this boundary-crossing work can connect and learn from each other. The list is hosted by NCDD through a partnership of NCDD and Mediators Foundation.  The following amazing group of people are co-founding the list: Mark Gerzon, Tom Hast and John Steiner of […] (continue)

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