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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.

Register for Oct. 28th Confab on Nevins Democracy Leaders Program

NCDD member organizations, be sure to join us next Wednesday, October 28th from 2-3pm Eastern/11am-12pm Pacific for a special NCDD Confab Call that can help your organization build capacity and contribute to the field! This call will feature a discussion with long-time NCDD member Dr. John Gastil, who will be sharing about the amazing opportunity for organizations in the D&D field to host a bright Penn State fellow next summer through the McCourtney Institute‘s Nevins Democracy Leaders Program! Stipends and living expenses are provided to the students through the program. This […] (continue)

A Time of Transition for NCDD

It has been a crazy summer — a crazy year so far, really — for me and for NCDD. Those of you who are connected to me on Facebook or who have seen me at events likely know what’s been going on. But this is an overdue update to the whole network. As many of you know, NCDD was co-founded in 2002 (13 years ago now!) by me and Andy Fluke. The vision for NCDD was primarily mine, but Andy’s skills in website and graphic […] (continue)

An Update on the NCDD-CRS Meetings

As many of you know, NCDD has been working with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service since last October’s NCDD national conference, to organize meetings between NCDD members and CRS staff at their fourteen regional field offices. This was inspired, in part, by CRS director Grande Lum’s speech at the conference. We wanted to let the network know that meetings have begun taking place in several cities over the past few months, and more are in the works! These meetings are an exciting opportunity to start a productive relationship with staff […] (continue)

David Mathews’ Message to the NCDD Community

At the 2014 NCDD conference last fall, we were honored to have David Mathews speak during the opening session. For those who don’t know, David is president and CEO of the Kettering Foundation. For his talk, we asked David to orient attendees to the past and present landscape in Washington for dialogue and deliberation.  We wanted him to look back to his days in the Ford administration, and reflect on what he and Kettering have learned over the years about how citizen deliberation can influence Washington politics […] (continue)

NCDD’s Year In Numbers infographic is out!

2014 was a great year for the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation! Designed by our co-founder Andy Fluke, this end-of-year infographic highlights NCDD’s growth and activity during the past twelve months. Please share this post with all those you think should know there’s an amazing community of innovators in public engagement and group process work they can tap into or join in with. Also be sure to look over the great Year-in-Review post at www.ncdd.org/17033, where we summarize 2014’s activities, accomplishments and highlights. It has been quite […] (continue)

Announcing New NCDD Membership Category, New Members Page

As always, our NCDD team is working constantly to create even more ways to support our members, and we are pleased to announce a couple new things we’ve recently changed so that we can support you even more! First, we have officially changed the former “Student” membership category to “Student/Young Professional.” The new membership type will extend the benefits of discounted annual NCDD membership dues to rising members of the D&D community who are no longer students, but who didn’t exactly start rolling in the dough right […] (continue)

Announcing the New Nevins Democracy Leaders Program

We are excited to congratulate our friends at Penn State University’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy on the recent creation of the Nevins Democracy Leaders program – an innovative program that will expose more young people to “transpartisan” leadership and to the field of dialogue and deliberation. We couldn’t be more pleased to see this happening because the new program has NCDD written all over it. The McCourtney Institute is a key NCDD organizational member and partner – it was one of the generous All-Star Sponsors of this year’s National […] (continue)

NCDD-CRS Meetings Being Planned Across the Country

One of the highlights of the recent National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation was Grande Lum’s speech on the final day of the conference. Grande is director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, an extraordinary program that was established 50 years ago as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Known as “America’s Peacemaker,” the Community Relations Service (CRS) has worked with thousands of communities over the years, many of whom came together in crisis and emerged stronger and more unified as […] (continue)

The NCDD 2014 Conference has been storified!

Check out our awesome Storify page on the 2014 NCDD conference. Lots of great photos, quotes from evaluations, links and other gems in there that will give you a sense of the event, even if you weren’t able to make it. Not only is this a great glance at the conference, this is a useful demonstration of how to bring content from a variety of different social media (and other) sources into one place to “tell the story” of an engaging event! (continue)

Reflecting on the Movement at NCDD 2014

As we are watching the attendees gather today for the start of NCDD 2014 in Reston, VA, it is a sight to see. Over 400 dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement professionals are coming together to work and learn together, and we couldn’t be more excited! In the spirit of honoring all that our wonderful NCDD community represents, we wanted to share a thoughtful piece adapted from a talk NCDD Board member Susan Stuart Clark gave at San Rafael City Hall on September 26, 2014 to a local […] (continue)