As you know, NCDD is part of the collaboration running the Creating Community Solutions national dialogue effort aimed at tackling mental health issues in our communities. We have been supporting the effort in many ways, including collaborating on the “Text, Talk, Act” nationwide text-enhanced dialogue last December. We are pleased to announce that another installment of the Text, Talk, Act conversation will be taking place this April 24th. The Text, Talk, Act to Improve Mental Health conversation will be an hour-long event that uses text messaging […] (continue)
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Posts about all sorts of projects NCDD is involved in.
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)
Susan Clark says the idea of comparing local democracy to the Slow Food movement came to her while working in her garden. And, why not? Just as many cooks and food lovers have become more intimately involved in local food production, Susan and co-author Woden Teachout saw an opportunity to help citizens sow and grow a healthier democracy in their own towns and communities. The result was their book, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home. Susan, an NCDD Sustaining Member, will be […] (continue)
This post was submitted by Barb Simonetti — the new chair of NCDD’s Board of Directors as of January. It is my extreme pleasure to announce two wonderful new additions to NCDD’s Board of Directors. Both are longtime members and active friends of NCDD with impressive credentials. Susan Stuart Clark is the founder and Executive Director of Common Knowledge with the mission of exploring and demonstrating more inclusive and innovative approaches to achieving sustainable social change. She works with state and local government agencies, nonprofits, foundations […] (continue)
We’ve got a special treat in store for you for next month’s NCDD Confab. On Wednesday, March 26 from 2:00 to 3:00 Eastern (11-noon Pacific), we’ll spend time with the staff of one of NCDD’s founding members, Everyday Democracy. We’ll explore what Everyday Democracy has learned over the years, through their close work with community partners, about how to create dialogue and change. Everyday Democracy, led by my good friend Martha McCoy, is one of the most respected organizations in our field — though in […] (continue)
We know many NCDDers have been reading Susan Clark’s 2012 book Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home — and if you’re not, you really should be! NCDD is partnering with Chelsea Green Publishing to offer you a free online book club event on Slow Democracy. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 5 from 2:00 to 3:00 Eastern. Sign up today if you’re interested in joining us and exploring the book with author (and NCDD member) Susan Clark! Of all the great […] (continue)
Messaging, Short and Sweet: Can you help us gather examples of effective communication in dialogue and deliberation?
At the 2012 NCDD Seattle conference a small group of us started a quest. We shared a desire to see dialogue and deliberation (D & D) become more widely understood, experienced, and available. But, we also knew that when many people hear words like “dialogue,” they envision scenes from political talk shows, “open mic” style municipal meetings, or dogmatic speeches from family, friends, and colleagues. The rich possibilities for successful engagement do not seem widely understood. What to do? We decided to create a collection […] (continue)
2013 was a banner year for NCDD, and we’ve already summarized our activities, collaborative projects, and new developments in our Year-in-Review post. Please help us increase NCDD’s reach (and celebrate 2013!) by sharing this infographic with all those you think need to know there’s an amazing community of innovators in public engagement and group process work they can tap into or join in with. Andy has created 3 versions of this infographic for NCDD members to use or share: A .png image, which is great for […] (continue)
2013 was an incredible year for NCDD and for our community. We started off the year by intensely engaging our members around how the D&D community can respond to crises like the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting (explore the Hackpad series here). Soon after that, we announced the two projects that won our member-selected Catalyst Awards (in hindsight, we realized we had actually run our first Participatory Budgeting process, having had members develop the contending projects in teams and then vote for the winners!). We […] (continue)
Last month, we shared NCDD’s news from 2013 with all our members—including our strengthened relationship with the Kettering Foundation—and asked you to support our efforts to serve you by “stepping up” your membership. Our goal was to see many non-dues members upgrading to supporting member levels, and to see those whose dues were due for renewal or lapsed to get their supporting membership in good standing. Many people did exactly that. In all, nearly 150 stepped up during the drive (all but 14 as supporting […] (continue)