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Posts that share stories, case studies, and anecdotes of dialogue and deliberation programs.

Learning by Immersion on Guns?

When we think of learning by cultural immersion, many of our minds jump to study abroad programs and foreign language courses.  But we were struck by Steve Seeche’s recent blog post on his new opportunity to learn about one side of the gun control debate through a different kind of immersion – taking a gun safety course from a second amendment group.  Below is the first installment of Steve’s reflections on his experiment in dialogue, which will be followed soon by an update after on […] (continue)

Launching the Dialogue Storytelling Tool

I’m excited to launch a new tool on the NCDD website to help you share your success stories more broadly The draft tool can be found at www.ncdd.org/storytelling-tool and I encourage everybody to take a look and give the tool a test drive by entering one of your dialogue and deliberation projects! For a long time now, NCDD has wanted to find a way to collect more stories from our members about their dialogue and deliberation projects.  We’re working with both the Kettering Foundation and Participedia.net to broaden […] (continue)

Kettering to Develop Deliberative Forums in Israel

We hope you’ll join us in congratulating our friends at the Kettering Foundation on their new opportunity to develop deliberative decision-making forums for Israeli Jews and Arabs in Israel. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is one of the most difficult problems of dialogue and bridge building in the world, and we are excited to see the Kettering Foundation’s deliberative model being applied, and are hopeful that it will bring about positive change for the people of Israel and Palestine.  Read more about the new project below or […] (continue)

Why Rich Harwood is in Newtown, CT

When I heard that my friend and colleague Rich Harwood of The Harwood Institute was invited to Newtown to help local leaders and residents make decisions about what to do with Sandy Hook Elementary School, I asked him if he’d be willing to send us a post about his work for the NCDD blog. It looks like we’ll be sharing a series of posts as Rich’s work in Newtown progresses.  Here is the first… This week I am going to Newtown, CT, where I’ve been […] (continue)

Designing Processes in a Hurry

When designing dialogue or deliberation processes, many professionals spend a few weeks or even months planning. But we all know that time is not always a luxury we can enjoy. In the article below, Steve Brigham explains how the AmericaSpeaks team was recently challenged to design a town meeting process in less than 24 hours, and shares the encouraging results that show even when time is scarce, this talented community can make big things happen.  Steve’s article can be found in full on the AmericaSpeaks website here: www.americaspeaks.org/blog/24hourdesign. We […] (continue)

AmericaSpeaks’ Role in Forging a Citywide Policy on Bullying in DC

AmericaSpeaks, an organizational member of NCDD, facilitated the District of Columbia Mayor’s Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force over the past year, and the District’s citywide prevention policy was recently released. The policy sets an important precedent by being one of the first city-wide anti-bullying policies, and it has already begun to be implemented.  Here is Steve Brigham’s recent blog post outlining AmericaSpeaks’ role in this important project.  Steve’s original post on the AmericaSpeaks blog can be found here: www.americaspeaks.org/blog/forging-a-citywide-policy-on-bullying. Bullying has been a chronic problem for […] (continue)

Transforming a community with sustained dialogue

A recent post on the Everyday Democracy blog caught our eye.  Written by NCDD member Janice Thomson and featuring the work of NCDD member Mary Jane Hollis, the article focuses on the power of sustained dialogue to tease out difficult issues such as race and to create lasting positive effects in our communities.  The full article can be found both on Janice Thomson’s blog where it was originally posted, or on the Everyday Democracy blog here. Last week a small but dedicated group of Chicago area dialogue […] (continue)

Facts, Beliefs, and Being Wrong

We are happy to share this insightful blog post from NCDD member John Blakinger, who reflects on the interplay of facts, beliefs, and being wrong when we are trying to address problems together.  John’s reflections come from www.CivilSay.net. Philosopher Charles Bernard Renouvier said “There is no certainty, only people who are certain.” And when it comes to contested issues people tend to project a certainty of their opposing beliefs. We like to think there is an absolute truth or correctness and while this may be so, […] (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)

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)