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

Today’s Featured NCDD Member: Healthy Democracy Oregon

The following post by NCDD members Tyrone Reitman and Elliot Shuford of Healthy Democracy Oregon is part of an ongoing effort to highlight the extraordinary people and groups involved in the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). We encourage you to add a comment here today (or anywhere else you see a post about this).  Tyrone and Elliot will be watching NCDD’s blog, listserv, facebook and other social media, and will respond to any questions or comments you have. — Hi, NCDD Community – […] (continue)

Whose Voice Matters Most?

NCDD member Jeffrey Abelson gave us permission to share his article here on the NCDD blog.  It was featured on the Huffingting Post here, and on Jeffrey’s Song of a Citizen blog. On the NCDD Discussion list, we’ve been discussing the heck out of the recent AmericaSpeaks national discussion on the federal debt (and the surrounding controversy), but we haven’t posted much to the blog about it.  Jeffrey’s article is a good summary and a good example of how people in our field can respond… […] (continue)

What D&D programs are addressing the red/blue divide?

I got an email the other day from Tamra Pearson d’Estrée from the University of Denver’s Conflict Resolution Institute. Tamra is interested in knowing about programs that address the partisan divide in the U.S. through dialogue, deliberation, and conflict resolution. I sent her info on a couple of great programs, but I’m curious about what others in the NCDD community know about that I may not be aware of. I’d like to compile a list of programs addressing the red/blue divide (past, present, and developing) […] (continue)

Re-Post: Model Dialogue Coverage on the Oregonian Website

I decided to repost this NCDD blog post from April 2008. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can tell our stories about dialogue and deliberation in compelling ways, and the amazing coverage on the Oregonian website Judith Mowry got for her work came to mind.  This unique, engaging, inspiring media coverage featuring audio recordings of dialogue participants in a Portland dialogue program on gentrification is still online, and any of you who haven’t checked it out should do so. It’s just too cool! […] (continue)

From Brad Rourke’s Blog… Learning To Theme

NCDD member Brad Rourke had an especially interesting post on his blog the other day on the importance of cultivating the skill of “theming.” He makes the point that few organizations attempt to teach this skill, and he includes an exercise to help people experiment with theming.  Here’s part of his post: “One of the most important skills in working with the public is, I believe, one of the most often overlooked. People whose work is public facing — community benefit organization leaders, public agency […] (continue)

New Post by Noelle McAfee on Town Hall Democracy

Noelle McAfee posted to her blog, GonePublic, yesterday about the need for more deliberative town halls. Noelle is a professor at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. View Town Hall Democracy on Noelle’s site, or read over the re-post here. You can see a list of other articles, posts, etc. people in our field have published in response to the recent health care town halls at www.ncdd.org/1644. Noelle concludes her post with: We need to find ways to start deliberating […] (continue)

Obama, Public Engagement, and the D&D Community… An (Extraordinary) Half-Year in Review

With the transition to a new presidential administration that focused its campaign on getting people involved in government, 2009 has been a whirlwind year of unprecedented opportunity and possibility for the dialogue and deliberation community and all those working in public engagement.  Below is an outline/timeline of what’s happened so far this year that’s relevant to our community of practice. On his first day in office, U.S. President Barack Obama issued a memorandum to leaders of executive departments and government agencies calling for a new […] (continue)

Janette’s Write-Up on Australia’s First Citizens’ Parliament

Australian dynamo and long-time NCDD member Janette Hartz-Karp, who played a huge part in making this month’s Australian Citizens Parliament happen, sent me a write-up last night for the NCDD blog. The Citizens Parliament was the first of its kind in Australia and is a model for us all. Here’s a preview (click “more” for the full story if it doesn’t appear below)… For me, as the key designer of the 4 day deliberation and its co-lead facilitator, it felt like a being on stage […] (continue)

Carson’s Take on Australian Citizens Parliament

Lyn Carson (“Carson”) sent me the following text last night for the NCDD blog. Carson is the University of Sydney’s Chief Investigator on the Citizens’ Parliament Project, and it’s great to have an insider’s view… I have just returned from Australia’s first Citizens’ Parliament (www.citizensparliament.org.au) which really was an extraordinary event, focused on how to strengthen Australia’s political system to serve us better. It seemed like a curious counterweight to this bushfire tragedy which raged as 150 randomly-selected citizens collaborated (some of the CP folks […] (continue)

Phil Mitchell’s WorldChanging.com Post on NCDD 2008

On October 30th, Phil Mitchell wrote a great post on the WorldChanging.com blog about the 2008 NCDD Conference that included the great photo of a graphic recording created at the conference.  Phil was the leader of our challenge area on moving from D&D to action. Phil starts his post with “One of the least talked about but most far-reaching worldchanging innovations is the development of new processes of citizen-centered democracy. These processes (such as citizen assemblies) are not just solutions to specific problems; they hold […] (continue)

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