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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 and harvest what they’d been learning so far, and to identify key challenges and opportunities for building civic infrastructure. For inspiration and ideas, we then heard from two of our field’s most powerful speakers: Pete Peterson, director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, who talked to us about building civic infrastructure at the state and local level, and Carolyn Lukensmeyer, director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse (formerly director of AmericaSpeaks), about how we might build a national infrastructure for democratic participation.

I created an NCDD Seattle 2012 playlist on YouTube the other day, so click on that link to watch Carolyn’s speech and to see a photo slideshow I created in Animoto the day Andy and I got back from Seattle.  We’ll also add future NCDD Seattle videos to that playlist as well.

More about Pete Peterson…

Pete Peterson was the first Executive Director of Common Sense California (now the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at Pepperdine University), an organization that promotes and supports citizen engagement as a way of producing more creative policy decisions and better citizens. His annual Citizen Engagement Grant Program provided more than $200,000 in two years to municipalities and school districts across California, several of which invited him to consult on their participatory planning and budgeting projects. He co-created and currently co-facilitates the training seminar “Leadership Through Civic Engagement,” which has reached more than 350 California leaders and public officials. Pete has written extensively on public engagement for an array of print and online journals. He was a public affairs fellow at The Hoover Institution in 2006.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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