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Help Choose the Inaugural Issue of the 2013 National Dialogue Network — deadline is April 30, 2013

This post was submitted by John Spady, Coordinator of the National Dialogue Network — winner in the Civic Infrastructure category of the recent NCDD Catalyst Awards.

Update:  The deadline has been extended until April 30, 2013.

“We need a national dialogue about… X” — but how can we actually do it?

After weeks of talking, planning, and preparation, the “working group” team of volunteers with the new National Dialogue Network (NDN) is ready to address this question.

NDN is now seeking feedback from NCDD members, and the general public, to select and rank broad national topics for consideration as its inaugural issue for 2013. This is known internally as our “Cycle 1 Survey” and it is open now through April 15.

A national conversation based on this first issue is tentatively scheduled to begin Labor Day, September 2, 2013 and run for 5 or 6 weeks into October.

This first Cycle 1 survey is not a “random sample” survey but, like voting, it will give us a complete understanding of what’s important to the civically active persons who will help select the first inaugural issue.

Results from this Cycle 1 survey will be analyzed by our working group after April 15 to select the top issue that will be advanced to the next stage. It will be in Cycle 2 (May/June/July/August) where our team (with your feedback) drills down into the selected issue to determine the best specific focus and framework to appeal to the widest national audience.

Also, if you are proficient in another language, please contact us ASAP if you are willing to help provide translations of these surveys. It’s quick and easy but we need your help to do it.

This Cycle 1 survey is a three-step process:

  1. Begin by clicking the link at the end of this post — you will be asked for your Email address, your Zip Code, and the type of invitation you would like to receive: Individual and/or Group (a group invitation can be shared with your colleagues and social media friends.)
  2. You will receive a follow up Email with the invitation(s) you requested. Open that Email and click on the appropriate link to complete the issue survey.
  3. Choose your top issues and rank them. You can add in your own important issue and let us know too what other national scope issues we need to add to the selection list. Updates to the selection list will be considered daily by our working group.

That’s it… quick and easy…

So here finally is the primary link you will need to begin: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1209231/775ef1a6c668

Thank you for your participation.. and for your help in distributing this invitation to the broader public and media. Remember, this survey to determine the inaugural issue of the National Dialogue Network ends on April 15 April 30!

Voice messages for the National Dialogue Network can be left for us on our information line: 800-369-2342 or Email can be sent to info@NationalDialogueNetwork.org. We are still working on a web site.

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  1. I think the most important issue we need to work on is reclaiming our democracy. This is an excellent explanation. http://www.ted.com/talks/lawrence_lessig_we_the_people_and_the_republic_we_must_reclaim.html


  2. Randall Roebuck says:

    My personal concerns are the deterioriation of our National Parks, and the lack of support for the U.S. space program – two seemingly distinct and separate issues, perhaps, but both equally important in my view for the long range health of both the environment AND the economy. What they also have in common is that there is a federal agency charged with handling each problem: the National Park Service (NPS) and NASA. Neither agency receives more than a fraction of 1% of the total federal budget, both have been severely underfunded for years (decades, even), and yet both are threatened with further drastic cuts in the current budget crisis … even though both are considered by a majority of the general public as among the best agencies of our national government.

  3. John Spady says:

    NOTE TO SANDY/JOY/ROSHAN: — Please update the title and text in this message to show the new date for the end of this particular survey: April 30, 2013 is now the final date that people can respond.

    Thank you!

  4. John Spady says:

    I have posted an update on this project with results received so far… please follow this link to the latest article:


    Thanks everyone!

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