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Civic Infrastructure: On the Ground!

Here’s a conference call I think some of you will definitely want to participate in.  Community Matters (a partnership NCDD is involved in) is hosting a call entitled “Civic Infrastructure: On the Ground!” on May 9th at 4pm Eastern focused on strengthening civic infrastructure in your area.

CM_logo-200pxI’ll be introducing the topic, and then we’ll be hearing from two people who will share timely on-the-ground stories of how civic capacity and structures are being built in their cities. One of those two featured speakers is Janice Thomson, who’s work (cataloguing and launching a community of practice for Chicago D&D folks) I’ve been featuring on the blog.

You can read the full announcement after the break, or just head over to the sign-up page to register for the call.

Civic Infrastructure: Building Powerful, Vibrant Communities

Civic infrastructure consists of the opportunities, activities and arenas—both online and face-to-face—that allow people to connect with each other, solve problems, make decisions and celebrate community. By strengthening civic infrastructure, a community can become a more prosperous, vibrant place to live.

But what does strong civic infrastructure look like on the ground? How do you know how much of it your town has? Or needs? How can you and your town start to build it? What are other communities doing that’s been successful?

Learn how to strengthen civic infrastructure in your area on this month’s free CommunityMatters® conference call, Thursday, May 9th from 4-5pm Eastern.


  • Sandy Heierbacher, National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)
  • Patricia Sears, Newport City Renaissance Corporation
  • Janice Thomson, Public and Stakeholder Engagement Consultant

Sandy Heierbacher will introduce us to civic infrastructure. She’ll speak about what we mean by civic infrastructure and why NCDD is working to strengthen it in communities across the country.

We’ll also hear from Patricia Sears of Newport City Renaissance Corporation (NCRC) in Newport, Vermont. NCRC is working to promote community power in local decision-making processes by bringing together city residents and elected officials for monthly meetings.

Janice Thomson, a Public and Stakeholder Engagement Consultant in Chicago, will be on the line to share insights and strategies for creating a community of practice focused on dialogue and deliberation to strengthen civic engagement.

If you’re curious about their conference call series, Community Matters has a section of their website dedicated to their conference call series, with notes, info and recordings of past calls.

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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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