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Notes from NCDD’s Meetup at Tufts University

Here’s a snapshot from today’s NCDD meetup at Tufts University in Medford, MA. We had a great time together before the Frontiers of Democracy conference began, with over 30 NCDD members joining us for at least part of the meetup.

NCDD Meetup at Tufts

During an initial round of introductions, everyone shared one strength or gift they brought to the table that other NCDD members could potentially tap into. Later, we broke up into small groups to dig into four topics attendees were feeling challenged by at the moment:

  • the continuing need to institutionalize or embed dialogue and deliberation work into the way we do business (i.e. building civic infrastructure)
  • the national dialogue on mental health project (both online and offline aspects of it)
  • reaching out to underrepresented groups
  • standardization of the terminology, procedures and metrics we use
  • sustaining ourselves as practitioners; handling overload and retaining optimism

It was an energizing afternoon, and most of us are staying on for the Frontiers of Democracy conference at Tufts and continuing to enjoy each other’s company!

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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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  1. Ben Roberts says:

    Sorry I missed this gathering–I was with y’all in spirit! Love the small group topics you chose.

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