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Announcing Pre-Conference Workshops at NCDD Austin

I wanted to add a post about the great line-up of pre-conference workshops we’ll be offering before the 2008 NCDD conference in Austin this October. It’s a diverse selection of workshops from some of the most well-respected people/programs in the field. And if you haven’t been to an NCDD conference before, this list can give you an idea of the kinds of workshops we offer at our conferences.

Full-day workshops (only $95):

  • Managing Difficult Conversations: An Introduction to Group Dialogue Processes (Cathey Capers and Leilani Rose, Partners in Wellspring Resources; and Mary Thompson, President of Corder/Thompson & Associates)
  • Creating “We the People” in our Organizations, Communities & Society (Jim Rough and DeAnna Martin, Co-Founders of the Center for Wise Democracy)
  • The Whiteness Learning Lab: A Deeper Understanding of Racism and White Privilege as Essential to Inclusive Community-Building (Lauren Parker Kucera, director of coAction; and Catherine Orland, diversity trainer and facilitator)
  • Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education: A Workshop on Innovative Democratic Education and Leadership (Bruce Mallory, Provost and Executive Vice President at the University of New Hampshire; and Nancy Thomas, Director of the Democracy Imperative and Everyday Democracy senior associate)

Half-day workshops (only $50):

  • Taking Dialogue to Work: Leading from the Heart (Meenakshi Chakraverti, Bob Stains and Dave Joseph from the Public Conversations Project)
  • The Underlying Dynamics of Conversations that Matter (Tom Atlee, Founder and President of The Co-Intelligence Institute, and Peggy Holman, Co-Founder of Open Circle Company)
  • Engaging Across the Divides: Convening and Facilitating Transpartisan Dialogue (Michael Ostrolenk, Ana Micka and Jeff Weissglass from Reuniting America)
  • The Process/Action Continuum: From Exploration and Understanding to Collaborative Action (Bill Corbett and Beth Offenbacker, Co-Founders of the Center for Voter Deliberation of Northern Virginia)

We’ll be sending out a call for workshop proposals soon (so don’t worry – you’re not too late for that!). Registration will be live soon, too, if you’re wondering how to sign up for these pre-conference workshops and/or the conference.

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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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