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Join us for an online book club event on Slow Democracy

We know many NCDDers have been reading Susan Clark’s 2012 book Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home — and if you’re not, you really should be!

SlowDemoCoverAuthorNCDD is partnering with Chelsea Green Publishing to offer you a free online book club event on Slow Democracy. The event will take place on Wednesday, March 5 from 2:00 to 3:00 Eastern. Sign up today if you’re interested in joining us and exploring the book with author (and NCDD member) Susan Clark!

Of all the great books that have come out in our field over the past few years, this is one of my very favorites. Undoubtedly one of the reasons for this is that when I flip through the book I see many NCDD members’ stories, innovations, and insights shared. Slow Democracy is both a much-needed primer and a source of inspiration and fodder for those on the forefront of dialogue, deliberation and public engagement.

The event is free, but I encourage you to get yourself a copy of the book if you don’t already have one. To get a 35% discount on the book, buy it here and enter “READCG” at checkout.

So what is “slow democracy”?

Just as slow food encourages chefs and eaters to become more intimately involved with the production of local food, and slow money helps us become more engaged with our local economy, slow democracy encourages us to govern ourselves locally with processes that are inclusive, deliberative, and citizen powered. Readers learn the stories of neighbors who collaborate to address the causes of crime, residents who take up environmental issues, parents who find creative solutions to divisive and seemingly irreconcilable school-redistricting issues, and a host of other citizen-led actions that are reinvigorating local democracy and decision-making.

About Susan

Susan Clark is a writer and facilitator focusing on community sustainability and citizen participation. She is an award-winning radio commentator and former talk show co-host. Her democratic activism has earned her broad recognition, including the 2010 Vermont Secretary of State’s Enduring Democracy Award. Her work strengthening communities has included directing a community activists’ network and facilitating town-visioning forums. She served as communication and education director of the Vermont Natural Resources Council and Coordinator of the University of Vermont’s Environmental Programs In Communities (EPIC) project. Clark lives in Middlesex, Vermont, where she chairs a committee that encourages citizen involvement and serves as town-meeting moderator. Check out Susan’s NCDD member profile to read her bio or connect with her.

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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. William says:

    Did this ‘online book club event’ actually happen? If it did, then what happened to my access info that was supposed to have been emailed me?

    I ask because I RSVP-registered twice for this event on the provided ‘Shindig.com’ site page (http://shindig.com/event/slowdemocracy), yet never received any info about it whatsoever. (I also regularly checked my spam folder.)

    Any insights?



    • It did happen, William, but I’m sorry to hear you never got an invitation from Shindig! I know some invitations did go out, since we had some people on the call. Sorry we missed you!

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