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Save the Date for this Year's C2D2 Conference

C2D2 logoWrite this in your calendars, folks!  Our sister organization, the Canadian Community for Dialogue & Deliberation (C2D2), is holding their 2009 conference in Toronto (Ontario, Canada) October 22nd through 25th. This will be the third biennial C2D2 conference, and C2D2 is partnering with Toronto Community Housing this year.

The conference is an opportunity for sharing experiences, ideas, and research on how collaborative action, planning, problem solving, decision-making and conflict resolution can be empowered through constructive group conversations.

Who:

* You: group facilitators, stakeholder engagement consultants, social innovators, participatory governance advocates, social activists, community developers, students, teachers, researchers, HR professionals, and all people who aim to promote dialogue and deliberation in order to make change within their organizations, neighbourhoods, cities and world!
* Not the Usual Suspects: We believe that diversity is critical to a really good conversation. So we will be working especially hard to bring both the usual people and an unusual range of people with different experiences, ideas, backgrounds, and hopes to the table to talk.
* And your hosts: The Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) and Toronto Community Housing are excited to partner to bring you this conference. C2D2’s mission is to engage people from all sectors in conversations and collaborative action in support of what really matters to them and to their communities. With over 165 000 tenants, Toronto Community Housing is the largest social landlord in Canada and second largest in North America, with operating principles founded in collaborative governance. A partnership between these two offers an incredible opportunity for sharing promising practices and learning – researchers, practitioners and policy people will see the effective application of dialogue as it unfolds in communities across the City of Toronto, across the nation, and internationally.

What:

* A conference: Through a series of workshops, discussions, presentations, creative activities, in the formal conference venue and in the community at a variety of sites, participants will build a broader understanding and experience of the power of dialogue and deliberation to bring about change.
* A conversation: At the core of the conference is conversation. Participants will not only be talking about dialogue and deliberation, they will be engaging in it. Opportunities will abound for talking to those engaged in similar work, and also those who approach dialogue and deliberation from an entirely different perspective.
* An experience: Throughout the serious business of talking and making change, there will be all sorts of creative, playful experiences brought to you by the participants themselves. Prepare yourself to instigate and engage in all sorts of fun and festivities. We plan on having a great time!

Where:

* Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

* Not the Usual Locations: To set the tone of community, the conference kick-off will be held at The Artscape Wychwood Barns, the historic streetcar repair barns that have been transformed into a multifaceted community centre where arts and culture, environmental leadership, heritage preservation, urban agriculture and affordable housing are brought together to foster a strong sense of community. The conference base will be at the University of Toronto Conference Centre in the heart of downtown Toronto. Not to limit ourselves and to energize and inform the conversations and ideas, the conference program will include workshops, talks, and experiences to be held in communities across Toronto.

When:

* Thursday October 22 to Sunday October 25

Visit www.c2d2.ca for more details on the 2009 C2D2 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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