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Register today for May’s Tech Tuesday on Ethelo

Note: The archive of this Tech Tuesday is up at www.ncdd.org/15430.

I’m excited to announce our May “Tech Tuesday” event, which will be hosted by NCDD sustaining member Kathyrn Thomson and her colleagues at Ethelo Decisions, on Tuesday, May 27th, from 1:00 – 2:30pm Eastern (10 – 11:30am Pacific).


Set your calendars, and register today to secure your spot!

I’ve been spending some time with the tool and getting to know the team, and I must say I feel this tool has a lot of potential for the kind of things we tend to think of as only being possible with face-to-face deliberation, like framing issues and weighing all the options. This is very well worth a look.

The team at Ethelo has been grappling with one of the questions we at NCDD ask ourselves too: How do we meaningfully, authentically weave dialogic processes into an online space?

Ethelo’s leadership, an impressive group of designers, programmers, and communications professionals, have been working for the past several years to create Ethelo–a software tool that they believe is a radical new way of understanding decision making.

The team behind Ethelo Decisions believes that the human capacity for dialogue is a fundamental evolutionary need. Their software offers a way of weaving the in-person experience of dialogue and deliberation into an online platform that allows the deliberative process to continue and helps people weigh the issues, options and values behind their thinking and deciding. Ethelo’s data processing algorithm is designed to promote group harmony by finding and ranking outcomes that optimize satisfaction and minimize the resistance due to unfairness and polarization. It can be used for corporate board decisions, large scale community stakeholder engagement and for any process where you have complex, contentious issues and need people’s input to provide a solid, inclusive way to move forward on the issue.

Ethelo will be offering the NCDD community the chance to learn more about how their platform works on the May 27th Tech Tuesday, and we have extended the time a little to make sure there’s enough time for your questions, thoughts, ideas and feedback. Ethelo will also be presenting the NCDD network with a Beta version of a new tool they are developing for moderators, so stay tuned for news about that!

Ethelo from Ethelo Decisions on Vimeo.

Also – be sure to sign up for our April 22nd Tech Tuesday on PlaceSpeak as well!

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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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