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Telling Our Stories: Featured Entries to NCDD’s Dialogue Storytelling Tool

NCDD has been experimenting with collecting examples of dialogue and deliberation projects through the “Dialogue Storytelling Tool” we launched last summer at www.ncdd.org/storytelling-tool.

SuccessStoriesCoverIn partnership with the Kettering Foundation, we’ve been gathering brief case studies and project descriptions from dialogue and deliberation practitioners. Today we’re releasing a 19-page report that shares some of the best entries we’ve received so far.

Please check it out, share it widely, and add your stories today!

Some of the projects you’ll learn about in the doc are UrbanMatters, Migrant Farmworkers Reading Project, the Oregon Citizens Initiative Review, the Palestinian-Jewish Living Room Dialogue, Engaging in Aging, and more.

It has always been more challenging to collect case examples of projects than to get people to share information on their organization, method, or fee-based programs like upcoming trainings. Our strategy with the Dialogue Storytelling Tool is to keep the tool as simple as possible, and to emphasize the convenience of filling out a simple form in order to share your work with Kettering, with Participedia, and on the NCDD blog.

These are the only required fields in the form:

  • Name and email
  • Title of program
  • Short description
  • Your role in the project

All additional fields are optional!  We encourage NCDD members to get in the habit of submitting the basics of all your projects on the tool. We’ll create publications like this one featuring your stories, share them with our friends at Kettering and Participedia, and we hope to eventually feature them on a map of projects.

NCDD members are busy, and we know it’s difficult to find the time to tell people about all your great projects. The Dialogue Storytelling Tool makes it easy to report on your dialogue and deliberation projects and events, and let NCDD help spread the word.

Kettering, Participedia, and NCDD are all interested in what you’ve got going on, and may follow up with you to learn more about your work.

Look for this image in the sidebar on the NCDD site whenever you have a moment to share your project’s story:


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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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