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NCDD 2014: Lots of things to get excited about!

If you haven’t yet registered for the NCDD conference (Oct 17-19 in Reston, VA), now’s the time to do it! The late rate goes into effect next Wednesday, and registration will be $550 rather than $450.

NCDD2012-wFranKorten-borderIt’s looking like we’ll reach our goal of 400 attendees (yay!), but we still a few spots open, and maybe one of them has your name on it. 😉

But here’s an added incentive to register now.  You can enter the promo code “25percentoff” at registration to save over $110 on the regular registration rate. This code is only good for 15 uses, so use it asap at www.ncdd2014.eventbrite.com!

As those who have attended know, the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is one of the very best places you can connect with top leaders and emerging leaders in public engagement and group process work, learn about the latest and greatest things that are happening in our field, AND have a lot of fun doing it.

Christine Whitney Sanchez had this to say about the last NCDD conference:

“Where else can you collide with social entrepreneurs, scientists, journalists, film-makers, business owners, academics, artists, students, engineers, actors, electeds, consultants, nonprofit leaders, public servants, graphic recorders, techies, videographers, philosophers, lawyers, executives and more who are also agents of transformation?”

NCDD conferences only happen every two years, so you don’t want to wait for the next one!

There are so many things to get excited about this year — here are just a few…

  • The schedule is just amazing. On the first day of the conference, for instance, you’ll participate in a fun collaborative network mapping process that builds on the mapping project we’ve been doing over the past few months in conjunction with leading organizations in the field and 10 awesome graphic recorders.
  • Photo from a working group forming at the 2006 NCDD conferenceYou’ll get to hear from some incredible leaders in D&D, including plenary speakers David Mathews (president of the Kettering Foundation) and Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service.
  • Our gamification panelists include Josh Lerner, Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project, among other greats. And our “short talks” presenters include field leaders like Carolyn Lukensmeyer, John Gastil, Tyrone Reitman, Sen. Les Ihara and Peggy Holman.
  • The session selection will leave you wishing you could clone yourself. The workshops cover topics like collective impact, working effectively with public officials, restorative justice, a deliberation “boot camp,” slam poetry for justice, strategies for developing effective university-community partnerships for engagement, how to use visuals to engage communities, participatory budgeting, how technology like texting and engagement tools are advancing this work, facilitating with grace while under fire, how Oregon is creating a statewide infrastructure for civic engagement, lots of inspiring case studies, and so much more!
  • We’ve got awesome field trips that are already filling up, a mentorship and scholarship program for young leaders, and lots of opportunities for networking.
  • Our Emcees, John Gastil and Susanna Haas Lyons, are absolutely top notch.
  • Our Showcase event during Friday’s evening reception will blow your mind, introducing you, at your own pace, to 25 incredibly useful online tools, resources, D&D methods, and other opportunities–and the leaders behind them.
  • We’ll even have a media room, where our videographer will be making clips of you FOR YOU to put on your site (so think about what you might want to say about your great work) and our photographer will be taking professional headshots you can use to beef up your image (both free!). We think these perks will be a great benefit to both our attendees and our field.
  • And we’ll be screening the not-yet-released film “Bring It To The Table” on Saturday night starting at 8:30 pm. Filmmaker Julie Winokur traveled across the country with a small star-spangled table, inviting people to sit down and share the roots of their political beliefs. You’ll have the chance to talk with Julie about her journey.
  • Our attendees are high calibur, accomplished, and frankly, an exciting bunch of public engagement professionals, students, funders, scholars, technologists, public administrators, artists and activists. You can scan all 370+ who have registered so far at www.ncdd2014.eventbrite.com (click “show more” a couple times to see them all).

I could go on, but I think you have the idea. The NCDD conference is truly a must-attend event for people involved in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement work. I think our team has put together quite the event for you, and we look forward to seeing all of you soon!

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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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