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Tour of NCDD’s Field Mapping Project

In the months leading up to the 2014 NCDD conference, NCDD conducted a unique field mapping project as part of our collaboration with the Kettering Foundation. The project capitalized on the fact that the conference would bring together more than 400 leaders and emerging leaders in the dialogue & deliberation community, many of whom are interested in finding new ways to collaborate across organizations and sectors to have a greater impact.

NCDD2014-GR-Team-PhotoWe had conference planning team member Kathryn Thomson (of LeaderMind Consulting and Ethelo Decisions) conduct interviews of 10 highly collaborative organizations/networks involved in NCDD. Graphic recorders participated in the calls, and then mapped out what they heard on large mural-size paper so conference attendees could learn about each organization’s ecosystem of work and partnerships, and aspirations for the future. (This phase of the project is described here.)

At the conference, our 10-person graphic recording team (led by the amazing Stephanie Brown) created a gorgeous “Field Map” during the conference. The field map was informed by:

  1. The 10 network maps described above, which visually mapped out the work and networks of 10 highly collaborative organizations in the NCDD community
  2. A table mapping activity we conducted on the first day of the conference that asked people the same three questions we asked for the organizational maps, about their work, their partners, and who they’d like to work with in the future. We called the activity a “Mapping Cafe,” as it was inspired by the World Cafe process.
  3. Input from NCDD 2014 attendees and staff while the map was being created at the conference.

Check out the album I’ve added to our Facebook page about the mapping project. It walks you through all the gorgeous artwork, describes each element of the project, and links to the artists and organizations involved. Click on the photos in the album to see the additional info.

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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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