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Join us for our Feb 19th Confab on Newcomers, Latecomers, and Disrupters

Join us on Thursday, February 19th from 12-1:30pm Eastern (9-10:30am Pacific) for NCDD’s next “Confab Call.” Register today to secure your spot!

On this Confab, we will be tackling the issue of working with newcomers, latecomers, and disrupters:  strategies for sustainable and productive engagement.Confab bubble image

Practitioners managing public engagement processes that run over months or years are often challenged by newcomers, late-comers, and disruptors:

  • The newly elected official who wants to have her say.
  • The neighborhood resident who finally gets involved when the bulldozers arrive on his block.
  • The activists who’ve been carefully biding their time and now hope to derail proceedings because “they were not consulted.”

How can you plan for their arrival?

This Confab will be led by NCDD members Sarah Read and Christoph Berendes. For more than 25 years, Sarah has designed collaborative processes to resolve regulatory issues, facilitated community dialogues, and led visioning and strategic planning efforts for a variety of organizations.  Chris was a project manager for online public engagement efforts for the Office of the Vice President and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the early days of the Web and has advised the Kettering Foundation, AmericaSpeaks, and the Democracy Fund on the use of social media to foster public engagement.

Using scenarios to illustrate the possibilities, Sarah and Chris will describe structures they’ve used for these kinds of challenges– on-ramps, off-ramps, and connectors — and the process elements that affect success — managing expectations, building and sharing knowledge (process and substance), setting boundaries, incorporating new information and ideas, evaluation and “flexibility,” and “harvesting as you go along.” They will also demonstrate simple web tools that can help, such as blog tags, maps, project timelines, charts, and trackers.

Participants will be able to share questions and examples of these challenges in advance and during the Confab.

NCDD’s “Confab Calls” are opportunities for members [and potential members] of NCDD to talk with and hear from innovators in our field about the work they’re doing, and to connect with each fellow members around shared interests. Membership in NCDD is encouraged but not required for participation. Register today if you’d like to join us.

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Courtney Breese
Courtney Breese is the Executive Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). She has a B.A. in Social Work and Counseling from Franklin Pierce University, where she was introduced to dialogue & deliberation.

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