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A Resounding “Thank You” to Andy Fluke

NCDD Co-Founder Andy Fluke’s role as Creative Director is coming to a close in July. While many of you know Andy, you might not realize the scale of the contribution he has made over the years. It’s a story well worth telling.

Andy-pumpkin-borderAs creative director, Andy has been the graphic design force behind our website and publications, quietly anchoring NCDD’s infrastructure and fostering its growth for the past 12 years.  He may be best known for developing the website from a handful of pages to what it is today: a 6,000-page compendium widely regarded as the leading source for news and resources in the field. In NCDD’s first 12 years, Andy redesigned and expanded the website four times, in response to the needs of our community and the growth of the organization.

His first love has always been graphic design, a skill he learned in his father’s printing business and wielded to create the conference guidebooks, reports, signage, infographics, and other NCDD materials that have drawn praise from professionals throughout the dialogue and deliberation community.

To focus only on Andy’s creative skills, however, would be to miss the myriad other ways he has helped to shape NCDD since its founding in 2002. As co-founder, he played a critical role as sounding board and thinking partner for Sandy over the years. His contributions to NCDD’s day-to-day operations have also been significant: he has assisted with office tasks, written and edited content for the website, helped behind the scenes at NCDD’s events, maintained the staff’s computers, and much more.

AndyOnRock-borderAbove all, Andy has been essential as a problem solver, stepping into new responsibilities and mastering new skills on the fly. “There is no accomplishment that I’m more proud of than my overall ability to solve problems and create opportunities with little or no financial investment,” he said. “In every task, I’ve dedicated myself to seeking the most cost-efficient and productive ways to make things happen for NCDD.”

This ability has been indispensable to NCDD’s success. When Sandy and Andy co-founded NCDD in 2002 after running the first National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation, planning conferences and running organizations were new territory for them. NCDD has always been a lean operation, and the desire to do as much as possible for NCDD members required them to be thoughtful, frugal, and clever when attempting anything new, especially online.

As Andy moves into the next phase of his career, we know that his resourcefulness and “keep it simple” approach will serve organizations well for years to come. At the same time, as Andy says, “I look forward to acting as an ambassador for the fantastic work that NCDD continues to do and continuing to support the dialogue and deliberation community.”

Andy will continue offering his skill and experience to the dialogue and deliberation community and is available to consult on or engage in any publication or internet design projects. His personal email address is afluke@gmail.com and you can also learn more about him at andyfluke.com.

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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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  1. Susan Partnow says:

    We will miss you Andy! Thanks for the heart, soul and creativity you have
    brought over the years. May your next journey be fulfilling!

    Susan Partnow
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    Co-Founder, Seattle Restorative Justice
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