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It’s a Great Time to Join NCDD

The NCDD Board of Directors is reaching out to the NCDD community with the following message…

There is so much to talk about in America – gun violence, racism, healthcare, climate change, same sex marriage, voting rights, the shrinking middle class, presidential campaigns. Now more than ever, Americans need to be able to talk and act together to solve our most pressing problems.

NCDD plays a unique and important role in supporting and accelerating the work of practitioners and the public in building democratic capacity. Our strength and ongoing success depends on the active involvement and support of our members. We hope you will take a moment today to join NCDD, and if already a member, increase your show of support by becoming a dues-paying member.


Here’s a taste of the meaningful work NCDD is currently doing:

  • Convening meetings across the country bringing together NCDD members with staff members of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service
  • Hosting regular “Confab Calls” and “Tech Tuesdays” to help NCDD members stay current with the latest innovations in our rapidly growing field
  • Curating our field’s most important news and resources on our rich website
  • Developing an innovative leadership program in partnership with Penn State that matches students with deliberative democracy organizations for valuable fellowships

By becoming an NCDD Member, you’re not only expressing your support for the value NCDD offers you, but for our collective work in fostering a living, thriving democracy. Everyone who joins is entitled to the benefits of membership, and those who pay dues are eligible for additional benefits.

Here are some actions you can take:

  • If you’re not already a member, please join!
  • If your membership dues have lapsed, please renew and get your dues up-to-date. Check on our Member Map & Directory to see the status of your membership.
  • If you previously joined as a non-dues member, consider upgrading to Supporting Member status for $75.
  • If you’d like to increase your support, please become a Sustaining Member for $150.
  • If you’d like to make a donation to NCDD, you can do that too (we are a 501c3 after all!).

In these challenging, exciting and unpredictable times, we are more committed than ever to help increase the practice of democratic skills that will benefit us all. We need each one of you to help make that possible. Please take a few moments today to add your support.

Thank you!


The NCDD Board of Directors

Barbara Simonetti, Chair
Marla Crockett, Immediate Past Chair
John Backman, Treasurer
Diane Miller, Secretary
Martin Carcasson
Susan Stuart Clark

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Roshan Bliss
An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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