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Save the Date: NCDD 2016 is set for Oct 14-16 in Boston!

It’s time to mark your calendars for the highly anticipated 2016 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation! We’re excited to announce that our next national conference will take place in the Boston area this October 14-16.


Our conferences only come around every two years, and you won’t want to miss this one! Just last night, someone told me they’ve never had more fun at a conference than at the last NCDD conference. But NCDD conferences aren’t just about having fun and enjoying the company of our field’s movers and shakers. They’re about forming new partnerships, strategizing together about how we can tackle our field’s greatest challenges, showcasing some of the coolest arts, technologies, and methods for public engagement — and so much more.

If you haven’t attended an NCDD conference yet, watch our highlight video by Keith Harrington of Shoestring Videos to get a sense of the energy and content of the last national conference…

We can’t wait to see you this October!  I’m particularly looking forward to holding a conference in my new backyard (yay Boston!), and working closely with our local planning team. We’ll be holding the conference at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel & Conference Center.

yardsign_300pxKeep an eye out for registration, a call for volunteers for the planning team, and of course efforts to engage the broader NCDD community around conference content and theming. The call for workshop proposals will be distributed in a couple of months, but it’s never too soon to start thinking about what you’d like to present about and who you’d like to present with.

Please share this post widely in your networks! Building on a 14-year legacy of popular, well-loved events, NCDD 2016 will be our 7th National Conference and just the latest of many events, programs and gatherings that NCDD has hosted since we formed in 2002.

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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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  1. Judith Oleson says:

    Hello – do you have a call for papers or workshops for folks to present?

    Do you need to be a member to submit a proposal? I have been considering joining anyway!

    Thank you!! Judith

    • Hi, Judith! We will have a workshop application out soon. You don’t need to be a member to submit a proposal. We highly encourage people to collaborate across organizations on proposals, though, and it’s easy to connect with others on the NCDD Discussion list (our busy listserv – also not exclusive to members only). At the last conference, we didn’t end up offering any workshops that had only one presenter, if that gives you a sense of how much we encourage collaboration in our workshops. Glad you’ll be joining us this October, Judith!

  2. Eric says:

    When will registration cost information and other details be available? Very interested in attending, but trying to plan out my office budget for the year.

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