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RFP’s for NCDD Boston Event – From Polarization to Problem Solving

The Boston planning team is looking for a few more good cases, tools and questions for the New England regional event at UMass Boston on October 29th.  If you’re planning on joining us at the event, please consider what you might be able to contribute (and don’t forget to register!)…

Early in the planning stages, the Planning Team for the NCDD 2010 Boston event, From Polarization to Problem Solving, reviewed all responses to the pre-meeting survey NCDD sent out to the network. Based on your input, the Boston team is designing a meeting filled with practical information, real cases, and the ability to work with others on real issues. There will be three sections of the meeting where we will work in smaller groups: a Case Analysis Breakout for in-depth discussion of completed cases; a Marketplace for exchanging information on specific tools, techniques, and services; and a Workspace where we will work on (1) key issues and (2) “live cases” or scenarios with actual “clients.”

In order to offer the widest range of powerful learning opportunities within these categories, the team is putting out a call for ideas and leaders for each of these sections. Please read the descriptions below and click on the headers to download the forms. If you have something you would like to offer for one or more of these sessions, please fill out and submit the appropriate form to Courtney Breese (courtney.breese@umb.edu) and Barbara Simonetti (bsimonetti@comcast.net) no later than 5:00pm next Monday, October 4.

  • Case Analysis Breakout: Completed Cases – stories of public engagement work that has been completed or is significantly along. We will be presenting the cases interactively. Please complete the “Case Analysis Breakout – Completed Case” form.
  • Workspace: Scenarios or “Live” cases – situations where the work is in the assessment or planning phases and that can be worked on during the meeting. (Public officials especially are invited to bring a situation to the meeting that could be worked on by attendees during the meeting.) Please complete the “Workspace – Live Cases” form.
  • Workspace: Key Issues or Questions – Burning questions or issues in the realm of public engagement that could be worked on by participants during the meeting. Please complete the “Workspace – Key Issues” form.
  • Marketplace: Tools, techniques or services that you would like to showcase and that you think participants will want to learn about. Please complete the “Marketplace” form.

If you have any questions regarding these forms, please contact Courtney at Courtney.breese@umb.edu or 617-287-4046.

Learn more about the Boston event, our sponsors, our planning team, and more at www.ncdd.org/boston2010.

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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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