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Buzz on yesterday's NCDD events in Cupertino, CA and Boston, MA

It’s been a long 3 days, but Andy and I are back home.  The Boston NCDD event was wonderful yesterday, and attendees had these things to say at the event:

  • “This may be the best conference I’ve ever attended.”
  • “The people and conversations here have been amazing!”
  • “You guys really know how to do this.”

Many people told me they were energized by the event, and reminded why the work we do in this field is so important.  I feel the same way having experienced the Boston event:  completely energized and reminded why I put in the long hours.

I’ve been hearing great buzz about yesterday’s NorCal NCDD event in Cupertino, too — Boston and NorCal were both on Friday, and it broke my heart that I couldn’t attend both.

Here’s some of what attendee Craig Paterson sent to his email list last night in reflection:

Today was a very good day! I attended the Northern California gathering of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) in Cupertino, CA. No surprise…it was very well planned and facilitated! The theme for the session was “Making Tough Decisions…Together”…focusing on our natural professional partnerships with city and county administrators where budget shortfalls are causing significant adjustments and turmoil. It wasn’t a good day because of all the turmoil in our current fiscal crisis…it was a good day because once again I was totally impressed with the commitment and capabilities of these NCDD professionals and government administrators.

Credit for designing these smashing events goes to our local planning teams, with a special shout-out to superstars Peg Carlson-Bowen and Jennifer Mair in NorCal and Courtney Breese and Barbara Simonetti in Boston.  More props and kudos to come, for these folks and many others.

Of course, if you’re in Texas or in the Cascadia region, don’t forget to register for the Austin event next Friday (Nov 5) and the Portland event the following Saturday (Nov 13) if you haven’t already.  We’ll easily have over 150 people at each of those events, and you won’t want to miss out.  I’ll be attending both, so I look forward to seeing many of you there!

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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. John Backman says:

    Sandy, I'll second everything you said about the Boston event, including the stellar and persistent effort by Courtney and Barbara. There was a tremendous amount of energy in the room, produced by a group of very intelligent and insightful people. I couldn't have enjoyed myself more. Thanks to you and everyone for making it happen.

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