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New Haven, Conn., residents work to create a "culture of dialogue"

Thought I’d reblog this November 12th post from the blog of Everyday Democracy, an NCDD organizational member, given its relevance to our recent discussions on the NCDD listserv on racism and on building a culture of dialogue…

Community Mediation, Inc., took the lead on a city-wide effort aimed to create a “culture of dialogue,” neighborhood by neighborhood in New Haven, Conn. They hoped to generate a sense of shared ownership and accountability among New Haven residents. Action teams from these dialogues focus on a variety of issues including building relations between neighborhoods, improving literacy of immigrant populations, and listening to the concerns of youth.

New Haven was one of eight communities that took part in “Communities Creating Racial Equity,” an initiative by Everyday Democracy to help communities deepen and sustain community change on issues around racial equity.

View the associated video on YouTube here.

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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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