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Have you found an innovative way to address one of our field’s major challenges, like moving from D&D to action or policy change, or embedding D&D in organizations, schools, or government?  Have you addressed a specific issue area, like climate change, racism, political polarization, or gentrification in an innovative way?

If so, we invite you to submit a description of your innovative project, program or strategy. We’ll select the most compelling “innovations” and match them up according to the challenge area or issue they address – then we’ll help you work with two or three others to collaboratively plan a dynamic workshop (concurrent session) on that challenge area. This is our way of encouraging innovators in D&D to share “lessons learned” around specific areas of interest to conference participants – rather than walking them through every step of a project or methodology.

If your innovation is selected, we will put you in touch with two or three others who have been selected, and whose innovative projects, programs or strategies fall under the same challenge area or issue as yours. We’ll then ask your new group to collaboratively plan an interactive 2-hour concurrent session, or workshop, aimed at helping conference participants learn new ways to address challenges they commonly face.

Members of the conference planning team will help you with this process as needed, but we don’t want to hinder your creativity with too many guidelines. Your session could be highly experiential, it could focus on presenting “success stories,” or utilize any format that you think would be most valuable in engaging people around these issues.

This is an opportunity to (1) present a session at NCDD Austin even if you don’t have a full workshop’s worth of material and activities, (2) participate in a collaborative exploration of successful approaches to addressing challenging issues, and (3) meet and work with other pioneers in this work who share your interests.

Here are some of the issues and challenge areas we are seeking “Innovations” for…

  • Embedding D&D in systems like schools, organizations, and government
  • Framing this work in a way that is accessible and compelling to those beyond our immediate community
  • Demonstrating to power-holders (public officials, funders, CEOs) that D&D works
  • Creating/disseminating quality evaluation tools, the results of which can feed into research
  • Demonstrating how D&D contributes to the bottom line in the private sector
  • Strengthening the link between D&D and community action and/or policy change
  • Addressing issues of oppression and bias within the D&D community
  • Fostering the development of regional D&D networks and gatherings
  • Learning from what D&D innovators outside of the U.S. are doing
  • Using D&D to tackle timely issues like climate change, health care and the energy crisis
  • Using D&D to tackle group and identity-related issues like racism, heterosexism, interfaith conflict, and class-related issues like gentrification
  • Helping practitioners identify how, when and why to integrate multiple D&D processes and practices

Although the deadline for submitting Innovations is May 17th, the Innovation groups that are formed after the deadline will have two months to plan their collaborative workshop.

Have additional questions? Email them to Sandy Heierbacher at sandy@thataway.org.

Andy Fluke
Andy Fluke is the co-founder of NCDD and currently provides creative support to many of NCDD's publications and events. He also works with a handful of other NCDD members on a variety of projects as consultant and designer. More about his work can be found at www.andyfluke.com.

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