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Sandy and Polly’s Visit to Austin

Polly, Diane and Taylor –

Let’s use this page to keep track of my and Polly’s schedules in Austin. When you firm up something, use the comment field to submit it and I’ll edit the page. Hopefully this will help avoid confusion and overbooking!

Friday, February 22

4 pm – Sandy arrives in Austin around 4 pm, rents a car, and enjoys rush hour traffic on the way to the hotel

7 pm – Sandy drives over to Anoek’s house for the Central Texas Team social

Anoek and David Inbar’s – 6408 Cerro Cove, Austin. From Mopac take exit Far West (only one way). Go past the schools and shops, through residential area. Far West drops down a hill, at the bottom it turns a sharp right and becomes Ladera Norte. Take an immediate left (about a 100 yards) and enter Backtrail. Take the second right (not the first, which is Cedro Cove!) onto Cerro Cove. Go up the hill and dead end into their driveway. 512-502-8111

Saturday, February 23

morning – Sandy sleeps in (yea!)

1:00 pm – Lunch with Windy Lawrence at the hotel (discuss networking ideas)

3:00 pm – site tour of hotel space we’re using at the Austin Renaissance (open to everyone – meet near the front desk)

4-6 pm – meeting with Central TX team and anyone else who can join us at the conference hotel (Concho Room on the first floor the Austin Renaissance)

6:30 to whenever – dinner out with folks who attended the meeting

Sunday, February 24

morning – Sherry Lowry is taking Sandy to a mindfulness mediation center to meet Flint Sparks and Peg Syverson, who may offer some meditation at the conference on Sunday morning

3:30-5 pm – tentative meeting with the Program sub-team, focused on possible CenTX-focused workshops

6:00 pm – Sandy has dinner with Bob Luskin

evening – Polly arrives

Monday, February 25

9 am – Polly and Sandy will have breakfast with hotel event manager Alicia Lupert (Alicia.Lubert@renaissancehotels.com, 512-795-6004), then have a thorough tour of the space

1 pm – Polly and Sandy meet with Austin Logistics group (Mike, Rod, Anoek, Taylor and Sherry) at Trudy’s Texas Star (409 W. 30th Street)


6:30 – Sandy and Polly have dinner with all interested members of the Central TX Team

Tuesday, February 26

9 am – Breakfast with Diane, Mary Thompson (emmond@aol.com), Cathey Capers (cathey@realtime.net), Leilani Rose (lrose11@austin.rr.com), and Juli Fellows at Austin Java on 12th and Lamar

morning – looking for someone to take Polly and Sandy “on the town” to get a sense of Austin and see some cool things

Noon to 1:30 pm – Lunch at Blue Dalia Bistro, 1115 E. 11th St, with the following:

  • David Balch, United Way
  • Heather McKissick, Leadership Austin
  • Tom Spencer, Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (formerly PBS station KLRU)
  • Vanessa Sarria, Community Action Network (unconfirmed)
  • Jim Walker, Envision Central Texas (unconfirmed)
  • Diane Miller, Envision Central Texas
  • Tommy Darwin, University of Texas

3:30-5:00 pm – Sandy speaks to Patricia Wilson’s Participatory Methods Class at UT

5:00 – 5:45 – Meeting with various UT Reps who do civic engagement related work

6:30-8:00 pm – Sandy’s workshop at the United Way, “Matching the Process to the Problem,” on effectively choosing or designing D&D approaches that consider the important distinctions and commonalities among various approaches and where they land on the dialogue and deliberation continuum. United Way Capital Area, 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin.

Wednesday, February 27

AM – Polly leaves

8:30 – coffee with Sally Campbell (Director of Envision Central Texas)

10-11 a.m. – meeting with local leaders about possibilities for collaboration with the NCDD conference (October is National Community Planning month); bring examples of how D&D can be applied in neighborhood planning. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, 5th Floor (Corner of Barton Springs & South 1st. Behind Threadgills)

  • Margaret Valenti, Neighborhood Planner (Margaret is on the local NCDD planning team – although hasn’t been able to make a meeting) and she organized this meeting with Austin City staff)
  • Carol Haywood, Manager of Comprehensive Planning
  • Garner Stoll, Assistant Director of Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department
  • Sheila Balog, Facilitator with Neighborhood Planning Department
  • Mike Hockmueller, OD Training Consultant – works with the N’hood Planning Department

5 pm – drinks with Diane, Taylor, Debbie Brusette (United Way)

6:30 pm – tentative dinner with Outreach/Communication sub-team

Thursday, February 28

AM – Sandy leaves

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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. Diane Miller says:

    Tues. Feb. 26 meeting with ED’s of austin area groups is set for 2:00 p.m.

    Patricia will look at 5 pm on Feb. 25 or 5 pm on Feb. 26 for UT meeting.

  2. Polly Riddims says:

    Looks great, do you need me to contact hotel staff or have you done that to arrange things for Monday and Tuesday. I’d love to meet the TX folks and attend any other meetings with you.
    looking forward to meeting everyone – I’m very excited about this conference this year….

  3. Polly Riddims says:

    This looks great. let me know Sandy if you need me to contact hotel or anything about schedules.
    Looking forward to meeting everyone and getting involved again.

  4. I’ve contacted the hotel, Polly, and made arrangements for our meetings and tours (and breakfast on the 25th).

  5. Sandy,

    I will be doing a mini-training for a group of parents and students who want to do forums on Closing the Achievement Gaps on Saturday morning (23rd) if you would like to attend.

    Also, I will try to set up appt with Betty Sue Flowers close to time you will be on UT campus with Patricia.

    I’m keeping the week open as much as possible to spend time with you. Just let me know when you need me. Booked on Thursday evening, but mostly open.

    Y’all come on down, ya hear?!

    Texas Taylor

  6. Diane Miller says:

    Margaret Valenti is setting up a time for you to meet with some city of Austin folks from 10-11 on Feb. 27 – more details to follow.

    Also, looking more like lunch on Feb. 26 (probably noon to 1:20) rather than 2 pm.

    United Way is proposing 6-7:30 pm on Feb. 26 for streams workshop (didn't want to do daytime) and I'm hoping Patricia can get the UT meeting to happen at 5 pm on Feb. 25 instead of 26.

  7. Diane Miller says:

    OKAY! Here's the latest. Lunch on 26th with ED's is noon and we'll just take whoever can make it to that one. Then Patricia would like Sandy to present to her participatory methods class at 3:30 on the 26th. Then the UT meeting at 5:00 on the 26th. Then we hustle you out of there over to united way for (hopefully!) a 6:30 presentation on the D&D streams. Then you collapse into bed!

  8. Diane Miller says:

    Just to be sure you know, Sandy, we're going to go to meet with Patricia and Jen on Tues. the 26th at 2:00 so we can talk about Jen's project and some more thoughts on conference design.

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