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Primary Challenges Facing the D&D Community

At NCDD’s first three national conferences, seven major challenges emerged as priorities for the dialogue and deliberation community to address. At our fourth NCDD conference in Austin, we hope to tackle the first five of these challenges (A through E) in creative, collaborative ways.

What do you think of these challenge areas? Feel free to add your thoughts and ideas using the comment field.

Challenge A: Making D&D Integral to our Systems

Rooting the values and practices of D&D in our public and private systems (government, schools, organizations, etc.) so that using more democratic methods of involving people, making decisions and solving problems can happen more naturally and more easily in such systems.

Challenge B: Framing this Work in an Accessible Way

Articulating the importance of this work to those beyond our immediate community (making D&D compelling to people of all income levels, education levels, and political perspectives, etc.) – and helping equip members of the D&D community to talk about this work in an accessible, effective way.

Challenge C: Demonstrating that D&D Works

Demonstrating to power-holders (public officials, funders, CEOs) that D&D really does work, and creating/propagating quality evaluation tools for practitioners to use that can feed into research. In the private sector, demonstrating how D&D contributes to the bottom line.

Challenge D: D&D to Action and Policy Change

Strengthening the link between D&D and community action and policy change.

Challenge E: Walking Our Talk

Addressing issues of oppression and bias within the D&D community – and effectively using D&D to address these issues throughout society.

The next two challenges emerged at past NCDD conferences as well, but we chose to focus on the 5 above at NCDD Austin because they seem to be the most pressing.

Challenge F: Regional D&D Networks

Fostering the development of regional D&D networks and gatherings.

Challenge G: International Connections

Finding ways to readily learn from what D&D innovators outside of the U.S. are doing.

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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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