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Email Templates for Publicizing the 2008 Conference

Please Note:  The following information dates back to the planning stage of our wonderful 2008 event in Austin, TX.  We’ve kept it on our website for reference.  Most links, specifically those with the domain “thataway.org” will no longer work. You can learn more about our Austin events at www.ncdd.org/events/ncdd2008 or www.ncdd.org/events/ncdd2010/austin.


Below are a bunch of different email “templates” you can use to help get the word out about the conference. Just pick the one that works best for the person, group, listserv, etc. you’re reaching out to, copy it (control-C or apple-C) and paste it into your email program (control-V or apple-V).

If your email program allows it, feel free to also paste the pictures at the bottom of the page into your message. And certainly use one of these pictures and/or the NCDD logo in blog posts, e-newsletters, print newsletters, etc.

Also – a bunch of other ideas for getting the word out about the conference, like distributing postcards and Moo cards, are posted at www.thataway.org/events/?p=67. And a banner and two smaller images for the conference are posted at www.thataway.org/events/?p=143.

Super-Short Blurb (for blogs, print newsletters, etc.)

Note: We want to encourage our sponsors, partners, planning team members, NCDD members, and other supporters to post a blurb about the conference on their websites. Whenever possible, the NCDD logo should be posted as well (right-click on the logo for its link).

Announcing the 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

NCDD LogoNCDD 2008 will take place October 3-5 in Austin, Texas, with a day of excellent pre-conference trainings on the 2nd. If you are dedicated to solving problems through honest talk, quality thinking, and collaborative action, this gathering is for you! For more info about the conference, to register, or to apply to present a session, visit www.thataway.org/events.

Short Announcement (for blogs, print newsletters, etc.)

Note: You can leave out “You can also…” and the list at the end if shorter is better.

Are you dedicated to solving tough problems through honest talk, quality thinking and collaborative action? Come join hundreds of others who believe that better communication is the key to solving many of the biggest problems facing our organizations, communities, and societies.

Join us October 3-5, 2008 in Austin, Texas for the fourth National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation: Creating Cultures of Collaboration.

NCDD’s dynamic conferences bring together leaders and future leaders in public engagement, conflict resolution and related fields to share resources and strategies, build lasting relationships, increase the visibility and effectiveness of their work, tackle challenges we face, and initiate collaborative projects. Many people who have attended NCDD conferences say they’re the best conferences they’ve ever attended.

For more details, go to www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=6 or email ncdd@thataway.org. You can also…

– Learn more about registration (only $375!) at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=136
– Read about the fabulous pre-conference workshops on October 2nd at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=87
– Look over dozens of quotes from conference participants at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=13
– Learn more about dialogue & deliberation in general, or what NCDD has to offer, at www.thataway.org/?page_id=491

Hope to see you in Austin!

Short Invitation (for email, online newsletters, etc.)

Note: You can leave out “You can also…” and the list at the end if shorter is better.

You are invited to attend the fourth National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation.

The 2008 NCDD conference will take place October 3-5 in Austin, Texas, with some fantastic pre-conference trainings on Thursday, October 2nd. If you are dedicated to solving problems through honest talk, quality thinking and collaborative action, this gathering is for you!

NCDD’s dynamic conferences bring together leaders and future leaders in public engagement, conflict resolution and related fields to share resources and strategies, build lasting relationships, increase the visibility and effectiveness of their work, tackle challenges we face, and initiate collaborative projects. Many people who have attended NCDD conferences have told us they’re the best conferences they’ve ever attended.

Practitioners, scholars, trainers, consultants, artists, activists, educators, and students will enjoy a one-of-a-kind gathering, with ample time for networking, learning, hearing from some of the key leaders in the field (including Bill Isaacs, Frances Moore Lappe, and Carolyn Lukensmeyer), and (of course!) engaging in dialogue and deliberation.

For more details, go to www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=6 or email ncdd@thataway.org. You can also…

– Learn more about registration (only $375!) at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=136
– Read about the fabulous pre-conference workshops we’re offering on October 2nd at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=87
– Look over dozens of quotes from conference participants at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=13
– Learn more about dialogue & deliberation in general, or what NCDD has to offer, at www.thataway.org/?page_id=491

Hope to see you in Austin!

Long Announcement (for listservs related to D&D, emailing to your networks and colleagues, etc.)

Note: Only use segments of this longer announcement if you think it’s too long for the audience you’re sending it to (when in doubt, cut some stuff out). I’m also including a short introduction, which I recommend you include when emailing a longer announcement.

Join us at the 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation!

Deep divisions in society show a pressing need for better communication, collaborative action, and smarter decisions. NCDD’s high-energy, highly participatory, affordable conferences bring together those who practice, hone and champion the “arts of democracy” that enable us to work together to make our relationships, our communities, and our world more aligned with our hopes and values.

The 2008 conference will draw practitioners, scholars, public leaders, trainers, artists, activists, teachers, and students from across this critically important field. Join us October 3-5 in Austin, Texas for our fourth National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation!

What is an NCDD Conference Like?

NCDD conferences are chock-full of opportunities to network with colleagues, experience innovative group methods first-hand, share learnings, hear from leaders in the field (including Bill Isaacs, Frances Moore Lappe, and Carolyn Lukensmeyer), and explore key issues together. Our conferences are not your typical panel/keynote-riddled conventions that leave you wandering the lobby. Some people say they’ve never attended better conferences.

At NCDD Austin, you can expect…

  • Highly participatory plenary sessions that allow you to experience large-group dialogue and deliberation methods while enabling the community to explore issues relevant to the field
  • Quality workshops where you focus on the issues, challenges, and questions most relevant to your work
  • Numerous opportunities to experience how the arts (graphic, performing, etc.) can enhance dialogue and deliberation
  • Formal, informal, and self-organized opportunities to network and develop relationships with others who do this work
  • Opportunities to learn from and be inspired by established leaders in the field, innovative local initiatives, young people who are enthusiastic about this work, and more.

Here is what Dave Joseph, Director of Project Development at the Public Conversations Project, wrote to us after he attended the last NCDD conference:

“I have gone to many, many, many conferences over the past 30 years. NCDD was by far the best conference I have ever attended. It was 100% isomorphic and congruent with our practices, with a focus on developing a sense of relationship, connection and community. The activities all contributed to making it extremely easy for participants to get to know each other by focusing on shared purposes, interests and goals. Plus, you had a wonderful mix of people, of course. The structure really contributed greatly to getting to meet a large number of very diverse people and have fun doing it.”

And Avril Orloff, Project Manager for Canada’s Philia Dialogue on Caring Citizenship, had these kind words for us:

“I’m still coming back to earth after the amazing NCDD conference! It was packed so full of wonderful information, ideas, resources and people that I came away utterly inspired and energized…. You’ve created something that’s going to leave a big legacy, and whose effects will just keep rippling further and further out into the world. To say nothing of a great community of practice – one that I’m honoured to associate myself with.”

You can find many more quotes from participants at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=13

Why Attend the 2008 NCDD Conference in Austin?

Although the approaches, philosophies, venues, and even our purposes for doing this work can be very different, we all share a common vision: a future where all people–regardless of income, position, background or education–are able to engage regularly in lively, thoughtful, and challenging discussions about what matters to them, in ways that have a positive impact on their lives and their world.

Making this vision a reality is no easy feat. To truly make the impact we believe we can and should have on the world, we must work together rather than just working simultaneously, and we must build on each other’s knowledge and expertise rather than starting from scratch in our own silos.

NCDD’s biennial conferences provide people who are committed to helping dialogue and deliberation flourish in the world with the opportunity to increase their skills and knowledge in these processes, share their own learnings and innovations with others, and develop supportive, collaborative relationships with their peers. Most importantly, NCDD conferences leave participants feeling more motivated, supported and prepared to do this vital work.

Learn More…

Founded in 2002, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation is a vibrant network of over 800 organizations and individuals who engage and mobilize people across the globe around today’s most challenging issues. NCDD’s national conferences and resource-rich website (at www.thataway.org) are crucial to the development of this emerging field of practice.

Go to www.thataway.org/events to read more about how NCDD conferences are vastly different from most conferences, and see videos and summaries of past conferences – or email ncdd@thataway.org with your specific questions. And of course you can register! The regular registration rate is only $375. Hope to see you in Austin!

Text to Add to Central Texas Postings/Emails

Note: Use this text for any audience you think would be especially interested in the additional skill- and knowledge-building opportunities that the pre- and post-conference workshops offer – especially Central Texans and students/young people.

Whether or not you join us at the conference, you can take advantage of the fantastic pre-conference workshops NCDD is offering on Thursday, October 2nd. The 6 full-day workshops are only $95 – and include a workshop for beginners that we especially welcome people from Central Texas to attend. The half-day workshops are only $50.
The pre-conference lineup features stellar facilitators representing leading organizations in the public engagement and conflict resolution fields. Here are the workshop titles:

  • Managing Difficult Conversations: An Introduction to Group Dialogue Processes
  • Choosing Deliberation and Dialogue Techniques that Work
  • Creating “We the People” in our Groups, Organizations, Communities & Society
  • The Whiteness Learning Lab: A Deeper Understanding of Racism and White Privilege as Essential to Inclusive Community-Building
  • Deliberative Democracy and Higher Education: A Workshop on Innovative Democratic Education and Leadership
  • The Underlying Dynamics of Conversations that Matter
  • Taking Dialogue to Work: Leading from the Heart (morning workshop)
  • The Process/Action Continuum: From Exploration and Understanding to Collaborative Action (afternoon workshop)

Learn more about all of these workshops at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=87

And please also consider participating in the 2-day post-conference training that our co-sponsor, the Global Facilitator Service Corps, is conducting on October 6th and 7th. This intensive workshop on Facilitative Disaster & Crisis Intervention is a great skill-building opportunity, and you can learn more at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=107

Please Support the 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation: Creating Cultures of Collaboration

Deep divisions in society show a pressing need for better communication, collaborative action, and smarter decisions. The high-energy, highly participatory 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation will bring together those who practice, hone and champion the “arts of democracy” that enable us to work together to make our relationships, our communities, and our world more aligned with our hopes and values.

The 2008 NCDD conference will take place October 3-5 in Austin, Texas. NCDD’s dynamic conferences bring together leaders and future leaders in public engagement, conflict resolution and related fields to share resources and strategies, build lasting relationships, increase the visibility and effectiveness of their work, tackle challenges we face, and initiate collaborative projects. Many people who have attended NCDD conferences say they’re the best conferences they’ve ever attended.

If you or your organization is dedicated to solving group and societal problems through honest talk, quality thinking and collaborative action, perhaps you be interested in supporting the conference while showing your leadership in this area to the movers-and-shakers in the rapidly growing dialogue and deliberation community?

If so, consider becoming a Co-Sponsor or Partner of NCDD 2008. Your support is much-needed and will be much-appreciated!

Co-Sponsorship of NCDD Austin is only $2,000, and Co-Sponsors receive the following great benefits:

– Acknowledgement of co-sponsorship during opening session at the conference.
– Prominent acknowledgement of co-sponsorship on NCDD’s website and conference e-mailings and publications.
– One complimentary conference registration.
– A half-page ad in the printed conference program.
– A full exhibit table.
– One PR piece (brochure, postcard, etc.) placed in every conference registrant’s tote bag.

More details about this and other opportunities to support the 2008 NCDD conference are posted at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=7. You can learn much more about the conference (and register!) at www.thataway.org/events/

Participant Quotes (to add to the end of emails)

Note: If you would like to, feel free to add some or all of these quotes from participants at past NCDD conferences – either at the end of your messages/announcement, or scattered throughout.

Some things people said about previous NCDD conferences…

“The 2002 NCDD conference was the most amazing conference I’ve ever attended…. This is a big diverse field, bubbling with vitality. And NCDD is bringing it all together.”

– Tom Atlee, Founder of the Co-Intelligence Institute

“You all were amazing — I’ve never had a more exhilarating experience at a conference. Nourishing to mind, body and soul!”

– one participant’s comments on the 2004 conference satisfaction survey

“I just wanted to let you know what an amazing conference it was in Denver. It deepened my understanding of D&D and I met many wonderful people. I believe events like this help strengthen and grow, not only the D&D community, but the work of conflict resolution and democracy world-wide. It was the best organized conference I have ever attended. You and those that helped you did an amazing job.”

– Stephan Gilchrist, Portland State University

“I must say that my attending the national conference this past fall was life altering. The conference really gave me a sense of direction and purpose for the work I’d like to do as well as the vision I have for a more just and sustainable world.”

– Matt de Caussin, Intern, Denver District Attorney’s Office

“This may be the very finest conference we’ve ever attended. It was professional, personal, relevant, aesthetic, colorful. We lived Dialogue. Thank you so much.”

– one participant’s comments on the 2006 evaluation

“In its 2002 conference, NCDD created an inviting space for a wide variety of dialogue and deliberation practitioners/thinkers. Since then, it has cultivated a broad and emerging field, by making it possible for diverse threads of practice to learn from each other. Its mode of working is respectful, inclusive, and practitioner-oriented. Everyone who believes that dialogue and deliberation are key to transforming people, relationships, and society — including political systems — can benefit from being part of NCDD and its next conference.”

Martha McCoy, Executive Director of Everyday Democracy

“Thank you for putting on such an amazing conference. I thought the conference was absolutely phenomenal. I learned a lot, and I think even more importantly, realized that I am / we are part of a community!”

– Priya Parker, Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

“I met more people that I will follow up with at this conference than any in my 30 years of professional experience.”

– Stephanie Nestlerode, Omega Point International, Inc.

“Thank you for the incredible work you are doing in creating opportunities for those of us involved in this work to meet, communicate and inspire one another in so many ways.”

– Glenna Gerard

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Archived announcements…

Call for Workshops, Innovations & Networking Topics

Call for workshop proposals, “innovations,” and networking topics for NCDD 2008

The fourth National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation will take place October 3-5, 2008 in Austin, Texas, with a day of fabulous pre-conference trainings on the 2nd. If you are dedicated to solving problems through honest talk, quality thinking, and collaborative action, we hope to see you in Austin!

NCDD’s dynamic conferences bring together leaders and future leaders in public engagement, conflict resolution and related fields to share resources and strategies, build lasting relationships, increase the visibility and effectiveness of their work, tackle challenges we face, and initiate collaborative projects. Many people who have attended NCDD conferences have told us they’re the best conferences they’ve ever attended.

At NCDD Austin, we’re offering more ways than ever for conference participants to contribute content, share their work, and make progress on issues they care about. We welcome you to submit your proposals now.

– Call for Workshops –
We encourage you to propose inspiring, educational and engaging concurrent sessions (workshops) that highlight the best the dialogue and deliberation community has to offer. We look for high-quality, well thought out workshops that help meet our goals for the conference, utilize qualified presenters, and cover topics of interest to a cross-section of our participants. As much as possible, we also look for unique sessions about programs and approaches that haven’t been featured at previous NCDD conferences. And we love collaborative proposals that are submitted by several people – especially when the presenters represent different organizations and use different approaches. The deadline for workshop proposals is Friday, May 16th.

– Call for Innovations
We also invite you to consider submitting a description of an innovative project or strategy you’ve come up with. This is something new we’re trying this year to help address some of the challenges and issues that were identified at past NCDD conferences.

Have you found an innovative way to address one of our field’s major challenges, like moving from dialogue to action or policy change, or embedding collaborative processes 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.

You can also suggest others’ Innovations for consideration, and we encourage you to do so! If it’s a good fit for the conference, we’ll contact the person associated with the Innovation and tell them how to proceed if they are interested. Although the deadline for submitting Innovations is May 16th, the Innovation groups that are formed after the deadline will have two months to plan their collaborative workshop.

– Call for Networking Topics and Facilitators –

On the first day of the conference, we will provide a structured opportunity for participants to meet others who share their interests. Perhaps you’d like to meet people who are working on specific issues like climate change or racism? Or maybe you’d like to meet others who do Jewish-Palestinian dialogue or facilitate Appreciative Inquiry or National Issues Forums? Maybe you’d like to meet other researchers who are at the conference, other college students, or others from outside the U.S.? Or maybe you’d like to see who’s interested in helping launch a project on bridging the partisan divide?

[Almost] anything goes, but we need you to take the initiative and propose the topic(s) that interest you. All conference participants are invited to suggest topics for this networking session – whether or not you are willing to serve as the “table host” for that topic and move the conversation forward with some light facilitation. The point of this session is networking – meeting and starting to get to know others who share your interests, so hosts will ensure people have the chance to introduce themselves and share how their work relates to the topic. The deadline for submitting topics is July 19th.

Q&A/Information Calls

In case you’re interested, we’ll be running a Q&A-type conference calls for people who have questions about these opportunities on Tuesday, May 6th at 11 am Eastern. The long distance call-in number for the call is 1-712-580-8020, and the access code is 444839. This is your chance to run ideas by the conference organizers, get answers to any questions you have, and get tips on designing and running successful workshops.

For more details about these three opportunities, and to submit proposals and ideas, go to www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=119. And for more information on NCDD Austin in general, visit www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=6. You can also email ncdd@thataway.org if you have questions or want to receive updates on the conference.

Short Call for Workshops, Innovations & Networking Topics

Call for workshop proposals, “innovations,” and networking topics for NCDD 2008This year’s National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is being held in Austin, Texas, October 3-5. If you are dedicated to solving problems through honest talk, quality thinking, and collaborative action, we hope to see you there!

NCDD’s biennial conferences, which are highly participatory, highly innovative and surprisingly affordable, bring together leaders and future leaders in public engagement, conflict resolution and related fields to share resources and strategies, build lasting relationships, increase the visibility and effectiveness of their work, tackle challenges we face, and initiate collaborative projects. Many people have told us they’re the best conferences they’ve ever attended.

At NCDD Austin, we’re offering more ways than ever for conference participants to contribute content, share their work, and make progress on issues they care about. We welcome you to submit your proposals now for:

  1. Concurrent Workshops (unique, engaging sessions that highlight the best the dialogue and deliberation community has to offer)
  2. Innovations (innovative projects/strategies that address some of the biggest challenges and issues we face in the field; we’ll match you up with other innovators with similar topics to organize joint collaborative sessions at the conference)
  3. Networking Topics and Facilitators (topics you’re really into, so you can meet others who share your same interests during a fun, structured networking session)

More details about these 3 opportunities, and the forms for submitting proposals and ideas are at www.thataway.org/events/?page_id=119.

Please note that the deadline for submitting workshop proposals and innovations is Friday, May 16th. The deadline for submitting networking topics and signing up to facilitate topics is July 19th. We’ll be running a Q&A-type conference calls for people who have questions about these opportunities on Tuesday, May 6th at 11 am Eastern. The long distance call-in number for the call is 1-712-580-8020, and the access code is 444839.

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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. […] Email your networks and colleagues with some or all of the text below so they’re aware of the conference. Add a personal invitation or testimony if possible to personalize your message a bit. (Update: there is a page of email templates of various lengths, including one specifically about the call for workshops, at http://www.thataway.org/events/?p=140) […]

  2. I sent the short call for workshops out to these listservs today and yesterday:

    APSA-CIVED@H-NET.MSU.EDU
    DELIBERATE@ala.org
    AiList
    OnlineFacilitation
    NAFCM
    synergycommunications
    OSlist
    ODnet
    NVC-Social-Change
    GRP-Facil (IAF group facilitation list)
    CRTNET@lists.psu.edu (Communications Research & Theory Network)

  3. DeAnna Martin is covering the following…

    I will post announcements to our blog, send emails to our community of practice listservs (Dynamic Facilitation & Wisdom Council Enthusiasts)…. And, I will do outreach to a list of military folks my conservative friend thought would be interested in coming/participating.

    In terms of the e-lists… I will take:

    Change Handbook
    Co-Intelligence Institute

    I will also do the Nonprofit Networking and Nexus for Change lists, plus a bunch of local Seattle-area lists that I’m on…

  4. Mike Aaron is covering the blogs listed in the Learning Exchange and listed in our blogroll on the main page of the site.

  5. Deva Woodley is sending messages out to the first 20 listservs listed in the Learning Exchange at thataway.org/06ef68

  6. Brandon says:

    I eMailed to:

    build-com@yahoogroups.com
    pra@listserv.uoguelph.ca
    RACE-POL@LISTSERV.ILSTU.EDU
    mcp@edchange.org
    lyris@lyris.ids.ac.uk
    name-mce@nameorg.org
    [Alyssa already posted Sandy’s email to NativeShare]

    Also:
    Training-Ideas (6424 member yahoo group)
    Oakland Greens (as in Green Party)
    NVC in Business
    Holistic Learning
    CBPartners (partners in community building)
    ParticipArts · The Process of Participatory Arts

    Sandy, why don’t you ask CNVC to send to the friendsofnvc list?

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