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I wanted to give all conference attendees the chance to recommend books we should include in the NCDD 2008 conference bookstore. I already provided the folks organizing our bookstore with a list of suggestions, but I’m sure I’ve missed some books you guys would recommend we include. I’m especially interested in books YOU folks (conference attendees) have published recently.

Phil Neisser, who will be joining us in Austin, just sent a message out to the NCDD discussion list about his new book, United We Fall, which posits that ordinary political conversations, neighborhood encounters, and public debates need to include the “extreme” points of view that are often hidden on the sidelines, considered to be too “radical,” or dismissed as the work of “the enemy.” It sounds like a great book, and I think we should have it at the conference bookstore if possible.

Phil’s message made me think our conference presenters and attendees have probably written a bunch of other books we should consider for the bookstore.

Now, I can’t guarantee that your book will end up being sold, but local planning team member Sherry Lowry will certainly ask the bookstore folks to consider it. So please use the comment field below to submit your suggestions. Include the title, author, year published, and publisher if possible.

I’d like to have any additional book suggestions submitted to the bookstore folks by Friday, August 29th at the latest, so don’t delay!

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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. Phil Neisser, United We Fall: Ending America's Love Affair with the Political Center (Praeger, 2008?)

  2. Don't Just Do Something. Stand There. by Weisbord and Janoff (BK Publishing, 2008)

  3. A book I co-authored, would be nice to have it handy:

    Title: Reaching for Higher Ground in Conflict Resolution: Tools for Powerful Groups and Communities

    Dukes, E. Franklin
    Piscolish, Marina A
    Stephens, John B.

    ISBN Number: 0-7879-50580

    Thanks. JB Stephens

  4. Lucy Moore says:

    I would like to recommend a new book, just published for sale at the conference. I am the author of one of the chapters.
    The book is "Re-centering: Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution", editors: Trujillo, Bowland, Myers, Richards, Roy; Syracuse University Press, publication date July 15, 2008.

  5. Development from Within : Facilitating Collective Reflection for Sustainable Change


    Varun Vidyarthi and Patricia A. Wilson

    This book ( published in July, 2008, available from amazon.com ) offers a roadmap to sustainable social change from the inside out. The roadmap is born of over 20 years of experience in rural India with thousands of poor and illiterate villagers, especially women, who have learned to claim their civic identity and build their own organizations for change.

    The journey begins by facilitating small groups of people to engage in reflective dialogue. These small group dialogues, called collective reflection, initiate a process of collective learning and action. The values, attitudes, and skills of the facilitator are critical.

    The lessons learned apply to all of us who are, or want to become, catalysts and facilitators of meaningful and sustainable social change in our own communities and organizations, in the North or the South, whether privileged or oppressed. The roadmap begins inside each of us.

  6. Ken Bausch says:

    Alexander Christakis and Ken Bausch, How People Harness their Collective Wisdom and Power to Construct the Future (Information Age Publishing,2006)

  7. Maggie Herzig and Laura Chasin, Fostering Dialogue Across Divides

    Available in Spanish and English

  8. Varun did not mention it, but he and Patricia will be at Book People in downtown Austin on Wednesday October 2 (we think at 7:00 p.m.) for a book signing. It's a drive or bus ride from the Renaissance, but well worth the trip – across from the Whole Foods headquarters and main grocery store!
    Map to BookPeople: http://tinyurl.com/2uk3sm

    Cap Metro, the public transport system is very efficient and can get you there for $1 each way. Here's the bus schedule: http://tinyurl.com/6f7q5j

  9. Pearce, W. Barnett (2007) Making social worlds: A communication perspective. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

    Pearce, Kimberly A (2002) Making better social worlds: Engaging in and facilitating dialogic communication. Redwood City, CA: Pearce Associates.

  10. Sarah Beller says:

    Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East by Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Amal I. Khoury, and Emily Welty (Paperback – Jun 29, 2007)

  11. Tom Atlee says:

    Mark Tovey (ed) Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace (Earth Intelligence Network, Oakton, Virginia, 2008)

    Peggy Holman et al (eds), The Change Handbook (Berrett Koehler, 2008)

    Tom Atlee, The Tao of Democracy (Writers Collective, 2003)

    Sandor Schuman (ed), Creating a Culture of Collaboration: The International Association of Facilitators Handbook
    (Jossey Bass, 2006)

  12. John Spady says:

    Reprint of the Kettering Foundation "Connections" publication. Summer 2006, Edited by David Frech and Libby Kingseed. Articles included in this issue were: "The challenges of democracy — getting up into the stands", "The range of our understanding of democracy — civic renewal", and "Insights about democracy — insights about changing practice"

  13. John Spady says:

    Bettye Pruitt and Philip Thomas (2007) "Democratic Dialogue — A Handbook for Practitioner", ISBN: 978-91-85391-94-3. Independent publication commissioned by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), International IDEA, the Organization of American States (OAS), the General Secretariat of the OAS (GS/OAS), and the United Nations Development Progamme (UNDP). "It is the fruit of a collaborative effort by these institutions and the work of eminent experts in the field of democratic dialogue."

    Click on my name for a web link to NCDD that describes this book

  14. John Spady says:

    Melinda Patrician and Palma Strand, "Civic Engagement — A Guide for Communities", 2006, The Arlington Forum.

    Also mentioned on the NCDD website:
    This 17-page booklet grows out of the authors' experiences over a number of years in the community of Arlington, Virginia. What is offered here is not a "cookbook" formula but a set of questions and touchstones–civic conversation, "inreach," and civic governance–to help citizens, in whatever roles and communities they find themselves, grapple with the need for civic engagement. Working through these questions and referring back to the touchstones is, we have found, the essence of vital and vibrant civic engagement.

    Click again on my name for a web link to NCDD that describes this book.

  15. John Spady says:

    And one more…

    Cynthia M. Gibson, PhD. The Case Foundation, 2006

    Quoting NCDD:
    The central claims of this noteworthy 31-page white paper are that "public service" is a more powerful frame around which to rally Americans for democratic renewal than "civic engagement" and the encouragement of public deliberation should be at the center of renewal efforts. Scholar Peter Levine of the University of Maryland has written that he considers the paper a breakthrough. Cynthia Gibson makes deliberation-linked-to-action the heart of civic engagement, instead of voting and/or service.

    Again, click on my name for a web link to NCDD that describes this book.

  16. John Spady says:

    OK… here is one more… and while I can not seem to find a reference to it on the NCDD website, this booklet does credit NCDD as an important resource for the creation of this helpful little title:

    A Short Guide to Dialogue (July 2006)

    by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), New York Metropolitan Regional Office, Conflict Resolution Program

    Click on my name to go to the AFSC website to download this important resource.

  17. Paul Born says:

    Sandra Zagon, Past-Chair, Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation suggested I come to this space to promote a new book thjat our insitute just released called Community Conversations – Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills, and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Business and People.

    Susan wrote us with these commetns about the book

    "Community Conversations is an easy read, packed with such simple yet strong lessons which we all have acquired in our practices yet tend to forget or let slide to the sides of our frames of action let alone reference."

    Hope we may be able to have this book sold at the conference. Learn more about it on our publications page at our web site.

  18. Title: Blind Spots: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things
    Author: Madeleine Van Hecke, PhD
    Publisher: Prometheus Books, 2007

    Thanks for considering my book for inclusion!

  19. Peggy Holman says:

    The Change Handbook, Peggy Holman, Tom Devane and Steven Cady, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007

    I've been told there is a tendency to order just a few copies of the book because of its size and price. In fact, it pretty consistently sells out. Given the conference constituency, this book does well.

  20. Susan Clark says:

    Title: All Those In Favor: Rediscovering the Secrets of Town Meeting and Community
    Author: Susan Clark and Frank Bryan
    Publisher: RavenMark, 2005
    ISBN: 0-9713998-1-6
    Since I'll be doing a workshop on the New England and Swiss town meeting systems and what they can teach us about direct, deliberative democracy, some folks may be interested in this small (and inexpensive!) booklet. It draws on Prof. Frank Bryan's 30-year study of Vermont's town meeting, but was written for a lay audience; it outlines the problems and prospects of the town meeting institution, and features an extensive "tips" section for improving citizen participation. Cheapest and easiest way for the bookstore to acquire them is through me (I can even bring them when I come).

  21. Susan Clark says:

    Title: Real Democracy: The New England Town Meeting and How it Works
    Author: Frank Bryan
    Publisher: University of Chicago Press, 2004
    ISBN: 0-226-07797-7
    For anyone seriously interested in what town meeting is all about, there is no better book. It is a detailed scholarly analysis of 30 years of data, but Bryan's humor and wry wisdom make it very readable, too. Robert Putnam wrote, "I wish I had written this book. … Too few books are both fun and important, but this one is." Jane Mansbridge calls it "A magnificent analysis," and Dartmouth's Richard Winters says it is "a towering achievement… 'must reading' for any citizen concerned about the well-being of democracy in America and for all analysts interested in democratic practice."

  22. Lucy Moore says:

    a footnote to my previous suggestion: "Re-centering Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice," Syracuse U. Press,July 2008. I have a chapter in the book, AND I will be presenting at the conference. Books can be ordered from sybow@aol.com, or from the press. thanks

  23. Lucy Moore says:

    Title: "Into the Canyon: Seven Years in Navajo Country"
    Author: Lucy Moore (will be presenting at NCDD)
    Publisher: University of New Mexico Press, 2004
    ISBN#: 10:0-8263-3417-2
    Memoir with a lot of cross-cultural insights and humor about being a young, white, naive outsider in Indian Country in the 1970's.
    Also, available on CDs, unabridged, read by author (order from author directly, lucymoore@nets.com)

  24. John Gastil says:

    Title: Political Communication and Deliberation
    Author: John Gastil
    Publisher: Sage, 2008
    ISBN: 9781412916288
    This is a very readable integration of the scholarship that links deliberation and political communication—from face-to-face discussions to mass mediated elections. I’ll be doing a pre-conference and a workshop using this as a basic text, and some colleagues and I have already used it as an undergraduate (and graduate) text. It’s a rigorous book, but it’s organization and style aim to make it an enjoyable read

    Title: The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century
    Editors: John Gastil and Peter Levine
    Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2005
    ISBN: 9780787976613
    This is a great resource for democratic practitioners and theorists alike. It combines rich case material from many cities and types of institutional settings with careful reflection on core principles. It shows how the varied practices of deliberative democracy are part of a larger civic renewal movement.

  25. Title: Society's Breakthrough: Releasing essential wisdom in all the People
    Author: Jim Rough
    Publisher: AuthorHouse
    ISBN: 0-7596-9168-1

  26. Title: Dynamic Facilitation Manual & Reader
    Authors: Jim Rough, Jean Rough & Rosa Zubizarreta
    Publisher: Jim Rough & Associates, Inc.

  27. j cynthia mcdermott says:

    Beyond the Silence; Listening for Democracy
    Editor J Cynthia McDermott
    Intro by Frankie Moore Lappe

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