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Finding Our Way: Trans-Generational Leadership

Although we are inheritors of the future, too often younger people, who are also committed to dialogue as a process for sustainable change, lack a seat at the table and a voice in the conversations that shape our future. In today’s world, as people are recognizing the need for more collaborative approaches to problem solving and decision making, D&D processes need to include spaces for younger leaders to be effective in meeting those challenges.

NCDD welcomes the Rockrose Institute’s Youth Dialogue Project (YDP) at NCDD Austin to ensure that the voices of young leaders are included in creative and innovative ways. Toward this end, the YDP is hosting three separate and inter-related sessions at the conference: one workshop for people under 30, one for people over 30, and a trans-generational sub-plenary session. The first session and the sub-plenary will be co-designed and hosted by six young leaders from the On the Verge leadership training program in partnership with a team of mentors and elders currently active in the D&D community. The second session will be co-designed and hosted by the YDP mentoring team.

Note: The photos on this page were taken at the YDP’s recent planning meeting, so you’ll be meeting these young people at the conference!

Participants to any and all of the trans-generational leadership sessions are requested to bring a photograph or two, of a beloved teacher, mentor, friend, parent, etc., who is no longer among us and/or pictures of children who are currently inspiring their lives.

Including Our Voices: Young Adult Leadership in the D&D community

Concurrent session scheduled for Friday, October 3rd from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Hosted by young leaders from On the Verge, a leadership program for young people working in the social change and public benefit sectors. Graphic recording by Mariah Howard. Sponsored by The Rockrose Institute’s Youth Dialogue Project (YDP), San Francisco, California.

Along with the realization of the burgeoning leadership gap within the public benefit and social change communities, came a buzz that has mentors and elders taking a thoughtful look at the next generation of leaders. We invite all young leaders (ages 30 and under) to participate in a peer-led dialogue to surface possibilities, challenges, and requests we want to explore with D&D leaders of all ages.

The goal of this session is to provide a safe and supportive environment for each participant to connect with others, and to reflect on their leadership role within the D&D community from a trans-generational perspective. This dialogue will lead into Saturday’s sub-plenary session: Cultivating Trans-generational Leadership in the NCDD Community, and participants in this session are encouraged to attend the sub-plenary as well.

Creating Room at the Head of Our Tables: Exploring New Mentoring Roles as Young Leaders Emerge

Concurrent session scheduled for Friday, October 3rd from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Co-hosted by YDP mentoring team, Deborah Goldblatt, Ken Homer, Abigail Joseph and etsuko kubo. Sponsored by The Rockrose Institute’s Youth Dialogue Project (YDP), San Francisco, California.

There is an ancient and eternal dialogue unfolding between the generations. Regardless of the time or the culture in which we find ourselves, there is always a conversation going on between the youth, the mentors and the elders. When the dialogue between the generations stalls or falters, for any reason, we collectively lose access to the gifts of wisdom that each of these stages of life has to offer to the others. This results in a weakening of our social fabric and the impoverishment of our culture.

If you are over 30, you are invited to join this focused inquiry into how “the more seasoned among us” in the D&D community can best support younger D&D leaders in realizing their full potential, while opening ourselves to better appreciate the gifts they bring to our shared visions. The fruits of this session, along with those harvested in the under 30 dialogue, will inform the whole YDP team in planning and designing the trans-generational sub-plenary session on Saturday: Cultivating Trans-generational Leadership in the NCDD Community. Participants in this session are encouraged to also attend the sub-plenary.

Cultivating Trans-Generational Leadership in the NCDD Community

Sub-plenary session (one of three concurrent events) scheduled for Saturday, October 4th from 2:15 to 4:00 pm.

Hosted by leaders from On the Verge, a program for young people working in the social change and public benefit sectors, in partnership with the YDP mentoring team. Graphic Recording by Mariah Howard. Sponsored by The Rockrose Institute’s Youth Dialogue Project, (YDP) San Francisco, California.

Drawing upon the insights and wisdom uncovered in Friday’s two YDP sessions of dialogue on young leadership and the changing role of mentors to younger leaders, we invite you to join this sub-plenary exploring ways to cultivate generational leadership in the NCDD community. What restorative contribution does the NCDD community have to offer in the realm of trans-generational leadership? How can we, as a community, model the kind of processes that restore harmony and sustain the learning which emerges out of the creative tension often present in the dialogue between and among all generations?

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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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