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What we’re up to on Facebook

Did you know that the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation has both a group and a page on Facebook, and that they serve very different purposes?  I resisted creating an NCDD fan page for some time, since we already had an active, popular group going.  But since Facebook made lots of changes to the functionality of groups, we started up a page that’s now providing quite a valuable service to our field.

I hope you decide to join both (well, join the group and like the page)! Let me explain how they’re different…

NCDD’s Facebook group

With over 2,200 members, our Facebook group (www.facebook.com/groups/ncddnetwork) is a great place to connect with other movers-and-shakers in dialogue & deliberation, to pose questions about D&D, and to share your own news and resources.

A few things shared recently:

  • The Interactivity Foundation’s new report for public discussion: The Future of Energy
  • A question by Richard Keefer on what resources and techniques people recommend for high school civics teachers who want to teach D&D skills
  • Matt Leighninger’s new video on deliberative democracy

NCDD’s Facebook page

We’re using our new Facebook PAGE (www.facebook.com/ncddpage) to automatically share posts from the many great blogs run by members of NCDD. If you like to stay on top of what’s happening in our field without checking dozens of different websites, I can’t emphasize enough how useful the NCDD page truly is!

We have about 400 fans or “likes” at this point, and want to cultivate more fans and more interaction here soon.

Some examples of recently-shared posts:

  • A post by the Kettering Foundation’s David Mathews previewing an important book they’ll be publishing soon, Democratizing Deliberation: A Political Theory Anthology
  • An interesting article on “What will come of the Casey Anthony jury?” from John Gastil’s Jury and Democracy Blog
  • An AmericaSpeaks post on how residents are shaping the future of DC’s Ward 8 through deliberation
  • A post on Steven Clift’s E-Democracy.org blog on their new outreach team, which will be showing up at public events and festivals this summer in the Twin Cities to recruit participants for their online neighborhood forums

Oh, and use the comment field to let me know if you have a blog on dialogue, deliberation, public engagement or conflict resolution that you think we’re not following on the NCDD page.  If you’re a member of NCDD, we’ll add it!

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Sandy Heierbacher
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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