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Huge thanks to those who joined/upgraded so far!

We wanted to acknowledge those who have participated in NCDD’s fall membership drive so far by joining, renewing, or upgrading their membership.  A huge THANK YOU to everyone listed below!

We’d like to see many new members join in the next couple of weeks, and we would love to see more of our existing members upgrading from non-dues-paying status to Supporting Members or Sustaining Members!  If you’re already an NCDD member, you can upgrade here.  And if you’re new to NCDD, you can join (and learn more about membership) at www.ncdd.org/join.

Sustaining Members

The following NCDD members either upgraded to Sustaining Member status or just joined anew at the Sustaining Member level…

Bill Allison
Lawyer, Activist, Mediator

Laura Chasin
Founder and Board Chair, Public Conversations Project

Richard Chasin
Senior Associate, Public Conversations Project

Sam Kaner
Executive Director, Community At Work

Helen Spector
President, Spector & Associates

Rosa Zubizarreta
Consultant, Diapraxis

Duane Berger
Program Director, Community At Work

Sue Woehrlin
Core Faculty, B.A. Liberal Studies Program at Antioch University Seattle

Supporting Members

The following NCDD members become Supporting Members during the membership drive…

Ken Homer
Founder, Collaborative Conversations

Barbara Brown
Community Development Cooperative Extension Agent at Clemson University Laboratory for Deliberative Dialogue

Joe Goldman
Omidyar Network

Lynn Adams
Principal, Adams & Associates

Tina Nabatchi
Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs, Syracuse University

MaryBeth Merritt
Founder and Director, Four Winds, Inc.

Lisa Heft
Consultant and Facilitator, Opening Space

Nan Starr
Mediator, Nan Starr Mediation

Laurie McCann
Founder, The Path Forward

Julie Graves
Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment


These three are brand new Members of NCDD…

Renee Heath Ph.D.
Associate Professor at the University of Portland

Nino Viartasiwi, M.A.
Ph.D. student at Ritsumeikan University in Japan

Lawrence Philbrook
Director at the Institute of Cultural Affairs Taiwan

Participate in the Membership Drive by Joining or Upgrading Today!

Learn more about the membership drive at https://ncdd.org/community/fall-membership-drive.

NCDD provides a vital national gathering place for more than 1,500 organizations and individuals who are leading a renaissance of civic engagement in the United States.  For almost a decade, NCDD has developed and maintained a critical infrastructure for youthe agents of democratic change.  We’ve connected and educated this community of practice by:

  • Enabling networking, knowledge-sharing and collaboration among innovators in group process,
  • Building an extraordinary resource database,
  • Keeping people informed about the latest news and opportunities in the practice, and
  • Convening the conversation among leaders in our field around critical issues and timely topics both online and face-to-face.

Membership has grown quickly and steadily since we formed NCDD in 2002 (see the graphic here), but we didn’t collect membership dues at all until 2007.  We are committed to remaining an inclusive, welcoming Coalition by retaining the option of free membership, but we would like to see many more of our “free members” support the organization by contributing dues.  We need more support from our members in order for NCDD to survive and thrive.

Everyone who joins is entitled to the benefits of membership, and those who pay dues are eligible for some amazing discounts.  But you’re not buying a service; you’re supporting a cause we all believe in: to help institutionalize the practice of democratic skills that will benefit us all.  So, won’t you take a few moments today to support the organization that’s supporting you?  Thank you!

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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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