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Reports from NCDD 2008: The Five Challenges

For the 2008 National Conference for Dialogue & Deliberation, our event planning team identified five challenge areas to examine throughout the conference. Below are links to each of the five posts in NCDD’s main section that feature the reports from the event participants who took the lead in seeing these challenges addressed. Framing Challenge Report Evaluation Challenge Report Action & Policy Challenge Report Inclusion Challenge Report Systems Challenge Report (see full post)

Phil Mitchell’s WorldChanging.com Post on NCDD 2008

On October 30th, Phil Mitchell wrote a great post on the WorldChanging.com blog about the 2008 NCDD Conference that included the great photo of a graphic recording created at the conference.  Phil was the leader of our challenge area on moving from D&D to action. Phil starts his post with “One of the least talked about but most far-reaching worldchanging innovations is the development of new processes of citizen-centered democracy. These processes (such as citizen assemblies) are not just solutions to specific problems; they hold […] (see full post)

Sponsors and Supporters of NCDD 2008

NCDD thanks these organizations, groups and individuals for their generous support of the 2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in Austin, Texas. We couldn’t do it without you! NCDD 2008 Co-Sponsors These groups contributed $2000 or more to help make NCDD 2008 a success. Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church is a unique congregation of about 50-75 folks living in and around Austin. The Sunday morning services begin and end with Prayer and Song, but minister Landon Shultz has replaced the traditional […] (see full post)

Call for Artists for NCDD 2008

Art can be a powerful catalyst for and component of dialogue. Visual and performing arts can bring meaning or elicit feeling that can’t always be easily expressed in words, bringing us to a deeper level more quickly than discussion alone. Since our first conference in 2002, NCDD has experimented with the arts at our events, and our attendees have thanked us for the experiences and new ideas they have gained because of it. NCDD is now looking for artists, arts groups, and arts organizations who […] (see full post)

Program for NCDD 2008 Austin

Below is the schedule for the 4th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, which took place in Austin, Texas October 2nd through 5th, 2008. This page links to more details about the sessions offered, the leaders we featured during plenary sessions and sub-plenaries, the pre- and post-conference activities, and more. Thursday, October 2nd Full-Day Pre-Conference Workshops (approx. 9 am to 5 pm – only $95)… Managing Difficult Conversations (a great workshop for the newbies, and for local folks who want to learn more about this […] (see full post)

NCDD 2008 Pre-Conference Workshops

We’re offering a wonderful selection of full-day and half-day workshops on October 2nd – the day before the conference begins. The pre-conference workshops are designed to provide high-quality, intensive skill- and knowledge-building opportunities for conference participants, and for people from the local area who just want to learn more about dialogue and deliberation. They are also an opportunity to learn from and get to know some of the thought leaders in the D&D community. And don’t forget to check out the 2-day post-conference workshop on […] (see full post)

Help Publicize NCDD 2008!

We can really use the help of all planning team members, NCDD members and others in getting the word out about the 2008 NCDD conference. Here are some things you can do to help: Distribute conference postcards. Email NCDD’s Office Manager, Joy Garman (joy@ncdd.org), if you’re willing to distribute some NCDD conference postcards – especially if you’re going to be attending a conference or other gathering of people interested in communication, governance, activism, or conflict resolution in the next few months. Hand out ultra-cool “MiniMoo” […] (see full post)

Looking for Innovative Ideas to Enhance Networking at NCDD 2008

Windy Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Houston – Downtown (and member of the conference planning team) asked me to post the following request to the conference blog. She invites everyone in the D&D community to share their ideas using the comments feature. I’m helping to research innovative networking session strategies for the upcoming NCDD conference and I could really use your input. Sandy mentioned to me that in the past, NCDD has tried different things to help conference participants network […] (see full post)

Methods to Feature at NCDD 2008

During the plenary sessions at the 2002, 2004 and 2006 National Conferences on Dialogue & Deliberation, we’ve showcased a number of great large-group D&D methods. We’ve used these methods to help reach our goals for the conference – helping participants incorporate their learning, network with one another, set priorities, shape the future of the D&D community, etc. Sometimes we stayed fairly pure with the process, and other times we adapted them in major ways to better suit our needs. We have experimented with these methodologies […] (see full post)

Planning Process for NCDD 2008

Here is an outline of the planning process for NCDD’s 2008 conference. Click here to look over the existing planning team. Structure of the 2008 Planning Team How does the Planning Team function? What’s next in the planning process? What Planning Team members should do Not yet part of the Planning Team? Structure of the 2008 Planning Team Conference Director: Sandy Heierbacher (secures funding, galvanizes involvement and support from community, manages budget, provides overall direction, ensures continuity, supports Core Team, etc.) Conference Manager: TDB (facilitates […] (see full post)