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Open Space Training in Montreal this May

Diane Gibeault & Associé.es-Associates invite French-speaking NCDDers to participate in an upcoming workshop May 29-31 in Montreal, Canada… Open Space Technology, also known as “Open Space,” is a simple but powerful way of working together on a daily basis or in meetings and for exercising open leadership. Open Space gives voice to everyone on an equal basis, promotes collaboration, vitality, open leadership and much more. It is a dynamic process for small or large group meetings (5 to 2000) or conferences, over a few hours or […] (continue)

Christians in Dialogue on LGBTQ Issues

NCDD Board member, John Backman, recently contributed a piece to the Public Conversations Project’s blog entitled Drawing Up the Guest List: Christians in Dialogue on LGBTQ Issues.  In it he shares some of the ideas explored at the recent Oriented to Love: Sexual Diversity in the Body of Christ event and offers some thoughtful questions… Set against that background, Oriented to Love was something of a miracle, partly because the people who came defied simple description. I learned of gay and lesbian people who, while fully owning their […] (continue)

It’s Time for ALL of Us to Focus on Electoral Reform

Robert Steele of the We the People Reform Coalition thinks NCDDers should focus their efforts on the issue of electoral reform? What do you think? Comment here or email Robert with your thoughts. (continue)

A Greater Platform

Here’s an Idea Incubator post from Jon Denn of organizational member A Greater Publishing… Common-sense supermajority-supported answers, to many of our most pressing problems, abound. But they cannot be easily found and honed because of the hyperpartisan smokescreen. www.aGREATER.US is the only place I know of where these ideas can be aggregated. Then rated and ranked. But the final step in honing them into a platform requires the expertise of NCDDers. I’m looking for NCDDers to adopt a topic (existing or new) and set up […] (continue)

Our thanks to you for a successful year!

Dear NCDD Community, The end of the year always brings a time for reflection. 2011 was a year of accomplishments as well as challenges in the field of dialogue and deliberation. NCDD’s primary accomplishments this year included: Launching a new and improved ncdd.org and members network The introduction of the Idea Incubator to bring together members to support one another around ideas and projects Establishment of 501(c)(3) status for NCDD Opening up our news blog and resource center to direct contributions from members of our […] (continue)

Final Days of NCDD Membership Drive

Good Morning NCDDers! I wanted to remind you that we're entering the final days of the membership Contest to see which NCDD member can recruit the largest number of new dues-paying members. The reward (besides the sense of personal accomplishment!) will be a handful of outstanding books from the field and special recognition on the NCDD blog. (continue)

D&D Story: Renee Heath of the University of Portland

We asked brand new NCDD member Renee Heath of the University of Portland if she’d be open to sharing her “D&D story” with the NCDD community. Here is what she had to say… Universities Can Help Build a More Civil Community After teaching collaborative leadership courses at the University of Portland for several years, I reflected on how our students, who were trained in conflict negotiation, dialogue, and consensus decision-making, could benefit from another venue in which to practice these skills. Indeed, speech and debate […] (continue)

A Note of Thanks and a Request

As many of us look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday this week, the NCDD Board of Directors wants to take this chance to give a special thanks to Sandy Heierbacher, Andy Fluke and Joy Garman for their tireless work which makes NCDD possible. Sandy’s vision and leadership since NCDD’s formation nearly a decade ago has created powerful avenues for practitioners in our field to come together, learn, collaborate and grow. We also want to thank everyone who has acted on the Fall Membership Drive. NCDD […] (continue)

What would you have Congress pass?

I've built a platform to set a platform to make for a greater US. It is crowdsourcing leadership in open space. Would you like to be an innovator? (continue)

Update on the White House’s new petition website

Here is an update since my last Huffington Post commentary on the White House petition website. The data are valid as of 1:00 pm on November 18, 2011. (continue)