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Catalyst Awards Finalists

Launched before our October 2012 national conference in Seattle to encourage innovation and collaboration among NCDD members, the Catalyst Awards have been the impetus behind six new team projects vying for NCDD members’ support. All members of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation are eligible to cast one vote in each of the two categories, to determine which two projects will receive the $10,000 Catalyst Awards.

Voting is open between January 28th and February 6th, to give you plenty of time to read the proposals and consider how you’d like to vote.

Four Contenders in the Civic Infrastructure Category…

1. A Collaborative Plan for a National Dialogue Network Infrastructure

Main Contact:  John Spady, National Dialogue Network, Coordinator

Creates a collaborative and decentralized infrastructure for a viable, cost effective, and sustainable National Dialogue Network. Provides five opportunities for public involvement: to determine issues, frame materials, actively engage, analyze results, and broadly reflect. Core materials will be developed that can be privately customized by local participants but will include a national survey. Full proposal at www.ncdd.org/catalyst-entry-ndn.

2. A Macroscope for Online Dialogue and Deliberation

Main Contact: Ben Roberts, Co-founder of The Conversation Collaborative and Occupy Cafe

This tool makes it possible to engage in complex conversations online. Instead of comments shown in lists, a multi-dimensional dialogue map is generated from data provided by participants, showing the content and the energy of the conversation. Participants can find the places where they want to engage and do so in ways that are generative, including moving between small and large group modes. Full proposal at www.ncdd.org/catalyst-entry-macroscope.

3. e-Liberate, Roberts Rules of Order in the 21st Century

Main Contact: Douglas Schuler, President of Public Sphere Project; Professor at Evergreen State College

e-Liberate is an online version of Roberts Rules of Order (RRoO) for distributed meetings. It has many innovative features including an online manual and a context-dependent user interface. e-Liberate is intended to be just one tool in a larger deliberative toolbox. After we successfully host meetings with RRoO, we plan to integrate other modes of deliberation into e-Liberate and integrate e-Liberate with other deliberative systems. Full proposal at www.ncdd.org/catalyst-entry-eliberate.

4. Online Dialogue and Deliberation Infrastructure (ODDI)

Main Contact: Mark Frischmuth, DemocracyLab.org Board Chairman

This proposal will facilitate the development of open source software tools to engage people in online deliberative processes. We will connect communities of D&D practitioners, software developers, and donors to design, build and fund online tools that will realize the transformative potential of the internet to increase public participation in community decision making. Full proposal at www.ncdd.org/catalyst-entry-oddi.

Two Contenders in the Bridge-Building Category…

1. Crowd Sourcing Transpartisan Dialogue

Main Contact: Amanda Kathryn Roman, Co-Founder of Living Room Conversations

This project is about creating an online space where average Americans can find and share resources and experiences that will empower and support them in holding Living Room Conversations – self-facilitated, face-to-face political bridge building dialogues in intimate settings. The online space will also provide an easy connection to the resources and assistance of the dialogue and deliberation community. Full proposal at www.ncdd.org/catalyst-entry-transpartisan.

2. Real Dialogues: D&D Reality Show

Main Contact: Tim Bonnemann, Intellitics, Inc., Founder & CEO

The world needs more dialogue and deliberation in order to successfully address challenging social issues, yet most people still aren’t aware of the possibilities. By producing a pilot for a highly engaging reality show based on deliberative practices, the Real Dialogues project will introduce D&D to a broad public. This easily reproducible format will help our field gain mainstream visibility. Full proposal at www.ncdd.org/catalyst-entry-reality.

Ready to cast your vote?

Look for an email from member@surveymonkey.com sent on January 28th around 11:00am Eastern (8am Pacific) inviting you to vote. Your vote is tied to you via the link in your email, to ensure a fair vote among NCDD members.

If you didn’t receive the email, check your junk/spam filter first, then email joy@ncdd.org. She’ll verify your membership and make sure you receive an invitation to vote.