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Discounts for NCDD Members

NCDD members are eligible for all of the discounts we’ve negotiated on the following educational programs offered by some of the most respected organizations in our field. NCDD organizational members can send up to three people to any of these programs at the discounted rate.

Learn more about joining or renewing your membership, or learn how to add your trainings, programs and courses to this impressive list. Programs must help people build skills, capacity or knowledge in group process work.


  1. Courageous Leadership Project
  2. weDialogue
  3. Blue Rio Strategies
  4. The Center for Strategic Facilitation Trainings
  5. CogNexus Institute
  6. Community at Work’s Group Facilitation Skills Training
  7. Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Master Class
  8. Dialogue Partners Trainings
  9. Center for Wise Democracy’s Dynamic Facilitation trainings
  10. EngagingPlans Online Engagement Websites
  11. Future Search Network Workshops
  12. Harvest Moon Consultants
  13. Harwood Public Innovators Lab
  14. Heartland’s Art of Convening TeleTraining
  15. Leadership Strategies’ The Effective Facilitator Course
  16. League of Extraordinary Trainers’ Courses
  17. National Charrette Institute Trainings and Certificates
  18. Essential Partners Trainings
  19. PublicDecisions.com Online Trainings
  20. Dalar International Consultancy Workshops

Please note:  The fees listed on this page may not be the latest, but are included to give you a general idea of costs.

Courageous Leadership Project

At the Courageous Leadership Project we bring our expertise in leadership development, coaching and decades of experience in high stakes, high emotion engagement to create opportunities for better results. Stephani Roy McCallum is the Chief Storm Rider at the Courageous Leadership Project, where she harnesses the energy of conflict and high emotion and rides it to clearer skies. Working around the globe we help leaders have brave, honest conversations™ about the challenges they face to find solutions – together.

Bravely leading is in you. You just need to find it.

Build your skills & knowledge for Brave, Honest Conversations™ in your life, organization and community.


You can join us online this November 4-8, 2019 for GATHER: 5 Days of Brave, Honest Conversations ONLINE


The world needs a new kind of leader who shows up, takes a stand and changes the world for the better. It’s time to be #braveaf in your life.

GATHER with us online for 5 days of interviews, lectures, exercises, resources and conversations. Explore different themes of learning around brave, honest conversations and bravely lead challenging conversations in your world.

You can find information on the schedule, speakers, topics and more on our website. Do you have questions? Check out our FAQs.

NCDD members receive $50 off. Use discount code NCDD50.


Brave, Honest Conversations: Bravely leading challenging conversations

November 25-26, 2019 – Edmonton, AB, Canada
November 28-29, 2019 – Saskatoon, SK, Canada
December 10-11, 2019 – Moncton, NB, Canada

Brave, Honest Conversations™ are a way of talking together, working together and living. When we show up with courage, compassion and integrity the possibilities are endless. The world needs more leaders who dare to make a lasting difference.

It’s time to build your leadership skills – to practice courage, compassion and responsibility for impact. When you build your capacity to lead others, groups and the world around you, you create the momentum for positive change and the opportunity to move from stuck to possible. Foundational to leading others is the ability to lead yourself, to practice courage, compassion and kindness for yourself, and to make choices that allow you to bring your best self to the world. Learn new ways of being and showing up in tough conversations, and also find some new tangible, practical tools to improve your work in the world.

NCDD members receive $100 off. Use discount code NCDD100.

IAP2 Strategies for Public Opposition & Outrage in Public Participation

July 16-17, 2019 – Victoria, BC, Canada
September 17-18, 2019 – Edmonton, AB, Canada
September 19-20, 2019 – Regina, SK, Canada
October 16-17, 2019 – Ottawa, ON, Canada
January 14-15, 2020 – Halifax, NS, Canada

This two-day training course combines the work of risk communication expert Dr. Peter Sandman with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) core concepts for meaningful and effective public engagement.

Development of this course for IAP2 was led by Stephani Roy McCallum in 2009, and an update of course materials in 2017 reflects the current context of today’s charged, polarized environment. The workshop is practical, hands-on participatory mix of video, lecture, group exercises and decades of real world experience in engaging the public in high stakes, high conflict situations.

NCDD members receive $100 off. Use discount code NCDD100.

FREE Webinar: Brave, Honest Conversations

Join us on one of the following dates:
July 10, 2019
August 21, 2019

All webinars are an hour and 15 minutes long and start at noon Eastern Time.

Some conversations are hard to have. Fear and discomfort build in your body and you avoid and procrastinate or pretend everything is fine. Sometimes you rush in with urgency, wanting to smooth things over, fix them, and make them better. Sometimes you go to battle stations, positioning the conversation so you have a higher chance of being on the “winning” side.


Instead, it usually makes a hard conversation harder; more divided, polarized, and disconnected from others. The more people involved, the harder the conversation can be. I believe that brave, honest conversations are how we solve the problems we face in our world – together.

In this webinar, we will cover:

  • What is a Brave, Honest Conversation™ ? Why have one? What can change because of a brave, honest conversation?
  • How do you have one? What do you need to think about and do?
  • How do you prepare yourself for a brave, honest conversation?


weDialogue was launched in 2010 by NCDD Member Amy Lenzo out of her passion for virtual engagement and the belief that the internet can effectively foster deep human-to-human connection while reaching wider audiences with more resource efficiency than any other medium.

weDialogue designs and hosts independent cutting-edge online courses, conversations, and other participatory engagements for forward-thinking audiences around the world.

weDialogue offers NCDD members whose dues is in good standing a 20% discount on their webinars! Use the promotional code “GIFT” (all caps) to receive the 20% discount. Below is a sampling of their webinars – visit their site at www.wedialogue.com/events for the latest webinar offerings and events!

The Art of Online Hosting

The Art of Online Hosting is designed for those who are called to gather people together across geographic boundaries and host online courses and events that are everything we know they can be – real, engaging, truly interactive & deeply connected.

The course, experienced in a series of four two-hour online sessions, is both visionary and practical. Visionary in that it awakens new possibilities for how to “be” together in the digital realm, and practical in terms of sharing specific tools and practices that underpin successful online engagements.

We’ll focus on the basics and some of the deeper levels of hosting in the digital realm, using a variety of participatory formats as our entryways – not simply as methods, but as fundamental patterns of engagement.

We will become familiar with the technology of online interaction and together explore how to be fully present and connected – to the collective wisdom in our groups & to the innate wisdom of the earth – as the stance from which we host.

Join us and open the door to a better way to be together online.

Current Price: $300 NCDD Members: $240

Mastering the Art of Tech Hosting

Announcing the long-awaited companion course to The Art of Online Hosting…

Mastering the Art of Tech Hosting is all about partnering. It’s about being in relationship – with your technology, with the needs of the program design and the hosting team, and with the deeper patterns that support Life (and extraordinary online experiences).

The course is primarily for those who want to focus their attention and skills on the technology of online hosting, working in partnership with an online host. But it’s also for online hosts who want to understand what’s “under the hood” for themselves, at an advanced level of proficiency, whether or not they are working with a tech host.

Completing this course will give you a solid grounding in the art and craft of Tech Hosting & the deeper awareness that will allow you to step confidently into in this exciting new field, knowing you are well prepared.

Current Price: $500 NCDD Members: $400

Find out more information about the weDialogue at www.wedialogue.com. Keep an eye on the weDialogue site and the NCDD blog for news of upcoming webinars.

Blue Rio Strategies

Based in North Carolina, this consultancy and training company, founded by Jessi LaCosta, supports individuals and organizations in harnessing the power of adaptability, flexibility and leadership to move with the tide, to grow from a crisis or difficult situation to do more than survive – to Thrive.

LaCosta is a respected thought-leader, strategist and CCE-Board-Certified Coach who brings a compassionate and innovative approach to facilitation, consulting and coaching. She explores situations in mindful AND strategic ways, working with individuals, community leaders, executives and groups to gain clarity around their crucial situations and their best potential. As one of the first in the USA to work at the nexus of IPNB, Branding, Coaching and Conflict Management, LaCosta works diligently to set forth action planning often including leading-edge resilience and leadership tools and always reflective of clients’ specific needs.

BlueRio Strategies and LaCosta’s Collaborative, offers Sage Solutions For Social Impact© to build more effective, resilient teams, communities and organizations.

Services include:

  • Leadership Development
  • BCC-Approved Coach Certification Training Programs & Coach CEU Programs. (virtual and on-site)
  • Brand-Centered Sustainability™
  • Training in Adversity, Leadership, Team-building, Resilience and Branding
  • Personal and Professional Development Retreats

Custom programs are also available. 25% off most services for NCDD members. Use code NCDD2017 or mention membership when contacting.

Below are just three programs BlueRio offers– please visit www.hawkcollaborative.com/training/ for a full listing of courses or www.bluerio.net/about.html To learn more about custom programs and consulting requests.

BlueRio’s Lead & Thrive: A Leadership and Resilience Certification Course
100% virtual (BCC-Approved)
Training to become a professional coach is truly transformational. It’s about aligning your calling with your skills, qualities and traits and then developing a platform to manifest your vision. Whether you intend to coach managers, leaders, teams or even parents –having the right tools and understanding to leverage your coaching ability is a must.

Dealing with extreme challenges in productive, effective and compassionate ways leads to more than surviving – they inspire Thriving. In fact, supporting people to foster more resilience and authentic leadership is meaningful, satisfying and can be part or ALL of your career and in doing so you also lead a life full of abundance in thought, spirit and intention online course will show you how to bring your intuitive and strategic insight to life as a Certified Leadership and Resilience Coach.

Learn more here: http://hawkcollaborative.com/more-leadandthrive/
Current 2017 Price:  $2500.00 US for NCDD members: $1875.00 US

Coaching Through Acceptance™
Self-Paced 100% online:
Examine and explore the concept of Acceptance and Intention as it relates to self as coach and to clients’ plans and objectives.  In a time where “reaching for the stars” has become the norm – sometimes this comes at the cost of appreciating being in the present – a potential stumbling block for both coach and client. In this course, explore various ways to handle challenging situations when needing to accept a certain point in time. This course that includes online lessons & an *online discussion forum, intends to create a foundation that inspires brainstorming to develop a mindful, yet strong and focused intention for the future that may be another approach for fulfillment.

 Course outcomes:

  • Refine personal coaching styles that empower, guide and co-facilitate client-directed change
  • Refresh knowledge &/or obtain new insight around concept of Acceptance and modalities to help people move past feelings of being stuck
  • Access forms and templates to use with coaching clients
  • Introduction/Access to new model to use with clients: Coaching Through Acceptance™
  • Upon completion of requirements -digital certificate of 12 BCC CEUs earned including 4 in Ethics

*Open to All – not just BCC coaches, however cannot guarantee CEUs for non-BCC coaches.
Current Price:  $180.00 US for NCDD members: $135 US

CLMC – Life Mapping Coach Certification (Military Focused) 100% virtual
BlueRio Strategies offered the USA’s first CCE-BCC Approved, FULL Coaching Certification Program that specifically trains people to assist military veterans. The core focus of the training is to inspire, educate and empower people to use coaching as vehicle to assist military-connected individuals as they design sustainable lives, effective career maps and master transitioning from a military-focused life to the civilian sector with dignity and purpose. The program is also designed to encourage the participants/students to engage in deep reflection, experiencing potentially profound changes in their own lives as they train to support changes in their clients’ lives. The coaching process is founded in relational neuroscience, positive and strength-based strategies and what the founder calls Life-Mapping that is relatable, realistic and motivating. Learn more here: http://hawkcollaborative.com/veteran-coach-certification/

Current Price:  $1300.00 US for NCDD members: $975 US

The Harwood Public Innovators Lab

HarwoodLogoThis three-day lab is open to all community leaders who are engaged in building a community’s capacity for change. Communities across America are accelerating their change efforts with the Harwood Institute tools and methods shared in the Lab. It’s helping them engage people in new ways, generate new visibility and deepen their ability to lead change with community partners.

The Public Innovators Lab provides both the foundation of the Harwood approach coupled with a strong focus on concrete application. After the three-day training you will:

  • Understand what it means to “turn outward” and use the Harwood tools to help reorient others in your community and organization
  • Use the Aspirations Exercise to help surface people’s shared aspirations, tap into people’s passions and engage more donors, advocates and volunteers
  • Identify concrete situations where you can build more trust in the community
  • Identify the stage of community life for your community and strategically choose actions that best fit your current conditions
  • Engage with people to gain public knowledge by learning how to host Community Conversations

This experience will result in more authentic community engagement, an increased capacity for change and an enhanced voice in your community. NCDD members receive a 15% rebate off of the registration fee. Please indicate that you are a member of NCDD by putting “- NCDD” after your organization name at the time of registration.

Find out more information about the Harwood Institute at www.theharwoodinstitute.org/about/. Keep an eye on the Harwood site and the NCDD blog for news of upcoming labs.

Harvest Moon Consultants

Based on Bowen Island, British Columbia (Canada), Chris Corrigan and Caitlin Frost form the core partnership of Harvest Moon Consultants. As stewards within the Art of Hosting community of practice, Chris and Caitlin bring years of facilitation and teaching experience and connections to a worldwide network of partners and friends to their work. Caitlin Frost is a certified facilitator of The Work of Byron Katie and helps leaders become free of the stressful thinking that prevents them from stepping into complexity. Chris Corrigan is a well known facilitator of Open Space Technology, World Cafe and other participatory methods and is a sought after writer and teacher of the Art of Hosting, Open Space Technology and other participatory dialogue approaches.

Harvest Moon offers trainings in the Art of Hosting as well as The Work of Byron Katie in British Columbia and elsewhere in the world. The Art of Hosting is a workshop exploring participatory leadership, complexity world views, design tools and leadership practices for facilitators and leaders working in the context of complex strategic initiatives. Harvest Moon is pleased to offer discounts on our corporate and non-profit rate for NCDD members. Members receive a 20% discount off our corporate price of $1125 or 5% of our our non-profit price of $925.

For more information about our offerings, please contact Caitlin Frost at caitlin.frost@gmail.com and visit our training page at http://aohrivendell.withtank.com/.

Heartland’s Art of Convening TeleTraining

Convening is a leadership capacity that has the power to integrate and magnify the individual and collective, or group, team, whole organization, to enhance business and organizational performance, or individual relationships. How we gather, communicate and deliver the desired outcomes through our meetings is critical to the long-term vitality and success of our organizations and communities and the people within.

Using The Convening Wheel, Heartland‘s The Art of Convening Training is a practical map that anyone can navigate and activate as a core leadership competency. We travel the inner and outer path of the reflective leader, from getting to “The Heart of the Matter” to a “Commitment to Action” and all the territory in between.

Core TeleTraining Format – 30% off for NCDD members

Each Core TeleTraining Series of 7 two-hour sessions combines guided teaching of session themes with collaborative learning. The format, based on Heartland Inc.’s work with the Transformational Leaders Circles and various convening designs, utilizes ancient forms as well as modern systems for group effectiveness. All sessions are a blend of virtual group interaction and engagement. Between sessions participants continue learning via experiential exercises, individual reading and reflection, developing a Case Study and are supported by a custom online learning platform. Participants will receive ICF CCEUs – 15.75 hours.

Certification Training Format  – 30% off for NCDD members

The Certification Training combines a 3-1/2 day in-residency Retreat with a series of 5 guided cohort calls based on Heartland Inc.’s work with the Transformational Leaders Circles and various convening designs. The Training utilizes ancient forms as well as modern systems for group effectiveness. All calls are a blend of virtual group interaction and engagement. Between sessions participants continue learning via experiential exercises, individual reading and reflection, developing a Case Study presentation and are supported by a custom online learning platform. Once training is complete, participants will be certified in The Art of Convening and receive ICF CCEUs – 36.0 hours.

You will learn new practices and processes including:

  • Utilizing the Convening Wheel
  • Coaching Council Process
  • Stringing the Beads
  • Design Elements Checklist
  • Working with Transitions
  • Working with the Principles of Convening

Learn more at http://heartlandcircle.com/aoc-main.htm. Heartland offers a permanent 30% off discount for any Art of Convening Training to all NCDD Members. To receive this discount, use this code when registering: DSC-NCDD-30%

Future Search Network Workshops

Future Search is an innovative, highly participatory planning process that allows people to discover a set of shared values or themes (common ground) and build new dynamics such as inclusion and collaboration into their organization or community. Future search is not owned by anyone and all are encouraged to use the process and experiment with it.

Managing a Future Search – A Learning Workshop
FutureSearch-logoThis workshop is for facilitators, managers, students, community leaders, or anyone who wants to learn how applying Future Search principles enables a community or organization to transform its capability for action. Participants will acquire the tools needed to organize and manage Future Search conferences with integrity in any sector or culture.

The workshop is built around a simulated Future Search. The simulation is planned by the participants as part of the learning design. The whole group then has a basis for a shared experience with the techniques for building community, developing a mutual world view, creating desired futures, finding common ground, expanding the range of choices, and moving into action. Included are interactive sessions on theory, history, planning, facilitation and follow-up.

People have applied Future Search in every sector in many cultures. Examples include affordable housing in Santa Cruz, CA, economic development among the Inuit people of North America, AIDS in Bangladesh, more effective business planning in Brazil, business mergers in Germany, sustainable communities in England, strengthening democratic practices in South Africa, regional planning in Indonesia, and education reform across the United States. Future Search Network (www.futuresearchnet) has hundreds of examples worldwide.

The regular registration rate for the 2013 training is $1695. NCDD members are eligible for a 25% discount (only $1271.25!!) Learn more or register at www.futuresearch.net/method/workshops/descriptions-63071.cfm or call Jennifer at 215-951-0328 or 800-951-6333 (or email: fsn@futuresearch.net).

CogNexus Institute

CogNexus Institute is dedicated to teaching Issue Mapping and Dialogue Mapping™, proven methods for working with complex or wicked problems. Issue Mapping and Dialogue Mapping™ can be used to build shared understanding and shared commitment, which are two of the most important capabilities necessary for moving forward in the most complex situations.

NCDD members receive a 20% discount off the regular tuition for CogNexus Institute offerings by mentioning NCDD in the “How did you hear about us?” or “Comments” field on registration, and by selecting the NCDD option on the payment page. More information about CogNexus Institute can be found at www.cognexus.org. You may also contact our Director of Training, KC Burgess Yakemovic, at kcby@cognexus.org, if you have questions.

Self-Paced Issue Mapping Course
Issue Mapping will, at minimum, help you become a more effective thinker. At maximum, it will help you master a method (Issue Based Information Systems — IBIS) and a tool (Compendium) that can catapult you to new levels of success in meetings and client outcomes as well as increase your contribution to helping work with big problems in our world. This course provides the opportunity to learn Issue Mapping at your own pace, with feedback from an instructor via email, phone and/or web conferencing on assignments as they are completed. The regular price for this course is $895, for NCDD members the price is $716.

Dialogue Mapping™ Workshop
The CogNexus Dialogue Mapping™ two-day workshop introduces managers, project leaders, facilitators, and consultants to the skill of Dialogue Mapping™, and a whole new way of helping groups solve problems and move forward. The pre-requisite for this course is one of our approved Issue Mapping Courses. In this face-to-face workshop we roll up our sleeves and get down to the “softer” skills of facilitating meetings from the place where IBIS, Compendium and facilitation meet. We will spend our time together practicing the hard, productive, and satisfying work of Dialogue Mapping™ which calls for sustained concentration, willingness to make mistakes and learn in public, and a fierce commitment to listening and shared understanding. The regular price for this workshop is $995, for NCDD members the price is $796.

Community at Work’s Group Facilitation Skills Training

Image of Facilitator's GuideThis is Community At Work‘s renowned 3-day workshop based on the international best-seller, Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory Decision-Making. Sarah Fisk, Ph.D. and Sam Kaner, Ph.D., co-authors of the Facilitator’s Guide, take turns leading these workshops focused on “putting participatory values into practice.” Most trainings take place at Community At Work in San Francisco, California.

NCDD members receive a 25% discount off of the $1495 – $795 sliding scale. (The best discounted adjusted fee for those who are self-employed or working for a community-based nonprofit is thus $596.25.) Please indicate that you are a member of NCDD at the time of registration. For more information and registration email duane@CommunityAtWork.com or phone Duane Berger at 415-641-9773. Both Sarah’s and Sam’s workshops typically sell out early, so be sure and contact Duane ahead of time.

Dialogue Partners’ Trainings

Dialogue Partners builds capacity through hands-on knowledge transfer and mentoring. Their approach to public engagement training, workshops and seminars is no different. Once you have experienced one of their sessions, their hope is that you will be able to create meaningful and productive public engagement programs on your own.

They offer a number of training courses, workshops, seminars and speaking engagements that can be tailored or changed to meet your needs. Consult their list of training courses and their training calendar to see the training programs they provide on a regular and per-request basis.

NCDD members receive a 15% discount off the regular registration rate for Dialogue Partners trainings. More info about their training courses can be found at http://dialoguepartners.ca/civic-engagement-services/training/training-courses/.

The Center for Wise Democracy’s Dynamic Facilitation Trainings

The Center for Wise Democracy assists communities in creating Wisdom Councils – randomly-selected, facilitated ‘juries’ reflecting the larger diversity of the community – which engage in dialogue about the larger system and arrive at creative consensus on shared visions. These visions in turn serve to increase the quality of the dialogue among the larger community. “Dynamic facilitation“ is used to facilitate Wisdom Councils, and the Center provides trainings in dynamic facilitation regularly.

Dynamic Facilitation is a unique form of facilitation that feels like dialogue in that people share deeply from the heart about has meaning to them and generates group decisions and unanimous outcomes similar to deliberation. Its large-scale applications, known as the Creative Insight Council and the Wisdom Council, are being used to transform democracy in the public and private sphere, helping diverse groups address systemic and complex issues creatively and collaboratively and reached shared outcomes. In this introductory seminar, you’ll learn how to use these skills to help groups and large systems think together creatively and collaboratively to achieve self-organizing, win/win outcomes at home and in workplaces, schools, government agencies, and community settings.

NCDD members receive a 20% discount on DF trainings which, for nonprofits, are regularly $995 for the 3-day training ($796 for NCDD members). Visit www.tobe.net for more information and to register. The regular government rate is $1,195 and the corporate rate is $1,395. To register, please contact Jim Rough at jim@dynamicfacilitation.com or 206-965-8498.

EngagingPlans Online Engagement Websites

Note from NCDD:  Okay – this one may not be a training or educational program, but we thought this discount was an important enough member benefit to list on the discounts page!

EngagingPlans from Urban Interactive Studio (UIS) is an online engagement solution tailored to your needs, something that’s rare in today’s world of one-size-fits-all web applications. EngagingPlans solves the dilemma that many organizations face as communication moves increasingly online and more citizens expect the convenience of having information available on the web.

Agencies are recognizing the value of online communication among stakeholders, citizens, and decision-makers, but often can’t afford the financial or administrative output required to maintain an effective web presence dedicated to a specific project. EngagingPlans enables the rapid launch of a robust website and engagement management system, with minimal effort and no special technical skills required.

NCDD members receive a 15% discount off the monthly subscription fee for our EngagingPlans Pro package – you only pay $75.65 per month. This micro site delivers a comprehensive suite of features that allow you to quickly and efficiently facilitate communication with the public.  Go to http://EngagingPlans.com/NCDD for more details, or email us at info@urbaninteractivestudio.com.

Urban Interactive Studio (UIS) LLC is a full-service technology consulting firm specializing in Web and mobile solutions for communities, non-profit organizations, and government institutions. We take a truly unique approach to our projects, combining a variety of cutting-edge online and mobile tools, as well as social media strategies, to facilitate communication and spark interaction in innovative new ways.

League of Extraordinary Trainers’ Courses

The League of Extraordinary Trainers are eight highly seasoned practitioners who have designed and presented some of the most powerful and recognized training in public participation, collaboration, consensus, high stakes communication, and facilitation. Extraordinary Trainers (a national sponsor of NCDD’s 2010, 2012 & 2014 events) are among the practice leaders, developers, and founders of the the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and its spectrum, principles and ethics.

Our training centerpiece earns you a Certificate in Public Participation from The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). These courses allow public participation professionals to master the basics of how to design and deliver a public participation program and enhance their existing skills.  IAP2 is the world-wide standard in comprehensive public participation training. This certificate program consists of a series of three courses over five days:

  • PLANNING for Effective Public Participation is a 2-day course (a pre-requisite to “Communications and/or Techniques”)
  • COMMUNICATIONS for Effective Public Participation is a 1-day course; and
  • TECHNIQUES for Effective Public Participation is a 2-day course

Our newest training course is Emotion, Outrage and Public Participation – Moving from Rage to Reason (EOP2). This practical, hands-on workshop is a fresh 2-day mix of lecture, video, small and large group discussion and authentic, real world exercises that give you the tools and ability to manage the tough public issues that you face and move your projects forward.

NCDD members receive a 10% discount ($315 per training day) on all trainings — and a 20% ($280 per training day) discount if you register by the Early Bird date. Visit www.extraordinarytrainers.com for more details on the trainings (including info on customized trainings for your organization), and for early bird registration deadlines. You may also view the training calendar on www.iap2.org/calendar.cfm. To take advantage of the NCDD Member Discounts contact us directly at info@extraordinarytrainers.com or 720-237-9175.

National Charrette Institute Trainings and Certificates

Charrettes are typically a potent combination of modern design studio and town meeting, with a dash of the teamwork from an old-fashioned barnraising mixed in. Most start with a hands-on session for citizens and continue in an around-the-clock, energetic push until a plan is finished about a week later. A charrette can be a breakthrough event that helps overcome inertia and creates a meaningful master plan. More about charrettes.

NCDD members receive a 10% discount on all NCI trainings. Visit www.charretteinstitute.org/programs.html for details on the upcoming trainings NCI is offering.

NCI Charrette Planner® Certificate
This certificate is geared toward public and private planning staff, development managers and advocacy group staff. This information is invaluable both for those who hire others to conduct charrettes and for those who will be conducting charrettes themselves. By the end of the program you will have practiced the complete process for planning a charrette.

NCI Complete Charrette Manager™ Certificate
Charrettes are dynamic with unique challenges. Charrette managers must be quick on their feet and have a large toolbox of processes and skills.  The NCI Charrette Management training equips professionals with the necessary tools for managing large charrettes.  This 1.5-day training is an in-depth study of the most challenging aspects of the multiple-day charrette.

NCI Public Meeting Facilitator™ Certificate
The comprehensive charrette manager must know how to handle the most volatile public meetings. In just two days you will gain the lessons learned from some of the toughest charrettes and learn how so many potential problems can be defused by knowing how to properly set up and facilitate public meetings. You will finally be able to relax while conducting a large meeting, knowing that you have the most effective tools and preventions in place. Today, the range of abilities of people who are running charrettes varies as much as the definition of the charrette process itself. Adding an NCI certificate to your credentials distinguishes you as someone with the most advanced process tools and puts you ahead of the competition for high profile jobs that require substantial public involvement.

Essential Partners Trainings

Essential Partners offers some of the best dialogue trainings out there.  NCDD members receive a 15% discount on most of their trainings. Learn more at www.whatisessential.org/workshops, or register by contacting Program Coordinator Seth Karamage at 617-923-1216 x24 or skaramage@publicconversations.org.

The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues (three days)
Essential Partners’ signature workshop offers a deep exploration of Reflective Structured Dialogue, an intentional communication process marked by its unique capacity to reduce threat and foster mutual understanding across lines of deep difference. Through immersion in an extensive case simulation, participants will learn about the dynamics of polarization and conflict, and explore modes of communication that increase trust, re-humanize opponents and shift relationships. Learn how to:

  • Create conversational structures that prevent destructive debate and foster constructive dialogue
  • Prepare a forum for new ways of speaking and listening through pre-dialogue contacts between facilitator and participants
  • Partner with participants in the planning of the dialogue to insure their commitment to and investment in the process
  • Facilitate from a collaborative stance
  • Foster reflection between participants and facilitators on the events of a dialogue to shape what happens next

Early registration fee: $375. Regular registration fee: $450 ($382 for NCDD members). Learn more.

Transforming Divisive Conversation: A Workshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders (one day)
Like all communities, faith communities are characterized as much by their diversity as by their shared identity, beliefs and values. Conflict can arise around differences in theology, worship, identity, and transition. Transforming Divisive Conversation will explore ways that congregational leaders can approach conflict, prevent corrosive interactions and help their members engage each other in constructive ways. Early registration fee: $125
. Regular registration fee: $150 ($127 for NCDD members). Learn more.

Inquiry as Intervention: Crafting Questions with Purpose and Impact (one day)
Questions are powerful. Once asked, they can either invite or inhibit understanding between the asker and the asked. In this workshop, participants will experience the effects that different questions have on them and on others. In addition, they will learn how to craft questions that open up new possibilities for conversations across deep differences. After Inquiry as Intervention, you may never hear–or ask–a question in the same way again! Early registration fee: $125
. Regular registration fee: $150 ($127 for NCDD members). Learn more.

Staying Grounded When on the Spot: A Facilitation Workshop (two days)
Anyone who facilitates meetings can be thrown off balance when difficult moments arise. Staying Grounded will help you deepen your self-awareness as a facilitator and develop constructive, purposeful responses to common challenges: violations of ground rules, opposition to the process or purpose of the meeting, or resistance to your own role and credibility. This workshop will help you improve your ability to adapt a meeting to a group’s shifting needs and interests while maintaining your own balance. Early registration fee: $250. Regular registration fee: $300 ($255 for NCDD members). Learn more.

Principles and Practices of Meeting Design: An Interactive Workshop (one day)
Most of us have spent thousands of hours in meetings, as leaders and participants. Some of those meetings have been time well spent; others have been frustrating and unconstructive. In this workshop you will learn design and facilitation principles and techniques that create more engaging and satisfying meetings in small or large groups, in communities, organizations, or in the workplace. Early registration fee: $125. Regular registration fee: $150 ($127 for NCDD members).

PublicDecisions.com Online Trainings

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PublicDecisions.com offers practical online trainings for people who work with stakeholders and the public to solve problems, craft policies/programs or achieve social change. Their multi-audience website serves differing skill levels and learning needs around the practice of public involvement. Various trainings are tailored for public participation practitioners, for elected and appointed officials, and for nonprofit leaders.

Classes are conducted live, and quality is ensured by limiting class sizes to a small number of participants. All you need is high-speed internet and a phone (or Skype). NCDD members save 20% on all PublicDecisions classes, which are typically $95 for 60-minute courses (discount may not be combined with other coupons or offers). Contact Paul Coelus at Paul@PublicDecisions.com for details on registering at the discounted rate. Learn more about PublicDecisions.com’s trainings.

Courses cover topics like:

  • Top Ten Reasons Not to Involve the Public in Your Decisions
  • Community Planning Events: Why and How to Organize Them
  • Integrate the Public’s Values into Facility Siting Decisions: Turn NIMBY into GUMBY
  • Become an Active Listener: Communicate Effectively with Angry and Upset People

The Center for Strategic Facilitation Trainings

The Center for Strategic Facilitation is a partnership of consultants in the San Francisco Bay Area experienced in training, facilitation and organizational development. They are the licensed provider of Technology of Participation (ToP) training in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. ToP are time tested methods used throughout the world that were developed by the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA).

The CSF Senior Partners are Marti Roach and Jane Stallman. NCDD members receive a 20% discount on CSF trainings, excluding the year-long mastery program MToP. To register, email Jane Stallman at jlstallman@aol.com and indicate the course you are interested in. Jane will mail you the registration form. Be sure to write “NCDD member” on the top of your registration form before you mail it in. You can also call Jane 510-532-6595 with questions. The course list with dates and a registration form is also available on the web site, hit the link above and download from the home page.

ToP Facilitation Methods Course
This 2-day intensive course presents the fundamentals of the Technology of Participation (ToP) methods, with hands-on training to increase effectiveness, consensus and creativity in meetings. If you take one course to learn more about facilitation, this is it! $645 (only $516 for NCDD members).

ToP Strategic Planning
This two day course provides a solid, detailed design of participatory strategic planning, including a bridge to first year implementation actions, monitoring and follow-up. If you want to design and lead effective strategic planning processes, this course will provide a powerful model and set of tools. Pre-requisite: ToP Facilitation Methods. $645 (only $516 for NCDD members).

ToP Secrets of Implementation
Does your organization or your clients have trouble sustaining a plan once it has been initiated? Do you sometimes find it difficult to stay on track or help others to do so? Do you want to learn new tools and techniques to bring new people onto a team, revitalize implementation along the path to success? Some to the two-day ToP Secrets and gain knowledge on how to keep plans alive and projects on target, relevant and energized. Pre-requisite: ToP Facilitation Methods pre- $645 (only $516 for NCDD members).

Dalar International Consultancy Workshops

Dalar logoBirgitt Williams and Ward Williams of Dalar International Consultancy are the co-founders of the Genuine Contact™ Program.  This program is a highly adaptive and powerful series of processes that are simple to use and yet allow for handling complex issues and for working with your people that taps into the collective wisdom to solve the issues.

NCDD members receive a 25% discount off the regular price for any of Dalar’s upcoming events.  Simply note your NCDD membership on the registration form and the discount will be applied to your invoice.

Train the Trainer in the Genuine Contact Program
Learn how to use the Medicine Wheel Tool© as a framework for business success and become authorized to teach all of the components of Genuine Contact Program.  Pre-requisites include Sessions 1 through 4 of the Genuine Contact Program. 2009 rate: $1,500 ($1125 for NCDD members). Learn more or register today at www.dalarinternational.com/trainings-events.

Leadership Strategies’ The Effective Facilitator Course

Learn the techniques our facilitators use to achieve amazing results through groups! How do you get groups to develop workable, realistic solutions? Our flagship course delivers the tools and techniques you can use immediately! We show you how to motivate a group, build consensus, manage dysfunction, maintain focus, generate ownership and inspire to action.

logoLSI offers this training dozens of times throughout the year throughout the U.S. and internationally. As of January 2009, there are upcoming trainings listed for Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Toronto, Denver, and Sydney. Directed by Michael Wilkinson, Leadership Strategies, Inc. is well-known for their high-quality facilitation trainings and certificate program.

NCDD members receive a 10% discount on all public or private classes. As of early 2009, public 4-day classes were $2095 ($1885.50 for NCDD members). 3-day training courses are $1695 ($1525.50 for NCDD members). Contact Sandra Liburd at 800-824-2850 x20 or register at www.leadstrat.com/public-register.html. You can also learn more about The Effective Facilitator at www.leadstrat.com/training-facil-effective-facilitator.html.

Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement Certificate Program

The award winning Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement Certificate Program, originally at Fielding Graduate University and now housed at Kansas State University, is a transformative professional development program focused on making wise choices for engagement.

Designed to be a transformative experience for graduate students and professionals, this program covers the practice and theory of leading groups through collaborative decision-making. Through a series of four courses, students will learn:

  • approaches to participatory planning and collaborative decision-making that are supported by sound scholarship
  • communication and leadership skills for designing and leading productive meetings
  • dialogic practices for developing and maintaining constructive working relationships and managing conflict
  • proven frameworks selecting or designing engagement processes for organizations, stakeholders, or whole communities
  • a wide range of tools and techniques for engaging small and large groups to address conflicts, explore alternatives and inform policy
  • principles and practices that move groups toward sustainable action that changes lives

Courses are presented in a hybrid format, with some offered completely online and others having face to face interaction. Students will interact regularly with each other and leaders in the field who serve as collaborating guest faculty. A capstone engagement project concludes the certificate. Recognized as one of the most valued parts of the program, it provides opportunities for coached practice with faculty and seasoned practitioners.

Students in the program may pursue a 12-hour graduate certificate by enrolling in the courses for credit. The DDPE program is also designed for individuals who desire noncredit professional development instead of academic credit.

To learn more, go to http://global.k-state.edu/artsci/ddpe/. Also feel free to contact Timothy J. Shaffer, PhD at tjshaffer@ksu.edu with any questions.

NCDD members receive a 10% discount on their course fees.