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“Confab Call” Series


NCDD’s popular “Confab calls” are opportunities for members of the NCDD community to connect with each other, hear about exciting projects in our field, and explore our field’s most pressing challenges. Our confabs feature some of our community’s most exciting leaders, projects and topics. Check out the confab archives to access audio recordings, video recordings and archives of the collaborative docs participants have worked on during past confabs!


Past Confabs:

February 17, 2021 – We asked the network, “Where are you putting your energy in 2021?”www.ncdd.org/32084

August 27, 2020 – We launched the With the People Initiative with the National Issues Forums and several other partners – www.ncdd.org/31562

July 30, 2020 – Lori Britt lead a conversation among higher education folks discussing D&D pedagogy in an uncertain fallwww.ncdd.org/31434

May 27, 2020 – We hosted a conversation about envisioning a more intentional future for our communities post-COVID – www.ncdd.org/31223

April 24, 2020 – co-hosted event with Susan Stuart Clark of Common Knowledge on “Cultivating Community Capacity with Four Deep Wisdom Practices”www.ncdd.org/31154

April 15, 2020 – co-hosted webinar with the National Civic League on “Social Distancing and Public Engagement” with Wendy Willis and Larry Schoolerwww.ncdd.org/31102

March 25, 2020 – We hosted a virtual Conversation Cafe about COVID-19 with process co-founder Susan Partnowwww.ncdd.org/31002

March 19, 2020 – we hosted a network call on COVID-19www.ncdd.org/30965

March 10, 2020 – John Gastil and Katie Knobloch discussed their new book, Hope for Democracywww.ncdd.org/30939

February 20, 2020 – we discussed the Hidden Common Ground Initiative with folks from the National Issues Forums Institutewww.ncdd.org/30860

December 5, 2019 – we talked about resources for discussing guns & violence with folks from National Issues Forums Institute, Living Room Conversations, and Essential Partnerswww.ncdd.org/30863

November 14, 2019 – we talked with Everyday Democracy about their evaluation tool, Ripple Effect Mapping www.ncdd.org/30579

Access more confab archives at www.ncdd.org/confabs.


“Tech Tuesday” Learning Events

NCDD’s Tech Tuesday series is focused on online technology for engagement. Many in our field are curious about how they can use online tools to support their engagement work, and many tool creators are excited to talk to this community about their innovations.

Past Tech Tuesdays:

September 2020 – We hosted our first Online Engagement Showcase featuring ten tools and platforms for engagement – www.ncdd.org/31679

April 2020 – EnCiv – archive at www.ncdd.org/31140

April 2019 – Ethelo – archive at www.ncdd.org/29639

October 2018 – Konveio and the interactive guidebook for #NCDD2018 – archive at www.ncdd.org/28323

May 2018 – Mismatch – archive at www.ncdd.org/26702

March 2018 – Synaccord – archive at https://ncdd.org/26059

Access more Tech Tuesday archives at www.ncdd.org/tech-tuesdays.

Meet-ups and Other Events

NCDD periodically hosts meet-ups and other events for members of the NCDD Community to come together in their respective regions to network and hear from some of their fellow members.

We have a small budget for helping NCDD members organize local events, so please contact Managing Director Courtney Breese at courtney@ncdd.org if you’re interested in leading a local networking event!

A few quick examples…

March 9, 2018 (Tempe)- NCDD held a meet up during the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy conference on Friday night in Tempe. It was a great opportunity to connect with folks in our network and those new to NCDD – all of whom are passionate about participatory democracy. Read about it at www.ncdd.org/25892

April 30, 2015 (San Francisco) – NCDD co-hosted an event with IAP2 NorCal featuring a presentation from NCDD member David Campt on how facilitators are accelerating their practice through audience polling systems. Learn more at www.ncdd.org/17956.