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Outreach Templates for NCDD 2014

Feel free to adapt these templates however you think will make the biggest impact on the person/organization you’re contacting.  And let me know if you have suggestions for additions or changes!  I’ll try to keep these templates updated.   – Sandy

Documents & Images to Share

First, three docs you may need:

  • Flyer / one-pager go
  • Conference Postcard go
  • Document describing sponsorship opportunities go

Second, a few images you can attach to emails, post on blogs, share on social media, etc.:

  • ncdd2014-squarelogoConference postcard (the side with the event name, description and link) go
  • Sidebar image for the conference go
  • Longer version of this image (for use on blog posts, for example) go
  • Square image of “NCDD” and “2014” dialogue bubbles (pictured here) go
  • Simple image with conference name and dates (blue background) go
  • Photo of our postcards and moo cards (in case you want to let others know we can ship them some for distribution) go

Quick Links to Each Template

Have a situation which needs special attention?  Contact NCDD HQ and we’ll work with you to craft an appropriate message.

Some Ready-To-Go Tweets

If you need some idea of what to “tweet”, you’ll find two suggestions below.  Also feel free to visit NCDD’s Twitter account and retweet any messages about the conference, like this one!

Join 400+ civic leaders and innovators at #ncdd2014 this Oct 17-19 in the DC area! Learn more & register today at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014

400+ amazing innovators in #publicengagement and #demopart will converge in DC this Oct 17-19 for NCDD 2014. More at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014

Blurb for Newsletters

The following blurbs can be used in forums, on mailing lists, for short blog posts, or even in print if you have that option.

The National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is coming to the DC metro area this October 17-19. Join us for a great event that will bring together 400+ of the most active and influential people involved in public engagement and group process work across the U.S. and Canada. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about, and contribute to, the best of what’s happening in public engagement, community problem-solving, and arts-based dialogue — so please do join us to share your work, meet new colleagues, and be inspired by the latest innovations in our field. Learn more at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014 or register today at www.ncdd2014.eventbrite.com.

or with title:

National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation — October 17-19 in the DC Metro Area
Join 400+ innovators in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement for a productive, fun professional event that will leave you energized to do more great work. Our biennial national conferences are well-loved, high energy events that bring together those who are committed to finding innovative ways to convene people to address seemingly intractable problems. Learn more at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014 or register today at www.ncdd2014.eventbrite.com.

or this version:

More than 400 of the most active and influential people in public engagement will converge in the DC metro area for the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) this October 17-19. The conference will highlight the best of what’s happening in public engagement, community problem-solving, and arts-based dialogue across the U.S. and Canada. Please join us to share your work, meet new colleagues, and be inspired by the latest innovations in our field. Learn more at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014 or register today at www.ncdd2014.eventbrite.com.

General Announcement to People in the DC Area

This announcement is good for a wide range of uses.  Feel free to add any of the images or documents listed above to this post, or grab whatever photos you like from the NCDD site by right-clicking on them and selecting “Copy Image URL”.

Subj:  Join us at the 2014 NCDD Conference in the DC area this October 17-19

NCDD 2014:  Democracy for the Next Generation

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is coming to the DC area this October 17-19 (Fri through Sun) at the Hyatt Regency Reston for a great event that will bring together 400+ of the most active and influential people involved in public engagement and group process work across the U.S. and Canada.

NCDD has held unique, engaging biennial conferences for leaders and up-and-comers in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement since 2002. In the past twelve years we’ve brought together more than 2,500 people from dozens of countries. If you’re new to NCDD, learn more about this rich network and resource at www.ncdd.org.

Imagine spending three days with some of the most amazing people in our field as we explore how we can shape the future of this important movement… there’s really nothing like it. We’ll be using many creative ways to highlight the best of what’s happening in public engagement, community problem-solving, and arts-based dialogue — so please join us to share your work, meet new colleagues, and be inspired by the latest innovations in our field.

This year, we are thrilled to have plenary speakers David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation, and Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, join us for another content rich event featuring our popular D&D Showcase, 40+ amazing sessions, a panel on gamification, an innovative field mapping activity, and the opportunity to network with hundreds of amazing innovators.

Learn more at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014 or register today at www.ncdd2014.eventbrite.com.

Email tailored to those already involved in NCDD…

This is an informal message tailored for members of our community or folks we have worked with in the past.  Feel free to attach any of the documents listed above to your email.

Subj:  Join us at the 2014 NCDD Conference in the DC area this October

NCDD 2014:  Democracy for the Next Generation
We’re so excited about NCDD 2014!! Our 6th National conference on dialogue and deliberation is coming up this October 17-19 2014, and we’ve already had a record number of early registrants for this event.

The Hyatt Regency Reston (offering terrific rates for NCDD conference-goers) is the perfect venue to host an amazing range of the most active and influential people involved in public engagement and group process work in North America today. We’re looking forward to having your voice at this inspiring, engaging, one of a kind event!

Our theme for this year’s conference–Democracy for the Next Generation–invites us to build on all the innovative practices and tools that have been invigorating the dialogue and deliberation community in recent years. Now more than ever, we have both the opportunity and, increasingly, the imperative to bring this work to a much larger stage in order to build a stronger democracy that is able to address society’s most pressing challenges.

This year, we are thrilled to have plenary speakers David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation, and Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, join us for another content rich event featuring our popular D&D Showcase, 40+ amazing sessions, a panel on gamification, an innovative field mapping activity, and the opportunity to network with hundreds of amazing innovators.

We hope you can come! Please bring what you’ve been learning and working on, get ready to be inspired by your colleagues, and together let’s explore how we can shape the future of this vital movement.

Learn more at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014 or register today at www.ncdd2014.eventbrite.com.

General email intro to the conference and NCDD…

This is a general message written to introduce the NCDD conference.  Feel free to attach any of the documents listed above to your email.

Subj: Join us at the 2014 NCDD conference in the DC area October 17-19

Hi, __!

I’ve been hearing about your work at ____ from some of our local members, and wanted to invite you to join us at the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, which is coming to the DC metro area (Oct 17-19 at the Hyatt Regency Reston).

This year’s NCDD conference will bring together hundreds of the most active and influential people involved in public engagement and group process work across the U.S. and Canada. We’ve held biennial national and regional events since 2002, with a total of over 2,500 attendees.

More about the conference and our past events is available at www.ncdd.org/events. NCDD is a vibrant network of 2,000 members and 33,000 subscribers who are committed to bringing people together across divides to address our most intractable problems. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource center, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this vital community of practice.

This will be the 6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation. Our theme for the 2014 conference, Democracy for the Next Generation, invites our attendees to build on all the innovative practices and tools that have been invigorating the dialogue and deliberation community in recent years. Now more than ever, we have both the opportunity and, increasingly, the imperative to bring this work to a much larger stage in order to build a stronger democracy that is able to address society’s most pressing challenges.

This year, we are thrilled to have plenary speakers David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation, and Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, join us for another content rich event featuring our popular D&D Showcase, 40+ amazing sessions, a panel on gamification, an innovative field mapping activity, and the opportunity to network with hundreds of amazing innovators.

I hope you can join us for NCDD 2014! You would be a great addition to the event.

I’ll attach a one-page overview of the conference for you, but you can learn much more at www.ncdd.org/events. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to chat about your involvement in the conference.

–  [ your signature, attach flyer ]

What to Expect at NCDD 2014

The following text was written to use on it’s own for people familiar with the event or to supplement any of the other templates on this page with additional specific information.

A national gathering of civic leaders and innovators

For the past 12 years, NCDD events have brought together more than 2,500 people in the dialogue and deliberation field―practitioners, scholars, public leaders, trainers, artists, activists, students and more―to learn, collaborate, and build networks.  Join us October 17-19 for the 6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation!

What to expect…

  • Participatory workshops and plenary sessions. Our program is packed with opportunities for you to network with colleagues, learn about the latest innovations, exchange ideas with leaders in the field, experience innovative group methods, and work together on projects designed to launch our field forward.
  • Great speakers & activities. This year, we are thrilled to have plenary speakers David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation, and Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, join us for another content rich event featuring our popular D&D Showcase, 40+ amazing sessions, a panel on gamification, an innovative field mapping activity, and the opportunity to network with hundreds of amazing innovators.
  • An inspiring theme. Our theme for NCDD 2014, Democracy for the Next Generation, invites our attendees to build on all the innovative practices and tools that have been invigorating the dialogue and deliberation community in recent years. Now more than ever, we have both the opportunity and, increasingly, the imperative to bring this work to a much larger stage in order to build a stronger democracy that is able to address society’s most pressing challenges.
  • An active role for you. You’ll have lots of opportunities to contribute your insights and even launch or join working groups if you’d like to.
  • Three days of inspiring ideas, high energy, and hundreds of the most amazing people in our field. NCDD 2014 will leave you feeling more motivated, energized, supported and prepared to do this vital work.

Learn more…

Visit www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014 to register, learn more, or become a conference sponsor.  You can also email NCDD 2014 conference manager Courtney Breese at courtney@ncdd.org with questions or to let us know you’re interested.

Outreach Piece for General Audiences

The following text was written with a general conference participant in mind, and is appropriate for any group, organization or individual that practices any form of civic engagement.  It is meant as an introduction and overview of the conference focusing on content and it’s value to the participant.

6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation:
Democracy for the Next Generation

October 17-19, 2014 – Washington, DC metro area (Reston, VA)

www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014

Today’s communities are challenged by polarizing, often intractable conflicts – yet people too often lack the tools to engage in respectful, civil discourse regarding differences in values, beliefs, politics and other issues that divide us.

If you think we can do better, and you’d like to find new ways to solve tough problems, join hundreds of others who believe that better communication is the key to addressing the critical issues facing organizations, communities, and society.

The 6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) will take place at the Hyatt Regency Reston, in the DC metro area, October 17-19. This biennial event brings together people from diverse backgrounds – facilitators, mediators, public leaders, activists, students, educators and “world-changers” – who share the common interest of creating better relationships and results through honest talk, quality thinking and collaborative action.

The conference will include:

  • Dozens of workshops offering best practices and the latest innovations in community building, group process and communication methods.
  • Interaction with many of the leading figures in the dialogue and deliberation field – featured speakers at past conferences included Eric Liu, Fran Korten, Bill Isaacs, Jim Fishkin, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, and Juanita Brown. This year, we will be joined by David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation, and Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service.
  • Highly participative plenary sessions that will explore the rich terrain of intergroup, intergenerational and transpartisan communication.
  • Unique experiences with large-group dialogue and deliberation methods, as well as creative expression through visual and performing arts.

You will leave NCDD with new skills and practical methods that you can use immediately to elevate the quality of discourse around conflict, encourage civic involvement and promote collaborative and thoughtful problem solving around organizational and societal issues.

If these are issues you care about, join us! For more info and to register, visit www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014

Outreach Piece for Practitioners

The following text was written with practitioners of dialogue & deliberation, civic engagement, and public articipation in mind.  It is meant as an introduction and overview of the conference from a participants point-of-view.

6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation:
Democracy for the Next Generation

October 17-19, 2014 – Washington DC Area (Reston, VA)

www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014

If you’d like to hear from the leading lights in our field, extend your network, explore the challenges you face, and preview the next phase in dialogue and deliberation, the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is one event you won’t want to miss.

This biennial event brings together 400+ people – facilitators, mediators, trainers, consultants, public leaders, educators, organizational development professionals and others – who believe that better communication is key to addressing the critical issues facing organizations, communities, and society.

At NCDD 2014, you will experience cutting-edge approaches to group process, community building and communication methods. National experts in dialogue and deliberation will share their latest thinking and you will be exposed to numerous practical tools and methodologies that you can use immediately.

This is not your usual “talking heads” conference. You’ll be fully engaged and learning no matter your level of expertise. NCDD offers you a unique opportunity to explore your challenges and successes with an amazing group of peers, increase your visibility and effectiveness, and build lasting relationships. You will leave feeling more motivated, supported and prepared to do this vital work.

The conference will include:

  • Dozens of workshops offering best practices and the latest innovations in community building, group process and communication methods.
  • Interaction with many of the leading figures in the dialogue and deliberation field – featured speakers at past conferences included Eric Liu, Fran Korten, Bill Isaacs, Jim Fishkin, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, and Juanita Brown. This year, we will be joined by David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation, and Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service.
  • Highly interactive plenary sessions that will explore the rich terrain of intergroup, inter-generational and transpartisan communication.
  • Unique experiences with large-group dialogue and deliberation methods, as well as creative expression through visual and performing arts.

NCDD is very reasonably priced and many attendees have commented that these are the “best conferences they’ve ever attended!”

For info and to register, visit www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014

Blurb that Sponsors and Partners Can Use

The following text can be used by Sponsors and Partners to invite friends and colleagues to the event at a discounted rate.  Please contact NCDD HQ to arrange for unique discount codes.  Additional text from the general descriptions above can be used to introduce the event.

[ORGANIZATION NAME] is a proud sponsor of the upcoming National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation taking place in the DC area this October 17-19. As a sponsor, we’re able to extend a  discounted registration rate of $375 to up to 20 of our members, friends, and colleagues. Learn more about the event at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014, or register now at this link for the discounted rate: [DISCOUNT CODE]

NCDD 2014 will bring together hundreds of the most active and influential people involved in public engagement and group process work across the U.S. and Canada. It’s a unique opportunity to learn about, and contribute to, the best of what’s happening in public engagement, community problem-solving, and arts-based dialogue — so please join us to share your work, meet new colleagues, and be inspired by the latest innovations in our field.

This year, NCDD 2014 will host plenary speakers David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation, and Grande Lum, director of the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service, as part of another content rich event featuring their popular D&D Showcase, 40+ amazing sessions, a panel on gamification, an innovative field mapping activity, and the opportunity to network with hundreds of amazing innovators.

Blurb About the Showcase

As of August 25th, 2014, we still have a handful of Showcase slots left.  Use the following blurb to invite a Showcase presenter.  If the potential presenter is new to the NCDD community, you might want to include a description of the event from one of the general templates above.

On behalf of the NCDD 2014 conference planning team, I’d like to offer you a spot in our “D&D Showcase” if you’re interested. The Showcase is a high-energy activity that provides a way for about 25 people in our field to introduce their work and their ideas to the majority of conference participants on the first night of the conference (Friday, October 17th). It’s a fun way for conference-goers to meet some of the movers-and-shakers in our field, and hear about some of their latest projects, programs and tools.

The Showcase sessions give you the opportunity to introduce a much larger percentage of conference attendees to your program than a concurrent session would. See www.ncdd.org/15606 for more details on the Showcase and what we require of presenters.

If you’re interested in this option, let me know as soon as possible. We only have a couple Showcase spaces left, but we’d like to reserve one of them for you if you’re interested.

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