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Here we share some of the most important news for the dialogue and deliberation community that crosses our desks. For even more news and updates, check out NCDD’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ncddpage, where over 50 of our members’ blogs are followed.

Register today for Thursday’s NCDD Confab Call on civic infrastructure

On Thursday at 3pm Eastern (noon Pacific), we’ll be digging into the concept of civic infrastructure further together. NCDD members Ben Roberts and Amy Lenzo will be facilitating the call. Sign up today if you haven’t already registered. The term “civic infrastructure” certainly is buzzing in our field these days. The Orton Family Foundation launched the exciting CommunityMatters partnership (with NCDD and 6 other organizations) with the primary goal of building civic infrastructure in communities. Harold McDougall (who may be the first to use the term) […] (continue)

What the world needs now is Peace, Love and… Political Screaming Matches?

Joan Blades emailed me a few days ago with a link to a new website we weren’t sure made us want to laugh or to cry — www.politicalscreamingmatch.com.  I’ve been working with Joan lately (and Amanda Roman, Mary Jacksteit, and Barbara Simonetti) to explore how we might promote and support the launch of Living Room Conversations within the dialogue and deliberation community. Living Room Conversations are intimate dialogues among friends, neighbors, and friends-of-friends from both sides of the political divide. They’re designed to revitalize the art of […] (continue)

NCDD Seattle session app deadline extended until July 10

A bunch of folks have asked for more time to work on their session proposals for the 2012 NCDD conference in Seattle.  We decided to extend the deadline for proposals until July 10th (today was the original deadline) to give everybody a bit more time. If you’re working on a proposal and you can get it to us before the July 4th holiday, I’d greatly appreciate it!!  But do please get your proposals in by the end of the day on July 10th at the […] (continue)

GREAT new video overviewing the Public Conversations Project’s work over the past 20 years

The Public Conversations Project — a founding member of NCDD — has produced a must-see 6-minute video overviewing their work over the past 20 years, with a particular emphasis on their groundbreaking pro-life / pro-choice dialogue in Boston. Also be sure to check out NCDD’s video playlists on YouTube, where we’ve been keeping track of some of the very best videos out there on dialogue, deliberation, graphic recording, and online engagement — like this one. (continue)

Remembering 10 years of NCDD-ing

I’m getting ready to “celebrate” my 40th birthday tomorrow.  We launched the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation when I was 30, so this is a big birthday year for both me and NCDD.  Now that NCDD is ten years old, and we’re about to hold our 5th national conference this fall, Andy and I thought we’d invite all of you to remember the past ten years with us. Andy put together a wonderful page on the “WEB history of NCDD,” which shows the various iterations […] (continue)

Announcing the CommunityMatters Partnership

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) and six other national organizations have joined forces to build stronger communities. Under the leadership of the Orton Family Foundation, the new CommunityMatters partnership aims to equip cities, towns and all community members to strengthen their places and inspire change. This group champions the notion that people have the power to solve their community’s problems and shape its future, and NCDD is proud to be involved! NCDD and its six partners share the common goal of building strong communities […] (continue)

Carolyn Lukensmeyer to direct National Institute for Civil Discourse, transition from AmericaSpeaks

It’s official…  Carolyn Lukensmeyer — who we all know as founder and president of AmericaSpeaks — is moving on to a new role.  She’ll be serving as Executive Director of the University of Arizona-based National Institute for Civil Discourse.  Carolyn gave me a call yesterday with a heads-up about today’s big announcement, and said when I asked her why she’s making the move: “The National Institute for Civil Discourse is an extraordinary opportunity to expand the audiences to which I can bring the importance of citizens […] (continue)

Call for Sample Ordinances on Public Engagement

Mike McGrath from the National Civic League posted this on the NCDD LinkedIn group yesterday, and Matt Leighninger of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium posted this to the NCDD Discussion listserv today…  (Also be sure to check out our resource on this topic at www.ncdd.org/rc/item/4341 (including a great compilation of legal frameworks shared on an NCDD listserv discussion in fall 2010!) A set of national associations, including the National League of Cities, American Bar Association, and Int’l City/County Management Association, is working to draft model policies, resolutions, and […] (continue)

Help us map public engagement projects in California!

For those of you who have held public engagement programs in California, here’s an opportunity to get your work in front of funders, public administrators, fellow civic innovators, and others… NCDD is collaborating with the New America Foundation’s newly-launched California Civic Innovation Project (CCIP) to create a map of public engagement projects that have happened, are happening, or are being planned in California. Please take a few minutes to complete the simple survey at http://tinyurl.com/7ocbc48 and let us know about your projects and your organization.  CCIP and NCDD […] (continue)

Book Club Launch: Summary of Foreward & Intro from Martin Carcasson

Hello all, and welcome to the first NCDD book club. My name is Martín Carcasson, and I’m a communication studies professor at Colorado State University and the director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD), which I founded in 2006 to serve as an impartial resource to the northern Colorado community and provide capacity for a wide variety of deliberative events. I’ve been asked to start us off in the discussion of the new book Democratizing Deliberation by summarizing the Foreword by Kettering President David […] (continue)