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Posts about the 2012 NCDD national conference, which brought together 400 civic innovators in Seattle, Washington this October 12-14.

It’s Finally Here! NCDD 2012!

Ten years ago today, Sandy and I were in a rented van cruising south through Pennsylvania on our way to Alexandria, VA and the first-ever National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation. The van was filled with hundreds of hand-assembled three ring binders whose contents represented five years of work for both of us–the entire collection of D&D resources that we had assembled online. We chose to share our work with every participant of the first conference because our main goal was to introduce them to […] (continue)

2012 NCDD Conference guidebook available for download!

Andy and I are getting ready for our trip to Seattle tomorrow for the 2012 NCDD conference, and we can’t tell you how excited we are to see everybody!  We have 376 registrants as of this morning, and our planning team members are all bustling around to make sure everything comes together smoothly. Download our conference guidebook to look over the schedule, speakers, plenary descriptions, and much more.  It’s great to see in one place what’s been scattered on many pages and posts on the […] (continue)

Dialogue Seeds Strong and Growing Change in New Mexico

Dialogue-to-change is not simply a buzzword—it’s an active and real process that sees the bigger picture. The picture that says we can never have an energetic and authentic democracy without being connected to local communities and helping connect the dots to a national movement for change. In 2010, with the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Everyday Democracy arrived in Albuquerque as part of the Strong Starts initiative. We partnered with five local coalitions in finding ways to dialogue and take action together on […] (continue)

Can film and dialogue change the world?

As another presidential election lingers on the horizon, we’re once again reminded of the seemingly irreparable divide that plagues our nation. In fact, public discourse seems to become more polarized every day, as talk show pundits, bloggers and even cable news anchors fling shrill epithets at the “other side.” Of course, our people’s inability to find common ground isn’t anything new. But as we grapple with mounting challenges like unemployment, poverty and a broken education system (to name a few), we have no choice but […] (continue)

New to NCDD or D&D but attending the Seattle Conference?

Here are some quick recommendation for NCDD newbies and those just getting started in dialogue and deliberation work who will be joining us next weekend at the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation… Sign up for the Deliberation Bootcamp that’s being offered by Colorado State University professor Martin Carcasson the evening before the conference (4-6pm). Learn more about this and the other pre-conference activities our attendees are organizing at www.ncdd.org/events/pre-conference. Spend some time with the NCDD Beginner’s Guide at www.ncdd.org/rc/beginners-guide.  Familiarize yourself with the great […] (continue)

Online Launch of NCDD Catalyst Awards

To celebrate NCDD’s 10th anniversary this year, we are very excited to launch the NCDD Catalyst Awards.  Two $10,000 prizes will be awarded to team projects organized, led and selected by NCDD members that jump-start the field’s next best ideas and impact our communities’ and our country’s ability to solve its most challenging problems. Today, we are excited to announce that the online platform for collaboration is open at CivicEvolution™.  The NCDD Board chose this tool because it’s an excellent fit for the catalyst awards; NCDD […] (continue)

Introducing Our Emcees for NCDD Seattle

We’re thrilled to have two great NCDD members serving as our conference Emcees for NCDD Seattle:  John Gastil and Susanna Haas Lyons.  They’ll be providing you with familiar, friendly faces throughout the event, introducing presenters, making announcements and helping us transition between activities. John Gastil is the Head of the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University. Susanna Haas Lyons is a public engagement specialist, an AmericaSpeaks senior network associate, and a new mom (baby Judah is our youngest attendee!). Here’s a […] (continue)

Invitation for Workshop Leaders to Post their Case Studies on Participedia.net

NCDD has been involved in a great project called Participedia.net for the past couple of years.  Participedia is a new online repository for detailed case studies on democratic innovation and public engagement. Here’s a letter from Participedia director Pat Scully extending an invitation to session leaders at NCDD Seattle to contribute their stories and cases to the site! Letter from Patrick Scully, Director of Participedia It is exciting to see the impressive line-up of workshops planned for the upcoming 5th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation […] (continue)

Your help needed to collect audio from all workshops at NCDD Seattle

One of our extraordinary conference planning team members, John Spady (pictured), is organizing an effort to record audio from all our NCDD Seattle conference workshops.  Can you help?  If you’re willing to record all the workshops you’re attending, you may get a very cool recording device for your iPhone in the bargain. Basically, John is inviting fellow NCDD Seattle attendees with smart phones and tablets to help him acquire audio recordings from all the workshops.  He’s willing to create a resource that could then be offered […] (continue)

Sign up in advance for a Saturday afternoon field trip to secure your spot!

New:  As of October 9th, the Seattle Waterfront field trip is full!  New signups for this trip will not be valid — sorry! Conference attendees for NCDD Seattle have some fun options to choose from on Saturday afternoon/evening. At 4pm, you can (1) attend one of four pre-planned working sessions that explore innovative ideas for how we can work together to move this field forward, (2) launch your own working session on an idea that’s emerging, or (3) enjoy one of four field trips our […] (continue)