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

Announcing the “D&D Showcase” at NCDD Seattle

Friday, October 12th, 4:30-6:00 pm During the reception at this year’s conference, we’re excited to be holding a “D&D Showcase.” 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. 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. Here’s a great video of Kai Degner giving his “spiel” […] (continue)

Announcing our National Sponsors for NCDD Seattle

We’re excited to announce that leading organizations (and authors) in the dialogue and deliberation community have really come out to support the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation. The following organizations have signed on as All-Star Sponsors, Co-Sponsors, and Partners of NCDD Seattle — and we are so grateful for their generous support. Our sponsors are in many ways a “who’s who” in public engagement, and we’re thrilled they want to publicly support this year’s NCDD conference.  See the full list of sponsors below […] (continue)

Who attends NCDD conferences?

The quick answer:  Civic leaders and innovators who utilize highly participatory practices like dialogue and deliberation to help people work together to solve their most challenging problems. A bit more on that… NCDD (the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation) launched in 2002 in response to a clear need for more learning and collaboration among those who approach dialogue and deliberation from a variety of disciplines — including public policy, social work, communications, education, social justice, community building, and organizational development. Our conferences attract a diverse, energetic, intelligent […] (continue)

Deets for today’s NCDD Confab Call on civic infrastructure

Today’s NCDD confab call starts in a half hour or so. If you’ve registered, look for a reminder email from Ben Roberts that should have arrived in your inbox around 7am Eastern this morning. It includes the call-in number and pin that is specific to you. Note we’ll be using the Google doc at http://tiny.cc/julyconfab for note-taking and networking on today’s call. This is especially important today, as we’ll be in small groups during a large portion of the call and we want to capture […] (continue)

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)

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)

Join us on a 2-part call series on civic infrastructure

Every community has a physical infrastructure – the streets and roads and sewer lines that connect buildings and allow cities to buzz and grow. But every place also has a civic infrastructure: the social connections, decision-making processes, and formal and informal networks that allow residents to solve problems, work together, and build a thriving community. Join us on a 2-part conference call series to explore the important topic of civic infrastructure.  This ties directly into our theme for NCDD Seattle on how we can build civic infrastructure in […] (continue)

Call for Proposals for NCDD Seattle!

NCDD is holding a national conference for civic innovators this October 12-14 in Seattle. NCDD conferences bring together hundreds of the most active, thoughtful, and influential people involved in public engagement and group process work across the U.S. and Canada. Imagine spending three days with some of the most amazing people in our field and exploring together how we can shape the future of this important movement… there’s really nothing like it.  We hope you can join us at NCDD Seattle. Today we’re announcing our call […] (continue)

Our goals and theme for NCDD Seattle…

NCDD conferences are known for being innovative and highly participatory. We focus on providing participants with opportunities to network with colleagues, experience innovative group methods, and explore key challenges in our field together. At the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation this October 12-14 in Seattle, we plan to focus on the importance of building strong civic infrastructure in our community of practice, in the communities where we live and work, and in our country.  We look forward to learning with and from you, and […] (continue)

Registration is Live for NCDD Seattle!

Registration is now live for the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, at www.ncddseattle.eventbrite.com.  Be sure to register soon to take advantage of the $350 early bird rate — and spread the news to your own networks! We’re so excited about NCDD Seattle!  We’re coming together October 12-14 (Friday through Sunday) at the beautiful Hyatt at Olive 8 in hipster-approved downtown Seattle. After organizing 5 regional events in 2010, we’re going back to holding our biennial national gathering.  Spending three days with some of the […] (continue)