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Blog posts about the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, which took place in Reston, VA (in the DC metro area) this October 17-19, 2014. Learn much more about the event at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014.

Showcase Sessions at the 2014 NCDD Conference

We’re excited to share the final list of our featured presenters in this year’s “D&D Showcase” — a highly anticipated, high-energy event held on the first night of the 2014 NCDD conference. The Showcase is a fun way for you to meet some of the movers-and-shakers in our field and learn about their leading-edge projects, programs and tools. Showcase presenters are asked to prepare a brief spiel to use as a conversation starter during this un-timed session, to provide handouts so you can follow up after the […] (continue)

NCDD 2014 Workshop Descriptions Available!

Have you checked out the workshops that will be offered at NCDD 2014 yet? In case you missed it, we wanted to make sure to let you know that we have posted the most up to date list of workshops sessions that will be offered at this year’s National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation. And they are stellar!  The session offerings, as at all NCDD conferences, represent the vast diversity of our work. From boot camp trainings on facilitating deliberation, to panels on the most innovative […] (continue)

Student & Youth Scholarships Available for NCDD 2014!

Do you know an exceptional student or young person who has the potential to become a leader in the dialogue and deliberation field? Someone who really embodies the “next generation of democracy”? We want them to join us at NCDD 2014! NCDD is committed to helping students and youth attend this year’s NCDD conference (October 17-19 in Reston, VA) because part of our conference theme, Democracy for the Next Generation, is about getting tomorrow’s leaders in our work involved with us today. And as part of that commitment, we are helping […] (continue)

Looking for a roommate for NCDD 2014?

For those of you coming to the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation who want to cut down on your lodging costs, we encourage you to use the comments field on this blog post to find people interested in sharing a room at the conference hotel. The conference is taking place in Reston, VA (in the DC metro area) at the Hyatt Regency Reston. It’s a a cozy 4-Diamond hotel in the heart of Reston Town Center, and we encourage everyone coming in from out […] (continue)

Introducing Grande Lum and his work at the US Dept of Justice’s Community Relations Service

I want to draw your attention to the important work being done by the Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice in communities like Ferguson that are in crisis. The director of the Community Relations Service, Grande Lum, is one of our featured speakers at the 2014 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation coming up in October, and we’re honored to be following his work and to be able to hear from him at the conference. The Community Relations Service (CRS) is often called “America’s […] (continue)

NCDD’s Long-Term Mapping Efforts

Last week, I announced the visual mapping process NCDD is conducting that leads into our national conference in October. I’m excited to say that about 30 graphic recorders have expressed interest in being involved, and that the interviews are going very well so far thanks to our interviewer, Kathryn Thomson! At and after the conference, we plan to expand the project to more fully map our field in a way that creates a valuable product for all of us. We are interested in creating several maps, or a single map with […] (continue)

So many ways to use technology, so many ways to learn at NCDD 2014

Past conference attendees* have approached technology for public engagement, dialogue, and deliberation in so many different ways: Kira is hands-on and pragmatic, interested only in tools that fit into her work, today. Bob’s a skeptic, so it’s tough to convince him that online technology can play a role in his work. Ashante seeks technology that’ll make her dream process a reality. Andrés has just scratched the surface, unsure where to begin. And they’ve all found sessions to expand their vision and knowledge at past NCDD […] (continue)

Visual Mapping Process Leading into NCDD 2014

NCDD is in the midst of an exciting mapping process leading up to our national conference in the DC area this October. We’re conducting this initial mapping project–and a more in depth mapping process we hope to launch at the conference–in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation. There is a vast field of organizations, communities and networks whose work centers around collaborative group practices. This work goes by many different names (dialogue and deliberation, deliberative democracy, whole systems change, collective intelligence, collaborative problem solving, etc.), and NCDD […] (continue)

Peek Into NCDD’s Past Conferences

Here at NCDD, we are in full-on conference planning mode, working closely with our incredible planning team to organize what we hope will be our best conference yet. (Learn more about NCDD 2014 here.) One of my roles is to design the guidebooks, and I thought this would be a good time to share the guides from the previous conferences. If you’re thinking about joining us in October, these will give you a sense of the kinds of great programming, workshops, speakers, and networking we have in store […] (continue)

NCDD 2014 – Meet the Team!

Hands down the best part of planning and running our National Conferences on Dialogue & Deliberation is working with the people, both staff and volunteers, who come together to make these events amazing.  This year’s conference in the Washington, D.C. area is no different, with almost 50 members of our community offering their precious time and knowledge to make sure we bring you the best event we possibly can. We have a page dedicated to this fantastic team, and the photo above only shows a sampling. Sandy Heierbacher is […] (continue)

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