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National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation

Hi, everyone! Here is some of the latest news from NCDD and the dialogue & deliberation community...

Members Make NCDD Work

Join or renew today! NCDD provides a vital national gathering place for more than 1,500 organizations and individuals who are leading a renaissance of public engagement in the U.S. For nearly a decade, NCDD has developed and maintained a critical infrastructure for you -- the agents of democratic change.

We've connected and educated this community of practice by enabling networking, knowledge-sharing and collaboration; building an extraordinary resource database; keeping people informed about the latest news and opportunities in the practice; and convening conversations among leaders in our field around critical issues and timely topics.

Everyone who joins is entitled to the benefits of membership, and those who pay dues are eligible for some amazing discounts. But you're not buying a service; you're supporting a cause we all believe in: to help institutionalize the practice of democratic skills that will benefit us all. So, won't you take a few moments to support the organization that's supporting you by joining NCDD today? Thank you!

Saying Goodbye to a Hero in our Field

I am so sorry to say that Barnett Pearce has passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Barnett was known for his work with the Public Dialogue Consortium and as a founding faculty member of the Dialogue, Deliberation and Public Engagement graduate certificate program at Fielding. He developed a theory of communication called the "coordinated management of meaning" and co-founded the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution.

At the request of Barnett's wife Kim Pearce -- another extraordinary leader and friend in our field -- please consider making a contribution to the nonprofit CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution in honor of Barnett's memory.

From the NCDD Community News blog

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Jobs: SFU Public Square Program Manager, National Inst for Civil Discourse director, Research Assoc at Public Agenda, etc.

Consensus Process Used by Occupy Movement

D&D in Geraldton, Australia, Wins Global Award by Susanna Haas Lyons

The Event at the Red Church by Lee Nellis

Whole System Conversations -- and the Voice of the Whole by Tom Atlee

What Creates and Sustains Active Citizenship? by Susanna Haas Lyons

Group Decision Tip: Our Interests by Craig Freshley

You're ALL Invited to "Occupy Cafe" from Ben Roberts

Can Deliberation Help Reform the Initiative Process? from Jim Fishkin

How to Improve the White House's New e-Petition Tool? by Lucas Cioffi

IMTD's work on the Peace Corridor (Kartarpur Marg)

Spirit at Work Creative Video Contest by Martin Rutte

Use our Add-to-Blog form at to post news, opportunities, and thought pieces to the news blog!

New Must-See Resources…

The NCDD Resource Center connects you to more than 2,500 dialogue guides, evaluation tools, case studies, videos, and so much more. Start at, where you'll find our Beginner's Guide, a list of the latest entries, and guidance for navigating the rest.

Bridging the Gap between Public Officials and the Public 
This 2011 report by Tina Nabatchi and Cynthia Farrar for the Deliberative Democracy Consortium explores what elected officials know and think about public deliberation.

Top 10 Most Common Mistakes in Consensus Process and How to Avoid Them 
Tree Bressen, an NCDD Supporting Member and expert in facilitation and consensus, just released a new 2-page handout to assist those involved in the Occupy movement.

Activists' Views of Deliberation 
Based on more than 60 interviews, this 2007 article by Peter Levine of the University of Maryland and Rose Marie Nierras of the University of Sussex explores the tensions between deliberation and various forms of political activism and advocacy. (Posted in light of the Occupy movement.)

Involving Youth in Your Agency's Sustainability Activities 
This new report from the Institute for Local Government focuses on youth engagement with local governments, particularly on the issues of climate change and energy.

Civic Health and Unemployment 
This 2011 "issue brief" published by the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC) explores the relationship between civic engagement and economic resilience.

Use the Add-A-Resource form at to add your own articles, reports, videos, discussion guides, and assessment tools to NCDD's Resource Center!

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Good luck with all you're doing!


Sandy Heierbacher
Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD)
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