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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...

Remembering Taylor Willingham

NCDD lost one of our best and brightest this month. Taylor Willingham was a member of our board of directors, one of our most energetic supporters and a confidant to NCDD's core team. She will be greatly missed here at NCDD HQ, and her spirit and drive will always be part of who we are and what we do.

We've shared a short blog post about her ( which includes a touching message from her mother and information about how you can contribute to a legacy fund that is forming in her memory.

New "Idea Incubator" Posts

NCDD's newly-launched Idea Incubator, at, makes it easier to connect and collaborate with other NCDD members on your innovative ideas and projects. Here is a sampling of the posts NCDDers have added to the Idea Incubator since its launch:

Jim Snider's Idea for the President's Open Gov Plan 
"I recommend that the White House include in its open government plan a proposal to modernize public meeting spaces at Federal agencies."

Libraries For Democracy Seeks Collaborators & Members 
"NCDD members can help by encouraging their local libraries (public and academic) to become members and to provide programming with the help of local NCDD moderators."

Northern NJ Foundation Seeking Local Collaborators 
"Looking for NCDDers in Northern New Jersey. Our foundation convenes civic and educational leaders to discuss/resolve shared problems/opportunities in the fields of Education, Public Health, and Civic Engagement."

Share your ideas & responses:

Input Needed On DC and Seattle Events

NCDD's signature conferences bring together the extraordinary people who work in dialogue, deliberation and public engagement, leaving them more motivated, energized, supported and prepared to do this vital work.

In the works right now is a 2012 national NCDD event in Seattle. If you may be able to join us next year at NCDD Seattle, please take a minute to help us decide which dates might work best.

We're also thinking about organizing a smaller regional event in Washington DC in early 2012. NCDD Board Member Lucas Cioffi created a survey to gauge interest in the DC event. If you're in/near DC, we'd love your input!

Let us know what you think:
- Seattle Event Survey
- Washington Event Survey

From the NCDD News blog

See the full posts (and many more) at

Join a National Issues Forum on the National Debt -- in the Virtual World of Second Life

Consensus presents at Dole Institute on The Civility Project

Participatory Budgeting Project Launches in NYC

Israel's 1,000 Tables: A "Giant Dialogue of the Masses"

Must-see clips from PBS documentary on What's Next CA

White House announces "We the People" initiative

Use our Add-to-Blog form at to post news, opportunities, and thought pieces to the NCDD Community 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.

The Oxford Handbook of Civil Society 
Examines the topic of civil society through three prisms: as a part of society, as a kind of society, and as a space for citizen action and engagement.

One Nation, Many Beliefs: Talking About Religion in a Diverse Democracy 
The pilot version of a new discussion guide from Everyday Democracy to help people of different faith groups and secular groups develop relationships to work together in creating a community where everyone can thrive.

You Get What You Measure 
An alternative approach to strategic planning and evaluation from Yellow Wood Associates for helping people with diverse perspectives who share common goals.

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

NCDD recently made the move from to! You'll find over 7 years of blog posts and 2,500+ resources on the new site, along with a more modern, user-friendly design. Check it out!

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Good luck with all you're doing!


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