The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) needs your support.
Despite an amazing return to our national conference this fall, our registration numbers did not meet our goals, and we are faced with severely diminished financial resources as a result. The last several years have been hard for us all (COVID, inflation, etc.) and so we made a conscious choice to be thoughtful about how hard we pushed for membership dues and renewals.
Now is the time for us to be clear: we need your support now if you want to continue to see NCDD bring people together across divides to discuss, decide, and take action together effectively on today’s toughest issues.
At the conference, we had a frank conversation with a group of members about this very situation. With their generosity, we were able to raise over $5,000 that very same day! To say we were touched is an understatement. One thing we heard from our members in that conversation is that we need to be honest and tell you where we’re at, and what we need.
The truth is, it’s a hard job keeping this coalition going - it always has been. Our staff all work part-time, and have other work they have to do on top of their roles at NCDD. We operate on an annual budget of only about $100,000 each year (conference revenue and expenses excluded), which is built on a combination of member dues, donation, and fee-for-service work our staff performs to help cover expenses. In 2023, we put all our eggs in the conference basket - so to speak - and without higher attendance numbers, we find ourselves just barely getting by in these final weeks of 2023. While we await other funding sources coming in early 2024, we need to raise at least $10,000 to help us pay our incredible staff for December and January.
If you attended the conference and that is all you can do this year - thank you! We know it is a serious financial commitment to join us in person.
We are asking for you, our amazing network, to help out in whatever way you are able:
Every contribution counts. We have big plans for the NCDD network in 2024 and, with your support, we can chart a course forward as a coalition!
The National Civic League, an NCDD member organization, recently published the Fall edition of National Civic Review (NCR). NCDD members receive a digital copy of NCR for free! (Find the access code below.) This esteemed quarterly journal offers insights and examples of civic engagement and deliberative governance from around the country. Thanks to Rebecca Trout, NCL’s Program Director for the DC Office & All-America City Award, for sharing this announcement with the NCDD network!
National Civic Review Fall Edition 2023 – Access Code: NCDD23
This issue of the National Civic Review showcases new and better ways of engaging the public in local decision-making processes. It features ideas about improving the quality and equity of public meetings, making them more satisfying for participants, and linking them to real-world policy outcomes.
To access this edition, go to the table of contents where you will be prompted to enter your unique access code: NCDD23.
One of the Nation’s Oldest and Most Respected Journals of Civic Affairs
Its cases studies, reports, interviews and essays help communities learn about the latest developments in collaborative problem-solving, civic engagement, local government innovation and democratic governance. Some of the country’s leading doers and thinkers have contributed articles to this invaluable resource for elected officials, public managers, nonprofit leaders, grassroots activists, and public administration scholars seeking to make America’s communities more inclusive, participatory, innovative and successful.
Find this most recent edition of NCR on NCL's site at: www.nationalcivicleague.org/national-civic-review/issue/fall-2023-volume-112-number-3/
We are still glowing from NCDD2023 - the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation - held in Atlanta from Friday October 13th to Sunday October 15th, with preconference events that ran all day on Thursday! The conference convened hundreds of practitioners across a wide spectrum of work connected to dialogue, deliberation, civic engagement, and more. It was an incredible time to come together, see old friends and make new ones, learn from each other, and find ways we can collaborate moving forward.
An immense THANK YOU to our conference sponsors for your generous support - you truly help drive this work and this field forward, and we couldn't do this without you!
Our NCDD2023 conference sponsors:
Huge THANK YOU to our indispensable conference planning team who worked hard to make NCDD2023 such a great success! NCDD conferences are collaborative from the beginning, which is why it was vital to have such a creative and supportive planning team. These phenomenal individuals offered their precious hours and valuable skills to make this conference a sensational reality - helping design the event, getting the word out, and volunteering on the ground to make sure things went smoothly. Putting on an event like NCDD2023 is no easy lift, yet because of the incredible team we worked with, they made it possible and a joy!
While the conference planning team worked hard to design a great event... it's thanks to our fantastic attendees who really brought NCDD2023 to life! It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and also meet lots of new folks who have been doing this work (many of whom were first-timers to NCDD conferences!). NCDD conferences are always in-person reminders of just how powerful this work is and how truly catalytic we can be when we come together. We want the conferences to be incubators for motivation to do this work and connections to make it happen, both at the conference and beyond!
NCDD2023 featured four pre-conference sessions and several other events on Thursday, and over the following three official conference days we had: 60+ workshops, 3 engaging plenaries, 30+ presenters during the D&D Showcase, an Undergraduate Student Facilitator Summit, a screening of the Abortion Talks, and several organized dialogues and collaborative convenings; in addition to the countless connections made throughout the weekend. Check out the beautiful boards created by our team of graphic faciliators at the conference to get an idea of some of the workshops and plenary conversations - find the folder linked here!
We also used the Whova App to supplement the conference experience. The event planning app offered dozens of "open space-like" opportunities to convene community conversations, organize meet-ups, share images and videos, and support further networking connections.
Land Acknowledgement - NCDD2023 was held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter in Atlanta, Georgia. It is important to understand the longstanding history that brought us to that land, and to seek to understand our place within that history. Land acknowledgements do not exist in a past tense, or historical context: settler colonialism is a current ongoing process, and we need to build our mindfulness of our present participation. We acknowledge the Muscogee (Creek) and Tsalagi (Cherokee) people who live, work, produce knowledge on, and nurture this land and were violently displaced from their lands. We invite you to join NCDD staff in providing an offering to the following two indigenous organizations on whose land the conference was held:
We want to hear from you! The conference evaluation is up at tinyurl.com/NCDD2023Eval. Please be sure to let us know what you loved, what could have been better, and any advice you have for the next planning team. We appreciate any feedback you can offer and will take it into consideration as we plan our future events. Thank you so much!
There is a lot of follow up from the NCDD2023 conference that we will continue to share with you. Stay tuned to the NCDD blog and your email inboxes for more details! Sign up for NCDD updates at www.ncdd.org/listservs.html.
Today is the day! #NCDD2023 is finally here and we couldn’t be more excited!! As our fantastic D&D community convenes, we look forward to a jam-packed weekend filled with inspiring speakers, an exciting variety of great workshops, the hottest efforts in civic engagement, and so much more!
This weekend will be a great opportunity to connect with hundreds of folks passionate about dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement work! Connect with movers and shakers in the field as we explore how to further strengthen our capacity for this work and amplify D&D across the nation and world.
You can still join us if you’re in the Atlanta area - check out the registration page at tinyurl.com/NCDD2023reg. And consider registering for even just one day!
Check out this incredible line up and networking opportunities galore - www.ncdd.org/2023schedule.html.
We're getting close to NCDD2023!! The 2023 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation will be from Friday October 13th to Sunday October 15th, with preconference events all day on Thursday October 12th.
If you've been waiting to register for NCDD 2023, wait no longer! This schedule and list of conference sessions is just more proof that this year's gathering will be one of the most exciting events on dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement work.
Don't miss out! Register at tinyurl.com/NCDD2023reg. Discount oppportunities still available: For $100 off 3-day regular registration (enter “100-off” promo code at checkout). For $60 off 3-day student registration (enter “Student-Deal” promo code at checkout).
ICYMI we announced several exciting mentions about NCDD2023 you'll want to check out:
THURSDAY EVENTS – PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS
See you all soon!
This time next week we will be gathered in Atlanta to kick off the 2023 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation! The conference formally begins on Friday October 13 and runs until Sunday October 15th, although we have a full day of pre conference events on Thursday, October 12th (several of which are free to join!). If you haven't already, register for NCDD2023 to join us for this signature event lifting up dialogue, deliberation, and engagement work. Register at tinyurl.com/NCDD2023reg.
We’re still offering our “100-off” promo code on regular registration and “Student-Deal” to save $60 on student registrations - so make the most of these opportunities as register today at the URL above. We also have one-day deals if you can only join us for a day!
We're using Whova as our event app platform and strongly encourage folks to check it out! Join the event app to access:
How to join:
The NCDD2023 planning team has been hard at work to create a fantastic conference, and we are thrilled to share that the guidebook is now available! Find the conference guidebook below to check out the schedule, speakers, plenary descriptions, and much more. It’s great to see the conference highlights all in one place! You can download a PDF version of the guidebook below the slideshow.
Stay tuned - we are also be using the Whova App for the conference and will announce this very soon!
NCDD2023 will be from Friday October 13th to Sunday October 15th, with preconference events all day on Thursday October 12th. This conference will be a fantastic time for practitioners and enthusiasts of dialogue, deliberation, and engagement work to dig in together about how to build capacity for this work and amplify its usage. We hope you will consider joining us if you haven’t registered already so you can both experience this impactful event and networking opportunity.
We’re still offering our “100-off” promo code on regular registration and “Student-Deal” to save $60 on student registrations - so make the most of these opportunities as register today at:
We also have one-day deals if you can only join us for a day!
Download Here: The NCDD2023 Guidebook
The 2023 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is just around the corner, and we wanted to bring your attention to some cool options that are happening the day before the conference - Thursday, October 12th. As you know, NCDD2023 is taking place October 13-15 in Atlanta at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter. Take advantage of the pre-conference calm and more intimate space to connect and meet more folks passionate about D&D and engagement!
All pre-conference events are taking place at the same hotel and the sessions do require advance registration. See below for highlights and learn more about each session on the pre-conference page: www.ncdd.org/2023preconf.html.
9:00 – 5:00 pm – PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS
5:00 – 6:30 pm – INFORMAL MEET & GREET
We welcome all folks participating in pre-conference activities and conference attendees who have arrived early to join NCDD’s Staff for an informal meet & greet! (Camellia)
8:00 – 9:15 pm – EMERGING LEADERS NETWORKING EVENT
NCDD is hosting a pre-conference networking event for young people and students. This will be a time for attendees 35 and under to connect with the other younger conference attendees.
Later next week kicks off the 2023 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in Atlanta - happening Friday October 13th to Sunday October 15th, with a full day of pre conference events on Thursday October 12th!
We hope you are getting as excited as we are, and even more so after you see some of our featured speakers! We have a dynamic lineup in store for all three days that will elevate exciting innovative civic practices happening across the country, explore how to broaden the reach of this field, and catalyze us for our work moving forward.
In addition to our great speakers, NCDD2023 will be filled with over 60 fantastic workshops which will span a wide range of subjects, plentiful networking opportunities, dozens of presenters during our engaging D&D Showcase event on Friday evening, and so much more! Remember we also have several exceptional pre-conference sessions being offered on Thursday, that we strongly encourage you to check out.
Below you will find the full list of speakers for the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday plenaries. Due to alt text length limitations on the graphics below, the full screen-reader friendly list is at: tinyurl.com/NCDD2023speakers.
FRIDAY PANEL SPEAKERS
In our opening plenary session, we will set the context for our time together. Civic life, community cohesion, and democracy need revitalization. During our three days together we will explore the challenges facing our communities, nation, and world, while also lifting up the work that is helping, and explore the next opportunities for innovation and expansion we can take in our work with dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. In this first plenary session, we will focus on reconnecting - to each other, our work, and our impacts on community engagement, civics, education, and democracy. We will hear from speakers sharing their stories related to reconnecting, as well as hear about work being done locally to help people connect about what matters most.
SATURDAY PANEL SPEAKERS
In the second plenary, we’ll shift our focus to reflecting on the challenges we are facing in our democracy and civic life, and consider how we can renew our purpose and the role of dialogue and deliberation in addressing these challenges. In this plenary, two panels will share with us the conflicts and tensions being experienced, as well as the potential they see for dialogue and deliberation to help our communities, nations, and world navigate these issues.
SUNDAY PANEL SPEAKERS
In this closing plenary, we’ll look to the future of our field and discuss what work we can do together beyond the conference to expand and innovate dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement. Speakers will offer brief glimpses into their efforts with D&D across sectors and innovations or improvements to practices, and speak about what they believe to be the next steps for our field.
We're thrilled to announce the line-up for the “Dialogue & Deliberation Showcase” at NCDD2023 - the National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation happening October 13-15 in Atlanta, Georgia!
The D&D Showcase will be on Friday evening from 5:00-6:30pm and is a lively reception and networking event that provides an opportunity for select individuals and organizations in our field to showcase some of the leading ideas, tools, projects, and initiatives in dialogue & deliberation with conference participants all in one space. Here is the list of presenters and find the full details on each in the blog post below.
NCDD2023 Dialogue & Deliberation Showcase Presenters