If you are looking for a weekend listen, then consider checking out the new podcast series, Preamble, created by the Institute for Citizens & Scholars. C&S president Raj Vinnakota sits down with diverse thought leaders to explore new ideas on shaping a more perfect Union. The first three episodes are out now. Learn more below and listen here.
Preamble: New Ideas Shaping a More Perfect Union
In this urgent moment for the nation, we can strengthen democracy—together. In Preamble, Citizens & Scholars president Raj Vinnakota sits down for 15-minute conversations with diverse thought leaders—across traditional divides—on the new ideas shaping a more perfect Union.
No. 1: Condoleezza Rice
Raj talks with Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State and current director of the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, about the role of higher education in preparing effective citizens and how civic education and civic learning must expand to include a fuller range of perspectives.
No. 2: Jason Grumet
Raj sits down with Jason Grumet, co-founder and immediate past president of the Bipartisan Policy Center and CEO of the American Clean Power Association, to talk about the power of compromise and what is and isn’t working in the U.S. Government.
No. 3: Roslyn Clark Artis & Jonathan Holloway
Raj hosts a conversation with Roslyn Clark Artis, president of Benedict College in South Carolina, and Jonathan Holloway, president of Rutgers University in New Jersey. They discuss the role of higher education in strengthening democracy and efforts on their individual campuses to develop young people into effective citizens.
Listen here: https://www.citizensandscholars.org/news-ideas/preamble/
We're lifting up a call from the OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation to submit open government and citizen participation toolkits. They are seeking toolkits that support democratic citizen participation processes in decision-making and facilitate efforts to tackle misinformation. Toolkits are to be submitted by Friday, March 24th. Learn more below and on the OECD-OPSI site here.
OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation Call for Toolkits
We are on the lookout for game-changing, freely available toolkits that can ignite innovative thinking and drive progress in governments worldwide. As the hosts of OECD Toolkit Navigator, one of the world’s largest compendia of public sector innovation toolkits, we’re excited to collaborate with you to identify fresh, forward-thinking resources to support governments and public servants in the design and delivery of better policies and services.
Five minutes – that’s all it takes to submit!
This is your chance to expand the reach of your toolkit and support other public sector innovators around the world. Through your submission, you will tap into the OECD’s global network of government officials, policymakers, researchers, academics and civil society organizations, who actively make use of our platform and its vast array of methodological options to drive public sector transformation. Outstanding toolkits additionally have the opportunity to be featured in OECD publications. Toolkits submitted before 24 March will be prioritised for upload. Submit your toolkit today!
What we are looking for
NCDD Sustaining Partner, the Interactivity Foundation, is now accepting applications for the Collaborative Discussion Coach Summer Training. The free training is from May 31 - June 6th, and provide tools, resources and coaching to support participants to become certified collaborative discussion coaches. This will be the final opportunity this training is offered at no-cost, so make sure to apply by the deadline on Sunday, April 2nd. Learn more in the post below and on the Collaborative Discussion Project site linked here.
Call for Applications— Collaborative Discussion Coach Summer Training 2023
The Interactivity Foundation is now accepting applications for the Collaborative Discussion Coach Summer Training, May 31 – June 6.
This is a small group, interactive workshop designed to certify collaborative discussion coaches. It will be conducted online (Zoom), 12 – 3 pm eastern, excluding Sat/Sun. The deadline to apply is Sunday, April 2nd. You can apply here (Google form linked here)
What is it? This training is part of the Collaborative Discussion Project (CDP), a 3-part initiative created by educators and dialogue and deliberation practitioners. The CDP includes:
What does a Collaborative Discussion Coach Training include?
Who should apply? Anyone interested in being certified to offer an Interactivity Foundation Certificate in Collaborative Discussion. This role may be particularly interesting to educators (higher education and K12), student affairs staff, librarians, community leaders, student leaders, teaching assistants and/or Ph.D. candidates, or professional development managers. Please only apply if you can fully attend all 5 days (15 hours) of the training.
How much does it cost? This will be the last summer that the IF Coach Summer Training will be offered free of charge.
Questions or want to propose a cohort training? Email CDP Director, Shannon Wheatley Hartman at email@example.com. Learn more at: www.collaborativediscussionproject.com/.
NCDD is excited to announce our full lineup of sponsorship opportunities are now available for the upcoming 2023 conference! Below is our invitation to sponsor, followed by details on where to find more information, and how to sign up.
Many of us are grappling with how to help communities bridge divides and collaborate meaningfully together. The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation has a long history of doing this work. We are also a scrappy nonprofit, long overdue for full-time staff and programmatic support.
Many funders and organizations are looking to support efforts that strengthen democracy at this important moment in our history. NCDD sponsorship is a way to make this contribution that offers a multitude of benefits to you as an organization. Your support directly enables the production of our conference, and helps us to bring our staff to full-time capacity.
As you may have heard, we are thrilled to announce that NCDD’s National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is back for its 9th year in person! Our biennial conferences convene hundreds of the most active, thoughtful, and influential people in public engagement and group process work across the U.S., Canada, and throughout the world. Nearly 5,000 people have attended NCDD’s national and regional events, and we expect to have about 500 attendees join us in Atlanta. Your support makes mobilizing global change possible.
BECOME A SPONSOR TODAY! Explore NCDD's Sponsorship Brochure and various levels of support here. Contact Courtney@ncdd.org to sign on now as a sponsor.
Sponsorship is crucial in a post-2020 environment. We can’t do it without you! Your patronage of the NCDD conference is a strong signal of leadership in and commitment to public engagement and community problem solving in our growing community of practice.
Partnering with us via sponsorship has tangible benefits, and instant, public, prestigious name recognition during and after the event. These highly desired sponsorship placements are a windfall for your brand, as you’ll simultaneously build good will and name recognition.
We work with the leading innovators in the field, and our sponsors are the benchmarks of that progress. By sponsoring NCDD 2023, you will be featured as one of the pioneering leaders in dialogue and deliberation. That’s something to talk about!
Becoming an NCDD Sponsor - Expands Reach and Increases Impact
As an NCDD sponsor, you are playing a major role in promoting knowledge-sharing and networking among dialogue and deliberation professionals, community leaders, and public managers. Your help is strengthening the capacity of people in our field to bridge divides and solve complex community challenges.
Your sponsorship dollars come with other benefits. We are an extremely lean-running organization, and your sponsorship means NCDD can hire full-time staff this year, continue to produce our world-class conferences, give conference scholarships, and ensure the inclusion of diverse populations in our field.
Your sponsorship develops the field, enhances professionals, and increases the efficacy of our dialogue and deliberation offerings. In a post-COVID era, these small asks accomplish big things.
Peruse the full brochure outlining all opportunities here.
We hope to add you to the ranks of sponsor for NCDD 2023. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions, or to support this event!
Apply for the Elizabeth "Libby" Kingseed Teaching with Deliberation Memorial Award
NCDD member organization, the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), is now accepting applications for the Elizabeth "Libby" Kingseed Teaching with Deliberation Memorial Award. "This $500 award is open to any K-12 teacher who is inspired to implement deliberation or deliberative pedagogy in the classroom and who is new to using the practices." Please note, this annual award will be granted to an individual and is not open to organizations. Applications are due May 1st. Learn more below and on NIFI's site here.
Apply Now for the Elizabeth "Libby" Kingseed Teaching with Deliberation Memorial Award
The National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) is now accepting applications for the Elizabeth "Libby" Kingseed Teaching with Deliberation Memorial Award for the grant period of July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.
About the Grant
The Elizabeth "Libby" Kingseed Teaching with Deliberation Memorial Award recognizes the commitment she had to civic education, especially her support of teacher networking, experimentation, and reflection on the use of deliberation in the classroom. We anticipate presenting up to three awards to eligible K-12 educators engaged in deliberative practices.
This $500 award is open to any K-12 teacher who is inspired to implement deliberation or deliberative pedagogy in the classroom and who is new to using the practices. The teacher should have a demonstrated commitment to fostering the civic development of students though it is not necessary that they be a civics or social studies teacher. All K-12 teachers are encouraged to apply.
Libby Kingseed was a program officer and archivist at the Kettering Foundation. She was a passionate leader of the foundation's K-12 civic education research and worked closely with teachers using National Issues Forums (NIF) in the classroom. Libby recognized the need for civic education to be included in the education of children in order to help them understand how to be active, engaged citizens in the future.
This grant is not open to organizations. The $500 annual award will be granted to an individual. Learn more about the award and our friend Libby on the NIF website.
Join Davenport Institute 3/22 Virtual Conversation with Women Leaders in Local Government
The Davenport Institute is hosting their upcoming virtual event, "In Honor of Women's History Month: A Conversation with Women Leaders in Local Government", on Wednesday, March 22nd at 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific. Hear from women with extensive backgrounds in government at the federal and local levels share their career journeys, challenges, contributions, and wisdom. Learn more below and register for the event here!
In Honor of Women's History Month: A Conversation with Women Leaders in Local Government
The Davenport Institute is pleased to bring together women with extensive backgrounds and experiences in government at the federal and local levels to share their career journeys, challenges, contributions, and wisdom. This free, virtual event will take the form of an organic panel discussion, working through the following questions:
This event will be moderated by Maureen Tobin, Executive Director, Davenport Institute. Panelists include, Deborah Feng, Former City Manager, City of Cupertino, Former Associate Center Director, NASA; Caitlin Jachimowicz, Director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service and the Public Interest JD program at Santa Clara Law; Lydia Romero, City Manager, City of Lemon Grove; and Megan Scheid, Deputy City Manager, City of Roseville. Register here!
The Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2023 (DoP 2023/ H.R. 1111) was recently introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12). The bill is "calling for a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding and a Secretary of Peacebuilding to sit at the table of our government and to ensure that peacebuilding is an ongoing and prominent national priority." Learn more in the post below and on the Peace Alliance's website linked here.
Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2023 Introduced
The Department of Peacebuilding Act of 2023 (DoP 2023/ H.R. 1111) was just introduced by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-12). This historic and transformative legislation calls for a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding to make peace a much-needed national and ongoing focus. It is time to re-imagine and build a world without violence. Read more in the announcement here.
The DoP provides for collaboration and cooperation of governmental entities, applicable experts, nongovernmental organization stakeholders, appropriate non-profit organizations, individuals, state, tribal, and local leaders to develop, enact and promote peacebuilding efforts and programs, including consultation with those who are most impacted by related programs.
What will a DoP do?
NCDD’s 2023 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is coming up October 13-15 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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.
Today we’re announcing our call for proposals for our concurrent sessions at NCDD 2023. We’re interested in finding creative ways to highlight the best of what’s happening in public engagement, group process, community problem-solving, civic tech, and arts-based dialogue — and we know you have lots of ideas!
Check out the Application for Session Leaders now to see what we ask for, and start cooking up those great proposals we’ve come to expect from our network! If you’re looking for ideas and inspiration, look over the fabulous sessions offered at the 2018 and 2016 NCDD conferences.
Please note that the deadline for proposals is Friday, April 14th.
If your work involves dialogue and deliberation, or you want to get involved with this work, you’ll love this conference. Imagine spending three days with some of the most amazing leaders in this field, forming new relationships and reconnecting with old colleagues and friends, hearing about innovative new approaches to the challenges you’re facing, and exploring together how we can shape the future of this important movement, all while using innovative group techniques there’s really nothing like it.
Here is some guidance for those thinking about presenting sessions at NCDD 2023…
Our theme for the 2023 conference is Our Return: Reconnect, Reflect, Renew, Recommit.
It will be nearly five years since our last in-person national conference, and we want to focus on the opportunities that coming together in person will allow us - the opportunities to reconnect, reflect, renew, and recommit to our work. Join us as we:
NCDD 2023 will be a return to our roots - gathering together to make connections, expand our learning, explore new possibilities, and chart a course for our community of practice.
We encourage session proposals which will help attendees network, reflect on our work and practices, learn new skills, and/or explore new efforts, projects, and collaborations. Sessions which are interactive in nature, including sessions which get participants involved in experiencing a process, discussing challenges with one another, or working together to advance our community of practice are encouraged.
Some advice for potential session leaders:
Not quite ready to draw up a proposal yet? Use the comment field, Collaborative Doc, (and/or the NCDD Main Discussion listserv) to float your ideas by other NCDDers and members of the planning team. We may be able to match you up with potential co-presenters who can address the same challenge or issue you’re interested in focusing on.
Deadline for submissions
To have your session proposal considered, we need you to submit the session application by the end of the day on Friday, April 14th. Members of the conference planning team will review the proposals and plan to respond by email to the first contact listed in your proposal by May 15th.
Don’t forget that the super early bird tickets are NOW AVAILABLE! Get yours at this great low rate before it goes up!
Join NCDD Sustaining Partner, the Interactivity Foundation, for their upcoming online discussion series this month on Truth & Democracy in America. "In this series we’ll work together to explore these questions and more in relation to three different areas where truth plays a vital role: the news media, science, and education." Happening for three consecutive Wednesdays in March - the 15th, 22nd, and 29th, from 2-3:15pm Eastern, 11am-12:15pm Pacific. Read more and register via the Interactivity Foundation's website linked here.
Truth & Democracy in America – A Community Conversation Series
How is truth important for a healthy democracy? What are the sources for getting and testing the truth? Where and how do untruths threaten the health of democracy? And what can we do, as a society and as individuals, to meet these challenges? In this series we’ll work together to explore these questions and more in relation to three different areas where truth plays a vital role: the news media, science, and education.
Please join us online via Zoom for these three interactive small-group conversations to explore truth and democracy. Each session has a separate registration, since each can stand on its own. But the sessions build on each other, so please sign up for as many as you can attend.
Learn more on the Interactivity Foundation site at: www.interactivityfoundation.org/truth-democracy-in-america-a-community-conversation-series/.
Don't miss out on the upcoming webinar today, Measuring Democracy: Exploring the Tools and Landscape of Civic Measurement, starting at 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific! Join National Conference on Citizenship, The Institute for Citizens and Scholars, and International Centre for Dispute Resolution to examine the top tools, resources, and research around measuring democracy.
This event is part of Civic Learning Week which seeks to further energize the movement to prioritize civic education across the nation. Learn more in the post below and register for the webinar here.
If we want to improve democracy, we need to take stock of how we’re measuring it and use those tools to help set goals and gauge progress.
The Institute for Citizens and Scholars has released Mapping Civic Measurement: How Are We Assessing Readiness and Opportunities?, the product of a partnership with the Democracy Innovation project at NCoC. The report is a first-of-its kind civic measurement landscape review and analysis of existing literature, practices, and 200+ tools in use by the broader civic field. During Civic Learning Week, join us to explore the report, dive into its findings, and hear more about important tools like NCoC’s Civic Health Index.
CLICK HERE to read the report, Mapping Civic Measurement: How are we assessing readiness and opportunities for an engaged citizenry?