We hope you will consider including the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation in your Giving Tuesday gifts this year and help NCDD reach our goal of raising $15,000 by the year’s end.
By supporting NCDD, you are becoming a part of a network of people who envision and empower a different way of discussing, deciding, and taking action together. You are helping broaden the reach of improved communication and understanding, conflict transformation, and collaborative action. And you are helping others access these practices so they too can tap into the communal power of dialogue and deliberation and build a greater sense of “we,” both within NCDD and in our world.
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As we enter the last weeks of 2021, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation is reaching out to our wonderful network of members and contacts to launch our annual end of the year fundraiser. We hope to boost our resources going into 2022, which marks NCDD’s 20th year! To start the coalition’s year off strong, we have set a goal of raising $15,000 and increasing our current ranks by an additional 150 members before the end of December.
We are committed to better conversations, collaboration, and decision-making. Join our vibrant community as we explore these practices, share stories and resources, and continue to demonstrate the valuable work of dialogue and deliberation.
As NCDD enters its 20th year, we have much to reflect on and look forward to in 2022. Your support helps us:
We invite you to support the efforts of this vibrant community of practice with a donation today and to join us in this journey in 2022 by renewing or officially joining as a member. Come help us shape the future together!
NCDD Member Tom Prugh is working with Resilience.org to launch a blog series on the site, titled “Democracy Rising.” The goal of the blog is to introduce the readership to deliberative democracy. He’s working with some fellow NCDD members already, but is looking to expand the list of contributors. What better way than to reach out to you, the NCDD network!
Below is a description of the series and its purpose from Tom. Read on for more information on how to express your interest.
The National Civic League, an NCDD member organization, released the National Civic Review (NCR) Summer 2021 edition and 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 All-America City Award & Communications, for sharing this announcement with the NCDD network!
Friendly reminder that the League is always seeking articles for NCR on community-based examples of civic engagement, public deliberation, co-production, and democratic innovation – more info here.
Students spend most of their days in school. Naturally, when national events occur, this extends the teachers regular duties to the role of “first responders”. This publication from Essential Partners was adapted for the classroom from their Reflective Structured Dialogue, and is offered as a tool for teachers to create a space of self- reflection, deep listening and open sharing in the classroom. The prompts and guidelines to consider, proactively invite the students to process crisis in a healthy way.
Read about the structure and prompts offered below or find the original post here.
NCDD partner organization the National Civic League is hosting a webinar this Thursday, January 21st at 2:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Pacific. The webinar, titled Bridging Divides through Community Dialogue features NCDD’s own Courtney Breese as well as members John Sarrouf of Essential Partners and Hollie Cost, former mayor of Montevallo, Alabama. We hope you will join this exciting event!
For more information, check out the event announcement below, or go to the webinar registration page to sign up!
For the past seven years, I have had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation, the last four as the chair. My term is officially over at the end of the year. NCDD serves as an umbrella organization for academics, practitioners, artists, and volunteers committed to improving how we all talk to each other and address our shared problems. They are a network of networks, a bridging organization dedicated to helping individuals, organizations, and communities build capacity for quality democratic engagement.
I still vividly remember my first NCDD conference in San Francisco in 2006. I remember because it was the first time I ever got that wonderful, overwhelming feeling of finding my people. I was passionate about community, democracy, and improving the world, but the world of politics was incredibly frustrating to me, and seemed mostly counterproductive. I had strong views about how things needed to change, but politics did not seem to be a useful route. People seemed to just talk past each other, assume horrible motives for those that disagreed, and while they sometimes won elections and sometimes lost, not much seemed to really change about the issues I cared about. It was a game people loved playing that to me seemed at best a distraction and at worst something that undermined everything democracy requires to function well (trust, mutual respect, the ability to have tough conversations, etc.).
Days following the election, an online community conversation hosted and facilitated by NCDD member org The Interactivity Foundation, together with IONA Senior Services took place. During this convening, exploratory questions about our society and the prospect for forming a more perfect union were asked. The outcome is compiled in this article as a list of concerns in various sectors: the elections and health of our democracy, polarization and the role of the media. We look forward to Interactivity Foundations’ decision to further follow this topic in 2021 as part of their #WeavingCommunity Initiative.
Below you will find the entire resume of key points and for the original post here.
This story comes to us from the Interactivity Foundation an NCDD sponsor member. In ( this piece) Discussion Groups Weaving Social Connections we follow Greg Johnson, a Computer Science major that struggles with a stuttering condition. He begins his journey towards fulfilling the requirement of his course load while tackling on his interpersonal communication skills knowing support would keep him on track. To ensure his success, a speech specialist from his Universities Learning Team began to work with Greg and classmates on ways to assist him in his communication but, what he and his group found was an added victory.
Read the story below and visit the original post here.