ICYMI - NCDD Member Organization, The Kettering Foundation, appointed four new senior fellows to strengthen its focus on civic participation and combating threats to democracy - William Barber II, Neal Katyal, Kelley Robinson, and Alexander Vindman. These leaders, known for their activism and expertise in various fields such as law, civil rights, and international relations, will contribute to advancing inclusive democracy through research, public engagement, and advocacy. Learn more in the post below.
Have you heard the news?! NCDD is thrilled to announce the launch of our NCDD Working Groups and Exchanges - and you're invited to join!
2024 is already looking to be an important year and there is a lot of energy for dialogue, deliberation, and engagement work. NCDD is uniquely positioned to bring together our collective wisdom, experiences, and passion for change to reflect and collaborate together.
Coming out of the 2023 conference, NCDD is excited to be harnessing the collective energy and capacity of this coalition through the formation of working groups that align with key priority areas for the organization, as well as exchanges that will allow the membership to deepen connections. These groups are intended to provide our members with focused opportunities to connect, collaborate, build capacity, and invest in our shared coalition.
Current NCDD Working Groups
A number of potential focus areas were suggested at the 2023 conference. The NCDD staff and board have determined that these following groups are best aligned with current organization priorities and can also play a key role in building and sustaining NCDD as an inclusive coalition and a thriving organization.
Joining a Working Group
Working groups open to all, please fill out this form. While you are not required to be an NCDD member, your support helps make these groups possible - become one today!
Current NCDD Exchanges
Joining the Exchange
Express your interest in this exchange by filling out this brief form. The form asks for ways you would like to communicate around the exchange, as well as opportunities to present and lead the group.
Want to Start a New Exchange?
NCDD is excited to support additional exchanges focused on bringing our network together around specific sectors, areas of interest, etc. If you would like to discuss starting a new exchange, reach out to NCDD’s Executive Director, Courtney Breese, at email@example.com.
Please contact NCDD’s Communications Coordinator, Keiva Hummel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're looking to hone your political discussion muscles (especially as we move towards the 2024 Election Season), then make sure you check out the new AI Angry Uncle Bot, powered by OpenAI's ChatGPT-4 technology. Created by Dr. Karin Tamerius, "the innovative chatbot offers a unique, gamified approach to political discourse that promises to be a revolutionary tool in the fight against toxic polarization". Find Dr. Tamerius' message to the NCDD's listserv below, the press release, and direct link to the AI Angry Uncle Bot.
Have fun and let us know your experience in the comments below!
NCDD Member Organization, the Kettering Foundation (KF) are hosting another great event for their series Kettering Conversations with Democracy Innovators on "Political Violence in the US Landscape: Are We Ready?". Join the event on Tuesday, January 9th from 11 am - 2 pm Eastern, 8 am - 12 pm Pacific. Register to watch the event on zoom by clicking here. The live event will be held at the Willard Room at the Willard InterContinental Washington. Learn more at: www.kettering.org/blogs/kf-convos-jan-2024.
The holiday season often means more gatherings, which sometimes puts us in the middle of difficult conversations. Talk of politics and other hot topics can be tricky to navigate with family and friends – especially when we don’t see eye to eye. How can we engage in important conversations, without things getting out of hand?
We at NCDD want to share some tips and resources that you can use to help keep the party and dinner conversations more about genuine dialogue and understanding despite differences than heated rhetoric and emotional outbursts.
Six Tips for Thoughtful Holiday Conversations
Additional Conversation Resources
In addition to our quick tips above, NCDD has tons more resources that might help you have difficult conversations and good dialogue in our Resource Center. If you’re looking for some additional go-to resources, consider these:
Even if there are fights and arguments, we hope some of these tips and resources will help you navigate your holiday gatherings better than the past. Whatever happens during your Thanksgiving dinner with friends or family, we are wishing you all a safe and positive weekend.
NCDD is excited to share the below Fellowship opportunity from Mediators Beyond Borders International! Read on for more information and how to apply.
Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) is an impact organization that builds local skills for peace and promotes mediation worldwide. We bring together experienced volunteer mediators to improve conflict resolution capacity and support alternative approaches to expressing, negotiating, and resolving interpersonal, political, economic, social, ethnic, and religious differences.
MBBI has been engaged in training peacebuilders, supporting and facilitating a variety of local and national peace processes in regions around the world. We have done this with nimble adaptations to conditions created by the pandemic and remained focused on inclusion and adaptation. One of these processes is focused on creating space for the different factions to jointly develop a platform that can be used as part of the larger national peace process and this effort is led by MBBI’s SE Asian Representative Shadia Marhaban. MBBI is looking for a peace practitioner interested in capturing the process, learning from this initiative, and assisting in possible next steps.
National Civic League is hosting - Promising Practices Webinar: The ABCs of Inclusive and Equitable Engagement
The National Civic League, an NCDD member organization, is hosting an event called Promising Practices Webinar: The ABCs of Inclusive and Equitable Engagement.
Wednesday, June 22nd, 2:00 pm ET (1:00 pm CT, 12:00 pm MT, 11:00 am PT)
The process of civic engagement ensures that the many parts of a community— residents, government, business, nonprofit agencies, faith-based organizations and others—work together to address public needs and desires. Whether it’s economic development, safety, health, environmental quality or other matters, civic engagement can lead to lasting solutions that best represent the values and desires of communities. However, if inclusivity and equity are not prioritized as a part of engagement efforts from the very beginning, then resulting information, solutions, and decisions will fail to benefit from or serve the entire community.
During this webinar we will discuss the myriad of considerations–convener, time, location, language, etc.–that need to be addressed to ensure engagement efforts are inclusive and equitable. Registrants will also learn about strategies and best practices for equitable and inclusive engagement, with a few examples from communities successfully doing this work.
Join fellow Dialogue and Discussion champions from London to Lagos, for small group and Open Space conversations that matter. NCDD member, Ron Gross shared an event called Conversation Day hosted by Conversations New York. The event takes place Saturday, June 11, 2022 from 2-4pm Eastern.
Let's share what we've learned -- and our hopes moving forward! Come share your experiences, concerns and wisdom. Join us for an afternoon of bracing comradeship, mutual support, and intellectual stimulation.
1. What’s one of the most significant experiences you have had this year, in coping with the multiple crises we have endured?
2. What have you learned about yourself?
3. What are some ways that you expect or hope that our your society will be different, as we resume our lives?
4. What will you do differently going forward – personally, socially, professionally, or politically?
NCDD Member Organization, The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC), leverages science to advance community priorities. These projects are contributing to a growing movement toward engaged, community-driven science. They recently shared an interview from The Wildlife Center of Virginia where Community Science Fellow Devin Jefferson was interviewed for "Untamed: Life is Wild". Devin showcased his work with the Science Museum of Virginia and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond to study urban heat islands and air quality. His interview is in the May 5: Episode 403: Citizen Science (starting at 16:53).
Untamed: Life is Wild is an award-winning television series co-produced by the Wildlife Center of Virginia and VPM, Virginia's home for public media. The series focuses on a variety of wildlife issues drawn directly from the stories of the thousands of wild animals in need of care that arrive at the Wildlife Center’s doorstep every year. The stories of these animals illustrate the wider problems wildlife face — litter, pesticides, free-roaming domestic animals, habitat loss, and diseases – and challenge viewers to take action to protect wildlife.
The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is a professional membership organization with a vision of increased understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people and a mission to champion and support science and technology centers and museums. Founded in 1973, ASTC champions and supports more than 500 science and technology centers and museums, natural history museums, children’s museums, and other STEM-rich, place-based institutions. ASTC currently runs a Dialogue & Deliberation Fellows Initiative - learn more here!
NCDD member, Martín Carcasson of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University was interviewed by NPR about their collaborative journalism project. From the episode details:
Today on Colorado Edition: We hear about the Northern Colorado Deliberative Journalism Project, a collaborative of area newsrooms, journalists, and media scholars aiming to strengthen local journalism. And we hear from two songwriters in rural northeast Colorado about how rural living inspires them and their art.
To learn more about the Center for Public Deliberation and the Northern Colorado Deliberative Journalism Project, visit their website here.