H.R.6843 - Building Civic Bridges Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Andy Barr [R-KY-6]* & Rep. Derek Kilmer [D-WA-6] with 20 cosponsors in the Education and Labor committee on 02/25/2022 to help local communities foster civil discourse to address shared challenges. The bill would establish a new, non-partisan pilot program, led by an Office of Civic Bridgebuilding, within AmeriCorps focused on building relationships across lines of difference. The program would have four core pillars:
20 years ago this month, NCDD was founded in response to a clear need for an infrastructure for learning and collaboration among those who approach D&D from a variety of disciplines, including public policy, social work, communication, education, social justice, social activism, and organizational development. Without you, our journey would never have been possible. Thank you for nurturing us and helping us grow into a network of innovators who bring people together across divides to discuss, decide, and take action together effectively on today’s toughest issues.
We continue to exist to support the growing “dialogue and deliberation community” — a broadly-defined diverse community of practice who engage and mobilize people to come together and strengthen understanding of each other and issues in ways that supports community-building and collaborative problem-solving. Our dialogue and deliberation practices have matured over those 20 years. We look forward to building upon those foundations. As part of this effort the NCDD board of directors has taken time to refine NCDD’s mission and values to recommit ourselves to our purpose:
NCDD is excited to share the following job opportunity with our network. In addition to sharing periodically on the blog, the best way to find out about the latest opportunities is to sign up for the NCDD Making-A-Living Listserv. You can subscribe to the list by sending a blank email to MAKING-A-LIVING-SUBSCRIBE-REQUEST@lists.ncdd.org.
We’re Hiring a Lead Facilitator!
About the Center: The William D. Ruckelshaus Center’s (Center) mission is to function as an impartial resource for collaborative problem solving in the State of Washington and Pacific Northwest. The Ruckelshaus Center is a joint effort between Washington State University by WSU Extension and the University of Washington Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy. The Center is guided by an advisory board of prominent local, state, and regional leaders representing a broad range of constituencies and geographic locations. Vital aspects of our work are to continually learn and to strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion in both our projects and our organizational culture. More information on the Center is available at www.ruckelshauscenter.wsu.edu
America Talks is back April 21 and 23, and now is the time to sign up!
America Talks (April 21 & 23) invites Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs to connect one-on-one or in small groups, face-to-face on video. America Talks is powered by over 150 nonpartisan, bridge building organizations and promoted by USA TODAY and other media partners. This is an exciting opportunity to meet other Americans who want to connect across differences and talk. You can sign up to participate on one or both of these dates at this link.
The 5th annual National Week of Conversation that follows (April 24-30), invites Americans to find their place in the bridging movement with events hosted by over 80 bridging organizations. These events provide Americans from every corner of the United States the opportunity to discover common interests, solve problems and raise their voices together. Join lots of NCDD member orgs and friends to connect, discuss, and decide together in the many events being offered throughout the week!
Are you hosting an event during National Week of Conversation? Let us know! Add your event in the comments. Don't forget a link for people to find out how to join!
2022 looks promising for the return of in-person gatherings. And the D&D field is making plans! Check out two announcements of fall conference you may be interested in.
Wondering about when NCDD Conferences will return? We have our sights set on 2023! Keep an eye on the blog for updates as we look into dates and locations for the return of our in-person signature event.
IAP2 North American Conference, September 14-16, 2022
It’s been a long time coming, and we can finally announce it: the next IAP2 North American Conference (NAC) is set for Banff, Alberta, September 14 - 16, 2022 (Banff Centre). We can’t wait to see you and bring our conference theme, Connecting with purpose, to life!
The past two years have seen a lot of disconnection. The 2022 conference is not just about reconnecting but Connecting with Purpose. In addition to connecting with our peers, the conference will challenge us to explore how we connect with the profession, the projects we work on, and the public. Learn more about the 2022 conference here.
Annual Conference of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, October 13-16, 2022
Join us at the University of Mount Union in Ohio for the Peace & Justice Studies Association annual conference in October! This will be an in-person conference exploring our vocational understandings of the pursuit of peace and justice. Please follow the links to read the call for proposals and to submit your proposal (deadline: May 15).
The PJSA annual conference is distinctive for its inclusion of scholars, teachers, activists, and students. Our theme this year is particularly conducive to student participation, so please encourage students and the next generation of peacemakers to submit a proposal for a paper, panel, or the poster session.
We look forward to seeing you here in Ohio!
America Talks is April 21 & 23!
NCDD is excited to be an America Talks 2022 partner and want to invite YOU to participate! America Talks (April 21 & 23) invites Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs to connect one-on-one or in small groups, face-to-face on video (like zoom). The event begins with a livestream that will welcome you and thousands of other Americans to the next phase of the bridging movement and will provide you all you need to know to have a successful conversation. This year, we’ll even be sharing out ideas and results from the conversations with Members of Congress. Ready to raise your voice with other problem solvers? Sign up today!
p.s. Got a story about the bridging work you’ve been doing? YOU could be featured as a Face of the Movement. After you register, fill out the survey and check the box at the end to get all the deets!
National Week of Conversation is April 24-30!
Following America Talks is the fifth annual National Week of Conversation. Organizations across the US will host events in person and online and engage people in conversation. The event line up is coming soon. In the meantime, you can sign up to learn more at americatalks.us/national-week-of-conversation/.
Interested in hosting or promoting these events? Learn more about partnering in the prospective partner brief here.
The National Civic League, an NCDD member organization, released the National Civic Review (NCR) Winter 2022 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!
Be sure to check out the following articles from NCDD Members:
The Case for Principled Impartiality in a Hyper-Partisan World by Martin Carcasson
Common Ground for Action: Experimenting with Better Ways to Deliberate Online by Kara Dillard and Nicholas Felts
As well as pieces from Matt Leighninger, Maura Casey, and more!
The National Civic League is now accepting applications for the 2022 All-America City Award. The 2022 All-America City Awards are being co-convened with the Campaign for Grade-Level reading and will focus on Housing as a Platform for Early School Success and Equitable Learning Recovery.
During the past 18 months, the closure of schools, early childhood programs and child care centers in response to COVID-19 was a significant setback for all children’s early school success. Public housing and affordable housing programs are high-potential platforms for regaining momentum for early school success and for accelerating equitable learning recovery.
Begin your community’s application today to become a 2022 All-America City!
Cities, counties, towns and tribes can submit a letter of intent by January 10th to receive $100 off of their application fee. Applications are due March 1st. Leaders from local government, schools, nonprofits, community foundations, libraries, chambers of commerce and youth have all led their communities to win the All-America City Award.
Unlike any other event, the All-America City Experience provides participants with lasting connections with community members and peers across the country, in-depth learning opportunities, and fun, energizing events!
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.