We have several exciting announcements to share about the upcoming 9th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation (#NCDD2023) happening October 13-15th in Atlanta, Georgia! Read on below to learn about: additional preconference opportunities on Thursday October 12th, the overall conference schedule that just went live, a heads up to reserve your room at the discounted hotel block rate before rooms are all booked up, and reminder to submit D&D Showcase proposals.
Pre-Conference Event Updates
As we previously announced, we are hosting several great pre-conference events on Thursday October 12th and have just added a few more opportunities. We hope you will come a little early to the conference and check out some of these great sessions and events. There will be several full and partial-day pre-conference workshops scheduled to provide more intensive learning opportunities:
NCDD Conference Schedule Now Available
The NCDD conference schedule has just gone live on our site! The schedule shows you the overall flow and focus of the conference, as well as start and end times, what meals are provided, and each day’s activities. In addition to the aforementioned preconference sessions, we plan to host additional events on Thursday including an informal meet & greet mixer you won't want to miss out on! We are planning a packed program and workshop line up throughout the three-day conference time including highlights such as:
Reserve Your Room ASAP to Secure Discounted Rate!
Friendly reminder to those joining us at the conference to make sure you book your room ASAP if you want to access the discounted room block rate. While the discount is available until mid September, rooms are filling up fast at this rate and we wanted to give attendees a heads up to book sooner than later if you want to stay at the same hotel the conference is located.
The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter, 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Atlanta, GA. In order to get the conference rate, please book your room via this link here: Crowne Plaza Atlanta Perimeter - NCDD 2023 Room Block. Learn more about travel and lodging at: www.ncdd.org/travel--lodging.html.
Last Call for Showcase Proposals!
NCDD is excited to announce that we’ll once again be holding our popular “Dialogue & Deliberation Showcase” during NCDD2023 and we are looking for presenters! Submit your showcase proposal by Monday August 14th to be considered!
The D&D Showcase 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. We know that these ideas, tools, and initiatives are all designed to help us overcome some of the challenges facing public engagement. This year, we want to organize those presenting around the challenges their work helps those in the field to overcome.
Submit your proposal at:
** Stay tuned to the NCDD blog in the coming days as we start to announce the workshop sessions! **
NCDD is excited to announce that we’ll once again be holding our popular “Dialogue & Deliberation Showcase” during the 2023 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, and we are looking for presenters!
NCDD2023 - The 9th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is being held from October 13-15th in Atlanta, Georgia. This signature event for the dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement community, will provide a three-day highly interactive conference bringing together the movers and shakers in our community to talk, learn, and collaborate. Learn more about the conference at: www.ncdd.org/ncdd2023.html.
Applications for the D&D Showcase can be submitted via this Google Form and will be accepted on a rolling basis until capacity has been reached. All submissions are due by Monday, August 7th, at which point final decisions will be completed shortly after. Learn more about the Showcase details and requirements in the blog post below. Find the informational PDF available for download at the bottom of this post.
About the D&D Showcase
The D&D Showcase 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.
We know that these ideas, tools, and initiatives are all designed to help us overcome some of the challenges facing public engagement. This year, we want to organize those presenting around the challenges their work helps those in the field to overcome.
The Showcase is a fun way for conference-goers to meet some of the movers-and-shakers in D&D and hear about the projects, programs, and tools that are making waves in our work. We hope this new approach to addressing challenges will ensure people connect with the ideas and people that can help them in their own work.
How the Showcase Works
First, showcase presenters will identify the challenge/s their work or tool helps address. We have suggested several below. If one listed here does not fit, name a new challenge.
Then presenters will be grouped by challenges and areas will be identified by signage. Showcase presenters display simple “posters” or displays about their work, tools, or projects and bring handouts and business cards to share with participants who are interested in learning more or following up. Showcase presenters will be ready to succinctly express what’s important for conference participants to know about their resource, method, research, program, etc. and to elaborate and answer any questions people may have.
During the 90-minute Showcase event, conference participants will stroll around the reception, chatting with presenters, checking out their displays, and picking up handouts. We’ll also have finger foods and beverages available as well as a cash bar, adding to the social atmosphere of the session.
The conference planning team is hard at work planning NCDD 2023, and one of our upcoming steps includes selecting people and organizations who are passionate about sharing tools and programs we know will interest our attendees as presenters during the Showcase. If you are interested in having your tool, project, idea, or work being featured in the Showcase, please submit an application by Monday, August 7th, via the Google Form linked here. Make sure to have information ready, such as: what it is you would like to showcase and identify the challenge/s this work or tool helps to address:
Offer a brief description of how your work or tool addresses this challenge, and provide any links to where more information can be found, and offer any questions you have.
Please note that these slots are very competitive, and we will be favoring Showcase presentations that are able to clearly articulate how they can help address some of the challenges of the field. So if your work, project, or tool focuses on helping to better bring the work of the dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement into greater visibility and widespread practice – we definitely want to hear from you!
If you are selected as a D&D Showcase presenter, you’ll be expected to:
We are looking forward to having another informative and inspirational D&D Showcase this year, so we hope you’ll consider applying to be a presenter or urging your colleagues who are doing ground-breaking and critical work in the field to do so. We can’t wait to see all of the cutting-edge projects showcased in October! Learn more at: www.ncdd.org/showcase.html.
NCDD Friends, NAFCM - the National Association for Community Mediation, are accepting applications for the 2023 Incentive for Emerging Community Mediation Center (CMC). For those in conflict and peace work, this is a great opportunity to join the next cohort of emerging community centers. Learn more in the post below and on the NAFCM site here. Thank you to D.G. Mawn, NAFCM's President, for sharing this announcement with the NCDD network!
2023 Incentive for Emerging Community Mediation Center (CMC)
Opportunity is knocking, today, for those working on their own or informally to help create peace, address issues of social justice, and, strengthen connections with their communities.
If you or your group wants to strengthen and sustain your work then you may be ready to join our next cohort of emerging community centers. A new round of support, thanks to funding provided by the JAMS Foundation, is now available.
Interested community leads may reach out to Jill Cheeks (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a 15-minute conversation to take place between June 1st – June 15th for an overview of the emerging center process before completing the application. Read more here for additional information and application steps. Read Elaine Dickhoner’s story in the next column for inspiration!
Find more information at:
In case you missed the opportunity to get your tickets for NCDD2023 at the Early Bird registration rate, we are extending the end date. We've decided to give folks some extra time to take advantage of this great deal for one of the premier events in the dialogue, deliberation, and engagement field.
The Early Bird registration rate for NCDD2023 is now available until Saturday, June 10th!
The 9th National Conference for Dialogue & Deliberation is being held October 13-15th in Atlanta, Georgia. We are bringing together over 500 leaders, practitioners, and enthusiasts in the D&D field to dive deep into this work. The conference will be an opportunity to collaborate together, learn from each other, network and build relationships that carry on long past the closing plenary.
The early bird registration rate is $480 until the new Saturday deadline, when it will go up to the regular registration rate of $580. Get your tickets ASAP so you secure them at the lowest rate possible. Click here to go to the NCDD2023 Registration page. Learn more about this year’s upcoming conference at www.ncdd.org/ncdd2023.html.
Want to get a better sense of what our conferences are like? Watch the video of NCDD2016 and NCDD2014 and learn even more about our past conferences by clicking here.
For our IAP2 friends in North America - the U.S. and Canada chapters of the International Association for Public Participation are now accepting nominees for the 2023 Core Values Awards. These awards celebrate individuals and organization doing public participation and engagement work that best showcase the IAP2 Core Values. Both countries' chapters have deadlines of Wednesday, May 31st. In the post below you'll find the U.S. and Canadian announcements, respectively.
IAP2 USA 2023 Core Values Awards
Each year, IAP2 Affiliates around the world celebrate excellence in the profession through the IAP2 Core Values Awards. The awards go to projects and organizations which best demonstrate IAP2's Core Values and help to raise the bar in the field of public engagement by sharing best practices and inspiring the P2 community to learn from one another. As a friendly competition, the Core Values Awards encourage new approaches and innovative uses of existing ones.
Each year winners of the "national" awards (see below) go on to compete against winners from other IAP2 affiliates from around the world.
Learn more on IAP2 USA site at: https://iap2usa.org/cva.
IAP2 Canada 2023 Core Values Awards
The annual International Association for Public Participation’s (IAP2 Canada) Core Values Awards recognize and encourage organizations and individuals in the practice of public participation and engagement - promoting excellence, quality and innovation in the way they execute their projects and programs and exemplify the IAP2 Core Values.
The award categories:
Why apply for the Core Values Awards?
Learn more on IAP2 Canada site at: https://iap2canada.ca/Core_Values_Awards/.
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!