NCDD’s main listserv is a popular resource for practitioners, scholars, activists and students of dialogue and deliberation. As of January 2022, more than 1,000 subscribers use this moderated listserv to network, share information, and discuss key issues facing our field. This discussion list is NCDD members’ primary means of communicating directly with one another. Non-members are welcome to subscribe to this list, though we strongly encourage you to join NCDD.
Please familiarize yourself with the list’s ground rules below before posting to the list.
People tend to be very generous with their expertise and know-how on the list, so it’s a great place to ask for practice-related advice. One subscriber posted that she’s “always grateful for the generosity of spirit and sharing within this group …. all the sharing's are like jewels!”
Most subscribers are experienced facilitators, conveners or scholars in public engagement or conflict resolution, but we have many grad and undergrad students and “newbies” to this work on the list as well. The diversity of experience (level and type) of our subscribers is one of the things that makes the listserv such a useful resource for so many people.
Activity on the list varies from week to week depending on the topics that are brought up on the list. One week there may only be three or four messages, another week there may be dozens. If you find the number of messages to be too much, you can email Joy (our Office Manager) at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to switch you to the daily digest version so you receive only one message a day. She can also unsubscribe you or update your email address.
To join the list, send a blank email to NCDD-Discussionemail@example.com.
To send a message to the list, subscribers simply email their message to NCDD-Discussion@lists.ncdd.org (or reply-all to a list message).
Archives of the NCDD Discussion list are available online. Archives go back to March 2006. See this link for instructions for accessing the archives.
Ground rules for the NCDD Discussion List
We’ve found that when subscribers adhere to the following guidelines we’re able to keep the list useful for people, without it becoming overbearing. Please read these over before posting or replying to the list. The moderator may refrain from approving messages that fail to follow one or more of these ground rules.
Also, a point of clarification to those who want to start conversations on the list about issues that are ripe for dialogue…
The list is not intended as a forum for “online dialogue” about specific issues (the ins-and-outs of climate change or same-sex marriage, for example). With more than 1,000 subscribers and light moderation, the listserv is not the place to have productive discussions about specific public or social issues. Nor is that the focus on the list — we’re talking about dialogue and deliberation, not engaging in dialogue and deliberation about all kinds of public issues.
If you really want to delve into a specific social or policy issue with other NCDDers, we suggest you start a google group or use an online tool designed specifically for dialogue and deliberation (like these), and then send an announcement to the listserv about how people can join in.