The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) has to be one of the nation’s best resources for practitioners in the field of increasing participation and engagement, as well as citizens interested in deepening democracy in their own community. NCDD provides tools, ideas, potential collaborators, events, and more across a broad spectrum of issue areas.
Co-founder and Director Sandy Heierbacher recently posted a year-in-review on the NCDD blog, giving readers a sense of the robustness of the dialogue and deliberation community.
We spent a good deal of time this year on collaborative projects with other leaders in the field — projects we felt were well worth our investment of time due to their potential to move our field forward. NCDD continues to serve on the core team of Creating Community Solutions, the “dialogue part” of HHS’s national dialogue on mental health. We have continued our work with the Orton-led Community Matters partnership, building resources on civic infrastructure with key leaders in our and related fields. And we have become part of the amazing community that is convened regularly by the Kettering Foundation, and you’ll be hearing more and more about our exciting work with them during 2014.
We also played a leading role in the Text Talk & Act experiment that melded the fun and convenience of texting with the irreplaceable value of face-to-face dialogue. And we supported projects to develop a comprehensive open database of case studies (Participedia.net), to develop and promote new local laws that “make participation legal again,” to run the first online unconference on online facilitation, and to offer the top-notch Dialogue, Deliberation & Public Engagement certificate program.
NCDD also posted the infographic below highlighting the breadth and depth of NCDD’s efforts and its membership.