12 Years of Herding Cats: Lessons from the NCDD Board on Engaging the Engagers

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Published on July 23, 2014

Author: sheierbacher

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12 Years of Herding Cats…

National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation NCDD Board of Directors Sandy Heierbacher, Director Roshan Bliss, Blog Curator

Agenda • Welcome • NCDD overview • Lessons learned (part 1) • Discussion: aspirations for the next phase of the field • Lessons learned (part 2) • Discussion: challenges & opportunities for the field • Playing a facilitative role in this community • Next steps

What terms do you use to describe the work you do relating to dialogue and deliberation?

Words NCDD Members Use

NCDD’s Purpose: Strengthening and uniting the “dialogue & deliberation community.”

Supporting Innovators in D&D

Open-Source Philosophy • Membership is open to those who can’t afford to pay the fee • Resources shared widely – no “members only” • Popular listserv open to all • Highly consultative, iterative


Discuss for 3 to 4 mins: How do you find out about others doing work in your field and related fields?

What MembersValue • High quality, extensive website and resources • Large, responsive, knowledgeable network • Communication strategies & style • Biennial national conference as a focal point for field building

Membership Map

Our Conferences

21 Categories 130 Tags 2,900 Resources

We share NCDD’s Work Many Others’ Work Opportunities to Contribute

The NCDD Discussion list www.ncdd.org/listservs

Too Much Information?

NCDD as a Lean Startup

Lean & Mighty Staff 

Strategic Alliances • Kettering Foundation • CommunityMatters Partnership • Creating Community Solutions • IAP2 Canada, Participedia • And more!

What would be the benefit to you – and to society – if the field were even more developed/robust?

Discuss your shared aspirations for the next phase of the field.

2010 Regional Events Austin Boston Portland Denver San Francisco

2010 All-Star Sponsors

2014 Conference Sponsors

Five Challenge Areas • Framing • Systems • Evaluation • Inclusion • Moving from talk to action

The “Framing Challenge”

What do you think is one of the field’s biggest challenges, and one of the biggest opportunities?

Bridging Tech Enthusiasts & Tech Skeptics

Codigital Experiment

Learning from Social Media www.ncdd.org/social for links

Education Civic/adult educ. Dewey/Freire Experiential and service learning Public reason Habermas/Rawls Public sphere Ethics, logic, and judgment Multi-stakeholder dispute resolution Democratic theory Local/state politics Public opinion Civil society Power/conflict Diversity studies Community organizing Collaborative problem solving Community building Community development Philosophy Political Science/ Public Affairs Journalism Public Administration Sociology/ Social Work Information Technology Natural Resources/ Environ- mental Studies Online deliberation Group decision support systems Public and civic journalism Mediated delib. Law Public law Mediation Deliberative Democracy & Collaborative Governance Communication Conflict resolution Small group/org. comm. Intercultural dialogue Rhetoric/political comm. Urban Planning/ Civil Engineering Cooperative Extension Democratic governance Collaborative decisionmaking and public participation Public Health Deliberation in the disciplines Public role in policy decisions Public role in design charettes

What is NCDD’s role? • Community of practice / hub • Facilitative leader • Encouraging collaboration to achieve shared goals

Newtown Example

What should be NCDD’s role in helping achieve our aspirations for the field?

More at: www.ncdd.org Email: hq@ncdd.org

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