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Hi, everyone! Did you know that NCDD members are organizing regional events in 5 cities across the U.S. this fall?
Join Us at NCDD’s Upcoming Regional Events
I hope you can join us at the event closest to you! Learn more about the events (and register) at ncdd.org/events. Most events are just $85 for the day ($70 for NCDD members and $42 for students).
Denver, Colorado at the Wellshire Inn – Friday, October 22, 2010
San Francisco, California at De Anza College – Friday, October 29, 2010
Boston, Massachusetts at UMass Boston – Friday, October 29, 2010
Austin, Texas at St. Edward’s University – Friday, November 5, 2010
Portland, Oregon at Concordia University – Saturday, November 13, 2010
- A follow-up event is also in the works for spring 2011 in Washington, DC.
The events will focus on connecting practitioners, community leaders and public managers to help build knowledge and capacity in dialogue, deliberation and public engagement regionally.
Consider Sponsoring One or All of the Events!
A number of great organizations and leaders in our field are stepping up and supporting the fall events by becoming sponsors. We are especially grateful to our All-Star Sponsors, which at this point include AmericaSpeaks, the Citizens in Charge Foundation, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Our Sponsors and Partners will help strengthen local capacity to bridge divides and solve complex community challenges in the regions we’re holding events. Please consider signing on for one of these three sponsorship levels:
All-Star Sponsor: Sponsor all of NCDD’s regional events with your contribution of $1,500 or more
Sponsor: Sponsor the event in your region for $500 (or sponsor more than one event at $400 each)
Partner: Be a Partner for the event in your region for $250
Learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits at www.ncdd.org/events/sponsor.php.
Check out NCDD’s new Resource Center
After a painfully long hiatus, our resources are back online at http://ncdd.org/rc. Nearly 2,500 (yep – 2,500) dialogue and deliberation case studies, articles, methods, discussion guides, videos, evaluation tools and programs are listed! And our must-see Beginner’s Guide, Quick-Reference Glossary, and Best-of-the-Best Resources are the first links you’ll see in the sidebar… so please check it out.
Headlines from the News & Perspectives Blog
Though we’re focusing this Update on our upcoming events, the NCDD blog (at www.thataway.org) is still a great place to stay up-to-date on opportunities and news in our growing field. Here are the latest headlines:
- Kansas State Univ’s ICDD adopts “JPD”
- PBS films on mosque controversy now online
- Portland City Council adopts Public Involvement Principles
- Question on NCDD Forum about online engagement
- Civic Reflection Facilitation Training Workshops
- Featured NCDD Member: Healthy Democracy Oregon
- Alberta Climate Dialogue hiring a Project Manager
And in case you don’t know, you can stay on top of NCDD blog posts and new resources added to the NCDD Resource Center by joining the NCDD Group on LinkedIn.
Upcoming Changes to NCDD’s Website
The NCDD website has been online at www.thataway.org since 2002. Its predecessor, the Dialogue to Action Initiative website went online in 1998. In the past 12 years we’ve updated the site five times… and it’s time to do it again. We’ve been listening to the needs and interests of our members and have spent the summer rolling out a new design and a few new features at our “new url” NCDD.org (including the new NCDD Forum, check it out!) Over the next few months we’ll be moving our news blog and members listings, and we’re really excited to offer our community a new site in 2011!
Discounts for Dues-Paying NCDD Members
In the sidebar of our monthly updates, we list the great discounts our dues-paying members are eligible for. You can view them at www.thataway.org/discounts.
NCDD dues are just $50/year ($100 for organizations), and many of these discounts save you hundreds! Go to www.thataway.org/discounts for more details on these trainings. Or go to www.thataway.org/join to become a dues-paying NCDD member and benefit from these great discounts!