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Get Involved with the NCDD Community    

There are numerous ways to interact with the NCDD network. First and foremost, if you’re not already a member, you should join NCDD! By joining, you become part of a dynamic network of practitioners, researchers, and activists working throughout the dialogue & deliberation community.

Whether you are a member of NCDD or not, we welcome you to utilize the following outlets to share resources, get input on your ideas, publicize your D&D-related events and trainings, find facilitators or convenors, obtain advice from seasoned colleagues, launch collaborative projects and more!

NCDD’s Members Network

At its essence, the NCDD Members Network is an interactive directory of all NCDD members. Since it is run on social network software, the Network allows our members to get to know each other better, share their work, and discuss what they care about. Visit the NCDD Members Network! Or read about how to best take advantage of the NCDD Members Network.

NCDD’s Listservs and E-Updates

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NCDD runs numerous email discussion lists (powered and donated by L-Soft’s LISTSERV®) to foster networking, information-sharing and collaboration within the dialogue and deliberation community.

Our most active list – the main NCDD Discussion list – has over 1,050 subscribers as of June 2010, and is a source for advice and inspiration to many in the field. We also run regional lists, interest-based lists and lists for NCDD working groups. Learn more about all our discussion lists and subscribe!

We also run several announcement lists (not two-way discussion lists) – including the NCDD Updates list. NCDD’s monthly updates keep over 20,000 people informed about opportunities and goings-on in the world of dialogue & deliberation, and many people find them to be valuable and inspiring (subscribe here). We run another announcement list for NCDD members only, and a third for those interested in staying updated on NCDD events (send a blank email to to subscribe).

The NCDD Forum

NCDD’s forum, or bulletin board, was live from 2004 to 2007 – and has recently been reincarnated!  We’re currently using the forum to gather information about 3 “knowledge gaps” to lead into our 2010 regional events.

There are currently over 600 posts on the forum, including discussions on such topics as “How can we effectively mobilize the dialogue and deliberation community at times of crisis?” and “How can we walk our talk better as a community in terms of diversity and inclusion?”  Visit the forum at www.ncdd.org/forum.

News & Perspectives Blog

With new posts added every couple days, NCDD’s blog is one of the bests place online to stay informed about upcoming events, news about programs, and educational and training opportunities in intergroup dialogue, deliberative democracy, conflict resolution, and public engagement.

Go to our main page, www.thataway.org, to visit the blog. Be sure to use the categories in the left sidebar if you’re looking for a specific type of item, like jobs, grant opportunities, higher ed resources, etc.

Participate by adding comments to any post or by submitting news for posting to (note: posts from NCDD members get priority). If you would like to do more, consider joining our team of NCDD bloggers and posting informative pieces about areas and events that interest you (email Andy at if you’re interested).

NCDD’s Social Media

Of course NCDD’s on FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  But did you know we have hundreds of pictures posted at Flickr?  And that NCDD’s director Sandy Heierbacher created public playlists organizing dozens and dozens of D&D videos on YouTube?

FaceBook group (over 2,000 members!):  www.groups.to/ncdd/
LinkedIn group:  www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=990997&trk=hb_side_g
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/ncdd
YouTube:  www.thataway.org/6fa6ec (shortcut link to public playlists of NCDD videos and D&D videos in general)
Flickr:  www.flickr.com/search/?q=ncdd2008 (over 500 photos from the 2008 NCDD conference; also search for “ncdd2006″)

And here’s how to connect with NCDD’s Sandy Heierbacher via the big three…

FaceBook:  www.facebook.com/heierbacher
LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/sandyheierbacher
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/heierbacher

National Conferences and Other Events

Our web technology helps connect members of NCDD and the greater dialogue and deliberation community, but nothing beats face-to-face interaction.

NCDD has held four biennial national conferences focused on strengthening and uniting the D&D community – in Alexandria, Virginia in 2002; Denver, Colorado in 2004; San Francisco, California in 2006; and Austin, Texas in 2008 – attended by over 1,400 people from two dozen countries.

At the moment, we are focusing on running regional NCDD events in fall 2010. Let us know if you’d like to help plan a regional event in Boston, Austin, Denver, San Francisco, or Portland (or Washington DC in spring 2011) by emailing . Click here to learn more about NCDD’s events (or click on “events” at the top of any page).

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