The Alliance of D&D Networks
NCDD is involved in the ”Alliance” - a newly-formed group of North American leaders of national and international umbrella organizations that focus in large part on dialogue and deliberation, and have similar goals or mandates. We are exploring how we might develop more collaborative and cooperative relationships with one another, and whether there are some projects that we might pursue together that would not be as successful if we launched them separately.
There are many good reasons for such an alliance:
- Extending our reach
- Making the D&D community more inclusive
- Sharing resources with larger sets of people and communities
- Sharing information about relevant events
- Avoiding conflict in the timing of major events
- Communicating the dynamism of our “big tent”
- Promoting awareness of other groups in the field
- Sharing research agendas, practices and findings
- Strengthening the case for institutionalization
Initial “members” include the C2D2, CPRN, NCDD and the DDC. We are providing the descriptions below to help people distinguish between these networks which, although different in many ways, are sometimes confused with each other.
Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) – www.c2d2.ca
The Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) is a growing network of individuals and organizations, across Canada, sharing the belief that dialogue and deliberation can help build better communities, better organizations and stronger democracies…in other words, “a better world”.
C2D2’s vision is a democratic society in which institutions, practices and culture foster constructive dialogue and deliberation.
Our mission is to work with a broad community of dialogue and deliberation practitioners and researchers to strengthen our society’s collective ability to achieve more equitable and effective processes, decisions and results in our civic and democratic institutions.
C2D2 began as the “Canadian Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation” – C2D2 2005. C2D2 2007 will take place at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, November 12 to 14, with post conference training scheduled for November 15-16.
Canadian Policy Research Network - www.cprn.org
The mission of Canadian Policy Research Network is to create knowledge and lead public dialogue and debate on social and economic issues important to the well-being of all Canadians. Our goal is to help make Canada a more just, prosperous and caring society. Since its establishment in 1995, CPRN has played a leadership role in public involvement in Canada.
CPRN brings citizens’ voices into public policy decisions to foster greater civic literacy and engagement. We seek to build support and capacity for public involvement among policy-makers, politicians, practitioners, and the public. We work to deepen and add knowledge to this field by undertaking, fostering and disseminating research in collaboration with other partners. Our work is inspired by the belief that meaningful engagement of the public leads to better policy outcomes and a stronger democracy.
Since 2002, CPRN has undertaken a number of large scale deliberative citizens’ dialogues [e.g., The Future of Health Care in Canada, a 21st Century Social Contract, the Long-term Management of Used Nuclear Fuel in Canada, National Dialogue and Summit for Engaging Young Canadians, Sharing Public Funds in Canada], and provided support and expertise on public involvement initiatives to various government, non-profit and private entities in Canada and abroad (e.g., Brazil, China). We work with public officials, researchers and practitioners here and around the world, to create, transfer and mobilize knowledge on both the theory and practice of public engagement.
Our dialogue and research reports and presentations are available free of charge at www.cprn.org.
Deliberative Democracy Consortium – www.deliberative-democracy.net
The Deliberative Democracy Consortium (DDC) is a network of practitioners and researchers representing more than 30 organizations and universities, collaborating to strengthen the field of deliberative democracy. The Consortium seeks to support research activities and to advance practice at all levels of government, in North America and around the world.
Since its inception in 2002, the DDC has:
- Developed new tools for practitioners, researchers, and public officials
- Assembled new networks for federal officials, and for researchers and practitioners
- Assisted federal agencies in their public involvement work.
The goals of the DDC are to:
- Help public leaders find the examples and resources they need to engage citizens.
- Integrate research and practice in the field
- Integrate online and face-to-face approaches
- Articulate how democracy is changing.
- Help to build a permanent infrastructure for deliberative democracy.
National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation - www.thataway.org
NCDD – and the dialogue and deliberation community in general – have experienced rapid growth in the last few years. NCDD is now a vibrant network of over 700 organizations and individuals who, collectively, regularly engage and mobilize hundreds of thousands of people around today’s critical issues. Our website offers a comprehensive assortment of over 2000 tools, best practices and links related to participatory democracy, public engagement, collaborative action, and conflict resolution at all levels, and we keep in touch monthly with over 10,000 people who do this work. Although we have members in dozens of countries, NCDD is also helping similar organizations form outside of the U.S., including the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2), which is currently planning its second national conference, and the newly formed African Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation (ACDD).
NCDD has grown from a coalition of 50 initial organizational members who came together to plan the first National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in 2002 to a group of nearly 700 members in early 2007. NCDD has held three national conferences – in Alexandria, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; and San Francisco, California – attended by nearly 1,000 people from 18 countries.
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