A National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

Facilitators, organizers, researchers and students of dialogue and deliberation are invited to attend this groundbreaking event, which will bring together leaders of dialogue programs across the country in order to meet one another, improve our own skills and knowledge AND begin working together to strengthen the practice and unite the field.

A Coalition of 44 organizations and an Organizing Team of 60 dynamic leaders are working together to make this exciting event a success. To learn more about the conference, which is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, click here.

Radisson Old Town as viewed from a walking path along the Potomac River nearby.

Where & When

The conference will take place at the Radisson Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia on October 4th, 5th and 6th, 2002. Conference attendees receive a discount on lodging at the Radisson. Reservations can be made by calling 703-683-6000. Alexandria is located just south of Washington DC along the Potomac River. Directions to the hotel can be found here.

The conference begins on Friday at 10:00 am (with registration from 9:00 am - 10:00 am) and runs throughout the weekend until Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Conference Schedule

Click here for an outline of the conference schedule. More details about specific sessions can be found here.

Goals of the Conference

To view the goals and principals of the conference, click here.


Register now to ensure your place at the first National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation! Submission instructions are included on the form. The registration fee is $200. Other costs (lodging, parking, travel, etc.) are addressed on the Registration Form and on the FAQ page of this website.

The registration deadline is September 1.

Registration Form - MSWord Version
Registration Form - PDF Version

Conference News & Updates

To receive updates concerning the status of the conference and this site, please send us your email address. We have recently added a "Latest News" page. For the most recent information please access it here.

Why This Conference?

For additional information about why this conference is needed and what we hope to accomplish at the event, click here.

Who Should Attend?*

" People who have leadership experience (as a facilitator or organizer) in small group processes that help people communicate and develop relationships across differences in background, opinion or perspective.

" People who have leadership experience in processes that help people make tough decisions or take action based on respectful deliberative discussion.

" People who have studied dialogue in depth, perhaps writing articles or theses on various aspects of dialogic practice.

" Leaders of organizations which utilize dialogic or deliberative processes as an integral part of their work.

*If you are interested in dialogue or would like to become a dialogue facilitator or organizer but haven't yet, this conference is unfortunately not for you. Please visit the Dialogue to Action website for a list of organizations that can help you become involved in the dialogue process.

For More Information...

If you have questions that you cannot find answers to on this website, feel free to contact the Conference Director, Sandy Heierbacher, via email () or phone (802-254-7341).