NCDD's National Conferences

NCDD’s conferences provide leaders and future leaders in the dialogue & deliberation community a venue in which to share resources and strategies, solve problems together, build relationships and initiate collaborative projects.

The second National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation brought together over 300 leaders in the dialogue & deliberation community from October 23rd through 26th, 2004 at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. The conference built on the success of the first NCDD conference, which took place in Alexandria, Virginia in October 2002.

Practitioners, scholars, trainers, artists, activists and students enjoyed a one-of-a-kind gathering, with ample time for networking, skill-building, hearing from some of the key leaders in the field (including Jim Fishkin, Glenna Gerard, Martha McCoy, Harold Saunders and Bill Ury), and (of course!) engaging in dialogue and deliberation.

We will soon add summaries, evaluation results and next steps from the Denver conference to these pages. For now, you can look over the conference schedule or read about the fabulous workshops and plenary sessions that were offered. We encourage you to also read some of the papers presented at this year's conference, and to look over the design criteria and principles our fabulous Design Team used to guide their decisions.

You can also look over conference participants' bios on the Ncdd Wiki (collaborative workspace), and post your own if you didn't get a chance to before the conference.

More About the 2004 Conference

The conference focused on three broad questions: How can we have a greater collective impact on the challenging issues of our time? How can we develop intelligently and wholeheartedly as a community of practice? And what do we need to know and do individually to enhance our ability to do this work?

Conference Planning Team

We are pleased to introduce our fabulous Conference Planning Team. Like the 2002 conference, the 2004 conference was planned as collaboratively and creatively as possible, with over 60 people serving on this year's team.

Sponsors & Supporters

The 2004 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation was funded, in part, by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Along with the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, the conference was Co-Sponsored by The Forum Foundation, the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2), and by Regis University's Institute on the Common Good. Partners of the conference include the Animating Democracy Initiative of Americans for the Arts, the Conflict Resolution Institute of the University of Denver, the Jefferson Center, the Pennsylvania Center for Civic Life, the Public Conversations Project, the Study Circles Resource Center, and the Western Justice Center. Dozens of organizations and individuals have also donated to the conference scholarship fund and supported the conference in myriad ways.

Learn more about our sponsors and supporters.

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