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National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation
October 4-6, 2002
(added June 6, 2002)

An exciting grassroots initiative has emerged out of a need for dialogue practitioners to share strategies, experience one anothers models, and help mold the future of the dialogue process. A growing coalition of leaders in the dialogue community representing a wide variety of dialogue programs, models, topics and applications has collaborated to plan and design a National Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation.

The first of its kind, this conference will bring together dialogue leaders in a welcoming, respectful and informal atmosphere in order to work towards five goals: defining and clarifying our work and our field, knowledge-building and sharing information, building skills, meeting and getting to know our colleagues in the field, and initiating collaborative projects.

The event will provide dialogue practitioners with the opportunity to learn about and experience a variety of dialogue models. At the same time, the conference will help to ensure, develop and strengthen the future of the dialogue process and the dialogue community by examining the field as a whole, assessing what work needs to be done to ensure its growth, and creating the infrastructure that is needed to get the work accomplished.

This event is sponsored by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and will take place October 4-6, 2002, at the Radisson Old Town in Alexandria, Virginia.

You can read the conference's summary proposal at http://www.thataway.org/conference/, future home to the conference website, and if you are interested in receiving updates or becoming involved, please fill out the form below or contact Sandy Heierbacher, the conference director, at .


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Last updated Wednesday, June 12, 2002 9:47 PM