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NCDD’s Conferences and Events    

NCDD 2006 VideoNCDD runs highly participatory events which bring together practitioners, scholars, public leaders, trainers, artists, activists, teachers, and students from across the rapidly-growing dialogue and deliberation community. We have held four successful biennial national conferences, involving nearly 1,400 people from dozens of different countries.

2010 NCDD Events

In 2010, rather than holding a single National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, we will be mobilizing our members to organize a number of smaller one-day NCDD events that build on what we learned in the past year from our involvement in the White House’s Open Government Initiative, and through efforts like the creation of the Core Principles for Public Engagement.

We are looking to hold events in summer and fall 2010 in the locations we feel best equipped to mobilize our members: Austin, San Francisco, Washington DC and Denver, where we’ve held past NCDD conferences, as well as cities like Boston and Portland where dialogue and deliberation are thriving.

We feel that holding regional, largely self-organized events in 2010 has the potential to move NCDD and the field forward in vital ways.  The events have the potential to position NCDD members to successfully navigate new opportunities that are emerging in open government and online engagement so they can make a greater impact in their communities (more on this soon).

If you’re interested in participating in the planning for an NCDD event or just want to learn more (especially if you’re based near one of the cities mentioned above!), contact Sandy Heierbacher, NCDD’s Director ([email protected]) with your interest.

2008 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

The 2008 NCDD conference took place in Austin, Texas October 3-5, 2008. You can still…

2006 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

The third NCDD conference took place in downtown San Francisco, California in August 2006. Download the 2006 conference guidebook to see descriptions of all the plenary sessions and workshops that were held during the conference, details about the speakers, presenters and artists who joined us for the weekend and a complete listing of everyone who made the conference possible.

You can also visit the main 2006 NCDD Conference page to learn more than you’d ever care to know about our third conference.  There, you’ll find links to over 550 photos taken by conference participants, videos captured at the conference, blog posts added by attendees, and more.

2004 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

Our second NCDD conference took place in Denver, Colorado October 23-25, 2004, followed by trainings on Tuesday, October 26th. The conference took place on the campus of Regis University, with support from the Regis-based Institute on the Common Good.

Over 300 people came together for NCDD 2004. Read the 2004 Conference Report for details on what transpired, what was accomplished, and what’s next. You can also download the 2004 Conference Guidebook, which includes a complete schedule of events, lists all the conference sessions, workshops and post-conference trainings, along with information about the location and arts programming at the conference. You are also welcome to look over the results of the online needs assessment we conducted before the 2004 conference, and the summary of the highly-rated Playback Theatre session at the conference.

2002 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

The first-ever National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation took place in Alexandria, Virginia October 4-6, 2002, with pre-conference activities on Thursday, October 3rd. The conference was held at the Radisson Alexandria, just south of Washington, DC.

The 28-page 2002 Conference Report includes a letter from the conference director outlining what worked and what could be improved, a list of who made the conference happen, a listing of all workshops offered at the conference, a description of the three plenary sessions and their outcomes, descriptions of the 12 “next steps groups” that formed at the conference, and a detailed look at whether we met our initial goals. In addition to the conference report, you are welcome to look over the results of evaluations on the 2002 conference and the results of the online needs assessment we conducted to find out what people might want out of a national conference on D&D. 

Get Involved with Our Events!

If you’re interested in attending, exhibiting, co-sponsoring, or just staying informed as we plan future events, email NCDD’s Office Manager, Joy Garman at [email protected] and let her know. Our events are planned collaboratively by people with all levels of experience in dialogue & deliberation, and the planning teams are open to your suggestions and ideas. Email NCDD director Sandy Heierbacher at [email protected] with any ideas you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

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