NCDD San Francisco – Our 2006 Conference    

The third National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation took place in downtown San Francisco, California August 4-6, 2006 – and we feel it was our best conference yet! This is your gateway to more info than you’d ever care to know about NCDD 2006.

The 2006 NCDD Conference was funded, in part, by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Whitman Institute, and by leading dialogue and deliberation organizations including the Forum Foundation, the Public Conversations Project and the Study Circles Resource Center. See a complete list of the generous organizations and individuals that helped make the 2006 NCDD Conference the amazing event that it was.

Download the 2006 conference guidebook to see descriptions of all the plenary sessions and workshops that were held during the conference, details about the artists who joined us for the weekend and a complete listing of everyone who made the conference possible.

We highly recommend that you look over the blog posts from the 2006 gathering — you’ll find live insights, mini-movies and even a few audio clips. And you can read about how we integrated the arts into this and previous conferences on our The Arts at NCDD Events page.

Here are some other fun things you can check out…

Videos from NCDD 2006

View some great footage from NCDD’s 2006 Conference in San Francisco! Check out a high-energy 5-minute piece that gives you a feel for what an NCDD conference is like, and the fabulous people who attend our events. Conference participants can also relive a powerful moment at the San Francisco event – a moving testimonial by participant Machiko Conway as she talks about her memories of Hiroshima on the 61st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb.

We had the pleasure of working with FAQ Productions, which produced our five-minute overview and videotaped much of the conference. FAQ Productions produces short, personal videos for professionals to use on their websites and over email. These streaming videos highlight the personalities of the professional and their organizations, and are an engaging tool for connecting with clients.

  1. 5-Minute Conference Overview (on
  2. 5-Minute Conference Overview (iPod video)
  3. Machiko Conway Remembers Hiroshima from our Closing Session (on
  4. Machiko Conway Remembers Hiroshima from our Closing Session (iPod video)

Photos from the Conference

During the conference, we invited our participants to take photographs and upload them to the photo-sharing site Flickr. In the end we had over 550 photos uploaded…

You can also Explore All Conference Photos On!

Peace Tiles

Lars Hasselblad Torres of the Peace Tiles Project (along with Nil S. Navaie of Arts for Global Development) was on hand to share his program’s work and to give conference participants the chance to create their own Peace Tiles. He has placed photos on Flickr of the tiles created at conference.

Timeline of Notable Milestones from Friday’s Plenary

On the first morning of our 2006 conference, we presented a plenary session devoted to “reflecting on our past,” where we examined our personal stories and the recent history of the dialogue and deliberation movement. The main exercise presented during this plenary had conference participants posting personal reflections, meaningful events and milestones they felt significantly impacted their lives, the dialogue and deliberation community, and the world on giant timelines attached to the walls of our main meeting room. Click Here to view a transcript of the timelines that were created during this well-received plenary session.

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