Sponsors and Supporters of the 2006 NCDD Conference

We would like to thank all of these organizations and individuals for helping to ensure that the 2006 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is a success.


The 2006 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is funded, in part, by The Whitman Institute and the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Whitman Institute (www.thewhitmaninstitute.org), a private foundation located in San Francisco, is dedicated to exploring, supporting, and promoting ways for people to develop their capacity to think critically and make good decisions.

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation (www.hewlett.org) makes grants to address the most serious social and environmental problems facing society, where risk capital, responsibly invested, may make a difference over time. The Foundation places a high value on sustaining and improving institutions that make positive contributions to society.

Co-Sponsors – donated $5,000

The Forum Foundation – www.forumfoundation.org

Founded in 1970 as a non-profit educational research foundation, the Forum Foundation conducts futures research in the field of Administrative Theory and Many-to-Many Communication technology to discover those dynamics which tend to move organizations and institutions, universally, toward solving their problems and anticipating or adapting to changes in their internal or external environment. Go to forumfoundation.org to learn more about the Forum Foundation and their Fast Forum® groupware technique using an “Opinionnaire®” and “Viewpaper®.”

A note from John Spady, Director of Research of the Forum Foundation:

My father, Richard Spady, and The Forum Foundation, have agreed to CO-SPONSOR the 2006 conference of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation. It is an honor for us to be able to provide NCDD with this level of commitment. We strongly support the goals and mission of NCDD, and we challenge other civic-minded individuals and institutions to increase their financial support both for this conference and for the organization. We need dialogue and deliberation in our many institutions and across our one common world; we need NCDD.

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation – www.thataway.org

NCDD brings together and supports people, organizations, and resources in ways that expand the power of discussion to benefit society. Founded in 2002 after the first National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation was held in Alexandria, Virginia, NCDD is a vibrant network of over 600 organizations and individuals who, collectively, regularly engage and mobilize millions of people across the globe around today’s critical issues. NCDD’s national conferences and resource-rich website are crucial to the development of this emerging field of practice.

Dialogue and deliberation are powerful group processes that help people bridge gaps, make better decisions, take collective action, resolve conflict and become more active citizens. NCDD provides resources and networking opportunities for a growing community of practice dedicated to solving group and societal problems through honest talk, quality thinking and collaborative action.

Partners – donated $2,000

The Public Conversations Project – www.publicconversations.org

The Public Conversations Project (PCP) helps people with fundamental disagreements over divisive issues develop the mutual understanding and trust essential for strong communities and positive action. PCP’s mission is to foster a more inclusive, empathic and collaborative society by promoting constructive conversations and relationships among those who have differing values, world views, and positions about divisive public issues.

The Study Circles Resource Center – www.studycircles.org

The Study Circles Resource Center is the primary project of The Paul J. Aicher Foundation, a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. We help communities develop their own ability to solve problems by bringing lots of people together in dialogue across divides of race, income, age, and political viewpoints. The center works with neighborhoods, cities and towns, regions, and states, paying particular attention to the racial and ethnic dimensions of the problems they address.

Supporters – provided significant in-kind donations and support

AmericaSpeaks – www.americaspeaks.org

Bay Area Nonviolent Communication – www.baynvc.org

Conflict Resolution Program of the American Friends Service Committee – www.afsc.org/nymetro/conflictresolution/

Conversation Caf̩ Рwww.conversationcafe.org

FAQ Productions – www.faqproductions.com

Global Dialogue Center – www.globaldialoguecenter.com

Global Facilitators Service Corps – www.globalfacilitators.org

Lafayette Bookstore – www.lafayettebookstore.com

The Institute on the Common Good at Regis University – www.regis.edu/commongood

The Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forum Institute – www.kettering.org

Sally Mahe, United Religions Initiative – www.uri.org

Palma Strand, The Arlington Forum – www.arlingtonforum.org

The World Café – www.theworldcafe.com

Yes! Magazine – www.yesmagazine.org

Contributors to the Scholarship Fund

Susan Stuart Clark, Executive Director of Common Knowledge

John L. Johnson, Executive Director of Hampton, Virginia Citizens’ Unity Commission

Jessy Keiser, Organization Development Practice Leader at Kaiser Permanente

Debbe Kennedy, Global Dialogue Center and Leadership Solutions Companies

Sharda Miller, University of Creation Spirituality and The Listening Path

Ted Thomas, President of the James P. Grant Trust for International Social Development

Lars Torres, AmericaSpeaks

Laura Wells, Green Party State Controller Candidate

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