NCDD’s Tireless Team of Bloggers    

Sandy Heierbacher
Director & Co-Founder, NCDD

Sandy Heierbacher

After directing the first National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation in 2002, in collaboration with 60 individuals and 50 organizations representing the full spectrum of dialogic and deliberative practice, Sandy and her husband Andy (NCDD’s Creative Director) Co-Founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, a group of 50 organizations who shared Sandy and Andy’s vision of strengthening and uniting the growing dialogue & deliberation community. As of November 2007, NCDD has over 800 members. In addition to her work with NCDD, Sandy has consulted for such organizations as the Corporation for National Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kettering Foundation in the areas of intergroup dialogue, public participation and deliberative democracy. Sandy can be contacted at [email protected].

Andy Fluke
Co-Founder & Creative Director, NCDD

Andy Fluke

In addition to creating and designing NCDD’s presence on the web, Andy Fluke designs all of NCDD’s print publications – including our 2004 and 2006 conference handbooks, the 2002 conference binder and our promotional postcards. Because of Andy’s vision and perseverance, is one the largest and most accessible websites in this field, boasting interactive features that include a forum and group blog. Andy is taking a leadership role in designing and implementing NCDD’s first quartlerly print publication, which will be launched in 2007. He can be contacted at [email protected]. Inspired by NCDD’s embrace of blogging as a tool to share information, Andy started his own blog at

Amy Lang
Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions

Amy Lang

The world of dialogue & deliberation is expanding rapidly, and Amy was brought on board in 2005 to help us keep up with the constant influx of news, opportunities and resources we are committed to sharing with our members and visitors on our Community News & Perspectives blog. Amy is the primary editor of the blog. Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly. Read about the results of Amy’s research at She can be reached at [email protected].

Lars Hasselblad Torres
Founder and Coordinator, Global Peace Tiles Project


An educator, writer and artist with passions revolving around art + technology + participation, all in the context of education for development, Lars is currently focusing his energy on the Global Peace Tiles Project, which aims to build bonds between communities through art, as well as, a site for discussion of the ways mixed media art can be used to promote development. In the past he has been a founding faculty member at the Booker T. Washington Public Charter School for Technical Arts, where he developed an arts-based curriculum for urban studies. He also co-founded and ran the Center for Collaborative Art and Visual Education (CAVE) in Washington, DC – an artist-run exhibition and education space in Dupont Circle. And until recently, Lars served as a long-time Researcher for AmericaSpeaks.

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