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The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is a coalition of practitioners, organizations, researchers, public officials, activists, artists and students dedicated to solving problems through honest dialogue, quality deliberation and collaborative action. If this sounds like you or your organization, please join us!

Dialogue and deliberation are most useful when people see a discrepancy between what is happening and what they think should be happening in the world or on an issue-yet there is no widespread agreement or shared understanding about what specifically should change.  In her book Getting a Grip, NCDD member Frances Moore Lappe asks a powerful question:

“Why are we as societies creating a world that we as individuals abhor?”

Many NCDD members feel an urgent need to help their communities, regions, nations and planet bridge this gap on the issues people care about most.  NCDD represents a “big tent” under which many approaches and streams of practice have found much-needed support, ideas, connections and motivation.

Please scan the rest of this page before joining so you know what to expect. Ready to join now?

Are there membership dues?

Organizations can join NCDD for only $100 a year. Individuals are asked to pay annual dues of $50 if they are able to. NCDD welcomes all who are committed to dialogue and deliberation to join us, whether or not you are able to pay all (or any) of the membership due.

We especially encourage young people, those from developing countries, and those with lower incomes to take advantage of the opportunity to become a member for free or by paying what you can. Members who do not pay full dues will be listed and treated as other members, but we will not be able to provide you with the benefits that cost us or others extra money (like discounted fees for events).

What are the benefits of NCDD membership?

  • Becoming part of a dynamic network of great people and groups that can be accessed to share resources, get input on ideas, publicize events, obtain advice from seasoned colleagues, and more.
  • Opportunities to work with your colleagues to strengthen and unite the dialogue & deliberation (D&D) community.
  • Opportunities to network with your peers and develop mutually supportive relationships.
  • Increased awareness of opportunities, events and resources that can help you be more effective.
  • Increased recognition and exposure within the D&D community. Members are listed on the NCDD website – the online hub for the dialogue and deliberation community – and have many opportunities to post information about your resources and events, news about your programs, and commentaries about your experiences.
  • Also, every NCDD member now gets their own space in the new NCDD Members Network – an interactive members directory that allows you to easily connect with other members, form and join interest groups, upload news about your work to your own blog, and more!

What additional benefits do dues-paying NCDD members receive?

  • Dues-paying members are also eligible for all of the discounts our partners are offering on their trainings, courses, and certificate programs (listed at These are some of the best trainings out there in facilitation, public engagement and conflict resolution. Our organizational members can send up to three people to these programs at the discounted rate.
  • Organizational members can have up to three people listed in NCDD’s Members Network.
  • Dues-paying members also receive discounts on registration to NCDD’s conferences.
  • And dues-paying members receive any discounts we negotiate to major conferences out partners are holding. See the Projects section for examples.
  • But the most important benefit of becoming a paid member is knowing that you are helping to ensure that NCDD can continue to foster collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and networking throughout the dialogue and deliberation community!

Can organizations or individuals from outside the U.S. join the coalition?

Yes! We’re proud of the fact that as of June 2010, NCDD members hail from 40 countries. We have over 188 members from outside of the U.S.

People who are based outside of the U.S. are encouraged to join the Coalition. We’d love to have you! Your membership will be no different from the U.S.-based members of NCDD.

What if I’m already a member and I want to become a dues-paying member?

If you are currently an unpaid individual member of NCDD and would like to become a dues-paying individual member ($50) or an organizational member ($100) and take advantage of the benefits available to our dues-paying members, here’s how:

  • Submit payment via check or PayPal following the instructions at the bottom of this page.
  • If you are switching to Organizational member status, email NCDD’s office manager, Joy Garman, with the name of the organization, and the names, titles, contact info and one-paragraph bios of up to three contacts.

What is expected of NCDD members?

By joining NCDD, you or your organization are pledging your commitment to fostering the effective use of dialogue and deliberation, and to helping strengthen and unite the growing dialogue and deliberation community.

Whether you pay the membership fee or not, you are asked to consider what else you can contribute to NCDD. Can you keep us informed about your work and your learnings? Can you get involved in conference planning, or in another working group? Can you help keep our resources updated, or start meaningful conversations on the NCDD discussion lists?

Membership in NCDD implies collaboration. You are joining a coalition of people and organizations that, collectively, are better able to make a difference in this field of practice, and in the world.

How do I pay for membership?

New members will be given payment options after filling out the online membership form (see links at the top of the page). Existing members can submit payment in either of the following ways:

Send a Check for $100 (if you’d like your organization to be a member of NCDD) or $50 (if you’d like to be an individual member) made out to “NCDD” to the following address.

Attn: Joy Garman
114 W. Springville Road
Boiling Springs, PA 17007

If you prefer to use a Credit Card (and we encourage those from outside the U.S. to do this so we can all avoid extra check charges), go to and either log in or click on “Sign Up” if you don’t already have a PayPal account. After you are signed in, click on “Send Money.” Type the following email address into the box that asks for the Recipient’s Email: [email protected]. If you need a printed receipt, you will find a record of your transaction under “My Account” at PayPal.

If you need an invoice to process payment, or if you have any questions at all about payment or membership, feel free to contact NCDD’s office manager, [email protected].  You can also call 717-243-5144, though we prefer email.

Thanks for your interest in NCDD!

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