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Full Name: Laura Keir
NCDD Member Since: Feb. 23, 2010
About Me: I recently graduated from Sterling College in Vermont with a degree in Conservation Ecology. In addition to pursuing conservation ecology, I studied the use of dialogue in community action and social change. My senior applied research project looked at how participants are affected by dialogue groups that focus on environmental issues, such as the discussion courses run through the Northwest Earth Institute. For a recent independent study course I learned about a collaborative process in my community that is working to create solutions for the local school system. I have helped plan and facilitate dialogues on my college campus, including a student-wide dialogue to celebrate and improve student health. I recently began working with the New England Center for Civic Life at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH on a research project through the Kettering Foundation. There I am assisting in the coordination of forums on the economy throughout the Northeast, which will be used to help legislators understand the importance of deliberative dialogue and how they can use this tool in decision-making. I would love to pursue dialogue as a career, so please email if you have advice or leads on how to progress in this field of work!
My Interest Areas: environment, conservation ecology, community service
My Work
Organization Name: New England Center for Civic Life
Title / Position: Research Assistant
Description: The Center for Civic Life is dedicated to the teaching, practice and study of deliberative democracy. The Center’s initiatives and research are based on the premise that in order to foster strong communities, based on principles of inclusiveness and equity, individuals must engage in thoughtful and civil dialogue. Through creating and implementing initiatives that uses deliberative practices-whether in the community or in the classroom-the Center creates opportunities for people to become active producers of knowledge and engaged members of their communities. The Center serves as a resource for students, higher education professionals and community members.
My Favorite Links: The New England Center for Civic Life:
http://www.franklinpierce.edu/institutes/neccl/index.htm
My Contact Info
Email: [email protected]
City: Swanzey
State/Province: NH
NCDD Involvement
Member Type: Individual Member (non-dues-paying)
Mentorship Program: I’m interested in being a Mentee

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