Beginner's Guide to Dialogue & Deliberation

If you are new to dialogue & deliberation, or if you have primarily worked within one particular stream of practice or with one or two specific models or techniques, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with the following resources.

For Starters...

If you?re a beginner to dialogue & deliberation, look over the ?What are Dialogue & Deliberation?? and ?Why do D&D Matter?? pages. There you?ll find quotes by some of the top leaders in the field explaining why the field you?re entering is vital for the health of your community, your country, and the entire planet.

D&D Models & Techniques

Detailed (but not overly-long) descriptions of many of the leading models of dialogue and deliberation. Included whenever possible is specific information about what circumstances the models are best suited for, information about the organizations and networks affiliated with the model, and resources that are recommended for learning more about the model.

You may have already hear of some of these models ? Study Circles, Sustained Dialogue, Wisdom Council, AmericaSpeaks? 21st Century Town Meeting, Deliberative Polling, Appreciative Inquiry, and so on ? and we recommend that you look over what's posted about the models and techniques that you're not too familiar with.

Quick Reference Glossary

There are numerous streams of practice running parallel in the broader dialogue & deliberation community (deliberative democracy, collective action, conflict transformation, etc.), and they have each developed their own terminology for what they do.

Leading D&D Organizations and Programs

The organizations listed on these pages are all pioneers in the dialogue & deliberation community. Categories include Process Leaders, Movement Builders, Communities of Practice, High-Tech Pioneers, Research Institutions, and more.

"Deliberative Dialogue to Expand Civic Engagement: What Kind of Talk Does Democracy Need?"

Martha McCoy and Pat Scully of the Study Circles Resource Center gave us permission to share this article with conference participants. It is an excellent article that distinguishes deliberation from dialogue and discusses the merits of ?the marriage of deliberation and dialogue.? Although the article focuses on the Study Circles process, it is a great introduction to public engagement processes and their principles. This is a very readable 19-page article that we highly recommend you take the time to read.

And for Further Exploration...

The Resources Section at is literally packed with crunchy D&D goodness. If you haven?t perused the NCDD website before, this is the one section not to miss!


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