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Public Square Academy Seeking Program Collaborators
The Public Square Academy (PSA) is looking to develop educational and civic online programs. NCDD member Michael Freedman shared the announcement that they are looking for those with civic and educational expertise to develop programs across broad topics areas of education, community engagement, government, and more. There is an opportunity for free 4-weeks training while developing the program, which you can learn more about in the post below and find the original on PSAs site here.
Sep 21 12:30PM ncdd.org

Senator Ihara Announces Launch of Civic Square Initiative
National Issues Forums Institute, an NCDD member org and sponsor of NCDD2018, recently share this piece from Senator Les Ihara, a regular attendee of NCDD conferences, who just launched Civic Square (aka The Whole): A Sacred Civic Space to Live Aloha. Civic Square, is an initiative which seeks to provide a safe space for people to convene and collaborate civically to further citizen-centered democracy. You can read about Civic Square in the post below and find more information on NIFIs site here.
Sep 19 12:30PM ncdd.org

Donate to Scholarship Fund to Help Youth Attend NCDD2018
We recently announced the Scholarship Fund Drive, which is an effort to provide support to students, youth, and those who would otherwise be unable to attend the upcoming 2018 NCDD national conference. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to give financial assistance to the 30 applicants (and growing) and bring as many folks as possible to NCDD2018. Not only does contributing to the Fund help these individuals attend, but its mutually beneficial as it increases the opportunity for even more connections with fellow civic innovators and engagement []
Sep 18 12:30PM ncdd.org

Check out the Fifth Round of NCDD2018 Workshops!
In anticipation for the upcoming 2018 National Conference for Dialogue & Deliberation, we are thrilled to announce another round of workshops! Check out the sessions weve announced so far and join us for this engaging conference happening Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th in downtown Denver. We have several exciting pre-conference sessions on Thursday, November 1st so register ASAP to attend. Take advantage of our discounted hotel room rate until 5:00pm MST on Wednesday, October 10th and/or coordinate here on the blog to find a roommate.
Sep 17 12:30PM ncdd.org

Dispute Resolution Grant Opportunity, Applications Due 10/5
Our theme for NCDD2018 is about how to bring the D&D field into more widespread practice and a big part of that is funding, so folks can continue doing this work. Which is why were thrilled to find this grant opportunity to forward to the NCDD network from the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation. Applications are due Friday, October 5th, and there is an informative call for prospective applicants on Tuesday, September 18th.
Sep 14 12:30PM ncdd.org

NCDD Member Discount on Future Search Workshops
Did you know?? NCDD member org Future Search is offering NCDD members a 30% discount on their upcoming workshops if you register by October 15th. Make sure you register ASAP to get this great offer and experience these workshops led by fellow NCDD member Sandra Janoff and Marvin Weisbord. This announcement was shared with us via the Main NCDD Discussion listserv [and you can learn how to join this list if you aren't already by clicking here].
Sep 13 12:30PM ncdd.org

MetroQuest Online Public Engagement Playbook Webinar
Next week, NCDD member org MetroQuest will be hosting the webinar, Online Public Engagement Playbook; co-sponsored by NCDD and the American Planning Association (APA). The free webinar on Wednesday, September 19th will discuss the successful online engagement strategy which engaged over 5100+ Austin residents and led to the development of the citys first comprehensive transportation plan. You can read the announcement below or find the original on MetroQuest's site here.
Sep 12 12:30PM ncdd.org

Democratic Learning Exchanges with NCL and Kettering
NCDD member and partner - the National Civic League has been working with the Kettering Foundation on learning exchanges with city managers. The two organizations have a long working history over the last several decades, which has sought to explore how to further democratic practices, particularly within local government. This is the most recent effort in this work to continue to shift deeper government collaboration with the community.
Sep 11 12:30PM ncdd.org

Our Responsibility to Safeguard Our Democracy
NCDD member org, the Bridge Alliance, recently shared this article on their blog from Dr. Thom Little of the State Legislative Leaders Foundation (SLLF). In the article, he speaks on the tenets at the core of our democracy and the need for the people and the representatives to protect and uphold these principles if this nation is to be able to continue.
Sep 7 12:30PM ncdd.org

The Modern Revival of Democracy in Municipalities
While democracy on the national level has gone through some serious upheaval in the last years, its inspiring to see many cities across the country come together and nurture localized democracy. NCDD member org, Public Agenda, shared this article on how cities are returning to being spaces of civic engagement for the community and some cities have even adopted deliberative democratic practices. We encourage you to read this piece that elevates the work of several NCDD member organizations in the post below (thanks for mentioning us too!) []
Sep 6 12:30PM ncdd.org

Essential Partners Fall Workshops & NCDD Member Disc
If you are looking to strengthen your dialogue skills, make sure you check out the workshops this coming fall from Essential Partners, an NCDD member and a sponsor of NCDD2018. They will be offering: Introduction to Dialogue Across Differences, The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues, and The Power of Stories: Moving Beyond Them and Us. Learn more about the discount available to NCDD members! You can more information about these workshops on Essential Partners site here.
Sep 5 12:30PM ncdd.org

Fourth Round of NCDD2018 Workshops Now Available!
Excited for the upcoming 2018 National Conference for Dialogue & Deliberation?! Then make sure you check out this fourth round of NCDD2018 workshops, as well as, what we have announced up until now! NCDD2018 will be from Friday, November 2nd to Sunday, November 4th in downtown Denver, but we encourage folks to get an early start on the NCDD fun with the pre-conference sessions happening on Thursday, November 1st (read more here). If you are looking to split the cost on a hotel room, we've created a space on the blog to coordinate room shares. Finally, []
Sep 4 12:30PM ncdd.org