Early Bird Registration Open for 2016 National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Conference in Boston Area

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The following announcement is from Sandy Heierbacher, Director of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) about workshop proposals submission and early bird registration for the upcoming, October 14-16, 2016 in the Boston area.

Hi, everybody!  Just a quick update to make sure you know that…

1.  Registration is up at www.ncdd2016.eventbrite.com and now’s the time to benefit from our Early Bird rate
2.  The deadline for workshop proposals is Friday, July 8th (next Friday)
If you haven’t yet marked your calendar, the 2016 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is coming up this October 14-16 in the Boston area. NCDD conferences bring together hundreds of the most active, thoughtful, and influential people involved in public engagement and group process work across the U.S. and Canada, and we hope you’ll be one of them!
If your work involves dialogue and deliberation, or you want to get involved with this work, you’ll love this conference. Imagine spending three days with some of the most amazing leaders in this field, forming new relationships and reconnecting with old colleagues and friends, hearing about innovative new approaches to the challenges you’re facing, and exploring together how we can shape the future of this important movement, all while using innovative group techniques… there’s really nothing like it. (See our 2014 Conference Storify page at http://storify.com/NCDD/ncdd-2014/ for quotes and pictures.)
Check out the Application for Session Leaders at http://ncdd.org/events/ncdd2016/session-app now to see what we ask for, and start cooking up those great proposals we’ve come to expect from our network!  Applications are due next Friday, July 8th.
Our theme for the 2016 conference is Bridging Our Divides, and we invite workshop proposals that in some way build upon or engage the ideas around this theme. NCDD 2016 is taking place a month before the 2016 Presidential election, and in light of the extreme rhetoric and partisan rancor in this election cycle, we want to share stories about healing the partisan divide and about creating and implementing strategies that will help us move forward together in addressing our shared problems.
But the divide between left and right politics is not the only divide that we as a field need to help our country address – the Bridging Our Divides theme is an invitation for us to address the most persistent of our gaps in our society. We want this conference to lift up stories and strategies about people working together across our race divides, our religious divides, our economic divides, our divisions around gender, orientation, and expression, our generational divides, our divides between government officials and everyday citizens, and others.
We invite session proposals that will highlight work being done to bridge divides on all levels – from organizations, to neighborhoods, to cities, to the whole country. We also invite sessions that have a special focus on the role of media and the press in bridging our societal divisions, especially through partnership with the dialogue & deliberation field. Your proposal will be evaluated, in part, by its relevance to our theme and goals.
Check out the post at http://ncdd.org/20721 for more details about what we’re looking for in session proposals, and start cooking up your session ideas if you haven’t been already!
Sandy Heierbacher
Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
sandy@ncdd.org • www.ncdd.org • @ncdd & @heierbacher
Join us this October 14-16 in Boston for NCDD2016What are NCDD conferences like?  See for yourself at www.tinyurl.com/ncdd2014vid.