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Happy Birthday, NCDD!

Today, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) turns ten years old. Happy birthday!

From NCDD’s about page:

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is a network of over 1,600 innovators who bring people together across divides to discuss, decide, and take action together effectively on today’s toughest issues. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource center, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this vital community of practice.

In a post last night, Sandy Heierbacher, director and co-founder of NCDD, recalled some of the organization’s history and milestones.

Many of our members here at IAP2 USA are also members of NCDD, and the two organizations have worked closely together in the past. For example, members of NCDD, IAP2 and the Co-Intelligence Institute led a collaboration in early 2009 that involved many organizations in our field in crafting a shared set of Core Principles for Public Engagement to help guide the Obama administration’s Open Government efforts in the area of public participation. More recently, both organizations have regularly coordinated their efforts to contribute to the conversations around the Open Government Partnership and other related activities.

We very much value this close relationship and were happy to welcome Sandy as an IAP2 USA member last Fall. In February, following an earlier Board decision, IAP2 USA became an organizational member of NCDD.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out NCDD’s vast collection of resources and mark your calendar for their upcoming 2012 conference, October 12-14 in Seattle, WA.

On behalf of the entire Board of IAP2 USA: Happy birthday, NCDD! Here’s to a successful next ten years!

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