What We’re All About

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is a network of nearly 2,000 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.

Dialogue and deliberation are innovative processes that help people come together across differences to tackle our most challenging problems.  In a time of extreme political partisanship and increased conflict between religious and ethnic groups, teaching, spreading, and supporting the skills of dialogue and deliberation are vital.

The NCDD website is a clearinghouse for literally thousands of resources and best practices, and our highly participatory national and regional conferences have brought together more than 2,400 practitioners, community leaders, public administrators, researchers, activists, teachers and students since 2002. We keep in touch monthly with 33,000 people involved in public engagement and conflict resolution work.

Above all, NCDD provides opportunities for members of the broadly-defined dialogue and deliberation (“D&D”) community to share knowledge, inspire one another, build collaborative relationships, and have a greater collective impact.

Below you’ll find our contact info, mission, details about our membership, and more. You can also read the full story of NCDD’s beginnings and learn about the NCDD team. And, of course, if this resonates with you, please consider becoming a member or making a donation to NCDD!

Contacting Us

The easiest way to get in touch with us is via our Contact Form. Otherwise, you can call, email, or write NCDD at…

Phone:  717-243-5144
  info [at] ncdd [dot] org
Mail:  114 W. Springville Road, Boiling Springs, PA 17007

Below are some readings and additional things of interest:

Peter Levine’s work is some of the best especially related to deliberation and civic engagement.

An article by me on argument and deliberation and ethnopolitical conflict

Arguement and Ethnopolitical Conflict

Dryzek, Foundations and Frontiers of Deliberative Governance. Oxford. 2010

Ellis,  Deliberative Communication and Ethnopolitical Conflict. Peter Lang, 2012

Ellis on Intergroup Conflict Handbook Chapter conflict

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