We’re counting down to The National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation Conference here in Austin October 3-5, 2008 at the Renaissance Hotel (Arboretum) with half-day and full-day pre-conference sessions scheduled for October 2.
This conference is packed full of opportunities to learn, listen, laugh and lunch. The conference will feature a free Conversation Cafe, a meeting of Geeks Who Dialogue, a Poetry Slam, a panel of leading Conservatives who have embraced dialogue, youth-led events, and an original musical composition created during the conference! Here are some of the featured speakers:
Here’s a sampling of the workshops being offered:
- How Can We Combat Climate Change with Dialogue and Participation? An International Perspective
- How Can WE Revitalize Democracy with D&D?
- What Moves You? Exploring the Spiritual and Moral Roots of Our Dialogue Practice
- Exploring How our Work in D&D Contributes to Social Change
- Embedding D&D into Government Systems
- Fireside Chat on Embedding Citizen’s Voices in Our Governing Systems
- Coming to the Table: Addressing Racial Reconciliation in America
- The Power of Poetry to Facilitate Change
If you can’t make the full conference, here are a few options:
- Attend a pre-conference on Thursday, October 2 for only $95 (full day) or $50 (half day). See pre-conference schedule here.
- Attend the free Conversation Cafe also on Thursday October 2 in the evening. Come at 6:15 to learn how to facilitate a conversation or come at 7:30 to participate.
- Register for just one day for the rate of $150.
Special offer for students!!!!
If you are a student or know a student who should attend, don’t let the conference fee get in the way. Bluebonnet Hills is offering $300 scholarships for student registration rate to help you attend. That means the student only pays $25! If you are a student and want to participate in this conference that will have workshops led by the Rockrose Institute’s Youth Dialogue Project, complete this application online.
A very active local planning team led by Diane Miller has been working for almost a year to
make sure that this is the best NCDD conference ever and put Austin on
the D&D map.
Still not sure if this conference is for you? Ask yourself these questions about who you are to find out…
- If you are an artist, an activist, a trainer, teacher, scholar, student, philosopher, community change agent, political leader, policy-maker, librarian, or just someone who believes that the world works best when we sit down and engage in meaningful dialogue, then you won’t want to miss this opportunity.
- If you are convinced that there are better ways for us to work on community problems than the traditional debate, vote, mandate, legislate then this conference is for you.
- If you envision a future in which all people-regardless of income, position, background
or education-engage in lively, thoughtful, and
challenging discussions about what matters to them, then you will find kindred spirits at this conference.
- If you would like to meet 350-400 people from around the world who are working on issues like racism, Jewish-Palestinian dialogues, political polarization, gentrification and climate change, they’ll be here in Austin in October.
If any of those descriptions sound like you, then register here!