National Dialogue Network

$690 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 64 months
Hello, I'm John Spady, founder of the National Dialogue Network. In 2013, voting members of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD) selected this proposal for a National Dialogue Network as one of two Catalyst Award winners to encourage "collaborative projects that contribute to the development of a robust, sustainable civic infrastructure in our communities and our country."

That $10K award encouraged a team of volunteers to create an intro video, develop our website, and create a basic template for coordinating local conversations that, when summarized together, form the foundation for an inexpensive and collaborative infrastructure for national dialogue.

The inaugural issue chosen by public poll for our network in 2013 is "Poverty/Wealth in America."

But now we also need to prepare for our future.

Our network is making this public ask to raise at least another $10,000 for 2014 so we can continue to develop processes and content for another year of national dialogue. Funds raised over $15,000 will be used to develop more professional content, coordination, and promotional grants.

All of this is meant to promote a flexible and collaborative civic infrastructure for meaningful national dialogue.

Will you support our efforts? Thank you for your donation!

(taken at a recent beta test community event in
Mt. Vernon, Washington, August 16, 2013)

The National Dialogue Network is a project of the Stuart C. Dodd Institute for Social Innovation "” a nonprofit foundation in Seattle, Washington.
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The National Dialogue Network is helping to co-sponsor the upcoming NCDD conference in Reston, VA, October 17-19, 2014. Please do join us! Contact me for a big discount code if you plan to register!! http://ncdd.org/events/NCDD2014
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$690 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 6 people in 64 months
Created August 20, 2013
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Jeff Prudhomme
51 months ago

Thanks for all you're doing to grow a national collaborative conversation!

Nedra Chandler
62 months ago

This is cool! Thank you for your work. This is inspiring and audacious of you organizers -- let's go be the change we wanna see in our communities and the nation. I was trying to talk myself into putting my head down to focus more consistently on something much more limited, doable and concrete -- say, passage of a long-needed sidewalk policy here in Helena Montana that has developers pay for them and put them into neighborhoods up front -- a very basic land use, equity, access, and public health issue. And then Sandy's email this morning reminded me yet again that NCDD has been a source of grand vision since it first arrived on the scene. I want to lend my energy (yep, I have some and I'm going to share some too).

Sandy Heierbacher
63 months ago

Great job launching this ambitious project on a modest budget!

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