Celebrate the Institute for Global Leadership on October 21

20th Anniversary of Institute for Global Leadership Event

October 21, 1-3 p.m. on Zoom

Honoree and Speaker Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Chair and Executive Director, New York City Civic Engagement Commission and Member, first municipal Racial Inclusion and Equity Task Force

The Institute for Global Leadership announces the 2021 Life Leadership Service Award Recipient is Dr. Sarah Sayeed. Dr. Sayeed has been dedicated to an inclusive public square for two decades. She will speak and respond on “Building Trusting Community Relationships” after Mayor Joseph Petty awards her the Key to the City of Worcester on October 21 at 1 p.m. Congratulatory notes from Congressman James McGovern and Sen. Edward J. Markey will be announced.

The award honors Dr. Sarah Sayeed for her significant contribution to the interdisciplinary practice of Reconciliation Leadership, her practice of “leadership from the inside out,” her application of Reconciliation Leadership to build communities and  to write papers on Reconciliation Leadership she co-authored for conferences convened by the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies at Columbia University.

“As an American Muslim woman,” Dr. Sayeed has said of her life after the events of 9/11, “I experienced myself as a container of the conflict in the world around me. America and Islam were being defined as being at odds, and yet, both make me who I am. I knew that I needed to bring these dimensions of me into harmony, and that I wanted to be a peace-builder.”

She was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to be Chair and Executive Director of the Civic Engagement Commission, and be a member of the first American municipal Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity in New York City. Sarah was previously a Senior Advisor on Muslim Engagement in the Mayor’s Office. Her public service extends from years of grassroots experience with the Interfaith Center of New York and Women in Islam, Inc.

Dr. Sayeed is a graduate of Princeton University and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sayeed holds a certificate in Reconciliation Leadership from The Institute for Global Leadership.

The event will also mark the launch of a new coalition to build trusting communities in Worcester, America and around the world, incorporating Restoring Faith in American Leadership next online first Monday monthly meeting planned for November 1, 2021: Learn more at VirginiaSwain.com/upcoming-events.

Tickets and more information may be found here. The prices range from free to $35.00, depending on participants’ means. The Zoom link will be emailed to all participants the day before the event.


The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) (www.global-leader.org) began in the months following September 11, 2001, when Virginia Swain was in New York City and the United Nations.  The IGL trains Reconciliation Leaders, practical idealists for community, spiritual and faith traditions from all career paths, cultures, disciplines, and age groups. They are ready to gain leadership, trust building and conflict transformation skills based on mission-focused service combined with an academic curriculum. The program was developed and implemented at the United Nations over 30 years and is now offered to restore faith in leadership and in America. Virginia has professional experience on five continents.

Join NCDD and NAFCM for a Networking Event Nov 2nd!

NCDD is excited to partner with the National Association for Community Mediation to offer a joint networking event for our members!

Join us Tuesday, November 2nd at 7:00pm Eastern/4:00pm Pacific for an informal networking and conversation space. NCDD’s Executive Director Courtney Breese will lead participants through some speed networking, and then participants will propose conversations they would like to have. The session is scheduled for 90 minutes.

Join us to mix and mingle, propose topics of interest and meet with similarly interested people from the dialogue, deliberation and conflict resolution spaces. In addition to your fellow NCDDers, participants will have the opportunity to get to know people working in community mediation across the country. Community mediation centers across the country work on conflict resolution and prevention, and have been doing more to address violence, division, and hate in their communities! This is an exciting opportunity to share your work and explore what might be possible when D&D and CR people put their heads together and collaborate. Register to join us today!


The National Association for Community Mediation (NAFCM) supports peacemakers by being the hub for advancing the work of community mediation, aggregating the wisdom of community mediation and amplifying the voice of community mediators. NAFCM’s purpose, as a membership association of peacemakers who employ the practices and values of community mediation, is to help these peacemakers to create safe spaces for the transformation of conflict to opportunities for engagement, resolution and partnership through the work and will of the participants and those impacted. Learn more at www.nafcm.org.

About NCDD

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is a network of 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. Learn more at www.ncdd.org.

Last Call to Register for Evolve 2021 at a Special Rate!

Next week the Evolve 2021 conference takes place October 20-22. This exciting online conference is bringing people together from across the world to talk about how to make a difference in our world.

NCDD is serving as a sponsor of this event, and our network can use code “NCDD” for 10% off! NCDD members have received an offer for an additional discount as well – check your email! Read more about the event below, and be sure to register before October 20th!

Evolve 2021 is a collaborative gathering of people from around the world who want to come together and learn from each other ways that we can all make a difference in the world, starting with ourselves. Close to 80 conveners will hold space for exploring ideas, sharing practices that are working, and raising topics that don’t get talked about all the time. Three days of amazing learning from both founders in the field and emerging practitioners, as well as non profit leaders and social justice advocates.

This is a conference you won’t want to miss. It’s a difference maker, acknowledging that today’s world needs more people coming together, sharing their similarities and working out their differences. Why? Because we need to make changes to thrive! And those changes can only happen if we better understand one another and collaborate to make our world a better place to live…for everyone. Change begins with each of us – each of us taking the steps we can. And to do that, we need to know “how.” Evolve 2021 will put us in touch with one another so we can collaboratively work together to find that “how.”

A pipe dream? Maybe…but only if we choose not to take up the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities. Evolve2021 is a virtual conference and while virtual conferences have their disadvantages, they have one huge advantage. It allows us to attract the best and the brightest from all over the world, keep costs lower, and include more people from more places and more backgrounds. Our presenters are excited to be a part of this unique gathering. Hear what Wendy Edmonds and Davitta Ealy or Fred Miller and Matt Minihan have to say about being involved with Evolve 2021. We believe that you will be excited too, and we know that our community can solve more issues when we have more hands making the work happen. Evolve gets better with every person who signs up to be a part of it.

We know that people’s financial situations are different, and that COVID and 2020 have affected us all. The team at Evolve has made a number of efforts to mitigate registration costs, including special discount codes. Contact organizers if the cost is prohibitive to discuss options.

For information on how to register for this global gathering, check out our website: www.evolve4change.com.

Join the Online Facilitation Unconference October 22-24!

The Online Facilitation Unconference (OFU) is an annual learning exchange around all things virtual facilitation. It will be happening October 22–24, once again alongside and as part of IAF’s Facilitation Week. The event brings together practitioners from around the world, from a rich diversity of places and backgrounds and with various skill levels in terms of online/virtual/remote facilitation to explore the latest tools, share experiences, float new ideas etc.

In a nutshell, OFU is:

  • An unconference, meaning that the agenda will be created by the participants in real time
  • BYOT (bring your own technology) event, meaning the session hosts are free to run their sessions on whatever tool or platform (or combination thereof) they like
  • not-for-profit endeavor
  • Open to anyone regardless of income (about 10-20% of attendees each year take advantage of our “low or no income” option)

As a bonus, NCDD’s network can take advantage of a special 30% discount with code “ofu21-ncdd.”

For more information and to register: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/caceinstitute/582516


Community Solutions for Advancing Health Equity in NYC

Public Agenda is hosting an upcoming webinar that we encourage you to join – Equitable and Inclusive Engagement: Community Solutions for Advancing Health Equity in NYC on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:15 PM Eastern, 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM Pacific. Thanks to Nicole Cabral, Public Agenda’s Associate Director of NY Engagement Programs, for sharing this announcement with the NCDD network! Learn more below and register here.

Equitable and Inclusive Engagement: Community Solutions for Advancing Health Equity in NYC

Public Agenda would like to invite you to a free webinar on August 18, 2021, led by our Associate Director of NY Engagement Programs, Nicole Cabral. Nicole will be speaking with Dr. Alyson Myers, Medical Director of Inpatient Diabetes at North Shore University Hospital, and community advocate, Lisa Foster, about how health care providers, policymakers, and residents are advancing health equity in New York City.

While this conversation will be focused on health equity in the NYC area, we believe the conversation will resonate in other communities as well. Feel free to share this information with your networks.

We hope you can join us on August 18th – You can register here!

Join three New York-based women of color as they discuss health equity, the social determinants of health, and culturally competent care from the perspective of the doctor, researcher, and patient and caregiver. Nicole Cabral, Associate Director of NY Engagement Programs at Public Agenda, will lead a very important conversation with Dr. Alyson Myers, Medical Director of Inpatient Diabetes at North Shore University Hospital, and Lisa Foster, Community Advocate, on how health care providers, policymakers, and residents are advancing health equity in New York City.

Dr. Alyson Myers is the Medical Director of Inpatient Diabetes at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. She also is an Associate Professor at the David and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Dr. Myers is a sought-after speaker in both academia and her community. In February 2021, she gave Endocrinology Grand Rounds at the Mayo Clinic on the topic of Diabetes and COVID-19: Tales from the Epicenter. Dr. Myers also co-hosts a biweekly webinar, Corona Conversations in the Black and Brown Community, that reaches hundreds of viewers internationally.

Serving as a reviewer for numerous journals including Minerva Endocrinologica, Journal of Affective Disorders and Diabetes Care, she is also an active member of both the Endocrine Society and the American Diabetes Association. In 2021, Dr. Myers was re-elected as a three-year member of the ABIM Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Board. In 2019 she was awarded as Doctor of the Year by the Professional Organization of Women in Excellence Recognized (POWER) and with the Salzman Award for Quality from the Department of Medicine, Northwell Health. In September 2020, she was recognized by the Department of Medicine for Women in Medicine Month.

Nicole Cabral is the Associate Director for New York Engagement Programs at Public Agenda. She manages the Public Engagement team in the development and execution of projects on a variety of local and national issues.

Join Launch of the Partnership for American Democracy

Did you miss America Talks? This incredible event kicked off the 4th annual National Week of Conversation from June 12-20, 2021. Although the National Week of Conversation 2021 has passed, you can stay connected to their upcoming events here!

Including this announcement from the #ListenFirst Coalition about a special event happening tomorrow July 1 at 12pm Eastern, 9am Pacific – “Thursday marks another milestone as we help launch the Partnership for American Democracy, a new initiative that will serve as the collaborative nerve center to attract and direct greater attention, energy, and resources to efforts to renew and strengthen our democracy. Bridging cultural and political divides, embodied in our #ListenFirst Coalition, is one of five priorities the Partnership will support.” Join the launch here!

The Launch of the Partnership for American Democracy

We’re launching the Partnership for American Democracy, a collective impact initiative bringing greater attention and resources to the renewal of American democracy.

We have five years before the 250th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, over which time we’ll make progress to prove to the world that the American system of self-government can once again solve problems at scale. Join us for the event that will launch it all, and hear from the change-makers driving forward the next chapter of America’s future. Learn more about the Partnership for American Democracy at www.pfad.us.

Register here for the launch event: linked here

More About America Talks and National Week of  Conversation 2021

America Talks (June 12-13) a powerful two-day event that invited Americans to connect one-on-one, face-to-face on video across our divides organized by a coalition of nonpartisan, bridge-building organizations and promoted by USA TODAY and other media partners. America Talks offered the opportunity to pair participants of different political associations who were seeking to find common cause and repair divides to speak directly.

Following America Talks, was the 4th annual National Week of Conversation  (June 14-20), which invited Americans to practice “Courage over Contempt” by having conversations despite differences in bold and energizing ways. NWOC events were hosted by more than 100 partners from the #ListenFirst Coalition and anyone else who wanted to host a conversation.

The National Week of Conversation 2021 presented a packed week of multiple sessions to attend.  Each event was meant to challenge our courage over contempt and make our way step by step in healing the division felt in this country. Both events encourage Americans of all stripes to listen, extend grace, and discover common interests. Take a courageous step on this hopeful mission to defeat toxic polarization and heal America by transforming division and contempt into connection and understanding. #ListenFirst

Announcing the Summer Learning Springboard, July 26-30!

NCDD is excited to announce the lineup of events for the first-ever Summer Learning Springboard event, July 26-30, 2021!

The Springboard is a week-long series of  virtual skill-building, learning exchange, and networking events. Spend some time this summer improving and exploring your dialogue and deliberation practice with your peers in a variety of sessions!

Registration for the SLS is just $10 for NCDD Members and $20 for non-members, and includes access to all included sessions and networking spaces. Other workshops are offered with a separate registration fee. Discounted rates are available to NCDD Members! Not a member? Consider joining NCDD today to take advantage of these great deals.

Review the agenda below, and register today to join us!

For the full agenda with presenter information and registration fees, go to ncdd.org/events/springboard.


12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern/9:00 – 10:00 AM Pacific

Welcome to the Summer Learning Springboard

Join NCDD for the Springboard opening session! We will provide a brief orientation to the Springboard and the QiqoChat platform which will serve as the home base for all events and networking. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a brief networking round.

2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern/11:00 – 12:30 PM Pacific

Deliberative Practices that Support Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In this workshop, we will examine how practices of framing public issues, convening, and facilitating can lead to more diverse, equitable, inclusive discussions in communities and on campuses. Join us to explore a wide range of resources that support these efforts and to learn from work that is taking place throughout the country.

4:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern/1:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific

Compassionate Listening During Politically Polarizing Times: How to Engage with Your Heart Open and Wisdom Intact

The practice of Compassionate Listening supports staying in connection by listening deeply and speaking from our hearts, even when the situation is intense. The work begins from the inside out: cultivating compassion for ourselves as well as the other, connecting to our hearts, staying grounded, resisting hooks, acting from an intention of cultivating connection and mutual understanding based on seeking shared values. This session will be very interactive, using real life examples from our current political sphere, to practice conversations that increase the chances of vibrant, open, honest engagement. The presenters will spend time sharing what they have learned and apply it to how NCDD participants can support our community of practitioners during this polarized time.

4:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern/1:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific

Do I Even Want to be Considered Neutral?
Engaging the Inherent Tensions between Impartiality, Democracy, Expertise, and Social Justice

Dialogue and deliberation practitioners – as well as librarians, journalists, public administrators, educators, and others–  to varying degrees must often be perceived by key audiences as either neutral, impartial, objective, apolitical, or non-partisan to be able to fulfill their community obligations and maintain broad public support. Neutrality, however, is a complex concept that seems particularly undertheorized and is unfortunately susceptible to attacks that undermine the quality of our discussions about the issue. At the same time, practitioners often have strong commitments to supporting democratic principles on one hand, and defending facts and truth against misinformation and manipulation on the other. This session will explore the natural connections and tensions between these three commitments, as well as whether the growing focus on social justice, equity, and/or anti-racism represent partisan obligations that reject calls for neutrality or potentially can connect to broader notions of neutrality or democracy.


12:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern/9:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific

Online Open Space and Conversation Café with QiqoChat

This is a hands-on session where you will get a chance to build and customize simple online breakout spaces to enhance any dialogue sessions that you are already conducting on Zoom. Qiqo is a platform for connecting Zoom to the tools that facilitators love such as Google docs, Miro, Mentimeter, and Slido. You will learn how to design spaces that support Open Space, Conversation Café, and Liberating Structures.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern/10:00 – 12:00 PM Pacific 

Ripple Effects Mapping: Capturing the Stories of Impact in Community Engagement Programs (part 1)

Every community engagement program has impacts, but they can be difficult to identify and substantiate—especially when program implementation is multifaceted and evolving. These effects usually play out over the course of months or years, and by the time a real evaluation makes sense, it’s hard to connect new knowledge, changed behaviors and the host of direct and indirect impacts that your program may have fostered. Learn to use Ripple Effects Mapping, which blends appreciative inquiry and mind mapping, to measure a broad range of program impacts, even years after initial activities have taken place.

3:00 – 6:00 PM Eastern/12:00 – 3:00 PM Pacific

Reframing Democracy through the Wicked Problems Lens

This workshop is focused on elevating our local conversations about shared problems by building local capacity to engage issues more collaboratively and productively through the use of deliberative engagement processes. Deliberative engagement involves interactive, often facilitated, small group discussions utilizing materials and processes designed to spark collaborative learning rather than merely the collection of individual opinions. An opening session will examine the concept of “wicked problems” as a framework to reframe difficult issues and review recent research on social psychology to help explain why traditional engagement processes are often counterproductive to sparking the high quality communication democracy requires. The workshop will then review the key components to deliberative engagement and explore a variety of in person and online tools and techniques drawn from several dialogue and deliberation traditions.



12:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern/9:00 – 12:00 PM Pacific

Being in the Here and Now: Learning from the Process while In Process

This session will introduce participants to strategies associated with interpersonal process therapy for use in non-therapeutic contexts. Interpersonal process brings the topic of conversation to the dynamics of those interacting, their strengths and areas for growth regarding their social and communication skills. Examples of non-therapeutic contexts will include intergroup dialogues and conflict situations. Participants will learn about, observe the use of, practice, and receive feedback on the strategies.

1:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern/10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Pacific

Facilitate Interactive Online Meetings

Participants will learn how to effectively use Zoom and other virtual meeting platforms for engaging, inclusive online meetings, workshops, teaching, and other group work. The training will introduce participants to a range of tools and exercises for participant engagement that can be used via in-person or video conference meetings. Participants will also have a chance to explore strategies for addressing challenges with online and in-person meetings.

4:30 – 6:00 PM Eastern/1:30 – 3:00 PM Pacific


Join NCDD for an informal networking event. Mix and mingle with fellow attendees in a variety of breakout sessions.


11:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern/8:00 – 12:00 PM Pacific

Bohm Dialogue and Proprioception of Thought

David Bohm proposed that it is our lack of proprioception of thought that sits at the root of our global problems –  climate change, systemic racial and economic inequity, food insecurity, a response to the pandemic, and more. This session is an experiential introduction to proprioception of thought, which distinguishes Bohm Dialogue from other forms of conversation and lies at the core of learning to think differently together towards profound systemic change. We will explore skills that support groups in developing collective proprioception of thought engaging with specific examples and activities to deepen our own understanding of Bohm Dialogue.

1:00 – 3:00 PM Eastern/10:00 – 12:00 PM Pacific 

Ripple Effects Mapping: Capturing the Stories of Impact in Community Engagement Programs (part 2)

Learn to use Ripple Effects Mapping, which blends appreciative inquiry and mind mapping, to measure a broad range of program impacts, even years after initial activities have taken place. Session two will give participants the tools they need to set up and facilitate their own virtual or in-person Ripple Effects Mapping process as well as tips for how to manage, use and present resulting information.

3:00 – 5:00 PM Eastern/12:00 – 2:00 PM Pacific

Introducing the IF Collaborative Discussion Toolkit 

In this session, we will offer a preview of our open source Collaborative Discussion Toolkit (it is not yet public). This toolkit has been created in collaboration with educators and community practitioners. It contains 50+ learning activities, intentionally designed to develop or enhance collaborative discussion skills and habits. These skills are categorized in easy to search modules: creative, critical, culturally responsive, and civic collaboration. The toolkit also contains introductory and practice modules. The learning activities can be adapted to be incorporated into classrooms, communities, or workplaces. Participants will be invited to review the toolkit in advance and during this session we will dive into 2-3 learning activities to experience the learning structure of these activities. Participants will be invited to learn more (after the session) about how to become a Collaborative Discussion Coach and offer certificates in collaborative discussion.


12:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern/9:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific 

Multi-Process Synergies for Better Collective Outcomes

We will explore past, present and envisioned initiatives which feature different engagement processes incorporated into a whole program, with special attention on the nature of any synergy (or lack of it) between the processes used.  Synergy enables the parts of a whole to be more effective than those parts can be separately.  So learning more together about this subject will enable us to design future multi-process programs for their increased capacity to generate collective sense making and community intelligence.  I’ll introduce the topic with a simple example from my own life – the use of World Cafe before lunch to stir up energy and ideas for exploration in an Open Space after lunch – and then we’ll delve into the experiences and ideas of those who attend the session.  If needed, more – and more complex – examples will be available.

2:30 – 4:00 PM Eastern/11:30 – 1:00 PM Pacific

Closing Session: What’s Next?

Join NCDD for a closing session of the Summer Learning Springboard. We’ll talk together about where we can go from here, both individually and as a community of practice. Join us to discuss with one another what you will do and think together about what’s next for us all in NCDD!

Summer Research Fellowship at Public Agenda

NCDD Member Public Agenda is looking to hire two Research Fellows for the Healthier Democracies Project.  The Healthier Democracies Project, concentrates on identifying innovative participative democratic practices in foreign governments at the local and state levels to demonstrate back to American public officials examples of what can be implemented to fortify our own democratic processes in the United States.

The duration of the engagement is short term, approximately 25 hours a week for 10 weeks, to be completed remotely.  The position calls for a Master’s degree, bilingualism in English and Spanish/Portuguese, experience in civic engagement or public participation in participatory democracy to conduct international qualitative case study research.  Students from a varied range of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

This is an astounding  opportunity for those looking to broaden their network around the world with a community of public participation professionals, receive mentoring on conducting research in an international context, experience working in grant funded research environment and the chance to publish with Public Agenda!

Please send a cover letter, cv, writing sample and 3 reference letters to Ms. Mikayla Townsend, mtownsend@publicagenda.org,  by May 14, 2021.

Read more below on the needs, desired qualifications and compensation for the Fellowship and find the original post here.

Summer Senior Research Fellow: Healthier Democracies

Salary: $30/hourly, or about $7500 total for the summer

Job Type: Full-time/Part-time/Contract

Term: A 10-week contract, with an approximate start date of May 25 (dates flexible)

Reports to: Associate Director of National Engagement

Location: Remote

Public Agenda, a nonprofit organization that focuses on strengthening democracy, is currently seeking 2 graduate students with experience in civic engagement, public participation, or participatory democracy to conduct international qualitative case study research as a part of the Healthier Democracies project. Students may come from a range of disciplinary backgrounds including Communication, Political Science, Sociology, Public Policy, or other degree programs.

This is a remote, short-term, part-time position for summer 2021. Students will work a total of 250 hours, approximately 25 hours a week for 10 weeks, however hour allocation can be flexible according to students’ scheduling needs. Compensation will be $30/hourly, or about $7500 total for the summer.

The Healthier Democracies project is an international research endeavor

funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal is to identify examples of innovative participatory democracy practices embedded in local and state government systems in places outside the US, and then bring them back to American public officials as examples of what can, and should be done to strengthen democratic practice in the United States.

What Students Will Do:
– Schedule and conduct interviews with public officials in locations around the world

– Participate in thematic analysis of interview transcripts

– Compile, read, and provide reviews and summaries of existing literature

– Author case study documents for a professional/scholarly audience

Candidate Qualifications:
– Master’s Degree required (communication, public policy, political science, sociology, economics, or related fields)

– Some doctoral-level graduate work preferred

– Coursework or research experience in the civic engagement field, including around participatory democracy and public participation

– Experience in qualitative case study research, particularly with document review, semi-structured interviewing, data analysis, and writing

– Comfort conducting interviews and writing academic papers in English

– Ability to engage in some meetings on an Eastern Time Zone

Preferred Qualifications:
– Bilingual in English/Spanish, or English/Portuguese

– Please highlight if you speak any other languages as well

We Can Offer:
– Compensation of $7500 for the summer ($30/hourly)

– Mentoring around how to conduct qualitative research in international contexts

– Opportunities to publish work with Public Agenda, as well as in scholarly journals and national media outlets

– Networking opportunities with public participation professionals across the world

– A change to explore working in a grant-funded research nonprofit environment

Application Materials:
Please submit a brief cover letter, a CV, a writing sample, and the names and contact information for 3 references, via email, to Ms. Mikayla Townsend, mtownsend@publicagenda.org, no later than May 14, 2021

Statement About Candidates:
Equal employment opportunity etc. Students from international or US based universities are eligible to apply.

Public Agenda is committed to equal employment opportunity and diversity in the workplace. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally-recognized basis [“protected class”] including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, uniform service member status or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.

About Us:
Public Agenda is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and public engagement organization headquartered in New York City. We strive to strengthen democracy and expand opportunity for all Americans. Learn more about us at https://www.publicagenda.org/

Find the original version of this post on the Public Agenda’s site at: www.publicagenda.org/careers/


Session Applications are Now Open for NCDD’s Summer Learning Springboard!

NCDD is excited to announce the launch of session applications for our upcoming Summer Learning Springboard!

The Summer Learning Springboard is a virtual convening from the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). This convening will consist of a variety of skill building sessions and learning exchanges over the course of approximately one week in late July (exact dates TBD). Participants will register to attend specific sessions, with a variety of free and fee-based events.

Members of the NCDD community are invited to submit a proposal to lead a session. The application deadline is 11:59 PM on Friday, May 14th. The proposal form can be accessed at this link!

NCDD will review the proposals and make a selection based on the criteria we have set forth for this event:

  • The goals of the session align with NCDD’s goals for the exchange of skill building and learning exchanges.
  • The session is interactive and provides clear takeaways/outcomes for participants.
  • This session addresses a timely issue, topic, skill, or best practice.
  • The session has a clear target audience and has ties to the NCDD community (dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement).

If you have any questions about this application, please contact Courtney Breese at courtney [at] ncdd.org.

We look forward to reviewing your applications and announcing the final lineup soon!

Civvy’s Celebrate Best in Civic Collaboration April 19th!

Don’t miss out on the chance to celebrate the 4th American Civic Collaborations Award Ceremony! Since it’s very beginning, the Civvys have highlighted outstanding efforts of civic collaboration impacts in national, local and youth communities. The Civvys are the only national awards program dedicated to exalt projects that emphasize working together across divides to strengthen communities and empower citizens, this year with an added focus on building a more diverse and equitable America.

This year, NCDD is proud to be a partner in national award finalist, the With the People Initiative, coordinated by the National Issues Forums Institute. We’re excited this effort is being recognized and look forward to celebrating it an all the finalists at the ceremony!

The event is free, open to the public and will be streamed on Monday April 19th  from 7:00- 8:00 ET.


To view the list of all impressive finalists read below or find the original invitation here.

Attend the 4th Annual Civvys Awards Ceremony

Monday, April 19th, 2021 at 7:00 – 8:00pm ET

You are cordially invited to attend the virtual awards ceremony for the 4th annual American Civic Collaboration Awards, or “Civvys,” highlighting exemplary efforts that worked to repair and improve our nation in 2020.

More than ever, in a moment when democracy and community – the fabric of our nation – are stretching at the seams, we look to initiatives like these to work across divides and lead the way in building a stronger, fairer America.

From a record number of inspiring nominees, a substantial set of honorable mentions paving the path forward, and a set of best-in-class finalists, this year’s Civvys winners represent the most collaborative, highest impact and most scalable initiatives from 2020.

Join the livestreamed award ceremony on Monday, April 19th at 7pm ET, 6pm CT or 4pm PT, to learn about their work, congratulate all of our finalists and winners, and hear from the Civvys Review Committee on these inspiring case studies of democracy in action.

This event is virtual. Attendance is free and open to the public.


Meet The Civvys Finalists
Please join us in congratulating all finalists and honorable mentions!

National Category
The Civic Responsibility Project
Hidden Common Ground Initiative and Strange Bedfellows Series from Public Agenda and USA Today with The National Issues Forums Network and the America Amplified Public Media Consortium
Issue Voter and Maria Yuan
Millenial Action Project
With the People, coordinated by National Issues Forums Institute

Local Category
Akron Civic Commons (Akron, OH)
Interfaith Council of Metro DC (Washington, DC)
Pandemic Voting Project, organized by NAACP (Missouri State Conference) and Show Me Integrity (Missouri)
SA2020 (San Antonio, TX)
STL Approves (St. Louis, MO)
Tarrant County College Civic Engagement District Work Team (Fort Worth, TX)
Youth Category
The Conversationalist
DoSomething.org’s “Our 2020 Vision” campaign
Green Our Planet
Student PIRGS New Voters project, including specifically nominated Eckerd College, California Student Vote and NAACP Youth and College Division initiatives
See All Finalists and Honorable Mentions

About The Civvys
The Civvys are the only national awards program dedicated to celebrating projects that emphasize working together across divides to strengthen communities and empower citizens, this year with an added focus on building a more diverse and equitable America.

Find the original version of this post on the American Civic Collaborations Awards’ site at: www.civvys.org/