Please “like” some NCDD resources on Facebook!

Happy 2011, everyone! I hope this is a productive and prosperous year for all of you.

I wanted to point out a couple of things on the NCDD site that I’m excited about, and that have the potential to help us spread the word about the critical work you’re all doing in this field.

We have over 2,500 resources listed in the revamped NCDD Resource Center at www.ncdd.org/rc (which uses the new web design and logo we’re switching over to). There, you’ll find more resources about dialogue and deliberation than you knew existed: books, articles, programs, models, guidebooks, evaluation tools, case studies, videos, and more.

We’ll be tagging resources for a while yet before that’s all done, but there are multiple ways to find the resources you need (including my favorite, the advanced search, which lets you cross-search both tags and categories to hone in).

Recently I added some new social media features that I want to encourage everyone to use. You’ll see a “follow” bar on the right edge of any page in the NCDD Resource Center, which sends people to NCDD’s updates, facebook group (over 2,200 members strong!), linkedin group, twitter, rss. If you’re not already a member of our facebook group and linkedin group and following our twitter feed (and use these tools), you can always use those links to remedy that! Some cool stuff happens in those places.

More importantly, every resource now has a “like” button beside it (which allows you to post a resource on your facebook wall) as well as a string of icons above the comments field that allows you to share the resource on linkedin, twitter, facebook, send an email about the resource, bookmark the post on Delicious, or follow the RSS feed for a particular resource so you can see who comments on it.

I’d like to ask you to take a minute to do two things if you can:

1. Look for your own work, or work you value highly, and “like” or “share” those resources today!

(If something’s missing, just email me at sandy at thataway.org with the details and we’ll try to get it added soon.)

2. Click on the links at the top of the right sidebar under “Great places to start” (pictured)… Beginner’s Guide, Best-of-the-Best Resources, Quick Reference Glossary, Resource Guide on Public Engagement, etc. and PLEASE “like” or “share” these resources as well (“like” is at the top; “share” links are at the bottom of the page). These are the best resources NCDD has to offer, and it would benefit us all to have more people aware of them!

And please connect with me personally in these places as well! I’d love that. I’ll paste NCDD’s and my own social media links below.

Of course, if you’re not on these platforms, I encourage you to explore the Resource Center and link to these resources in other ways (in your emails, newsletters, websites, etc.).

Here are NCDD’s social media links…

FaceBook group: www.groups.to/ncdd/
LinkedIn group: www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=990997
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ncdd
YouTube: www.thataway.org/6fa6ec (public playlists of NCDD videos and D&D videos in general)
Flickr: www.flickr.com/search/?q=NCDD&m=tags&s=rec (hundreds of photos people have uploaded from our events)

And my social media links…

FaceBook: www.facebook.com/heierbacher
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sandyheierbacher
Twitter: www.twitter.com/heierbacher

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