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Hitting my Heart at the National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation conference #ncdd2023




I've spent much of the evening going through resources that came through participating in the recent NCDD conference in Atlanta Georgia.

What a treasure trove of community building, democracy strengthening, human spirit lifting materials And whats more -> from incredible committed good people. 

In these troubled times, this is what we need to highlight. There is hope, there incredibly effective tools to allow folks to collaborate and not be in conflict. 

We have let our lizard brains get a major upper hand. And predominantly, what we see and highlight is a constant toxic stream of calamity, conflict, and negativity. It's almost a deluge. And sometimes its hard to conceive how the hopeful, effective, colllaborative stuff can punch through and really gain well deserved attention on a societal scale.

One way is through art and media. What's sticking with me the most from the NCDD conference is the impact of the art and media showcased. Got way further into my heart. 

Check out this incredible slam poem from Kevin Coval from the opening plenary -  "a call to you who is me"

One evening at the conference, we also saw an incredibly moving documentary about the courage and leadership of six women, three pro life leaders and three pro choice leaders, asked to come together after an incredible tragedy to try to forge stronger relationships while not compromising their very strongly held views and values.  Abortion Talks is a masterpiece documentary that hopefully is seen far and wide as a reminder that better ways are possible. 

Throughout the whole conference, talented people were graphically recording the sessions. I love this complement to text based notes. Really helps broader understanding of key insights. Here is my online photo album of these graphic recordings. 

Kamloops Leadership Podcast - Tyson Andrykew!

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So great to chat with Tyson Andrykew who, at a very young age for his resume and  well deserved recognition, has really lived the concept of making Kamloops as cool as place as possible. One of the founders of Brewloops, already a Chamber of Commerce Past President, and involved with so many community building efforts, I got to ask Tyson about leadership through service. Some amazing insights here. 

NCDD Bring Hopes for the World.... #ncdd2023

I'm really looking forward to this week, especially towards the end of the week. I'm travelling to the US based National Coalition of Dialogue and Deliberation conference in Atlanta Georgia on Thursday.
There is a lot going on the world these days. Scrolling through news and first hand accounts of what has happened in Israel and Palestine, as just the most recent example, has made my heart and head hurt badly.
I still hold on to a lot of hope that we can survive and thrive as individuals, as communities, as a species. I've made many friends in the facilitation, dialogue, deliberation, democracy building world and they remain a constant source of inspiration.
I've been thinking a lot about resilience and wonder if anyone has any guidance and advice for me as I have been invited to help open the conference in the best way possible. Look at the amazing people I get to chat with on this panel!!
The conference will offer such amazing learning opportunities and the chance to make and renew great friendships.