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Sender: Sandy Heierbacher
Subject: Quick survey for today: Let us know if you work with legislators -- or would like to
Date: Thu, Aug 14, 2014
Msg: 101075

Hi, NCDDers! You may have seen Les' message about this yesterday. Later this week, Hawaii State Senator Les Ihara and I are both involved in an exciting workshop at the Kettering Foundation that will bring together 26 state legislators from 20 states to talk about effective public engagement.

Les asked me recently to gather information about NCDD members who had worked with legislators (or are currently working with them), and with all the conference goings-on, I haven't been able to squeeze it in. But I think we can still help Les, and create a list of NCDDers who either (1) have experience working with legislators, (2) are interested in working with legislators, or (3) both!

I know Les' impression is that there are not many NCDDers working with legislators, and I don't believe that is the case at all. Will you help me change Les' mind and help me better represent you at this meeting by filling out the super-simple survey I've created at ?

If you have worked with local, state or national policymakers, or would like to, please let us know by answering a few simple questions TODAY or TOMORROW. Again, here is the survey link:

Thank you in advance for your help with this, everybody!!

Sandy Heierbacher Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
* @ncdd & @heierbacher

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On Jul 6, 2014, at 3:02 PM, Sen. Les Ihara, Jr. wrote:

> To NCDDers: I'm helping to organize a meeting this week, July 9 & 10, with 26 state legislators from 20 states, and would like to ask if anyone has had contact or done work with a state legislator. The meeting is part of a Kettering Foundation learning agreement with the National Conference of State Legislatures to support legislators interested in citizen engagement, deliberation, and collaboration. > > At the meeting, legislators will share their citizen engagement experiences and interests, and plot those on a Legislators Spectrum of Engagement Processes that's been adapted from NCDD's "Spectrum of Processes for Collaboration and Consensus-Building in Public Decisions" (2008) . > > Over the last few years, I've networked with about 50 legislators who operate with a collaborative leadership model, rather than power-based model; and I plan to form a Collaborative Legislators Network when the time is right (we're getting close). > > We're designing our meeting agenda to support legislators who want to conduct new citizen engagement type activities over the next year, and I'm looking for people who may have relationships with legislators in these states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Texas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. > > If you haven't yet worked with a legislator, I'd also like to know who might be interested in providing assistance to and collaborating with a legislator in your state. Thank you. > > Aloha, > LES IHARA, JR. > Hawaii State Senator, 10th District > Senate Majority Policy Leader > NCSL Legislative Effectiveness Chair > Kettering Foundation Trustee > NCDD Member since 2005 > > > > > > > NCDD's discussion and announcement lists are generously donated by L-Soft ( and are powered by L-Soft's LISTSERV mailing list management software ( Learn more about all of NCDD's email lists at -- and please read over the NCDD Discussion list's ground rules before you post. > Email to change the email address you're subscribed with or to switch to a daily digest. To unsubscribe from the NCDD-DISCUSSION list, click the following link: >


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