20 Years of Dialogue & Deliberation!?! Wow!

Hi folks!

I recently wrote a small welcome message for the NCDD 2018 conference guidebook where I pointed out that, although NCDD proper was celebrating 16 years of great events and an ever-growing network, we could just as easily celebrate 20 years of engaging the dialogue community.  During the Fall of 1998, I started working on the first ever online repository of news and information for our field (a website that would be repurposed in 2003 to become the NCDD website).  In 1998, I was working in publishing — what I thought was a brief and hopefully temporary respite from teaching — and I spent my free time learning about this little thing called the world wide web. Little did I know where this tiny, original website would lead.

In the beginning… the very first dialogue resource site (circa 1999).

Ah, the early days of the internet.  Such an innocent time.  For a little chuckle, take a look at the url. The first dialogue site I created lived in my personal directory at my ISP.

If you didn’t make it to the conference, here’s my welcome message from the conference guidebook:

As we mark our 16th year as a coalition with this our 8th national conference, NCDD can look back on its humble beginnings and officially celebrate 20 years supporting the greater “dialogue” community. Back in late 1998, I worked with fellow NCDD co-founder Sandy Heierbacher to create the first online repository of news and information specifically curated for the dialogue and deliberation community. Based on her research for The Center for Living Democracy, this modest website immediately attracted a reliable audience and quickly grew from a handful of pages to hundreds of resources. Along with an equally successful mailing list dedicated to connecting like-minded folks, the site, and the innovators it attracted, formed the foundation upon which the first NCDD event and resulting coalition were built. As you enjoy each other’s company, I invite you to celebrate the wonderful people who have contributed to this incredible network over the past 20 years and to embrace the newcomers who will, undoubtedly, enrich our coalition and make it possible to look forward to 20 more. Welcome to NCDD 2018. Have a fantastic conference!

Fast forward through four incarnations of the website, eight national conferences, numerous regional events, and countless partnerships, and now 20 years later NCDD continues to play a central role in unifying this amazing community.

I can’t express how amazing this all is!

HIRE ME! The NCDD Discount Lives On…

For those unaware, I have continued my design role with NCDD, supporting the organization when I can. But since 2015, I have also branched out to support other engagement-based programs as designer, editorial supervisor, and strategic planner.

For those in need of freelance…

  • creative design & planning,
  • promotional consultation,
  • online media support,
  • good old-fashioned editorial talent,
  • or advanced publication development,

…I offer the skills I cultivated creating NCDD.

If you’re an NCDD member, I also offer a special discount retainer rate which can save you up to $20 dollars an hour depending on the type and length of the project.

Interested? Shoot me an email at afluke@gmail.com and we’ll set up a call to see if I’m the right person for your needs.