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2008-02 - February

BRC Public Dialogue: “Understanding Death, Appreciating Life”    

During the coming year, the Boston Research Center for the 21st Century ( will hold a series of events exploring how our conceptions of death affect the way we live, individually and collectively. The first event, called “Understanding Death, Appreciating Life”, is a public event to be held at the BRC on Wednesday, February 27, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Mary Catherine Bateson will provide opening comments, and Harvard professors Harvey Cox, Nur Yalman, and Tu Weiming will offer reflections in a dialogue format. Visitors to their website will be able to access stories on this and related events throughout the year, as well as more information about other events.

Learn about Internet Tools at Thursday “Water Cooler”    

Everyday Democracy logoEveryday Democracy (formerly the Study Circles Resource Center) is hosting monthly “water cooler” sessions on their blog. On Thursday (February 21), from 1 and 2 pm Eastern, organizers will meet to share tips on how to use the Internet to spread the word about the work you’re doing for positive change in your communities. There will be a special emphasis on videos as Everyday Democracy launches its first-ever video contest, but Facebook, blogs, MySpace, and other online tools will be discussed, too. To take part, all you need to do is log on at between 1 and 2 p.m. Eastern.

Online Course on Educating Students for Civic Engagement    


Educating Students for Civic Engagement is a three-week (February 11-29) online course to learn about how student affairs professionals can educate students to become citizens, scholars, and leaders in their professions, their communities, the nation and the world. Both champions and critics of higher education are demanding that colleges and universities get serious about educating future generations of citizens who are committed to tackling society’s most pressing issues. Participants in this course will gain: understanding of what is civic engagement and why it is central to a college education; knowledge of the state-of-the-art developmental models and program examples; and access to resources for designing programs to achieve desired student learning outcomes.

To register and for the full course description visit

Questions? Contact the instructor: , Senior Scholar, Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life, University of Maryland.

CogNexus Institute Workshop Update    

Just heard from NCDD member Jeff Conklin of the CogNexus Institute ( with the news that they have rescheduled and relocated their January 23rd Dialogue Mapping event to February 20th & 21st on the SRI campus in Menlo Park, CA. Also, their next free public introductory webinar is set for Feb 13 at 11am PST. You can find out more information abut their trainings at the CogNexus website.

Dialogue Mapping is a proven method for tackling “wicked problems” by building shared understanding and shared commitment. Learn more about Dialogue Mapping.

Upcoming Dynamic Facilitation Events    

Just received an email from NCDD member Jim Rough with the dates of two upcoming Dynamic Facilitation seminars.

  • Dynamic Facilitation Skills Seminar, Feb 5-7, 2008 Port Townsend, WA
  • Dynamic Facilitation Advanced Seminar, Feb 8, 2008 Port Townsend, WA
  • Dynamic Facilitation Skills Seminar, March 3-6, 2008 Frankfurt, Germany
  • Dynamic Facilitation Advanced Seminar, March 7, 2008 Frankfurt, Germany

Other seminars for 2008 include events in Singapore, April 23-25, 2008, Nashville, June 4-6, 2008 and Frankfurt, Oct 21-24, 2008. There will also be events in London and Austin, and an additional event in Port Townsend later in the year. More information about these seminars can be found on the Dynamic Facititation website (

Miki Kashtan’s Living Peace NVC Retreat in Florida    

Miki Kashtan

Join NCDD member Miki Kashtan for six transformative days of NVC immersion (her 60th intensive retreat), held in Delray Beach, Florida — February 22nd-27th, 2008. Topics in Miki’s highly acclaimed intensives include the spiritual foundation of NVC; living NVC within ourselves, in relationships, and in the world; working with anger; and so much more. There are wonderful opportunities of practice, experiential learning, empathy groups, and a special focus for people interested in exploring teaching NVC. She is excited to offer this level of support to the ever-growing NVC communities. Tuition: Sliding scale $400-$800 & Accommodations: $625. To register email or contact Lorili 516-662-7282. More information about the event can be found on the Bay Area Nonviolent Communication website.

Public Decisions Announces Winter 2008 Training Schedule – a worldwide leader in online training for public participation – has announced its upcoming schedule of nearly two dozen specialized classes for the first quarter of 2008. PublicDecisions provides practically oriented training for persons who work with stakeholders and the public to solve problems, craft policies/programs or achieve social change. The company’s offerings are suitable for working professionals and officials who are constrained from participating in professional development activities by geographic distances and limited budgets. Classes are conducted live, and quality is ensured by limiting class sizes to a small number of participants. Plus - paid NCDD members are eligible for a 20% discount on any PublicDecisions training (read more about this at!

Classes are taught by skilled practitioners experienced in the public, private and nonprofit/NGO sectors. PublicDecisions also provides a convenient, profitable opportunity for experienced professionals who are interested in establishing or expanding their teaching practice in the field of public participation. To learn more about their course offerings from January to March 2008, visit Or contact Chief Learning Officer Beth Offenbacker at .

Dates Announced for IAP2 Certificate Program    

The Perspectives Group has announced the dates for their five-day IAP2 Certificate Program in Public Participation. Each of the four training opportunities are offered in the Washington Metro Area and will be held throughout 2008 on the following dates: February 4-8, 2008, June 9-13, 2008, September 15-19, 2008 and December 1-5, 2008.

Presented by International Master Trainer in Public Participation and NCDD member, Douglas Sarno, the training is offered in 3 sections: Planning for Effective Public Participation (two days), Effective Communication for Public Participation (one day), and Techniques for Public Participation (two days); the course costs $1,625 for the full week of training or $325 per day. Paid NCDD members receive a 15% discount ($244). There’s more info about the member savings on the NCDD discounts page. You can also learn more or register by calling 703-837-1197, or by visiting the program’s website and downloading a registration form.

Dynamic Facilitation Seminar Set for February    

Deanna Martin wrote to let us know about an upcoming Dynamic Facilitation learning opportunity. Jim and Jean Rough will teach a special 1-day Advanced Workshop on Friday, February 8, 2008 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM in Port Townsend, WA / Fort Worden State Park. This workshop is an opportunity to share and network with others who have been using Dynamic Facilitation in a variety of ways; build your skills; and further ground yourself in the theory behind the practice. The workshop will be tailored to meet your learning needs, but a Level I Dynamic Facilitation seminar is a prerequisite. Early Bird Tuition before January 10th is : $350 Corporate / $295 Government / $215 Nonprofit. After January 10th tuition is $395 Corporate / $330 Government / $260 Nonprofit. For more information, or to register, call (360) 385-7118 or email .

Strategic Collaboration Workshop Draws Together D&D Methods    

Christine Sanchez just sent us word of a workshop she’s organizing this December in Arizona. Methods For Strategic Collaboration is a unique experiential learning workshop that provides foundational theory and practice to utilize Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, World Café and Polarity Management™. Participants will:

  1. Gain a working knowledge of the principles, steps and practices of Appreciative Inquiry, World Café and Open Space Technology
  2. Craft appreciative questions and provocative propositions in your own language and for your environment.
  3. Design a large group project to take home.
  4. Participate in two follow-up coaching sessions. (more…)

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