Upcoming Trainings for Facilitators
The Public Conversations Project (PCP) in Watertown, MA offers two affordable trainings which are excellent for dialogue facilitators.
PCP's excellent Power of Dialogue workshop gain an understanding of the principles and practices underlying PCP's approach to dialogue facilitation through experiential exercises and faculty presentations, and by design and facilitation of a complete PCP-type dialogue in an extended simulation. This workshop (approx. $450) will be held in Boston, MA on October 18-20 and in Los Angeles, CA on November 15-17. William Madsen, Ph.D. and Sallyann Roth, M.S.W. will be facilitating this workshop.
Inquiry As Intervention focuses on how to ask the kinds of questions which open the 'stuck places' to more constructive communication. According to PCP, the choices a facilitator makes about which questions to ask at a particular time "have an enormous impact on the quality of the relationships, listening, and information that emerge in subsequent discussion." This one-day workshop ($150), offered in Watertown on September 13, 2001, is facilitated by Sallyann Roth and Bob Stains.
Visit www.publicconversations.org to find out more or to register for these workshops, or call 617-923-1216.
EPA Hosts National Online 'Dialogue'
On July 10-20, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is organizing a national online public discussion on improving public involvement in EPA decision-making. Participants and a revolving panel of experts will discuss specific topics drawn from EPA's newly drafted Public Involvement Policy.
Approximately 500 participants will have the chance to select the topics which interest them at times which are convenient to them. Among the topics that will be discussed are identifying and involving the public, including those hardest to reach; providing information to the public; creating effective public involvement opportunities during rulemaking and permitting; and encouraging collaborative processes.
The Dialogue is an excellent opportunity for citizens, representatives of industry, environmental groups, small businesses, states, local governments, tribes, and other groups to learn more about the draft Policy and to share their thoughts and concerns with EPA. It is also a unique opportunity to observe how large-scale dialogues and discussions can be organized online.
Click here to learn more about the Dialogue and to register to participate. For more info, email Patricia Bonner at U.S. EPA () or Information Renaissance () or call 888-638-5323.
National Council of La Raza Conference This Month
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization in the country, is holding its 2001 Annual Conference on July 14-18 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The NCLR Annual Conference, considered by many to be the premier Hispanic event of the year, attracts over 15,000 participants, bringing together some of the nation's foremost community, government, and business leaders.
This year's theme, Hispanics in the Midwest: The Heart of America, recognizes that the Midwest is increasingly becoming a center of the nation's Latino community. Conference workshops provide attendees the opportunity to receive the latest information on the key issues facing the growing Latino community. Workshops, Latino Expo USA, and Latino Faire are free of charge and open to the public. For all other events, there is a registration fee. For more information, please visit www.nclr.org.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference
FPMI Communications has announced a one-day conference devoted to alternative dispute resolution, which has become popular for resolving workplace grievances, EEO complaints and other issues. The conference, called ADR: Key to Effective Resolution in the Workplace, will be held in Arlington, Virginia on July 19.
Participants will learn how to establish a new ADR program, facilitate fact-finding, find and certify mediators, use outside mediators, and much more. To learn more about the conference or to register, click here or call FPMI at 256-539-1850.
NAME Conference to be Held in November
The 11th Annual National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference will take place on November 7-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year's theme is High Stakes: Achievement, Assessment and Advocacy Through Multicultural Education. There will be over 150 concurrent sessions, keynote addresses from some of the leading experts in the field, exhibits, entertainment, film festival, cultural tours, chances to network and discuss your work, NAME chapter meetings and much more. Click here for more information about the conference.
World Indigenous Peoples Conference
The 6th World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education will be held in Alberta, Canada on August 4-10, 2002. The Conference is hosted by the First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium, and welcomes all generations of First Nations to share their successes in the preserving and perpetuating of their languages and culture in all areas of their lives. The Consortium is now calling for papers, and will give highest priority to those utilizing "the wisdom of our ancestors to liberate ourselves from the yoke of oppression and the effects of colonialism will be given highest priority."
Call 403-258-1775, email , or click here for more information.
Black Radical Congress Southern Regional Conference
The Durham-Chapel Hill Organizing Committee is holding their first Black Radical Congress Southern Regional Conference this month. 'Black radicals' who are interested in and organizing around issues affecting Blacks in the U.S. (especially the South) are encouraged to attend.
Registration is only $25 for this event, which will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina on the campus of the University of North Carolina on July 20-22. There are still slots available for presenters and facilitators. If you are interested in presenting, contact Chandra Ford at 919-929-7401 or email . To find out more about the event and the Black Radical Congress, call 212-969-0348 or go to www.blackradicalcongress.org.
The Black Radical Congress promotes dialogue among African American activists and scholars on the left in order to discuss critical issues that pertain to the Black community; to explore new strategies and directions for progressive political, social and cultural movements; and to renew the Black radical movement through increased unified action.
Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference Next Month
The 2001 Rainbow/PUSH Coalition & Citizenship Education Fund Conference will be held in Chicago, Illinois, August 8-12. Founded by Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is working to move the nation and the world toward social, racial and economic justice. For more info, click here, call 773-373-3366, or email .
National Urban League 2001 Conference
The National Urban League's 2001 Conference will take place July 28 to August 1 in Washington, DC. Over 15,000 attendees engage in dialogue with the new Administration, new Cabinet Secretaries and Members of Congress on key policy issues of concern to the African American community (education, employment, housing, technology, and economic self-sufficiency), empowering the African American community for political action, and much more. To find out more about the conference, contact the National Urban League by calling 212-558-5385, emailing , or going to www.nul.org.
September Conference on Racism and Public Policy
The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) will hold a 3-day Conference on Racism and Public Policy to coincide with the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Durban, South Africa.
UNRISD is inviting social scientists, historians, and legal scholars from various regions of the world who have studied racism, xenophobia, and public policy to present papers and lead discussions at its conference. The UNRISD research and conference (which will be held September 3-5) focus on four themes: the social construction of race and citizenship; the social dynamics of racism and inequalities; organized responses to cultural diversity; and the impact of public policies on race relations. Go to the UNRISD site for more info. Papers prepared for the conference will be available on the website.
World Conference Against Racism
World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance will take place in Durban, South Africa from August 31 through September 7, 2001.
For specific inquiries, you can contact the Development and Human Rights Section of the United Nations by calling 212-963-3771 or emailing . You can also go to www.igc.org/igc/gateway/arn/worldconf/ or www.un.org/WCAR/ for more details.