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Global Directory of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution Programs (Seventh Edition) Highly Recommended

A joint project of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) and the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) Foundation, this is the most current comprehensive annotated guide to peace studies and conflict resolution programs at colleges and universities worldwide. This edition profiles over 450 undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral programs and concentrations in over 40 countries and 38 U.S. states.

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Governing Tools for the 21st Century: How State Leaders Are Using Collaborative Problem Solving and Dispute Resolution Highly Recommended

Policy Consensus Initiative, 2002.

The Policy Consensus Institute's 12-page overview of how state leaders are using collaborative problem solving and dispute resolution. Describes the range of ways state agencies across the country are employing these tools in their day-to-day operations.

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Group Facilitation Listserv Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

The International Association of Facilitators and The Center for Policy Research at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Subscribers to this popular email discussion list share ideas, questions, and advice on group problem solving and decision making, group development, running meetings, and related topics. We highly recommend this listserv to all facilitators.

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Group Facilitation: A Research and Applications Journal Highly Recommended

Group Facilitation is a multi-disciplinary publication focused on the art and science of group facilitation. It aims to advance our knowledge of group facilitation and its implications for individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. It is published semi-annually. Group Facilitation is intended for facilitators, mediators, organizational development and training specialists, managers, researchers, and others who seek to use facilitation skills in their practice.

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Guide for Training Study Circle Facilitators Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Sarah Campbell, Writer/Managing Editor. Study Circles Resource Center.

This guide is designed to help you train study circle facilitators. Study circles--small-group, democratic, highly participatory discussions--provide settings for deliberation, for working through social and political issues, for coming up with action strategies, for connecting to policy making, and for building community.

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Guidelines for Deliberation Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

This resource from the Choices Program at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies provides a great introduction to deliberation. The resource, which is designed for use in high school classrooms but is useful for any group that is unfamiliar with deliberation, provides a jargon-free definition of deliberation, describes how deliberation is different from debate, explains why it is important to know how to deliberate, and lists guidelines and tips for deliberation.

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Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Highly Recommended

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation invigorates people, organizations and communities to improve public life and politics so that we all can do the unfinished work of the nation and reach for our common ideals. The Harwood Institute conducts research, designs and leads on-the-ground initiatives, develops public leaders and "center for strength organizations," crafts innovative tools, materials and processes, and convenes people who want to take responsibility for public life.

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Hosting Web Communities: Building Relationships, Increasing Customer Loyalty, and Maintaining a Competitive Edge Highly Recommended

Cliff Figallo.

A great 'how to' book on the subject. Topics include a taxonomy of online communities and their differing needs, choosing software, facilitating discussions, building relationships, and revenue models. The author knows the territory extremely well, having played a key role in developing communities at The WELL, America Online, and Salon Magazine.

IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation: Best Practices from the Leading Organization in Facilitation Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Sandy Schuman, Editor. Jossey-Bass, 2005.

Sponsored by the International Association of Facilitators, The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation offers the need-to-know basics in the field brought together by fifty leading practitioners and scholars. This indispensable resource includes successful strategies and methods, foundations, and resources for anyone who works with groups. The IAF Handbook of Group Facilitation provides an overview of the field for new and aspiring practitioners and a reliable reference for experienced group facilitators.

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IAF Methods Database Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

The IAF Methods Database is an online methods resource and knowledge sharing community for group facilitators, managers, management consultants, business lecturers and students, and anyone else preparing, facilitating or leading professional meetings. The site is related to the site (the home of the International Association of Facilitators), but is operated independently. The IAF Methods Database also has a monthly e-newsletter, which lists all newly added methods and suppliers.

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IAP2 Public Participation Spectrum Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

The International Association for Public Participation.

This one-page chart shows how various forms of public participation have different levels of public involvement.  It categorizes public participation by the level of public impact on the decision-making process, beginning with informing the public, moving on to consulting with the public (taking feedback and ideas into consideration), then involving the public throughout the decision-making process, followed by collaborating with the public in the development of alternatives and the identification of a perferred solution, and culminating with empowering the public with decision-making power.  The chart lists a few techniques that fall under each category.

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IAP2 Public Participation Toolbox Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

International Association for Public Participation.

This 9-page chart introduces nearly 50 "techniques to share information."  The techniques range from websites and newspaper inserts to future search conferences and citizen juries. Includes brief descriptions, as well as bullet points summarizing things to think through, things that can go right, and things that can go wrong.

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Innovative Techniques to Engage the Community new Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

Janette Hartz-Karp, Ph.D..

This phenomenal 36-page handout was distributed at Janette Hartz-Karp's workshop ("Breakthrough Initiatives in Governing with the People: The Australian Experience") at the 2004 NCDD Conference in Denver, Colorado. It provides detailed information about a variety of community engagement techniques, including citizens jury, consensus conference, future search, charrette, consensus forum, multi criteria analysis conference, local area forum, people's panel, deliberative poll/survey, televote/telesurvey, and e-democracy. Under each method are details about why, when and how they are used, as well as a useful how-to flowchart.

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Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy Highly Recommended

IMTD was founded in 1992 by Ambassador John W. McDonald and Dr. Louise Diamond. The mission of IMTD is to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through education, conflict resolution training and communication. The Institute is based in Arlington, VA, and has more than 1300 members in 31 countries. IMTD is supported by a wide range of key personnel, associates and interns.

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Institute of Cultural Affairs Great for Beginners Highly Recommended

The Institute of Cultural Affairs is one of the oldest and largest providers of training in facilitation. Their techniques are known collectively as the Technology of Participation, and they offer an extensive series of courses in the various techniques.

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Intergroup Dialogue: Deliberative Democracy in School, College, Community and Workplace Highly Recommended

David Schoem and Sylvia Hurtado. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2001.

A comprehensive overview of intergroup dialogue which includes 12 in-depth case studies, critical perspectives and the foundation of dialogue in democratic theory. Each of the case studies, which are drawn from leading organizations in the dialogue field, present the program's rationale, an account of its successes, and evaluation data.

Intergroup Relations in the United States: Research Perspectives Highly Recommended

Wayne Winborne and Renae Cohen, eds.. The National Conference of Community and Justice, 1998.

Research Perspectives summarizes a cross-section of various social-scientific literatures that have examined intergroup relations: sociology, social psychology, public opinion, and public policy. The editors endeavor to present cutting-edge academic thinking and research to trainers, grassroots activists and organizers, advocacy groups, local human relations commissions, elected officials, and community leaders. In addition, academics are offered a practical understanding of methods practitioners use in their day-to-day activities, which gives them an opportunity to benefit from the experiences and perspectives of those who grapple with intergroup relations every day.

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International Association for Public Participation Highly Recommended

IAP2 is an association of members who seek to promote and improve the practice of public participation in relation to individuals, governments, institutions, and other entities that effect the public interest in nations throughout the world. IAP2 carries out its mission by organizing and conducting activities to: serve the learning needs of members through events, publications, and communication technology; advocating for public participation throughout the world; and providing technical assistance to improve public participation through research and programming.

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International Association for Public Participation - Training Modules Highly Recommended

IAP2 regularly offers four training modules: Foundations of Public Participation, Designing Effective Public Participation Programs, Effective Communications for Public Participation, and Tools & Techniques for Public Participation.

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International Institute for Sustained Dialogue Highly Recommended

Directed by Harold Saunders and formed in collaboration with the Kettering Foundation, IISD promotes the process of sustained dialogue for transforming racial and ethnic conflicts around the world. Sustained dialogue (SD) is a systematic, interactive, open-ended political process to transform conflictual relationships over time. SD focuses on the dynamics of the relationships that underlie conflict and block its resolution.

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