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2007-06 - June

National Leaders Convene to Improve Political Dialogue    

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa convened leaders from government, media, business, labor, philanthropy, religion and the non-profit sector today (June 19, 2007) to explore ways to improve political dialogue and decisionmaking at all levels of government. Presented by the Center on Communication Leadership at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, Ceasefire! Bridging the Political Divide was a forum for exploring ways to improve political dialogue and decision making at all levels.

According to Geoffrey Cowan, dean of the USC Annenberg School and director of the Center on Communication Leadership, event organizers wanted “to highlight leaders who have succeeded in getting things done by building consensus around some of the nation’s toughest problems.”


VOMA Conference and Documentary Event Coming Up June 12    

The Victim-Offender Mediation Association (VOMA) will be showcasing an important documentary on Tuesday evening, June 12 in Miami, Florida. This event is in coordination with the AACJP/VOMA Conference (June 9-15), and is also open to the general public. Nathan Southern from the All Movie Guide summarized the movie this way:

Adam Zucker’s documentary Greensboro: Closer to the Truth revisits the ugly, harrowing sequence of events that transpired in Greensboro, North Carolina, on November 3, 1979. As the Communist Workers Party gathered to protest the existence of the KKK (nonviolently), several carloads of Klan members rolled in, brandishing shotguns and automatic weapons, and firing indiscriminately into the crowd. Many were wounded, five murdered. The press dubbed it ‘The Greensboro Massacre.’ In Closer, Zucker visits survivors of the tragedy on both sides to observe the courses taken by their individual lives between 1979 and 2004. The filmmaker also documents the convergence of the first ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission,’ a group formed to unearth the details surrounding this tragedy. Its ultimate goal: to foster reconciliation and harmony between the two sides by bringing the participants face to face with the reality of their pasts.

For more information on the film, please visit For more information on VOMA’s conference, visit All those who attend the film screening will be asked to make a donation to VOMA.

Last Chance to Register for Transformative Dialogues Workshop    

If you have been thinking about attending the Taos Institute’s first ever Summer Workshop Series on Transformative Dialogues, now is the time to register. The workshop will be held from June 24-29, 2007 on the beautiful campus of the University of New Hampshire. Registration includes five days of workshops, plenaries, guest speakers, breakfast and lunch as well as time to meet others who want to explore how dialogic practices transform lives, communities, organizations, and families. Regular Registration (until June 1st) is $800; Student and Senior registration (until June 1st) is $700. Lodging is available in the university dorm rooms for a reasonable rate of $30 per night - double, $35/person for a single. Visit for details and registration information or contact [email protected]. (more…)

Register Now for Course on Effective Facilitation in California    

Leadership Strategies will be offering its course “The Effective Facilitator” from June 18-20 in Irvine, CA. Participants will learn 10 Principles of Facilitation and 90+ Implementation Strategies! This course specifically trains to facilitate sessions where participants aren’t acting or reacting the way you’d like them to. The cost of the workshop is $1495. Register by June 8th and receive a 20% discount. Two registrations get 25% off and 3 registrations receive 30% off. The location of the Workshop is Inforte, 4 Park Plaza, Suite 700, Irvine, CA 92614. For more information, contact Olivia Cash at 800-824-2850 ext. 77, [email protected] or visit Leadership Strategies’ website:

Paid NCDD Members Get 15% Discount on IAP2 Training    

The Perspectives Group is presenting the IAP2 Course in Public Participation three more times this year in Alexandria, VA. This training is designed for professionals working in the fields of community development, nonprofit and government public services, and public understanding and outreach. It is also designed for industry communications and public affairs or public relations, advocacy and lobbying organizations, private and government groups, and any individual/organization required to deal with the public about complex or potentially contentious issues. Upon completion of the full week of training, participants will receive a certificate from IAP2, the world’s leading association for public participation. (more…)

Two Summer Leadership Courses Coming Up in Texas    

Leadership Strategies has just announced two leadership courses this summer. The course “The Effective Consultant,” held June 11-13, provides a structured framework for consulting, with foundation techniques and client handling strategies for each stage of the consulting process. This course is $1495.00 normally, enrolling 2 or more people from an organization gets each participant 20% off! (This offer ends at close of business on Tuesday, May 22nd). The course “The Effective Facilitator” will be held July 9-11. The Effective Facilitator devotes 80% of its curriculum to learning and practicing the group techniques that separate great facilitators from good ones. Participants focus on critical skills such as consensus building, keeping the group focused, generating energy, managing dysfunction and gaining agreement. Cost for the course is $1495. For more information contact Jamie Kaye, Client Relationship Manager at tel.  800-824-2850 ext. 27, email [email protected] or visit

Dialogue Mapping Workshop Set for June    

Jeff Conklin just sent us a message about a newly announced 2-day training seminar in Dialogue Mapping on June 6 -7, 2007 in Austin, Texas. This 2-day workshop is highly interactive and teaches the twin skills at the core of Dialogue Mapping: using IBIS to listen deeply for the hidden questions, and using the shared display as an amplifier of the collective intelligence and learning of the group. Although this is not a software workshop, reference will be made to Compendium, a graphical hypertext software available for free at Dialogue Mapping is a powerful new tool for collaboration and sense making, and this workshop is fun, stimulating, and rewarding. For details on cost and registration, visit

Registration Open for IGL Course on Designing Interventions for Change    

Registration is open for The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) Course “Designing and Implementing Interventions for Community, Institutional and Global Change at the United Nations.” The course, offered Monday-Wednesday, June 4-6 2007 at the United Nations in New York City, is sponsored by IGL and the United Nations Under-Secretary Anwarul K. Chowdhury, High Representative of the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

The program is for people who are searching for a new way to address institutional, community and global challenges that emphasize respect for human rights, peaceful settlement of disputes, ethics, values and systems that will secure greater ecological integrity, economic and social well being. In this course, participants learn how to introduce and sustain change in a resistant system using theoretical and practical skills to create peaceful, ethical, just, humane, culturally sensitive, and sustainable structures and frameworks. The course offers experiential learning as a way to integrate conceptual learning, engenders a cross-sectoral approach to intervening in crises, and elicits participants’ knowledge and wisdom in a course project. Tuition is $595. For more information on tuition, registration and general questions, call Virginia Swain at (508) 753-4172 or visit Applicants must have a prior discussion with course leader Virginia Swain to ensure resonance with the program’s values and ideals.

Middle East Fellowship Organizing Summer Delegation to Syria    

Kelly Hayes-Raitt sent us the news that the Middle East Fellowship will be hosting delegations to Syria this summer. They are the only organization we know of that is taking Americans to this political hot spot to promote person-to-person peace. This 6-week summer service program will be held in Damascus, Syria, from June 24 - Aug 4. Participants will live with a host family for 3 nights, study Arabic at the Berlitz language institute in Damascus, serve the local community through volunteer projects (such as volunteering at a refugee camp) and explore the culture and history of Syria through meetings, discussions and excursions to sites of historical, political or religious significance. A maximum of 12 participants will stay in single and double rooms with private bathrooms near the Old City of Damascus. The cost for the 6-week program is $2,000 and includes rooms, homestays, breakfasts, most lunches and dinners, language and cultural courses, RT airport transportation, and weekend excursions, including in-country transportation. Transportation to Damascus is not included. For more information, visit or call Kelly at (310) 392-8715. The deadline to apply is May 24.

NCDD Members Offered 30% Discount for June Future Search Training    

Sandra Janoff & Marvin Weisbord, co-authors of the popular Berrett-Kohler book Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations & Communities, will be holding the only 2007 “Managing a Future Search” training in the U.S. from June 3-6, 2007 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania - and they are offering paid NCDD members a huge 30% discount! Future Search trains managers, facilitators and leaders to quickly turn dreams into action plans and reality. At “Managing a Future Search,” participants will learn the theory, philosophy, techniques, and minimum conditions for success that have helped leaders to bridge cultural boundaries the world over.

The regular registration rate is $1,450, so NCDD members who have paid their registration fee can register at $1015. For more info and to register, visit For more details on joining NCDD as a paid member, click here.

Registration Open for ACR Environment & Public Policy Conference    

The Environment and Public Policy Section (EPP) of the Association for Conflict Resolution has opened registration for the 2007 EPP Section Conference. Held on the John D. MacArthur Campus of Florida Atlantic University, the conference starts in the early afternoon on Thursday, June 7, and ends at noon on Saturday, June 9, 2007. This year’s themes include: Collaborative Leadership and Institutional Change, Collaborative Leadership and Deliberative Democracy, Examining the Nature of Practice, and Integrating Collaborative Leadership and Practice.

NCDD is a sponsor of the conference, and NCDD members will receive a discount on registration. The conference website contains registration forms, the full conference program and other support materials at Registration forms are located on the website. Registration fees for the full conference are $275 for ACR or NCDD Members, $290 for Non-Members, $90 for Students. Rates for one day for ACR or NCDD members ais $150. For more information about the conference, please contact Cindy Cook [email protected] 802-223-1330.

Third Wave Foundation Offers United States Social Forum Scholarships    

Recently people on the NCDD members listserv have mentioned the possibility of going to the US Social Forum this June (visit for details). If you are in need of a scholarship for travel consider applying for one from the Third Wave Foundation ( The Third Wave Foundation’s United States Social Forum Fund provides full scholarships (registration, travel, lodging, and food) for young women and transgender activists between the ages of 15 and 30 to attend the United States Social Forum, June 27-July 1, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. (more…)

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