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2007-07 - July

Women’s International Peace Conference Set for July    

The third annual Women’s International Peace Conference ( will be held in Dallas, Texas, July 10-15, 2007. The conference, sponsored by Peacemakers Incorporated, was first held in August 1988 on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. Over 2,000 delegates from 57 countries attended the conference. Peacemakers’ Second International Women’s Peace Conference was held in September 1999 with the theme “Healing as a Prelude to Peace.” This year’s conference will focus on the “Essentials of Peace” and includes keynote speakers such as Nobel Laureates Rigoberta Menchu Tum and Jody Williams. For more information, visit the conference website.

Equal Justice Society Organizing Workshop on Unconscious Bias    

The Equal Justice Society ( is a national advocacy organization that aims to advance social and racial justice through law and public policy, communications and the arts, and alliance building. EJS is organizing its Second Annual Constance Baker Motley Civil Rights Fellowship Luncheon and Interactive Workshop on July 24 in San Francisco. The theme of the workshop is “Unconscious Bias.” This event will be held from 11am-1:30pm, at the Empress of China, 838 Grant Avenue, San Francisco. Anyone interested in attending should email [email protected].

AI Spiritual Retreat Coming Up in July    

Diana Whitney will be hosting the annual “Being AI: A Spiritual Retreat for Change Agents” this July 18 - 21 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This 4-day retreat is an opportunity for anyone who seeks to live consciously in relation to spirit, to reconnect, reaffirm and deepen their beliefs and practices. It is an opportunity to explore with others multiple ways to live positively and to create healthy organizations and communities and to enhance your capacity to live the principles and practices of appreciative inquiry. For more information or to register, visit the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) website where you can also download a printable brochure and registration form. For more information or questions about registration, contact Suzanne at [email protected], phone (303) 972-5155.

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

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.

Awakening Global Action in Bali    

NCDD is a Partner of Awakening Global Action: Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom & Dialogue for a Transforming World, an intergenerational, multicultural gathering in Ubud, Bali July 31 through August 7, 2007. The conference, run by the Bali Institute for Global Renewal, will feature world renowned speakers, facilitators and indigenous wisdom leaders from Africa, Indonesia, North America, Australia, Thailand, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Peru and more.


Discounts for NCDD Members on Some Great Trainings!    

As you may know, NCDD is switching from a totally free membership to a paid membership (with a pay-what-you-can/free option). One of the ways we’re trying to ease this tricky transition is by providing some great benefits for fully paid NCDD members - including discounts for a whole bunch of great trainings and courses. NCDD members who pay the full membership fee can take advantage of discounted rates (mostly 20%) for the following upcoming trainings:

  • The Center for Strategic Facilitation’s Group Facilitation Methods Course - April 12-13 in Oakland, CA; June 5-6, 2007 in South Bay, CA; etc.
  • Community Weaving Certification Training - April 13-14 in Seattle or April 20-21 in Tacoma, WA
  • Open Space Technology Learning Workshop - April 24-26 in British Columbia
  • Full Circle’s Workshop on Facilitating Online Interaction - May 7 - July 6

Other groups have expressed interest in providing our members with discounted registration fees, including several NIF Public Policy Institutes, the Center for Wise Democracy, Cognexus Institute, the Global Facilitator Service Corps, the Harwood Institute, the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and Leadership Strategies. We’re still working on the details with these groups, so you may want to bookmark the Discounted Trainings for NCDD Members page to stay up on these opportunities - and to learn much more about the ones above.

Summer Institute on Peacebuilding Accepting Applications to April 15    

The Alliance for Conflict Transformation Summer Institute on Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (IPCR) will be held June 9, 2007 - July 7, 2006 in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. IPCR is an intensive 4-week, 6-credit residential program intended to build the capacity of current and future professionals in a variety of fields to make a critical difference in furthering peaceful relations in the world. IPCR will be held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with travel to La Paz and surrounding communities. They are currently accepting applications for participation from English speaking professionals, graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in peace and conflict resolution, international affairs, political science, Latin American studies, anthropology, development and related fields. (more…)

Initiatives of Change Conference Program Available Online    

The program for the 2007 Initiatives of Change summer conferences in Caux is now available online. Initiatives of Change is a global network open to people of all nationalities, cultures, religions, and beliefs, who work towards change, locally and globally, starting with change in their own lives. The theme for this summer’s conference is “Trust across the world’s divides? Dignity for all?” In all, there will be six week-long conferences on “Values, Responsibility and Leadership,” “Building Trust and Integrity in the Global Economy,” “A Grassroots Dialogue of Civilizations,” “Openness and Trust across Generations,” “Tools for Change” and “Can Integrity, Respect and Trust lead to Dignity for all?” Check out the conference website for more information on opportunities to participate:

Call for Papers on Young People, Technology and Political Engagement    

The British Sociological Association’s Youth Study Group in association with the University of Surrey’s Institute of Advanced Studies and The Social Policy Association are calling for papers on the theme of “Young People, New Technologies and Political Engagement” for a conference at the University of Surrey, 24-25 July 2007. The conference intends to contribute to the development of research and theory in this crucial area by providing a forum for scholars from across the world to share the findings of empirical and theoretical work, discuss the policy implications of their research, and strengthen their international and inter-disciplinary ties. (more…)

Globalisation for the Common Good Calls For Papers    

Globalisation for the Common Good is calling for papers for its sixth annual conference at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey, 5-9 July, 2007. They seek papers that explore the contributions of various spiritual and ethical perspectives on peace and justice, education for global peace and non-violent conflict resolution, and other political, economic, social, cultural, and spiritual themes pertaining to the theme of globalisation for the common good. Please submit your abstract and join us for this timely international conference in Istanbul, the venerable and inspirational capital at the crossroads of East and West. They also invite observers and delegates to join the conference in Istanbul. For more information, visit

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