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2007-09 - September

Gardeners of Peace Call on Saturday, Sept. 29    

Gilles Asselin wrote to NCDD to tell us about his new “Gardeners of Peace” initiative. Gardeners of Peace came out of his life as a result of my many years of ‘inner gardening’ practice and seeking the ‘right way’ to contribute to the world we are living in, and to respond to crises on many levels. He writes, “The two elements of Gardeners of Peace - gardening and peace - appealed to me for two reasons. Whatever it means to each of us, “gardening our self” is a journey that requires effort, discipline and care. It doesn’t come easily and needs to be nurtured regularly. In addition, I believe there can’t be peace in the world unless there is first peace in our hearts. That’s where peace starts and that’s where it grows to reach out to other people and areas of our environment.”

As part of this exploration, Gilles is proposing a conference call to reflect on meaning and purpose, this Saturday, Sept. 29th 12 noon EST. The conversation will consider:

  • What draws people to the Gardeners of Peace invitation?
  • What does it mean to be a human being, and what responsibilities does it entail?
  • How can we acknowledge and honor our human beingness, individually and collectively?
  • How can we respond to the local and global crises that we are facing through the work we do, and inspire one another in the process?
  • How do we widen our network of Gardeners of Peace?

Please see the full text of the conference call invitation at:

Register Now for the Imagine-Nation Conference    

The Imagine-Nation Conference brings together two groups: visionary adults who are already at work in their communities, shaping an inclusive future for their city AND visionary high school youth who are tomorrow’s national leaders, who can co-create a powerful path for their communities and for the nation. The conference is delivered using Appreciative Inquiry, an organizational development process that capitalizes on the best of what is and provides a wide avenue for intergenerational and cross-cultural participation – everyone is welcome; every voice is honored.

On September 27-30 (Thursday night through Sunday morning) in Dallas, Imagine-Nation is organizing the first ever Inter-generational Boot Camp for Visionaries and other leaders. The conference will gather together adults who are passionate about making a difference and high school students who share those passions. For more information and to register, visit

Online Course on “Transforming Civil Conflict” Starts Next Week    

“Transforming Civil Conflict,” an online course developed by The Network University in cooperation with Bradford University, is offered from September 17 - October 12, 2007. This award-winning four-week course familiarises participants with contemporary theories of conflict and conflict resolution, provides them with a range of relevant information on conflict on the Internet, and practical issues and debates from within the field. Participants are brought together in a ‘learning community’ with coaches and experts with a professional interest in conflict (transformation).

Specific aims of this course are to:
. Prepare participants for work in conflict areas
. Make participants’ work in conflict areas more effective
. Provide inspiring examples
. Share experiences and expertise
. Connect the local and international level
. Create a network of conflict transformation experts

For more information, visit the course demosite:; register for the course on, or send an email to Bart Overbeek at [email protected]. There is a limited number of partial scholarships available for participants from the ‘global south.’

Join an Online Dialogue on Women and Political Participation in Africa    

NCDD member Leanne Nurse just brought our attention to a thematic online discussion about “Women, political participation and decision- making in Africa.” The online discussion is being organized by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women/Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Economic Commission for Africa in cooperation with the E-Network of National Gender Equality Machineries in Africa.

The discussion will run for six weeks from 4 September to 14 October 2007. The purpose of the online discussion is to contribute to a better understanding of women’s political participation in Africa; collect measures taken at national and subregional levels to promote women’s participation; identify good practices and lessons learned and highlight gaps and challenges requiring further action. Register for the online discussion at If you have any questions or experience problems when registering, please contact Mr. Rajkumar Cheney Krishnan ([email protected]). (more…)

Spaces Available for DLCG Facilitation Training, Sept. 17-19    

The Dynamic Leadership Consulting Group (DLGC) has just let us know there are a few spaces still available for their Concepts & Practices of Group Facilitation 3-day course from September 17 to 19. The course was designed to prepare facilitators to participate in the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) assessment. DLGC says “Students stand out from the average graduate of other facilitator programs because this program has a broader and more complete picture of the knowledge, skills, and art of group facilitation.” The DLCG Facilitation Course explores the 8 Core Practices of Group Facilitation, the 7 Values and 12 Principles of Facilitation. The course book also provides unique Facilitator Planning Worksheets and the Facilitator’s Basic Tool Kit with with articles describing 4 tools and 27 techniques.

This course will be held at the Hilton, Springfield at 6550 Loisdale Road, Springfield, VA. 22150 - (703) 971-8900. This is a change from our advertised location across the street at the Comfort Inn, Springfield. The cost of the workshop, if you register online is $1100. If two or more individuals attend from the same company or organization, cost is $1000. This special ends September 3, 2007. For more information or to register, visit

Deliberations for a Healthy Kentucky    

The first phase of the state-wide deliberation process on what it takes to have a health system that works for all Kentuckians is now winding down. Beginning in the fall of 2006, community forums (in almost 60 communities now) have been held all around Kentucky as part of the Commonwealth Common Health Kentucky Conversations for Health Action project - local folks identifying, discussing and recording the key values that should define a health system that really works. Visit the project website at:

Whether you’ve been following this process all along or this is the first you’re hearing of it - you are invited to help take this project to the next level at the 2007 Howard L. Bost Memorial Health Policy Forum to be held on Tuesday, September 25, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Louisville, KY. Information on the Forum is available on the Commonwealth Common Health website.

Civically Engaged Youth in the Americas Conference Coming Up September 20    

Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago is co-sponsoring the conference “Civically Engaged Youth in the Americas: A Three City Perspective - Chicago, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro” on September 20 in Chicago. The conference is hosted by the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago and will include presentations about youth activism by professors, youth organizers, and youth. The event stems from a comparative study undertaken by three researchers, including Chapin Hall Faculty Associate Maria de los Angeles Torres. Chapin Hall Executive Director Matthew Stagner will give the welcoming remarks and Research Fellow Robert Chaskin will offer comments on the presentations.

For more information and to register, e-mail Nawojka Lesinski at [email protected] by September 10. Read Torres’s related report, Youth Activists in the Age of Postmodern Globalization: Notes from an Ongoing Project. The conference website is

SFU Gearing Up for Dialogue Semester on Environmental Impact    

This fall, Simon Fraser University’s Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue is organized around the theme of “Adaptations to Human Environmental Impact.” This dialogue program focuses on how human beings adapt to the profound impact we are having on our planet. Environmental disruption threatens overwhelming consequences for our social and economic systems, but too often we are overwhelmed by the problems and lose sight of viable solutions. Citizens require thoughtful, confident planning and analysis to enable effective adaptation to these challenges. The Semester in Dialogue will address three major and connected themes: Climate Change, Energy, and Biodiversity, probing local to global solutions involving policy, enterprise, innovation, and life styles. For more information on the course and registration, visit

Info Session on SFU Diploma in Dialogue Coming Up Sept. 17    

There is still space available for the upcoming information session on Simon Fraser University’s Diploma in Dialogue and Negotiation. The info session will be held September 17, 2007 at the Vancouver, BC campus of Simon Fraser University. Make sure to attend this free session if you’d like to learn more about this innovative and exciting new program. Registration is required, so please email [email protected] or call 778-782-7925 to reserve a space. For more information about the Diploma program please visit:

2007 AI Conference Discount Available Until August 15    

The 2007 “Power of Positive Change” Appreciative Inquiry Conference is coming up Sept. 16-19 in Orlando Florida. The conference organizers have just announced that a special 2007 Appreciative Inquiry Conference price of only $1,395 (retail $1,895) for those who register before August 15 and enter code PITK55 during check-out. The conference promises to teach participants how to unleash innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, develop higher levels of trust and mutual respect, and accelerate the cycle of change initiatives in their organizations. Keynote speakers include: Leading researcher Barbara Fredrickson, who will share her latest work on positive emotions and change, followed by reflections and comments from 91-year old Yogi Dadi Janki; Marcus Buckingham who will discuss a 6-step discipline for managing in a strength-based way; Martin Seligman who will talk about the journey and future of positive psychology; and David Cooperrider who will share his latest stories of how AI is changing the world. To learn more or to register, go to

Discount for NCDDers on Int’l AI Conference    

The 2007 International Appreciative Inquiry Conference is scheduled for September 16-19, 2007 at the Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts in Orlando Fl. The Conference represents an unprecedented opportunity to expand the strengths-based positive change knowledge base and create an expanded appreciation for the significance of AI as a change methodology for management. This is a very important event to the AI Community; and the organizers hope that members of the NCDD network will be able to take advantage of this great opportunity.

The organizers are offering a $100 discount off the current registration fee to the NCDD network. In addition, you will also be eligible for an early sign-up discount and group discounts you when register multiple people from your organization. If you register by August 15, 2007 you could get up to $600 off the registration fee ($1295 instead of $1,895).

For more details on the conference and travel information, go to To register for the event go to and use code QWER70 get the discount.


SoL Academy on Wheels Coming up in Detroit    

The Society for Organziational Learning (SoL) is gearing up for its “Academy on Wheels:” a week of capacity-building workshops showcasing the applications of organizational learning. The workshops will take place September 17 - 21, 2007 at the DTE Energy Southfield Campus in Southfield (Detroit), Michigan. Workshops topics include “Introduction to Organizational Learning,” “Managing your Time as a Leader,” and “Fundamentals of Insight.”

Participants can sign up for as little as a half-day module and up to 4 days worth of workshops. For a full listing of workshops visit: Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop. To register, call Tatiana Lewis at 1-617-300-9528. If you have any questions regarding this event, contact Judy Hodge at 1-617-365-3461 or email [email protected] for more information.

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