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2007-12 - December

Strategic Collaboration Workshop Draws Together D&D Methods    

Christine Sanchez just sent us word of a workshop she’s organizing this December in Arizona. Methods For Strategic Collaboration is a unique experiential learning workshop that provides foundational theory and practice to utilize Appreciative Inquiry, Open Space Technology, World Café and Polarity Management™. Participants will:

  1. Gain a working knowledge of the principles, steps and practices of Appreciative Inquiry, World Café and Open Space Technology
  2. Craft appreciative questions and provocative propositions in your own language and for your environment.
  3. Design a large group project to take home.
  4. Participate in two follow-up coaching sessions. (more…)

National Presidential Caucus Coalition Grows    

The National Presidential Caucus today announced today that it has garnered the endorsements of former U.S. Senators William Rudman (R-NH) and Bill Bradley (D-NJ), co-chairs of Americans for Campaign Finance Reform; GOP donor and esteemed venture capitalist Tim Draper of the firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Bob Fertik, President of Democrats.com; David All, Principal of the David All Group and founder of TechRepublican.com; among others. The National Presidential Caucus also announces there is an open invitation to all organizations and individuals to participate in National Caucus Day on Friday, December 7, 2007.

The National Presidential Caucus was created by a consortium of partisan, bipartisan and non-partisan interests to help Americans prepare for the onrush of a de facto “National Primary” slated for February 5, 2008, when two presidential candidates may suddenly emerge as “finalists” based on the front-loading of state primaries. If there is going to be a National Primary, there ought to be a National Caucus first….

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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 www.sfu.ca/dialogue/undergrad/index.htm.

Charrette Practitioners Invited to Israel    

Most practitioners who are experienced in the charrette process will have heard this news from the National Charrette Institute, but it’s interesting news for the field and I thought I’d share it.

Today’s e-newsletter from the National Charrette Institute included an invitation for experienced charrette practitioners to participate in the Kiryat-Shmona, Israel charrette this December (the 2nd through 6th). This is the first full 5-day charrette in Israel, and experienced practitioners are needed to give the Israeli participants, both professionals and the public, confidence in the charrette process. This charrette is sponsored by the Movement for Israeli Urbanism.

Charrettes, in case you aren’t familiar with them, are used to involve citizens in community planning efforts. They are multi-day intensive planning workshops that include all stakeholders in a community and result in a plan that can be implemented and built. If you’re interested in getting trained to run charrettes, we’ve negotiated some great discounts with NCI for paid NCDD members.

For more info on this opportunity, contact [email protected] or email NCI at [email protected].

Mobilize.org launches applications for the Party for the Presidency    

Mobilize.org’s Party for the Presidency Conference is coming up in Hollywood, CA on December 29 - 31, 2007. The Party for the Presidency is a leadership development conference that will bring together the 435 individuals (one from each Congressional district) to learn from one another and unite behind a common vision - Democracy 2.0. Each individual will be nominated as a top young activist demonstrating a citizen-centered approach to engagement in their community. They will be given the opportunity to present their best practices, learn from organizing experts, and leave as a commission Democracy 2.0 Ambassador. The Party for the Presidency will focus on encouraging young people to identify the key issues in their communities and helping build advocacy strategies to not only become part of the solution, but create the solution.

They are looking to recruit young people between the ages of 16 and 30, who are:

  • Working to make a difference in your community by being politically involved
  • Advocating for the issues they feel are most important in their communities, or informing people on the importance of civic engagement and volunteerism
  • Who have helped involve your fellow citizens in community service, public policy development, or identifying and solving local problems

Check out Mobilize.org for more information on applying, or download the application from our website. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information contact Maya Enista, Mobilize.org’s Chief Operating Officer at [email protected] or 202.736.5744.

Mobilize.org Seeking Program Director    

Mobilize.org is an all-partisan network dedicated to educating, empowering, and energizing young people to increase civic engagement and political participation. They work to show young people how public policy impacts their lives, and conversely, how they can impact public policy. They are currently looking to hire a Program Director for the Party for the Presidency, a national conference to be held on December 29-31, 2007 (more…)

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…)

Open Space Learning Workshops Coming Up in June & December    

Lisa Heft,Vice President of the Open Space Institute USA is organizing two Open Space Learning Workshops from June 20-22 and December 19-21 in San Francisco, for people of all experience levels. In Open Space, participants co-create their own agenda around a central theme of strategic importance; and they facilitate their own discussions — the facilitator’s role is quite different than for other methods. Experience an Open Space and learn how to convene your own Open Space event, including pre-work, design, logistics, ‘what-ifs’ and ‘when-not-to’s’. In this workshop participants will share their earning and thoughts about systems and chaos theory, grief and transformation cycles, and how organizations and individuals embrace, or resist, change. (more…)

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