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Archives for June 2007

TPS Seeking Students for Global Debates    

The People Speak (www.thepeoplespeak.org) is sponsoring two Global Debates during the 2007-2008 school year, and they are looking for teachers and students who want to participate. During two one-week periods in the fall and spring, the TPS Global Debates will encourage students at U.S. and international high schools to hold debates and discussions on two of the most critical global issues today: climate and water. All participating schools will be eligible to compete to send their four-person student debate team (plus two teachers/adult chaperones) to the United Nations Foundation Global Student Leadership Summit in New York City. Held in July 2008, this will be an opportunity to meet other student activists, learn even more about the issues and take advantage of special opportunities including a special UN tour and the opportunity to meet high ranking UN officials. (more…)

C2D2 Accepting Registration & Proposals for 2007 Conference    

The 2007 Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation is coming up on November 12-14, 2007. Many of you know this conference is Canada’s version of NCDD - inspired and encouraged by our own Sandy Heierbacher! This year’s theme is “Facing Complex Issues Together.” This year’s conference is being hosted by Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Check out the Call for Contributors to the program, concurrent series, poster series and post conference training information at www.c2d2.ca. Also on the C2D2 website, you’ll find a link for on-line registration for the conference, and if you sign up before June 30, you’ll be able to take advantage of the early bird discount.

SFU Launches Diploma in Dialogue and Negotiation    

This April marked the launch of a Diploma in Dialogue and Negotiation at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, with 18 students participating in the opening cohort. This non-credit postgraduate diploma is designed for mid-career professionals who are directly involved in planning policies and programs, negotiating agreements, resolving conflicts, consulting with communities, making decisions, developing human resources, and otherwise managing organizational change collaboratively.

The program will be holding an information session on September 17, 2007, at 6:30 pm at SFU, Room 1425, Harbour Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. This free information session is open to anyone interested in learning more about the Diploma program. Registration is required, so please email them at [email protected] or call 604-268-7925 to reserve a space.

Women’s Global Roundtable Conversations Launched    

Peace x Peace Global Network (www.peacexpeace.org) has recently launched the Women’s Global Roundtable. This series of conference calls brings the stories, rich traditions, and personal triumphs of women from Afghanistan, Iraq, Peru, Kenya, and many other countries around the world every Tuesday Evening at 8 pm Eastern/ 5pm Pacific. Participating costs $1 for the first month, $10 after that. For more information on how to participate, go to www.peacexpeace.org/RoundTable.asp.

Women’s International Peace Conference Set for July    

The third annual Women’s International Peace Conference (www.womenspeaceconference.org) 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.

Report Available on Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy    

Tom Ohlin from Linkopings University in Sweden emailed me last week about the recent Council of Europe Forum for the Future of Democracy that took place in the Stockholm / Sigtuna area. According to the report on the Forum, the aim of the gathering was “strengthen democracy, political freedom and citizens’ participation. Safeguarding and deepening democracy includes measures to achieve greater and more equal participation on the part of ordinary people.”

The report includes several great articles on deliberative democracy in Sweden. In one, Daniel Tarschys - one of three general rapporteurs at the Forum for Future Democracy in Stockholm 2007, says that “democracy is about talking, listening and taking the views of others seriously. It is government by discussion.” Another discusses the way the historic town of Sigtuna improves public involvement through “deliberate referendums,” which are held when an issue in a specific area in the municipality emerges between elections.

You can read more about the forum at www.sweden.gov.se/democracyforum.

Saltman Institute Organizes Streetball for Peace    

The Saltman Institute for Conflict Resolution (www.law.unlv.edu/saltman.html) is sponsoring and organizing the program “Streetball Haifa.” The program is held in Israel and brings together Israeli and Palestinian youth, using sports as a bridge builder between the two populations. For more information on this innovative program that uses sport to engage in dialogue, contact: [email protected].

Facing History Seminar on Transitional Justice Coming Up in August    

Facing History and Ourselves (www.facinghistory.org) is holding their Advanced Seminar “Exploring the Aftermath of Genocide & Violence” from August 6-8, 2007 at Santa Clara University, California. The Advanced Seminar will study Transitional Justice, practices leading to “reconciliation and repair”, and on currently unfolding strategies for responding to mass violence and genocide around the world. This seminar is open to veterans of other Facing History trainings or to educators with equivalent training and exposure, as determined by an application process. Tuition is $300. For more information, click here. 

Equal Justice Society Organizing Workshop on Unconscious Bias    

The Equal Justice Society (www.equaljusticesociety.org) 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].

Ford Foundation Seeking Media/Arts Program Officer    

The Ford Foundation (www.fordfound.org) is looking to hire a Program Officer for its Knowledge, Creativity and Freedom Program in the Media, Arts and Culture Unit — a good opportunity for anyone interested in D & D and the arts, technology and democracy. The Program Officer for Media and Cultural Policy will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and evaluating the Foundation’s US programming in public service media with a primary focus on media and cultural policy. The work will fit under the Ford Foundation’s mission statement, Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom (KC&F) values of identity, community and creativity, and the unit’s goal to advance media, technology, information resources and policies to strengthen diverse communities and promote democratic values. (more…)

Case Foundation’s “Make It Your Own” Awards Program Launches on June 26    

Do you have big dreams for your community? The Case Foundation is launching a pilot grants program that could turn these dreams into reality. NCDD is listed as a Partner on the Case Foundation website since we will be doing our best to inform the dialogue & deliberation community about this opportunity - and since Case recognizes the importance of your work and encourages you to apply!

The Make It Your Own Awards™, a new initiative from the Case Foundation that launches on June 26, 2007, is about giving grants, tools, and recognition to people who are coming together to discuss what matters, form solutions, and take action. I just added a page on this innovative program to our Projects section.

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.”

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ICI Announces Journal, Invites Submissions    

The Institute for Community Involvement, LLC (www.community-involvement.net) was created in 2001 to support government officials engaged in public involvement, to improve local government performance and to provide people interested in citizen participation with ongoing training, research and education. ICI supports groups in planning collaboratively for a better future.

In August of 2007 the Institute for Community Involvement (ICI) will be publishing its first quarterly e-journal. They are inviting submissions for the Journal. They are seeking articles that address current issues, stories about public involvement from working professionals, and case studies from the real life experiences of practitioners. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of public involvement professionals, and will be subject to peer review. Articles with a copyright will require a wavier from the author prior to being published, and all materials require written permission to publish from the author. If you have interest in publishing in The ICI Journal for Community Involvement, send an email to [email protected].

Journal for Public Deliberation Vol. 3(1) Available Online    

The online Journal for Public Deliberation (http://services.bepress.com/jpd/) has just published its Volume 3, Issue 1 (2007) edition. This edition of the journal includes articles on “Activist Views of Deliberation” by Peter Levine and Rose Marie Nierras, on the “Sociology of Deliberation” by David Ryfe, on “Deliberation and the Problem of Power” by Alison Kadlec and Will Friedman, as well as several other essays and reviews. David Ryfe has posted a short summary of his article over at The Democracy Movement blog (http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/blog/?p=217), about the difficulties of developing deliberation as a distinct field of practice. It’s a very interesting piece - I encourage you all to take a look!

Journal for Civic Commitment Accepting Article Submissions    

The Journal for Civic Commitment, a twice-yearly, online journal dedicated to service learning and civic engagement, is currently accepting articles for possible publication in its Fall 2007 issue. The publishers welcome articles discussing civic engagement, service learning, service learning projects, and community-based research. Articles will be reviewed from academic faculty, community volunteers, community partners, and students. (For complete Authors’ guidelines, visit www.mc.maricopa.edu/engagement/Journal). The deadline for submission for the Fall 2007 issue is July 31st. If you have any questions, feel free to email the journal’s editor, Elizabeth Larson-Keagy at [email protected] or [email protected].

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