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Get Involved Now in NCDD's 2008 Conference!

Our next conference will be held October 3-5, 2008 in Austin, Texas - a fantastic city with an active network of D&D practitioners. We're putting together the 2008 planning team now, and we invite you to consider joining us. NCDD's biennial conferences are unique experiments in collaborative planning, and we have managed dynamic planning teams of about 60 people for each of our three previous conferences. Potential planning team members should complete this short survey so we can find out what you're interested in doing. Also, it's not too early to consider supporting the 2008 conference by Co-Sponsoring or Partnering with us.

Discounts on Great Trainings for Paid NCDD Members

NCDD is switching from a free to a paid membership (with a free/pay-what-you-can option) in order to become a more sustainable organization. One of the incentives we’re providing for paid members are discounts to a whole bunch of great training programs. Look over the discounts, or learn how to join NCDD today!

Unity08 Launches “Have you seen My Country?” Campaign    

Unity08 (www.unity08.com), a non partisan group that aims to change the way American politics is run, has started a campaign titled, “Have you seen My Country?” They’re inviting people to join them as to try to find it.To explain the campaign, Unity08 co-founder Doug Bailey writes,

“We’ve lost our country to politics-as-usual. We’ve lost our country to special interests and polarization. We’ve lost our country and no longer have a system in place to deal with the crucial issues that are facing us. When you’ve lost something that is special to you, what do you do? Most of us start a search and enlist as many others to help as we can. We may even create flyers that are posted around town to let others know about what we have lost.So, we’ve created a flyer written by Lady Liberty to enlist others for her search to find My Country.

This week, let’s get these flyers out into the real world by posting them at coffee shops, grocery stores, schools, laundromats, and other venues that you think may help others begin the search to find My Country. You may also consider handing them out to people on the street by asking them, “Have you seen My Country?”

While you are out posting them or handing them out, take a few pictures of the flyers, then tell us your story about where you posted them. The first 50 members that send us an email ([email protected]) with picture of a flyer and a story about where it was posted will get a free T-shirt. You can print the flyer by visiting the web page that we have created for My Country: http://unity08.com/takeaction/mycountry.”

Journal Addresses Organizational Change & Sustainable Development    

NCDD member Juli Fellows sent us word of a forthcoming special edition of the respected peer-reviewed journal that might be of interest to others in our network. “Organisations & People” is the journal of the UK-based Association of Management Education and Development (AMED - www.amed.org.uk). The special edition contains new papers on sustainable development and organizational change.

This special edition has been guest edited by members of AMED’s Sustainable Development Network - Jim Hopwood, Tony Emerson and Penny Walker. The papers explore aspects of these questions:

  • What can change management specialists offer to sustainable development champions?
  • What can organisational consultants learn from environmentalists?
  • And how can we work together to get more change in the right direction in organisations? (more…)

YouTube Launches NonProfit Channel    

YouTube, the online video portal that lets people upload and share video content on the Web, has just announced the creation of a new video channel dedicated to nonprofit organizations at www.youtube.com/nonprofits. The new channel will enable nonprofits to upload footage of their work, public service announcements, calls to action and more on a premium channel that will have enhanced branding features and increased upload capacity. The channel can serve as the nonprofit’s hub for their uploaded videos while also providing a way for people to connect with the organization. Read the whole story below:

YouTube puts the social conscience in online video (more…)

Wise Democracy Forum Meets Nov. 17 in Oakland, CA    

On Saturday, Nov. 17th, all are invited to join Claudia Miller (Center for Wise Democratic Processes), Laura Wells (Grand Lake Neighborhood Center) and Sally Sommer (East Bay Mediation Center) for a launch of the Wise Democracy Forum in Oakland, CA. This forum is designed to explore and plan for a this innovative way to increase participation democracy. The results in other communities and schools have been surprising for the creativity and innovation that occurred in these facilitated dialogs about issues that are meaningful to them.

The Wise Democracy process involves a group of ordinary folks who get together with time and good facilitation and no pre-set agenda. They talk about what’s really important to them in their community. In this council, as they listen to each others’ issues and concerns, they come up with a statement they all agree on, and present the statement to the broader community, including public officials, media, and then the dialogue continues. It’s a way people can become more empowered, and public engagement in our democracy can grow.

This Wise Democracy Forum meets from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm at 6501 Telegraph Ave, in Oakland, CA. For more information or to RSVP, contact (510) 435-2327 or [email protected]. Check back at www.wisedemocracyoakland.org, for the group’s soon-to-be-created website.

IUPUI Seeks Director of Center for Teaching and Learning    

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) is seeking an Executive Director for their Center for Teaching and Learning. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) was established at IUPUI in 1995. The CTL is a partnership among Academic Affairs, University Information Technology Services and University Library. Beginning in January, 2008, the CTL along with the Center for Service and Learning (CSL) and the Center for Research and Learning (CRL) will form the Consortium on Learning and Scholarship at IUPUI. The mission of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is to provide leadership and scholarly expertise to stimulate and support innovation and evidence-based practices in teaching and learning through a collaborative approach that celebrates and embraces the diversity of faculty and students. (more…)

Louise Diamond Presenting Training at “Engaging the Other” Conference    

Sandy posted the other day about the 2nd Annual International Conference on “Engaging The Other:” The Power of Compassion coming up October 25 - 28, 2007 Dearborn, Michigan. We just wanted to let our readers know that there is a Pre-Conference All-Day Institute on Thursday, October 25, 2007, from 9:00 am - 4:30 pm. In particular, NCDD friend Louise Diamond will be presenting a workshop called “Institute 3: “Re-Membering Right Relationship.” To learn more about the workshop, read on! To sign up for the conference or the pre-conference institute, visit www.cbiworld.org/Pages/Conferences_ETO.htm. (more…)

Art of Hosting Training Set for November    

Chris Corrigan wrote us to let us know about the upcoming Art of Hosting training November 16-18, 2007 near Bangor, Pennsylvania, in the United States. The Art of Hosting is training experience that combines explorations of methodologies such as Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Appreciative Inquiry and PeerSpirit Circle with design tools such as Sam Kaner’s Diamond of Participation, chaordic design and models of living systems. The learning is experiential and applicable and offers a powerful opportunity for the development of deepening facilitation and leadership practice.

For this session the core team consists of:

* Christina Baldwin, author and co-founder of PeerSpirit Circle practice
* Tenneson Woolf and Teresa Posakony both from the Berkana Institute and deep practitioners of The World Cafe
* Angela Amel, a New York City based facilitator and leadership development consultant
* Nancy Fritsch Eagan, a New York City facilitator specializing in education and women’s leadership development
* Chris Corrigan, Open Space facilitator and Art of Hosting steward.

This workshop will join colleagues from Canada and the United States for this collaborative exploration of an Open Space worldview in action. You can down load the invitation here: www.berkana.org/pdf/aoh_nyc_philadelphia_2007.pdf. More info about the Art of Hosting is available at www.artofhosting.org.

Join a National Conversation about Energy    

The Kettering Foundation (www.kettering.org) and the National Issues Forums Institute (www.nifi.org) are inviting people and their communities to become part of a national conversation about energy and the choices that face the public and policymakers. The Kettering Foundation and Public Agenda will be preparing a national report detailing the outcomes of 2007 public deliberative forums held around the country using the National Issues Forums issue book titled The Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future. Groups or individuals who have led forums on this issue, or who are planning to, are invited to help make the upcoming report as representative as possible of the national conversation.

There is still time to help your community, organization, school, or group, be heard in a national deliberative conversation about energy. The Energy Problem issue book and free moderator guides may be ordered by calling 800-600-4060. If you would like more information about how to convene a forum on this topic in your community contact Ginny O’Connor at [email protected] or 800-443-7834, extension 870. Information from deliberative forums- especially completed post-forum questionnaires- are welcomed through November 15th, 2007. The information from forums held around the country will be included in a national report that will be released to the public and presented in Washington, DC. (more…)

Louise Diamond Offers New Course    

Louise Diamond wrote to us about a new course she’s developed in honor of the the 2007 International Day of Peace. The course, called “How to Change the World” is about leading for the essential shifts for the future. The course covers the Four Wisdom Ways, or skill sets, for Agents of Social Change. Visit http://louisediamond.com/training.html for details on this new course.

Announcing the “Democracy 2.0 Declaration”    

Our friends at Mobilize.org, a wonderful all-partisan network dedicated to inspiring young people to increase their civic engagement and political participation, just released the millennial generation’s Democracy 2.0 Declaration. The declaration is based on the input of 1,581 survey respondents and 47 young people who participated in the recent Democracy 2.0 Summit. NCDD congratulates Mobilize.org this powerful declaration, and we can’t wait to see what comes out of their upcoming Party for the Presidency!

Democracy 2.0 Declaration

Democracy is an unfinished project. It’s time we upgrade.

We, the Millennial Generation, are uniquely positioned to call attention to today’s issues and shape the future based on the great legacy we have inherited. Our founding fathers intended for every generation to build, indeed to innovate, on the American experience. We realize that as young people we are expected to be the leaders of tomorrow, but we understand that as citizens we are called to be the leaders of today.

We are compelled by the critical state of our present democracy to establish a new vision.

In a world often damaged by conflict and intolerance, we must commit to develop common ground through equality and open mindedness.

In a world often damaged by social isolation and materialism, we must commit to community at the family, local, national and global levels.

In a world often damaged by instant gratification, we must commit to creating sustainable solutions.

In a world often damaged by apathy and disillusionment, we must commit to civic participation and inclusion of all voices.

The present state of our democracy impedes opportunity for real change. We must connect the specific issues failing our population with their underlying systemic causes.

Our government seems unable or unwilling to adequately address our broadest problems, including economic inequality, America’s role in the world, and the effect of money on the democratic process. But we must remember, our government is only as effective as the sum of its citizens. Low civic participation means the most disadvantaged people in society are neglected and we overlook many potential solutions to our problems.

Our generation is telling a different story. We are uniquely positioned to foster community engagement through social networks of all kinds. It is our responsibility to use information and technology to upgrade democracy, transform communication and advance political engagement and civic participation.

We are social networkers, we are multi-taskers, we are communicators and we are opinionated. The informality of our generation breaks down traditional barriers and opens doors for inclusiveness and equality. Most importantly, we are leaders in a society that yearns for leadership.

It’s our democracy, it’s time to act.

Advocacy for Advocates Training Program Coming Up in November    

The Ark Foundation in Ghana, an advocacy-based human rights organization that focuses on women and children’s rights protection, is organizing a 2 - Day “Advocacy for Advocates Training Program” in Ghana. The program is designed to help participants sharpen their knowledge and skills on advocacy and lobbying strategies that can be used to promote their social justice causes and influence public policy. The program, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 13th – Wednesday 14th November 2007 from 9:00am – 5:00 pm each day, is intended for human rights advocates, activists, community activists and leaders, peace advocates, social justice advocates and all persons who are interested in advocacy for social justice and development, human rights and other causes.

The program is open to individuals and organizations. If you are interested, please contact Petra or Esinam on 021-511610 / 024 4410309 or through the email address: [email protected]. I’ve attached an application form to this post. Organizations / individuals should hand in the requested information by Friday 19th October 2007, through fax number 021 – 511382 or e-mail at the address above.

IAP2 Skills Symposium Early Bird Deadline Extended to Oct. 12    

The 2007 International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Skills Symposium will be held November 12-16, 2007 Chaparral Suites, Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. This training extravaganza offers workshops for all experience levels. Courses vary in length, focus, and cost. You choose the courses that meet your budget and training needs. Highlights of the event include:

* Peter Sandman - Risk Communication and Outrage Management
* Larry Susskind - Consensus Building in the Public Arena
* Bill Lennertz- National Charrette Institute’s Charrette Planner Certificate Program
* Michael Quinn Patton - Evaluating Public Participation Processes

Evenings activities offer social networking, the IAP2 General Meeting, and the Core Values awards celebration. Visit IAP2 online at www.iap2.org for more information about this event.

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