c. intergroup relations
Berkana Institute Organizing Southern Africa Learning Journey
The Berkana Institute invites participants for a Learning Journey to South Africa and Zimbabwe that will open your eyes, minds and hearts to essential learning about the leadership that is emerging in one of our planet's most vibrant places. On this journey, participants will meet and learn with extraordinary pioneering leaders in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at Zimbabwe's Kufunda Learning Village. The Learning Journey will also spend time learning from the wildlife of Africa whose grace and beauty and interdependent relationships are an inspiration. Marianne Knuth, part of the Shambhala Institute's hosting team and founder of Kufunda, will join Berkana Institute Co-President Bob Stilger as hosts of this journey. Together participants explore innovative approaches to leadership that offer new possibilities for making a difference in our own lives. For more information about the Southern Africa Learning Journey, taking place October 30 - November 11, 2006, visit the Berkana Institute's website: www.berkana.org or contact Jeana Corbett, Learning Journey Coordinator,
Added by Amy Lang on July 31, 2006??-??Link to this entry
New Article on Intergroup Dialogue
We're pleased to spread the news about NCDD member Adrienne Dessel's new article called "Using Intergroup Dialogue to Promote Social Justice and Change" co-authored with Mary E. Rogge, and Sarah B. Garlington. The article will be published in the journal Social Work this October. It examines intergroup dialogue as a bridging mechanism through which social workers in clinical, other direct practice, organizer, activist, and other roles across the micro?macro practice spectrum can engage with people in conflict to advance advocacy, justice, and social change. The article defines intergroup dialogue and provide examples in not-for-profit or community-based and academic settings of how intergroup dialogue has been applied to conflicts around topics of race and ethnic nationality, sexual orientation, religion, and culture. It concludes with recommendations for practice-, policy-, and research-related actions that social workers can take to understand and use intergroup dialogue.
Added by Amy Lang on July 25, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Liberty Hill Foundation Accepting Applications for Seed Fund
The Liberty Hill Foundation (www.libertyhill.org) Seed Fund provides grants of $7,500 to $20,000 to emerging and developing community-based organizations that work for social, racial, and economic justice through constituency building, leadership development, education, and outreach. The Seed Fund helps groups establish themselves as effective organizers and advocates in their communities. Groups can apply for general support or project-specific funding. Applicants must have proof of their IRS tax status or comply with Liberty Hill's policy on fiscal sponsorship. Visit the Liberty Hill Foundation Web site for complete program information and application procedures. Deadline: August 1, 2006.
Added by Amy Lang on July 02, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Fund for Southern Communities Accepting Grant Applications for Social Change Work
The Fund for Southern Communities (www.fundforsouth.org) is a public foundation that seeks to foster social change initiated by community-based groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The fund provides grants and technical assistance to progressive grassroots social change organizations that work against discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or physical and mental disabilities; stand for workers' rights; promote self-determination in low-income and disenfranchised areas; protect the environment; promote and create non-traditional arts and media; promote peace; are located in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; are working for equitable distribution of economic and/or political power; and are unlikely to be funded by more traditional funding sources, including those whose geographic location limits funding opportunities. Applicants receiving funds from more traditional funding sources may be given a lower priority for funding from FSC. Complete program information and application materials are available at the FSC Web site. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2006.
Added by Amy Lang on July 02, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Philanthrofund Foundation Offers Support for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender-Related Programs
The Philanthrofund Foundation's ( www.pfundonline.org ) grantmaking areas of interest are as follows: preventing discrimination and ending violence and harassment against GLBT persons; celebrating the contributions of the GLBT and allied communities and promoting visibility that will lead to greater understanding; supporting organizations that promote advocacy, education, and work aimed at achieving social and systemic change; reducing the isolation of members of the GLBT and allied communities, particularly in rural areas and small cities; building the capacity of the GLBT community to achieve the goals outlined above, including developing the philanthropy of the community. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $2,500 each. Visit the PFund Web site for complete program information and application procedures. Or click on the link below to read more about who is eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2006.
Added by Amy Lang on June 26, 2006??-??Link to this entry
James Irvine Foundation Seeking Applications for Community Dialogue Grants
The James Irvine Foundation's (www.irvine.org) New Connections Fund provides grants of up to $50,000 over one or two years to eligible organizations with projects that fit within the foundation's core program priorities. One of the core priorities, called "California Perspectives," aims to promote dialogues between under-represented communities and public officials. The program supports projects that foster dialogues between people in underrepresented communities and public officials for the dual purpose of improving public officials' understanding of the interests and concerns of their constituents and facilitating opportunities for people in underrepresented communities to participate in public decision-making. To be considered for a grant from the New Connections Fund, an organization must meet all of the following requirements: have 501(c)(3) status or an established relationship with an approved fiscal sponsor; have a California focus; generate no more than 50 percent of its revenue from government sources; have annual revenue of at least $100,000; request a grant amount totaling no more than $50,000 or 10 percent of its annual organizational budget; and have no active grant or outstanding reports due to the foundation. Visit the Irvine Foundation's Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and an FAQ. The deadline for applications is August 9, 2006.
Added by Amy Lang on June 25, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Soros Justice Fellowships Program Announces Call for Applications
The Soros Justice Fellowship Program seeks applications from outstanding individuals, including lawyers, advocates, grassroots organizers, activist academics, journalists, and filmmakers, to implement innovative projects that address one or more of the criminal justice priorities of the Open Society Institute's U.S. Justice Fund (www.soros.org/initiatives/justice). These fellowships may be of particular interest to NCDD researchers and practitioners involved with restorative justice, victim-offender mediation and alternative dispute resolution. The deadline for applications is September 13, 2006. Visit the OSI's Web site for complete program guidelines and information on the U.S. Justice Fund criminal justice priorities. Click on the link below to read more about this program.
Added by Amy Lang on June 24, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Chinook Fund Available for Community Action in Colorodo
The Chinook Fund (www.chinookfund.org) was established in 1987 to support the efforts of grassroots groups working for peace, human rights, and economic justice through social change in Colorado. The Chinook Fund is committed to the transformation of society into one that promotes social justice and freedom from oppression, including but not limited to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism. All successful applicants must be based in communities of color, low-income communities, or other oppressed communities; have leadership that reflects that constituency; have a decision- making process that incorporates input from all members; and be able to demonstrate that their work will lead to change for their community. Visit the Chinook Fund Web site for complete program information and application procedures. To read more about who is eligible, click on the link below.
Added by Amy Lang on June 24, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Public Conversations Project Has a New Executive Director
The Public Conversations Project (www.publicconversations.org) has hired Cherry Muse as its new executive director. Cherry brings impressive experience in all aspects of non-profit leadership as well as understanding of and commitment to PCP's mission. Laura Chasin, PCP's co-founder and executive director of 17 years, is shifting into the role of chair of PCP¹s board of directors. To read more about this transition, click on the link below.
Added by Amy Lang on June 13, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Nonviolent Communication Workshop Coming Up in New York
Roberta Wall will present Nonviolent Communication 101, a free workshop on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for women this Wednesday, May 17th, 7-9:30 pm at the Red Tent Women?s Project. NVC skills, as formulated by Marshall Rosenberg, help us express feelings and needs without attacking, to make requests without demanding, to receive seemingly critical or negative messages without taking them personally, giving up or giving in. The Red Tent Women?s Project is the only women?s community center in New York City. They welcome all who identify as women to the Red Tent Women?s Project, whatever your walk of life, race, ethnicity, age, spiritual path, sexual orientation, country of origin, citizenship status, size, or socioeconomic level. It is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn at 338 4th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in the ground floor apartment. For more information, call 718-866-5859 or check www.redtentwomensproject.org.
Added by Amy Lang on May 14, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Non Violent Communication Conference Coming Up June 30-July 2
A Non Violent Communication (NVC) "Compassion in Action" conference is being organized for June 30 - July 2nd in Oakland, California. This event is geared towards NVC people in the US coming together to support and network with each-other. The gathering costs $350 - $260 per participant to attend 9that includes room & board costs). More information on this event can be found here:
www.cnvc.org/usa-community-building-gathering.htm and here: www.baynvc.org/calendar/view_entry.php?id=CD1004&date=20060629.
Added by Amy Lang on May 12, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Gleitsman Foundation Announces Guidelines for International Activist Award
The Gleitsman Foundation (www.gleitsman.org) encourages individual commitment and leadership by recognizing the exceptional achievement of those who have initiated positive social change. The foundation seeks to honor "those individuals whose vision and courage inspire others to join with them in confronting and challenging injustice." The foundation's 2007 International Activist Award will honor those who have struggled to correct social injustice worldwide (excluding the United States, which is the focus of the foundation's Citizen Activist Award in alternate years). The award is not presented posthumously, nor is it given to groups or organizations. The honorees will share $100,000 and will receive a specially commissioned sculpture designed by Maya Lin, creator of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C. Visit the Gleitsman Foundation Web site for complete program information and nomination procedures. Deadline: November 3, 2006
Added by Amy Lang on May 07, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Public Conversations Project Announces 2006 Training Lineup
Public Conversations Project (PCP) organizes high quality conversations on publicly divisive issues. They provide some of the highest-quality trainings in the field of dialogue and deliberation, aimed at mediators, HR managers, educators, therapists, parents, social workers, clergy, students, and anyone else who might like to participate in the work of dialogue facilitation. PCP has just announced its 2006 workshop line-up, with meetings taking place throughout the country staring May 5 through November. To register, call Manda at 888-PCP-TEAM x13 or email . To learn more, visit www.publicconversations.org. And to see a list of workshop dates, locations and descriptions, click on the link below.
Added by Amy Lang on April 28, 2006??-??Link to this entry
New Article Argues Diversity Improves Discussion & Decision-Making
Science Daily has an article entitled, "Racial Diversity Improves Group Decision Making In Unexpected Ways." In it they report that Dr Samuel Sommers from Tufts University, who has been researching race and the criminal justice system for many years, published his most recent study. It involved participants on a mock jury to see if juries comprised of all white jurors acted differently than juries comprised of both blacks and whites. To find out the results of this study, read the article here: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/04/060410162259.htm.
Added by Amy Lang on April 12, 2006??-??Link to this entry
New Discussion Guide On Poverty Available Onlinne
The Study Circles Resource Center and the Northwest Area Foundation have produced a new discussion guide called Thriving Communities?Working together to move from poverty to prosperity for all. The guide is designed to help communities involve people in conversations that lead to community change. Field tested in 16 communities by more than 500 participants, the five-session discussion guide helps people look at poverty in their community and discuss what it looks like, why it exists, and what can and should be done about it. Jackson, Minn., a field-test site, already is seeing results. The community has acted on seven of the 15 ideas for change identified by participants in the study circles, including forming a new community foundation that already has contributions, and establishing a resource room where people can drop off items and pick up basic necessities such as dishes, pots, and pans. Thriving Communities is available for purchase from SCRC in English and Spanish. The publications can be downloaded for free at www.studycircles.org. SCRC is offering assistance to communities across the country that are using this guide.
Added by Amy Lang on April 06, 2006??-??Link to this entry
NIF and Kettering Contribute to Debates About Immigration Reform
[From the Kettering Foundation?s latest ?Friday Letter?]
Immigration is THE topic in Washington these days. The good news is that National Issues Forums (NIF) and the Kettering Foundation (KF) are there, too. Forums on an issue titled The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do? were held all across the country in 2003-2005. KF published a report on the forums last November and convened a roundtable in Washington to talk about it. Copies of the KF report will go to the offices of each of the U.S. Senators on the Judiciary Committee next week. What will they learn? Click on the link below to find out!
Added by Amy Lang on April 03, 2006??-??Link to this entry
MultiCultural Institute Conference Coming Up in MD
The National MultiCultural Institute is holding its annual conference, The Illusion of Inclusion: Beyond Rhetoric to a Sustainable Future, May 18-21, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD. The conference website is: www.nmci.org/conferences/current/spring2006/keynote.htm. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Lani Guinier, JD, the first black woman to be a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Her most recent book, The Miner?s Canary, is about the experience of people of color as a warning or ?canary? signaling larger institutional inequities. The conference will be followed by several two- and four-day workshops from May 18-21. For a full list of workshops, visit www.nmci.org/conferences/current/spring2006/topic.htm. For more information and to register, visit the conference website. Special Group Discount of 20% for groups of 3 or more.
Added by Amy Lang on March 29, 2006??-??Link to this entry
National MultiCultural Institute Announces Leading Lights Diversity Awards
Once again the National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) is considering recipients of the 2006 Leading Lights Diversity Awards. The Leading Lights Diversity Awards celebrate exemplary leaders in the nonprofit sector whose demonstrated courage, innovation and commitment to diversity light a path to a more inclusive society. Founded in 1983, the National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) is proud to be one of the first organizations to have recognized the nation's need for new services, knowledge, and skills in the growing field of multiculturalism and diversity. We believe non-profits have often led the way to a more civil society and it is in recognition of their pivotal leadership roles in our communities that NMCI is proud to recognize non-profit organizations for leadership in the area of diversity with the Leading Lights Diversity Awards. Annually, three awards are presented to organizations that serve as role models for enhancing diversity and encouraging respect and inclusion within their organizations and with the diverse communities they serve. Individuals through their work in and on behalf of non-profit organizations are also eligible for recognition. Award recipients are selected from the following non-profit sectors: Education; Human Services; Health Care; Arts & Culture. A fourth award, recognizing an individual or organization that has been at the forefront of addressing an emerging critical issue related to multiculturalism, will be periodically awarded. The deadline for applications is April 14, 2006. Award announcements are made on May 1, 2006 and the Awards Ceremony will be held on May 18, 2006 at NMCI's Annual Conference in Washington, DC.
Added by Amy Lang on March 28, 2006??-??Link to this entry
News from SFU Dialogue on Multiculturalism
The SFU Centre for Dialogue recently sponsored a discussion on The Business Case for Multiculturalism: The Future is Now. The city of Kamloops, BC serves as a pilot site to test whether the dialogue format is effective in increasing local engagement on multiculturalism issues in smaller communities in BC. A Kamloops Daily News, February 17, 2006 article about the dialogue reads: "Developing a work environment inclusive of all cultures is one way Kamloops businesses can weather a shortage of skilled labour," said SFU Chancellor Emeritus and chairman of HSBC Investments Canada. Part of Multiculturalism Week 2006, this dialogue was sponsored by Kamloops Immigrant Services, Simon Fraser University's Dialogue Programs and the BC Ministry of Attorney General, Settlement and Multiculturalism Division. To read more about this dialogue and Multiculturalism Week, please see:
Added by Amy Lang on March 27, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Seeks Statewide Youth Violence Research Partner for Anti-Gang Grant Effort
The Massachusetts legislature recently provided $11 million for anti-gang grants through the Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative. The Executive Office of Public Safety (http://www.mass.gov/eops/) is the lead agency for implementation of this anti-gang effort. To enhance the effectiveness of this initiative, EOPS will make available up to $250,000 in Byrne/Justice Assistance Grant funds to gather and share knowledge on youth violence and to work with Local Action Research Partner grantees and Shannon CSI grantees to improve overall program success and outcomes. A separate solicitation seeks Local Action Research Partners to provide strategic, analytic, and research support to individual Shannon CSI grantees. Information on the intended roles and relationships among EOPS, Shannon CSI grantees, Local Action Research Partner grantees, and the Statewide Youth Violence Research Partner will be available at the EOPS Web site and at an information session for potential research grantees. EOPS recognizes that the Shannon CSI grant program is a significant new investment and represents a unique opportunity to study a variety of interventions applied by a diverse set of grantees in response to the problem of youth violence. The goal of this solicitation is to assure that the state learns as much as possible from this historic investment. The state anticipates working in close partnership with the chosen grantee to further develop and refine project goals. Specific areas of assistance will include the facilitation of collaboration and learning across sites; convening of expert panels; training to Shannon CSI grantees and Local Action Research Partners; and production of interim publications and a final report. Due to the Byrne/JAG funding guidelines, state and local government agencies are automatically eligible. Any other organization wishing to apply should contact the EOPS Deputy General Counsel to receive instructions on how to be certified as eligible to receive federal grant funds. For more information on the Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative and/or to download the complete grant solicitation, visit the EOPS Web site. Deadline: April 14, 2006.
Added by Amy Lang on March 27, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Fullbright Sponsoring Visiting Specialist Program in Islamic Studies
The Fullbright Visiting Specialists Pgrogram: Direct Access to the Muslim World is now offering funding to bring specialists from the Muslim world to US university campuses. The goals of the program are to enrich your campus' and community's understanding of Islamic civilization and the history, politics, and culture of today?s Muslim world; to bring access to the Muslim world to study abroad programs, and to jump-start your campus offering on courses in Islam or Area Studies. Through the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World, U.S. higher educational institutions can host a Specialist from Muslim communities in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa or the Balkans for three to six weeks of intensive lecturing, consultation, and a community outreach program. Deadline to apply for the spring 2007 semester: June 1, 2006. For more information, visit our website at www.cies.org/Visiting_Specialists/ or consult Mamiko Hada at , telephone 202-686-7873.
Added by Amy Lang on March 20, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Food For Dialogue Coming Up on HBO
On March 18, HBO will feature the movie "Walkout". The movie is about the East Los Angeles Chicano student demonstrations in 1968. A young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro, mentored a group of students in East Los Angeles and supported them when the students decided to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system. Tired of being treated unequally, students at five East Los Angeles high schools staged a walkout to protest educational conditions and anti-Mexican educational bias. This video should be great fuel for discussion on intergroup relations.
Added by Amy Lang on March 11, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Offers Funding for Travel Grants to Japan
The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (www.cgp.org) has announced a Request for Proposals for travel to Japan in order to build networks
between the Japanese and U.S. nonprofit sectors. Through site visits and meetings with their counterparts in Japan, U.S. nonprofit practitioners and/or researchers exchange knowledge and expertise with the hope of forming a longer-term partnership. After returning to the United States, the individual(s) share their experiences through a small event for the general public, nonprofit professionals from other organizations, and/or researchers. Examples of eligible issue areas include aging societies, civic participation, disaster management, homelessness, and the environment. Applicants are not limited to these specific issue areas, and CGP encourages innovative exploration of various issues that are of mutual concern to Japan and the United States. Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria: qualifications of the U.S. visitor to Japan (nonprofit practitioners and researchers with extensive
networks in the U.S. nonprofit community and a broad knowledge base in the selected issue area will be given preference); relevance of the selected issue area for U.S.-Japan exchange; and potential for a longer-term partnership or project for which participants could seek funding through CGP's Grassroots Exchange Program. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. Nonprofit organizations in the United States are eligible to apply. Interested individuals must apply through an affiliated U.S. nonprofit 501(c)(3) institution. More information about the Grassroots Exchange Program, including past recipients of travel grants, can be found at the CGP Web site. The deadline for applications is April 21, 2006.
Added by Amy Lang on March 09, 2006??-??Link to this entry
White Privilege Conference Coming Up in Missouri
The Conference on White Privilege serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore issues of white privilege, diversity, multicultural education, multicultural leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, and other systems of privilege/oppression. It provides participants the opportunity to get honest about the type of society in which we live, and the advantages that accrue to some but not others. The conference offers a means to develop and sustain ongoing work to dismantle this system of white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression. The title of this year's conference is Understanding, Respecting and Connecting. The dates are April 26-29, 2006, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO. Check out the conference website (www.whiteprivilegeconference.com) for updated information about the keynote speakers, agenda and events for this conference.
Added by Amy Lang on March 01, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Intercultural Communication Courses Offered in Davis, California
As part of the University of California, Davis Extension, Common Ground: Center for Cooperative Solutions helps government entities, agencies and private- and public-sector organizations come together to find unique solutions to challenging and complex issues. This spring, Common Ground will be offering 2 two-day courses on Intercultural Relations, designed for those who want to better understand the dynamics of intercultural communication and conflict. Intercultural relations specialist Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D., will be conducting both courses. For more information, call 800-752-0881 x4414 go to www.extension.ucdavis.edu/commonground/.
Added by Sandy on February 06, 2006??-??Link to this entry
MetLife Foundation Funding Community Police Partnership Awards Program
Since 2002, the MetLife Foundation (metlife.org) and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (www.lisc.org) have partnered to recognize, sustain and share the work of innovative partnerships between community groups and police to promote neighborhood safety and revitalization. Through the MetLife Foundation Community-Police Partnership Awards, the MetLife Foundation and LISC identify and honor partnerships that exhibit tangible accomplishments in their efforts to advance the process, outcome, and evaluation of potent police-community collaborations. Eligible applicants must be member organizations of partnerships that include, but need not be limited to, community organizations and police. Awardees receive a monetary grant and their work is promoted via case studies to a wide audience of practitioners, policymakers, and academics. Five to eight awards totaling $100,000 will be made, with award amounts ranging from $10,000 to $35,000. Awards are unrestricted funds that may be used by the recipient in any manner that, in the awardee's opinion, promotes, furthers, or strengthens the recognized partnership. Interested applicants must complete and submit a brief preliminary application form, available online at the LISC Web site. The deadline for applications is February 24, 2006.
Added by Amy Lang on February 03, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Global Dialogue Center to Host Online Leadership Training
Debbie Kennedy at the Global Dialogue Center (www.globaldialogue.com) will be hosting an online virtual meeting on Thursday February 23 called "Working Together, Winning Together" that investigates how men and women are putting their differences to work. The workshop is sponsored by Microsoft Office Live Meeting Leadership Forums. The workshop takes place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada); 12:00 Noon p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time Global Time, and there is no charge. The workshop will be a candid conversation, exploring the realities of building collaborations that put differences to work to innovate, influence and win. We will be focusing in on four critical skills that will give you the ability to be ready, willing and valuable when opportunity comes your way. For more information or to register, visit placeware.viewcentral.com/events/cust/single_event.aspx?cid=placeware&pid=2&cbClass=7848&signupkey=2659
Added by Amy Lang on February 01, 2006??-??Link to this entry
New Resource on White Privilege and Community Building Available Online
Flipping the Script is a monograph designed for people who work in communities to identify and address issues of white privilege, oppression, racism and power as they play out in this work. It is for community builders, grant makers, technical assistance providers and others who are trying to develop more equitable and thoughtful partnerships with community residents and organizations. The monograph is in four major sections. The first section defines key terms, reviews the monograph?s premises, and analyzes early responses to Hurricane Katrina to illustrate white privilege and racism in action at multiple levels. The second section goes into depth about four key concepts: community building, racism, internalized racism, and white privilege. The third section applies these concepts to community/foundations partnerships specifically. It addresses interventions, evaluation, and multiracial coalitions and partnerships. The fourth section includes a chapter about doing one?s own work on white privilege, written primarily for white people, and a summary chapter with recommendations for the field.
Flipping the Script is written by Maggie Potapchuk - MP Associates, Sally Leiderman- Center for Assessment and Policy Development and with Donna Bivens - Women?s Theological Center and Barbara Major - St. Thomas Health Clinic. An analysis of community building through the lens of white privilege suggests many places in which we might do our work differently. It also questions the most basic premises of this work. This monograph is available at www.capd.org. Please feel free to contact the authors to discuss the ideas in their monograph!
Added by Amy Lang on January 19, 2006??-??Link to this entry
Public Conversations Project Profiled in O, the Oprah Magazine
Public Conversations Project (www.publicconversations.org) was recently featured in the November 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine in the article Us & Them (p.264). PCP Executive Director Laura Chasin speaks candidly with writer Aimee Lee Ball about the fiery national abortion debate which gave birth to new dialogue. "What PCP has developed, Chasin says, is most useful in bridging deeply polarized issues." Read on at: www.oprah.com/omagazine/200511/omag_200511_understanding.jhtml
Added by Amy Lang on January 02, 2006??-??Link to this entry
News from Search for Common Ground
Search for Common Ground has just sent out its Winter newsletter. This season, the news focuses on SFCG's successes in Burundi. SFCG began work there in 1995 after genocide swept through neighboring Rwanda. Lionel Rosenblatt, then head of Refugees International, challenged them, saying if they could not take action to help stop Burundi from becoming a mass killing field, how could they, in good conscience, call themselves a conflict prevention organization. SFCG launched a multi-pronged effort to help defuse violence, and Burundi soon became their biggest project. To learn about SFCG's projects, visit www.sfcg.org/programmes/programmes_home.html To read about SFCG programs started in Burundi, click on the link below.
Added by Amy Lang on December 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership Announces Additional Program for Summer 2006
The Shambhala Institute for Authentic Leadership has just announced an additional module for its Summer 2006 program. The latest addition is "Solving Tough Problems," led by Adam Kahane and Grady McGonagill. This module is an experiential introduction to the Change Lab developed by Generon Consulting and based on the U-process. The Change Lab is currently being applied to complex global issues, as an experiment in applying cutting-edge methodology to seemingly intractable challenges involving diverse stakeholders. This module was also offered last year, and the case study (creating welcoming communities for immigrants) provided an immersion in the Change Lab process for participants while having ongoing impact on how local stakeholders understand the issue. This module is not yet listed on the website. If you wish to register for it email or call 902-425-0492. To see other modules for summer 2006, visit www.shambhalainstitute.org/modules.html
Added by Amy Lang on December 12, 2005??-??Link to this entry
New Research on Deliberation about US-Russia Relationship Available Online
Philip Stewart (United States) and Denis Makarov (Russia) are currently in the process of editing a book about public deliberation in Russia and America on the topic of the U.S.-Russia relationship. The book includes content based on many deliberative forums held in the United States in the National Issues Forums (NIF) network, and on forums held in Russia. The book will be published in both Russian and English for distribution in each country. Publication is tentatively scheduled for the spring of 2006. You can read three of the chapters of this upcoming book by visiting www.nifi.org/news/news_detail.aspx?progID=&workID=24&catID=24&itemID=4958 For more information about this book project contact: Philip Stewart at
Added by Amy Lang on December 01, 2005??-??Link to this entry
AAC&U Invites Proposals for Academic Renewal Conference
The Association of American Colleges and Universities is now accepting proposals for its upcoming conference Diversity and Learning: A Defining Moment, which will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19-21, 2006. The conference seeks to take stock of how effective current structures, programs, and framings are and to chart emerging new directions for the next generation of work. AAC&U invites scholars, educators, practitioners, students, administrators, and community partners to submit proposals to Diversity and Learning that address issues raised in any of the five pathways:
* consensus, contested, and evolving definitions of diversity
* institutional change models that promote inclusive learning
* new frontiers in diversity scholarship, programs, and curricular designs
* points of tension that propel or hamper progress
* research and assessment findings that can inform new models and approaches to diversity learning.
Proposals may be submitted online through January 13, 2006. For Additional Information e-mail , visit www.aacu.org, or call 202-387-3760.
Added by Amy Lang on November 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Compassionate Listening Project Organizing Delegation to Berlin
From May 2-9, 2006 the Compassionate Listening Project (CLP) will host ?Days of Remembrance? with Brian and Lisa Berman in Berlin, Germany. CLP invites you to participate in this groundbreaking and heart-opening Compassionate Listening delegation to hear each other?s stories and experience our shared humanity. Many people avoid going to Germany as they carry the generational and collective wounds of WWII and the Holocaust. It offers a way for healing and for building peace and reconciliation. Participants from all nations and backgrounds who have a genuine interest in reconciliation and personal healing are welcome to join the Delegation. The Compassionate Journey will be an intensive training in Compassionate Listening. The Delegation will listen to our stories as well as to Jewish and German survivors. It will tour memorial sites, including the new Holocaust memorial and we will meet and listen to Jewish community members. The Delegation Leaders are Brian Berman - an American Jew, and Lisa Berman ? formerly of Berlin, a married couple, both certified Compassionate Listening facilitators. Since 2002, they have been leading Compassionate Listening workshops and Jewish-German Reconciliation work in Germany and the USA. Cost of te May 2-9, 2006 delegation to Berlin, Germany is approximately*$1,525, or $1,445 if registered by January 15, 2006. The price includes unique rooms in an Art Hotel based on double occupancy, with private bath and most meals; trip leaders; guides; honoraria for speakers and hosts; and Compassionate Listening training. Early registration is recommended, as space is limited to 20. Airfare is additional and purchased individually. *(Based on an exchange rate 1 Euro = $1.20 U.S.; The final trip price will be based on the exchange rate as of April 1, 2006). To register visit clgermany06.mollyguard.com
Added by Amy Lang on November 08, 2005??-??Link to this entry
National MultiCultural Institute Conference Coming Up November 10-13 in Arlington, VA
The National MultiCultural Institute is convening the conference Evolving Personal and Professional Identity in Times of Change this November 10-13, 2005 at the Marriott Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. NMCI's conferences bring together practitioners from across the country and around the world to explore diversity and multiculturalism in both personal and professional contexts. Leaders from academia, business, and government present the latest thinking and action on diversity issues to conference participants. NMCI conferences offer a large variety of workshops on issues that define and redefine the diversity field. For more information on this conference, or to register visit www.nmci.org/conferences/NMCI_Fall_2005.pdf
Added by Amy Lang on October 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Professors' History Project Helps Israeli & Palestinian Students Learn About Each Other
Len & Libby Traubman told us about a wonderful initiative in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace process. Two university professors, one Israeli and one Palestinian, want to change the way Israeli and Palestinian students are taught history by bringing together both groups' historical narratives of the conflict. Aimed at 15- and 16-year-olds, the five-year project produced three booklets, distributed in seven Israeli schools and seven schools attended by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs. This new generation of balanced history textbooks is described at traubman.igc.org/textbook.htm. The project co-directors are: Palestinian Professor Sami Adwan (email OR ) and Israeli Professor Dan Bar-on (email ). To read the USA Today story that broke the news, visit www.usatoday.com/news/world/2005-10-11-israel-palestinian-students_x.htm
Added by Amy Lang on October 19, 2005??-??Link to this entry
News From the Second Midwest Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue Weekend
Len & Libby Traubman just sent us an update on the Second Midwest Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue Weekend, held Oct. 1-2 in Louisville, KY. One of the highlights of the weekend was that the gathering inspired a local Temple to plan a stunning Shabbat "Service for Peace" with standing-room-only attendance by Muslims, Christians and Jews whose youth and adults spoke from the pulpit in Arabic, English and Hebrew prayers and blessings for one another. Following the event, the local Temple now hopes to make the Sabbath "Service for Peace" an annual tradition each Friday before the High Holidays. To see pictures of the weekend, visit share.shutterfly.com/action/welcome?sid=8AbtmbJq0aMmmb . To read more about the weekend visit traubman.igc.org .
Added by Amy Lang on October 18, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Tenement Museum Seeks Full-time Education Associate
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum (located in New York, NY) is seeking a full-time Education Associate for Contemporary Immigrant Perspectives, who will report to the Education Director. S/he will be responsible for helping to promote dialogue on contemporary immigration-related issues; incorporating the diverse perspectives of contemporary immigrants into the Museum's programming; and constantly striving to make the Museum more accessible to and relevant for new immigrants. S/he also assists the Education Director in raising awareness among Museum staff about various viewpoints on issues related to contemporary immigration. Salary in low 30s with good benefits. Please email resume, cover letter, 2-3 page writing sample, and three references no later than October 14 to Maggie Russell-Ciardi at . Please put "Education Associate Position" in the subject line. No phone calls please. Candidates are strongly encouraged to visit www.tenement.org for additional information about the Tenement Museum prior to submitting their application. For more information on the job's responsibilities, and a list of expected candidate qualifications, click on the link below.
Added by Amy Lang on October 06, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Fetzer Institute Sponsoring Conference on Democracy
The Fetzer Institute (www.fetzer.org) will be sponsoring the Second Conference on Democracy in America, this December 1-4, 2005 in Colorado. The conference is co-sponsored by the Christian Coalition of America, Moveon.org and the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Facilitators include Mark Gerzon, President, Mediators Foundation (Chief Facilitator, Bi-Partisan Congressional Retreats) and William Ury, Director, Global Negotiation Project, Harvard Law School (co-author, "Getting to Yes"). Three day facilitated dialogue among 20-24 leaders of national political/civil associations, 1/3 generally perceived left, 1/3 generally perceived right, 1/3 generally perceived unaligned. The purpose is to build bridges of trust, respect and communication among leaders of national political and civil associations from across the political spectrum by engaging in a facilitated dialogue about a) the values that unite us as Americans, b) how to expand upon the recent successful left-right-center cooperation in the area of civil liberties, privacy, and constitutional protections, and c) other areas of potential left-right-center cooperation. For more information on this initiative, visit www.democracycampaign.org
Added by Amy Lang on September 28, 2005??-??Link to this entry
C2D2 Invites Participants for Online Forum About the United Nations
The First Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) invites you to participate as an Observer or a Participant in a large-scale, international e-forum regarding the United Nations. This event will involve between 300 - 500 participants from around the world and will be hosted by Politalk in partnership with C2D2, the Canadian Commision for UNESCO, and the US Atlantic Council. There is no charge. C2D2 registrants can participate or observe the online e-forum "Building a Safer World: the UN in the 21st Century" will take place (in English) between October 12 and 25. C2D2 will hold a follow-up session during C2D2. For more information on this event, contact . And for more information on C2D2 or to register, visit www.c2d2.ca.
Added by Amy Lang on September 26, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Kettering Foundation to Lead US Delegation to US-China Sustained Dialogue Event
David Mathews, President of the Kettering Foundation, will lead the U.S. Delegation to another session in the U.S.-China Sustained Dialogue next week in Beijing, People's Republic of China. The Dialogue begins with opening remarks Tuesday morning, followed by panel sessions on Sino-American views of each other, discussions on economic relations between the two countries, and closes with a Task Force meeting Thursday. In addition to David, the U.S. Delegation includes Mary Mathews, the Foundation's First Lady; Robert McNamara, former President of the World Bank who was Secretary of Defense in the administrations of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and his wife, Dianna; Hal Saunders, KF's Director of International Affairs; David M. Lampton, of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; Maxine Thomas, KF's General Counsel; Kim Downing, Associate Director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati; Anna Faith Jones, President Emeritus of the Boston Foundation; Elizabeth Hensley, KF Travel Coordinator; Hank Meijer, Co-Chairman and CEO of Meijer, Inc. and his son, Peter Meijer. For more information and updates on this exciting initiative, visit the Kettering Foundation's website at www.kettering.org.
Added by Amy Lang on September 26, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Public Conversations Project Seeks Executive Director
The Public Conversations Project (PCP), a well-respected and highly effective national nonprofit, is seeking an energetic, collaborative Executive Director to succeed the organization's founder. Specializing in highly polarizing conflicts about deeply held beliefs, PCP helps people who are fundamentally divided over contentious issues develop the mutual understanding and trust essential for strong communities and positive action. The Executive Director serves as PCP's chief executive officer, and is responsible to a small Board of Directors. S/he has overall responsibility for the organization's strategic, programmatic, financial, and management operations. Working within the framework of a soon to be completed business plan, the Executive Director will build upon PCP's successes by both visualizing and capitalizing on opportunities that lie ahead. The core challenges facing the next Executive Director include 1) increasing PCP's programmatic impact without sacrificing quality, 2) expanding and diversifying the funding base, and 3) collaboratively leading a talented team through a period of significant change. For a more detailed position description visit www.NonprofitProfessionals.com/searches/pcp-ed.htm . To learn more about the Public Conversations Project, visit www.PublicConversations.org.
Applications are due by November 11, 2005, and will be reviewed as received. Please send a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, yourresume (in Word format), and salary history. Applications should be sent to: ; to assist in their internal sorting and reviewing process, please write your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. PCP is an equal opportunity employer that seeks staff diversity that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.
Added by Amy Lang on September 25, 2005??-??Link to this entry
News on Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Projects
We just heard from Len and Libby Traubman about their recent involvement in two exciting dialogue initiatives. In Summer, 2005, at the most northern tip of South Korea -- near the inter-Korean border -- ten Israeli students from Hebrew and Tel Aviv Universities and ten Palestinian students from Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities met. They were joined by ten Korean university students. Read about this meeting in the Korea Times Correspondent (in English): times.hankooki.com/lpage/culture/200509/kt2005090420155811690. And in California 140 Arabs and Jews met to discover their commonalities at the very successful Camp Tawonga. Read all about it at traubman.igc.org/camp2005 (click on the links at the top of the page to see media coverage).
Added by Amy Lang on September 24, 2005??-??Link to this entry
News From Search For Common Ground
Search for Common Ground (www.sfcg.org) has just sent out its latest news bulletin and has some updates on several important projects. They report first on successfully broadcasting a documentary series about Palestinian and Israeli aspirations for conflict resolution on both Arab and Israeli TV networks. Check out the series and other media productions at their tri-lingual website: www.theshapeofthefuture.tv . Meanwhile, in Nigeria, SFCG is involved in producing a "reality" TV show about conflict resolution that will star ordinary Nigerians. In West Africa, Burundi and Angola, SFCG has organized ex-combatants to write comic books about their experiences and met with other humanitarian agencies to push for policy to prevent the use of child soldiers. This summer, SFCG also held film festivals in Washington, DC, airing documentaries like Kontum Diary about a Vietnam War Veteran from the US who travels to Vietnam to reconcile with his former enemy. To read more about any of these stories, visit SFCG's online newsletter archive: www.sfcg.org/resources/publications_newsletter.
Added by Amy Lang on September 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Workshop on Latino Identity Coming Up in Oakland, CA
On Saturday, October 8, 2005 from 9:00-4:30 multicultural consultant Roberto Almanzan will host the all-day workshop "A Reflective Journey into Latino Identity." This is a workshop for Latinos/as to explore their multiple identities and engage in healing work across differences. The goal is to cement a united Latino/a community that deeply values and integrates cultural diversity and authentic collaboration by engaging in personal and community healing for this and future generations. The workshop can accommodate up to 20 people with a view of balancing gender, class, race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and immigrant/US born status. Please confirm your attendance by September 30th. The donation is sliding scale $75-100. It includes a delicious lunch, snacks, the services of three skilled facilitators and workshop materials. A payment plan is negotiable. Contact Roberto Almanzan for registration information at 510.531.6462 or .
Added by Amy Lang on September 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Online Deliberative Forum on Afro Descendent Participation Starting This Week!
Members of civil society throughout the Western Hemisphere who are interested in Afro Descendant issues are invited to participate in discussions that support the participation of Afro Descendants in the Inter-American system. Through an online deliberative forum, civil society will work together to establish shared strategies for raising the profile of Afro Descendant concerns in the Americas and for influencing hemispheric policy. Results of the deliberation will be shared with decision makers at the hemispheric level. Civil society members interested in Afro Descendant issues are encouraged to register and participate in the forum by visiting www.partners.net/hemisphericforum. The deliberation is being held September 19 to October 21, 2005. It will be conducted in English and Spanish with written submissions in Portuguese and French also accepted. Weekly and midweekly summaries will be provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. This online forum is an initiative of Partners of Americas? Center for Civil Society in collaboration with the Centro de Mujeres Afrocostarricenses, Global Rights, the Inter-American Foundation, the Inter-Agency Consultation on Race in Latin America, and the Inter-American Democracy Network. For more information, please visit the Partners of Americas' website listed above or contact Partners of the Americas at
Added by Amy Lang on September 18, 2005??-??Link to this entry
"Color of Fear" Workshop Coming Up in Oakland, CA
It is the 10th anniversary of the debut of "The Color of Fear," a groundbreaking documentary film about race, ethnicity and color in the United States. To commemorate this anniversary, Cervantes Diversity Associates is presenting an experiential and interactive workshop that will provide an opportunity to re-examine the film from our present perspective and to deepen our understanding of what it means to be a White person. By recognizing how (for White/European Americans) "whiteness" colors everything we see, hear, and do, we can begin to interrupt the patterns and overcome the habits that keep us from becoming a truly multicultural, democratic and inclusive community. The workshop takes place Oct. 1-2 from 9 am to 5 pm in Oakland, CA. For more information, please contact Rhonda Cervantes at 510.908.1684 or email
Added by Amy Lang on September 17, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Excellent Resource For Peace Building and Conflict Resolution
We recently heard about Accord: an international review of peace initiatives -- an internationally acclaimed publication series produced by Conciliation Resources? Accord programme that provides measured and detailed documentation of peace processes around the world. The series aims to increase understanding of peace processes and promote learning from peacemaking experiences. ?Choosing to engage: armed groups and peace processes? and ?Public participation in peacemaking? are two best-selling editions in a publication series that has documented peace initiatives in Liberia, Guatemala, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, the Philippines ? Mindanao, Georgia ? Abkhazia, Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Northern Uganda, Papua New Guinea ? Bougainville, Colombia, and Angola. To learn about the full range of issues, visit www.c-r.org/accord.
Added by Amy Lang on September 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Midwest Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue Weekend Coming Up Oct. 1-2
The Second Annual Midwest Palestinian-Jewish Dialogue Weekend is coming up soon in Louisville, KY, from October 1-2. Hosted by Elias Botto and Libby & Len Traubman, the weekend will be an opportunity for those who are deeply interested in Jewish-Palestinian Sustained Dialogue to finally meet face-to-face, review principles of Dialogue and outreach, consider shared challenges to Sustained Dialogue, and think together about deepening and widening the Dialogue circle, here and overseas. Cost is $75, $50 for students, and some scholarships are available. For the weekend's schedule, visit traubman.igc.org/louisville.htm.
Added by Amy Lang on September 11, 2005??-??Link to this entry
News From the Compassionate Listening Project
Leah Green sent us an email update about what's been happening at the Compassionate Listening Project this summer. They have found a new home with the Suquamish UCC Church and they've participated in several significant national and international conferences this summer, including the 11th International Noetic Sciences Conference. Leah also writes "One of my most memorable events this summer occurred at our Annual Gathering when I had the honor of introducing and listening to Fred Whitaker and Beth Angeline, co-founders of The Compassion Project at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in Louisville, Kentucky. This program - the first middle school curriculum modeled on Compassionate Listening - has inspired us to find ways to bring this program to other teachers and schools." If you are interested in participating in a Compassion Project weekend workshop for teachers and schools in Seattle this fall, contact Leah at . Looking towards the fall, the CLP Advanced Training Series from November ?05 through May ?06 has only two spaces left - if you are interested in joining this series, visit their website at www.compassionatelistening.org for details. And CLP is planning a Compassionate Listening trip to Israel and Palestine from Nov. 6-20 - email Leah, or check out the CLP website for more details on this trip. Both newcomers and the experienced are welcome to participate.
Added by Amy Lang on September 07, 2005??-??Link to this entry
New Article on Mediating Political Conflicts
The most recent issue of Mediate.com's conflict resolution newsletter has just arrived and has several interesting stories and resources for the D&D community. In this issue, Ken Cloke writes about strategies for mediating political disputes (www.mediate.com/articles/cloke5.cfm?nl=85), The Association for Conflict Resolution writes about the new standards of practice they have adopted (www.mediate.com/articles/acrpress1.cfm), and Jon Linden reviews the book The Conflict Resolution Toolbox by Gary Furlong (www.mediate.com/articles/linden27.cfm?nl=85). Mediate.com has thousands of other relevant articles archived - simply go to the main website to browse through, or to subscribe to their newsletter.
Added by Amy Lang on September 07, 2005??-??Link to this entry
"How To Talk About Race" Article Available at Tolerance.Org
Sandy H. recently found a great article on dialogue about race that?s featured at Tolerance.org. Its home is tolerance.org/news/article_tol.jsp?id=1295. The article includes some quotes from NCDD Board member Martha McCoy (E.D. of the Study Circles Resource Center) as well as links to SCRC?s race and racism dialogue guide and a new Call to Action written by Martha. The article has already stirred up quite a lot of debate on the NCDD Discussion list - to see the discussion so far, visit www.edgateway.net/cs/ncdd/forum/cs_disc/915. The article has also been added to NCDD's D&D and Katrina clearinghouse on the Thataway Forum at www.thataway.org/discussions/forum/.
Added by Amy Lang on September 02, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Lower East Side Tenement Museum Seeks Dialogue Facilitators
The Lower East Side Tenement Museum was founded in 1988 to "promote tolerance and historical perspective through the presentation and interpretation of the variety of immigrant and migrant experiences on Manhattan's Lower East Side." The Museum is seeking part-time facilitators for the "Kitchen Conversations" public dialogue program, a one-hour, facilitated discussion available to visitors after select tours. "Kitchen Conversations" are rare and exciting opportunities for Museum visitors to engage in a dialogue and with visitors from around the world on press immigration-related topics raised by the tours of the museum. Facilitators will use discussion guidelines developed by the Museum to conduct focused discussions with groups of 10-15 visitors at the Museum about their personal experiences, responses to the tour, and perspectives on larger immigration-related issues. Pay is $15 per hour. To apply, please send fax or e-mail cover letter and resumé to Lena Sze, Education Associate for Contemporary Immigrant Perspectives at 212/431-0233 x223 or . Application Deadline is August 26, 2005. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Only selected applicants will be contacted.
For a list of duties and qualifications, click on the link below.
Added by Amy Lang on August 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry
News From the Community Building Institute
The Community Building Institute (www.cbuilding.org) has just inaugurated a monthly e-newsletter. This month's edition contains stories about land use disputes, management change within the organization, and globalization. To check out these stories in full, click on the link below.
Added by Amy Lang on August 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry
News From Israel-Palestine Peace Camps
Len and Libby Traubman just sent us an update about the many summer peace dialogue camps on the Israel-Palestine conflict taking place across North America this summer. These youth camps are designed to create engaged citizens on both sides of the conflict, who refuse to see each other as "enemies." The final camp of the year, from Sept. 16-18 in California will bring together families from the Middle East and North America to dialogue and deepen their connections. For more information on these peace camps, visit traubman.igc.org/camps. And check out this article on the Building Bridges for Peace camp that recently appeared in the Denver Post: www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_2944412.
Added by Amy Lang on August 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Peace Camp for Youth Coming Up in Vancouver, BC
Peace it Together is a five-day summer camp that will empower young leaders to use arts, outdoor adventure and deep dialogue as tools for education, self-expression, and social change. It runs August 24-28, 2005. The camp is organized primarily, but not exclusively, for Muslim, Arab and Jewish youth. The camp invites applications from mature and creative youth, 14-17 years old, who are interested in learning about people whose backgrounds differ from theirs and are committed exploring ways to end racism in their communities. The cost of the camp is $150 and fundraising assistance is available. For more information or to apply online visit www.creativepeacenetwork.ca, email or call Ranza at 604.732.1612. The due date for applications is July 15.
Added by Amy Lang on July 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry
New Resource for Encouraging ESL Students to Participate in Study Circles
We just heard from the Study Circle Resources Center about a new resource for recruiting ESL students into Study Circle programs. To prepare adult students in the English as a Second Language program for a study circle summit on education, the communications department of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board in Hamilton, Ontario, developed a curriculum titled ?Prepare to Participate.? The curriculum package includes a series of classroom activities to help students increase their self-confidence, group discussion experience, and decision-making skills. With minimal adaptation, this curriculum can be used in any community. Download it from SCRC?s web site: www.studycircles.org/pages/hap.html#esl
Added by Amy Lang on June 28, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Workshop on 'The Color of Fear' Coming Up in Oakland, CA
Cervantes Diversity Associates has just announced that it will be holding a special workshop to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the debut of "The Color of Fear," a groundbreaking documentary film about race, ethnicity and color in the United States. The interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to re-examine the film from a present-day perspective and to deepen understanding of what it means to be White. The workshop will be facilitated by Roberto Almanzan, a key participant in the documentary and multicultural consultant. The workshop takes place in Oakland, CA from July 30-31, 2005. Costs range on a sliding scale from $150-300. For more information, contact Rhonda Cervantes at 510.908.1684 or .
Added by Amy Lang on June 25, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Community Deliberation Meeting Coming Up Soon in New York, NY
NCDD member Steve Mantz is organizing an open community deliberation meeting for Monday, June 27th at 7:00 pm in New York City. The meeting will focus on how to remedy the divisions and cultural conflicts that run through the national political system. The goals of this group are to critically listen and discuss each others' perspectives, and to look at political events more objectively and with a greater understanding of diverse points of view, as a first step towards empowerment and political change. All are welcome to join the group, which will meet at Deli Marche at 182 Fifth Avenue, at 23rd Street in New York, NY. For more information, contact Steve at .
Added by Amy Lang on June 22, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Second Midwest Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Coming Up in October
The second annual Midwest Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Weekend has just been announced for October 1-2, 2005. This is an opportunity for those who are interested in Jewish-Palestinian Sustained Dialogue to finally meet face-to-face, review principles of Dialogue and outreach, consider shared challenges to Sustained Dialogue, and think together about deepening and widening the Dialogue circle, in the US and overseas. The meeting will be held in Jefferson, IN and registration is $75. Visit the Dialogue Weekend website for more details about the meeting (http://traubman.igc.org/louisville.htm)
Added by Amy Lang on June 18, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Facilitators Needed for Community Dialogue in Pasadena, CA
The Western Justice Center Foundation (www.westernjustice.org) is seeking facilitators for a unique series of community meetings starting on June 25, 2005. Pasadena based community organizations and the Police Department are planning for the first of a series of discussions titled "A Community in Dialogue & Reconciliation." The WJCF are seeking facilitators for this event who are trained in dialogue facilitation, are experienced in this particular area and are able to work well in the moment to find common ground. The event will be held between 8am-2pm on Saturday, June 25, 2005. For more details or for an application form, email Najeeba Syeed-Miller
Added by Amy Lang on June 17, 2005??-??Link to this entry
New Interactive Feature on the Harwood Institute Website
We just heard about an interesting experiment being run by the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation (www.theharwoodinstitute.org). Richard C. Harwood, President and Founder of The Harwood Institute has often claimed, "When I'm talking with a group of citizens, and I close my eyes and listen, I find it impossible to tell whether the person speaking is a Republican or a Democrat, where they live, or what socioeconomic class they belong to." A new interactive feature on The Harwood Institute's website puts this claim to the test. Take a look at quotes from recently conducted focus groups, one in a heavily Republican suburban district, and one in an urban Democratic stronghold, and see if you can tell Red from Blue. Click here to try it out!
Added by Amy Lang on June 16, 2005??-??Link to this entry
New PBS Documentary Spotlights Democracy and Polarization
We just heard about a fascinating new documentary airing on PBS on July 12 from Pamela Calvert at The Working Group (www.theworkinggroup.org). THE FIRE NEXT TIME follows a deeply divided group of Montana citizens caught in intractableconflicts intensified by rapid growth, scapegoating, and the power of talk radio. The hour-long documentary reflects on critical issues in the United States today: the high stakes in the battle over development and the environment, the breakdown of civil discourse and the growth of "red-blue" polarization, and the role of extremist media in spreading intolerance. It premieres nationally on the PBS series P.O.V on July 12 at 10 pm. If you're interested in using THE FIRE NEXT TIME to initiate dialogue in your community, contact Pamela at (510) 268-9675 x310 or
Added by Amy Lang on June 16, 2005??-??Link to this entry
New Tools for Evaluating Racial Equity Programs Now Available On the Web
The Center for Assessment and Policy Development and MP Associates, Inc., has just launched ?Evaluation Tools for Racial Equity? (www.evaluationtoolsforracialequity.org), a new web site that offers resources and advice on evaluating a program?s effectiveness in bridging racial divides. The site includes all kinds of tools and resources on how to organize and carry out an evaluation, what kinds of questions to ask and outcomes to measure, and also some guidelines for thinking about and using results.
Added by Amy Lang on June 13, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Compassionate Listening Training Series Announced for 2005-2006
The Compassionate Listening Project (www.compassionatelistening.org) has just announced its Advanced Training Series for 2005-2006. The Advanced Training Series consists of three 3-day weekends over a 7-month period, beginning in November 2005 and ending in May 2006. Compassionate Listening focuses not just on communication skills, but on strengthening the influence of the heart through cultivating compassion, and learning to listen and speak from the heart, even in the heat of conflict. The CLP welcomes the participation of all who have taken their introductory intensive or participated in a delegation by November 2005. Registration is due by October 10, 2005. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hwoschinsky, Training Director (). Click below for details on the dates and cost of the Training Series.
Added by Amy Lang on June 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Fourth "Open Homes, Listening Hearts" to take place this June
Do you talk to strangers? During the month of June, Initiatives of Change, a Washington, DC based organization, is encouraging individuals and groups to invite people of other religions and ethnicities to share a meal and conversation. Open Homes, Listening Hearts is a four-year-old event that has demonstrated the power of sharing personal stories with people with whom we don?t normally interact. Breaking down walls of misunderstanding and building new relationships based on changing our perceptions is one way to increase tolerance and peace worldwide. Visit www.ohlh.org or email for additional information on how to participate in this life transforming experience.
Added by Sandy on May 26, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Ford Foundation Announces Difficult Dialogues Initiative
Great news from the Ford Foundation! They will be funding approximately 25 projects at colleges and universities for up to $100,000 each - projects that promote greater dialogue around the sensitive and sometimes controversial questions that arise due to increasing religious and cultural diversity on campus. Click below for more details about this important opportunity.
Added by Sandy on April 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Call for Applications for NMCI's Nonprofit Diversity Leader Awards
The National MultiCultural Institute wishes to recognize the achievements of four distinguished nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC Metro area for their role as leaders in community diversity and multicultural inclusion. NMCI will honor those organizations that have implemented innovative outreach initiatives that serve as models for enhancing diversity and encouraging respect and inclusion in the communities they serve. NMCI will present four awards, each focusing on a specific area of the nonprofit sector (education, health care, social services, and the arts).
NMCI will be presenting the awards at its Spring Conference on May 19th, 2005. The deadline for applications has been extended to April 29, 2005. For application info, go to www.nmci.org or contact Maria Morukian at [email protected] or (202) 483-0700 x228.
Added by Sandy on April 13, 2005??-??Link to this entry
NMCI's 20th Annual Conference Coming Up in May
National MultiCultural Institute's 20th Annual Conference will be held May 19-22, 2005 in Bethesda, Maryland. This year's theme is "Cultural Liberty: Championing Diversity, Equity & Human Rights." NMCI?s conferences bring together practitioners from across the country and around the world to explore diversity and multiculturalism in both personal and professional contexts. Leaders from academia, business, and government present the latest thinking and action on diversity issues to conference participants. NMCI conferences offer a large variety of workshops on issues that define and redefine the diversity field. Click below for the rest of the announcement.
Added by Sandy on April 12, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Joint Center Releases New Guide for Race Relations
The Joint Center for Political & Economic Studies recently published "Cultivating Interdependence: A Guide for Race Relations and Racial Justice Organizations." Maggie Potapchuk authored the guide, which is based on work in four communities and shares insights on ways race relations and racial justice organizations from across the spectrum of approaches can collaborate to address community issues of common concern. The publication includes workshop design and handouts, replication tips and lessons learned, and identifies stages of readiness for organizations to work together interdependently. Click here to purchase the book for $15 (or download it for free). You can also email Maggie Potapchuk at for more info.
Added by Sandy on March 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry
National Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Conference Coming Up in April
The 2005 National Sustained Dialogue Campus Network Conference will take place at the University of Virginia (in Charlottesville) April 9 and 10. Hundreds of motivated students, administrators and faculty members have been invited from dozens of schools across the U.S. because of their eagerness to learn more about initiating and improving Sustained Dialogue on their campuses.
Sustained Dialogue is a 5-stage model developed by Dr. Harold Saunders, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State. It improves and transforms relationships strained by
racial, ethnic, religious, cultural and other differences. Come study with the creator of Sustained Dialogue, Dr. Hal Saunders, and Campus Coordinator, Priya Parker, along with hundreds of students and administrators coast to coast who implement SD on diverse university and high school campuses. Conference details are posted at www.sustaineddialogue.org/sdcn/SD%20News/sdnews.htm, but you can click below for some more details as well.
Added by Sandy on February 27, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Georgetown University?s Second Symposium on Peace Coming up in April
On April 2 and 3, Georgetown University?s Middle East Dialogue and Listening Initiative (MEDLI) invites college students to the Second Symposium on Peace, Action, Reconciliation and Cooperation (SPARC) at their Washington, DC campus. In addition to being a great opportunity for networking, experiencing dialogue, and participating in conflict resolution workshops, the conference will be a jumping board for a nation-wide network for peace-oriented students and others and to serve as an example for other communities.
For more info, email or call Katie at 267-847-8532. Read about the first, 1993 conference at www.thehoya.com/news/030403/news3.cfm. More about the origins of MEDLI (formerly Students for Middle East Peace) can be found at www.thehoya.com/viewpoint/012902/view1.cfm.
Added by Sandy on February 27, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Applications Due April 15 for CONTACT Graduate Training Program in Conflict Transformation
Eline Potoski of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont wanted me to share an announcement with you about the acclaimed CONTACT Summer Institute. CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) is a three-week 3-credit graduate training program in conflict transformation that provides skills and practical tools for reconciling intercommunal and intergroup conflict. The program?s mix of participants includes diverse individuals from a broad range of countries and regions around the world (six continents in 2004) and often includes individuals from opposing sides of a particular conflict. Applications this summer's program, which will take place May 30 through June 17, are due by April 15. Click below for the full announcement.
Added by Sandy on February 22, 2005??-??Link to this entry
Cool Facilitation Opportunity for New Yorkers
I received an email yesterday from Karly Li at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City. The museum recently created a dialogue program called "Kitchen Conversations" for their public tour visitors. They are very excited about this program as it is the first ongoing public dialogue program ever conducted at the museum, and one of only two such programs in the country. They are currently looking to hire facilitators for the program, and wanted to reach out to the NCDD community. Click below for the full announcement.
Added by Sandy on December 18, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Call for Papers on Psychological Effects of Xenophobia, Prejudice, etc. on Youth
I received this announcement last week from Ann Yellot, the Director of PeaceWeb. The peer-reviewed publication "Interspectives" is calling for papers on the Psychological Effects of Xenophobia, Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Hate Crimes on Children and Adolescents for their publication "Interspectives". Click below for more details.
Added by Sandy on November 29, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Hope in the Cities' First Fellowship Program a Success
I received an email today from Rob Corcoran, National Director of Hope in the Cities, announcing HITC's new Connecting Communities Fellowship Program, which graduated its first class this year. This five-part residential program grew out of HITC's experience with racial reconciliation in Richmond and in their consultations with communities throughout the U.S. over the past ten years. The next class in Richmond begins in January 2005, and the application deadline is October 1. Click below to read the full announcement.
Added by Sandy on August 11, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Update on Jewish/Islam/Christian Dialogue from the Israeli-Based Interfaith Encounter Association
I don't usually post these announcements to the blog, but I thought this one would provide a good example of the kinds of updates you can receive from the Interfaith Encounter Association. If your work is related to Jewish/Palestian dialogue, you may want to subscribe to this announcement list by emailing .
Added by Sandy on July 14, 2004??-??Link to this entry
PRASI Calls for Papers By and About Conflict Resolution Practitioners & Thinkers of Color
The Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute (PRASI) is in the final stages of compiling an Anthology of works by and about conflict resolution practitioners and thinkers of color, as well as all others whose voices have been marginalized by politics of knowledge. Final selections will be made in August, 2004. Send submissions, whether completed or in draft, as soon as possible, no later than July 15. Click below for more details.
Added by Sandy on July 03, 2004??-??Link to this entry
First U.S. Truth & Reconciliation Commission Launched in Greensboro, NC
John Stephens, of the Public Dispute Resolution Program at the University of North Carolina, posted a message on our Thataway Forum this weekend about the Greensboro Truth & Community Reconciliation Commission. Since we haven't yet seeded and launched the Forum, I thought I'd share his message via the blog so more people see it.
Added by Sandy on June 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Asian Museum in Seattle Fosters Dialogue About Race
An art exhibit at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, Washington, inspired a June 4 article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called "Wing Luke exhibit fosters dialogue about racial differences." Author Regina Hackett writes: "'Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race' at the Wing Luke Museum features 12 different approaches to race. In spite of the title, it's successful because of the talk it generates. This exhibit manages a feat rare in the museum world: It encourages dialogue without patronizing the audience." Click below to read the full article.
Added by Sandy on June 04, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Community of Practice on Democratic Dialogue Announces Chat with Ximena Zuniga
If you're involved in dialogue and deliberation work on a college campus and haven't yet joined AAHE's Democratic Dialogue COP, now might be the time. The COP - and online space for networking and info sharing led by Nancy Thomas - is hosting a chat on this Monday, June 7, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on intergroup dialogue. Ximena Zuniga, professor of education at the University of Massachusetts, is the special guest for this chat. This is your chance to brainstorm with others and with someone who has started and maintained intergroup dialogue programs on campuses. Click below for the rest of Nancy's announcement and instructions on signing up for the COP.
Added by Sandy on June 02, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Managing Diversity eCoach Book
Dr. Billy Vaughn's Managing Diversity eCoach Book is available at www.globalsoftskills.net - the first 500 to purchase this ebook will receive a 69% discount. According to Vaughn, the book provides you with everything you need to avoid mistakes and disastrous interpersonal situations, develop high impact newsletters and training, offer expert consultation, manage both a national and international workforce, and learn the secrets that separate those who walk the walk from those who merely talk the talk. Click below for his full message.
Added by Sandy on May 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry
International Day of Open Homes, Listening Hearts Coming Up Fast
Initiatives of Change's annual International "Day" of Open Homes, Listening Hearts will take place June 4-6, 2004. Around the world during the first weekend in June, individuals will join to counter violence and injustice. But this is not a global protest against something; it is a united action for something: building community. During this June weekend, people will reach out to others with whom they wouldn't normally interact - usually those of a different race, ethnicity, or religion - and invite those people to share a meal and stories in their homes or communities. For more info, go to www.ohlh.org or email .
Added by Sandy on May 22, 2004??-??Link to this entry
University of Maryland's OHRP Hosts Second Practical Conference for Diversity Professionals
I received an announcement on Wednesday about the second year of an exciting equity and diversity initiative of the Office of Human Relations Programs (OHRP) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The initiative is called the "Institute on Implementation and Institutionalization" or, for short, the I3. The I3 will be held July 7-11, 2004 in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Dr. Christine Clark, Executive Director, Office of Human Relations Programs, at 301.405.2841 or .
Building on OHRP's collaborative Ford Foundation funded Diversity Blueprint project with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the I3 offers PRACTICAL strategies for professionals in higher education in the development and realization of a broad-based and campus-wide equity and diversity agenda. Additionally, the I3 will feature two "Hot Topics:"
(1) Special Segments on Selective Admissions in Higher Education one year after the Supreme Court decision; and (2) Hate Crime Response Protocols on Campus.
Added by Sandy on May 09, 2004??-??Link to this entry
2nd Annual Anti-Bias Ed Conference to be Held in June
Thomas Walker from arizona State University's Intergroup Relations Center sent our DialogueLeaders listserv a message today announcing the 2nd annual Conference on Anti-Bias Education Programs (or "ABEC"), which will take place June 10-13 in Tempe, Arizona. As Thomas writes, "This 2½ day event will bring together leaders in various aspects of diversity, social justice and community development theory and practice, including a considerable interest and experience in dialogue programs of various types." Click below for the full message.
Added by Sandy on April 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry
If Gandhi and Bin Ladin Were to Engage in Dialogue...
If he were alive today, how might Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest apostle of non-violence, challenge Osama bin Laden's worldview? A piece by Bhikhu Parekh, a professor of political philosophy and author of three books on Gandhi, featured in this month's issue of Prospect Magazine answers this question through a bold fictional dialogue between these two figures. This unique and fascinating effort at "translating" and giving Gandhi a contemporary relevance is based on a lecture first delivered at Boston University. A longer version will appear later this year in "The Stranger's Religion: Fascination and Fear" edited by Anna Lannstrom (University of Notre Dame Press). Click here for the piece, called "Why Terror?", or click below to read the author's preface.
Added by Sandy on April 25, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Michigan Making Inroads in Interreligious Dialogue & Peacebuilding
I received an inspiring email from my friends Libby and Len Traubman today. The message talks about the media attention that some peace activists, artists and dialogue practitioners in Michigan have been getting for their phenomenal programs. ?A handful of people in Michigan are causing Muslims, Jews, and Christians to open their hearts and minds,? say Len and Libby. Read the full email by clicking below. To get on the Traubman's mailing list, email them at . The Traubmans are hubs in the Jewish/Palestinian dialogue community.
Added by Sandy on March 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Presentation and Workshop on Jewish-German Reconciliation this June
Join Compassionate Listening Project facilitators in Washington, D.C. for a presentation and non-residential experiential workshop focused on the Jewish-German wounds related to WW II and the Holocaust. The presentation will take place on Friday evening, June 11, and the workshop will be held on June 12 and 13.
Added by Sandy on March 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry
News from "Mix It Up"
Here are some news blurbs about Mix It Up - a collaborative project of the Study Circles Resource Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center that has kids stepping out of their usual social boundries in cafeterias across the country. Click here to find out how Carnegie Mellon University students used a $250 Mix It Up grant to make a musical difference in the lives of middle and high school students in their neighboring community. Click here to learn how to apply for a Mix It Up grant at your school or college. And click here for info about Mix It Up's need for a Program Associate.
Added by Sandy on March 20, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Tolerance.org Seeks Stories of People Tackling Everyday Bigotry
Your father tells an anti-Semitic joke at the dinner table. A mid-level manager in your company refers to female employees as "girls." As a young black or Hispanic man, you find yourself routinely followed by security guards in department stores. How do you handle such moments? What can you say or do? This Fall, Tolerance.org will release a new guidebook dealing with such issues. You are encouraged to email with your everyday moments of bias and bigotry, including how (or if) you respond. They?ll let you know if they plan to use your story in the book.
Added by Sandy on March 20, 2004??-??Link to this entry
PCP & Beliefnet Foster Online Dialogue about The Passion of the Christ Film
Mel Gibson's movie The Passion of The Christ has inspired strong feelings about a range of complex - and potentially controversial - questions. The Public Conversations Project is enabling people to seize this opportunity to build bridges rather than walls. Partnering with Beliefnet, a leading multifaith spirituality and religion website, PCP is facilitating a free 2-week online dialogue to help moviegoers explore a range of questions and examine different points of view in a well-organized, constructive environment. www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?page_id=250
Added by Sandy on February 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry
PCP & Beliefnet.com to Hold Online Dialogues on Passion of Christ Film
The Public Conversations Project is working with Beliefnet.com to host a series of closed online dialogues about Mel Gibson?s controversial new film, The Passion of Christ. PCP is currently looking identifying volunteers who 1) have taken PCP's Power of Dialogue training, 2) have significant experience facilitating face to face dialogue, 3) could facilitate a balanced and respectful conversation about the issues likely to be raised by the film, 4) are comfortable and clear online writers, and 5) have the time and energy to make the significant time investment involved. Facilitators will follow the guidelines Beliefnet developed in comparable dialogues following 9/11 and at the start of the war on Iraq. Meenakshi Chakraverti () is coordinating PCP's participation in this pilot project. Connect with her before February 6 if you are interested in this learning opportunity and meet the qualifications.
Added by Sandy on February 01, 2004??-??Link to this entry
In the News: Notre Dame students say more dialogue needed
In a January 21, 2004 article in the South Bend Tribune, Gene Stowe reports on campus dialogue efforts to bridge racial divisions on campus through sustained dialogue. Click below for the article.