c. peace-building & cr


Peace Company Is For Sale

We just received a note from Louise Diamond that her business, The Peace Company, is for sale. The Peace Company is a pioneering champion of the idea that peace is good business. Its online store provides over 100 different resources for people who wish to grow peace in their lives and in the world. The Company is also a platform for peace-in-action, with possibilities for a wide variety of special initiatives and programs. Louise is offering The Peace Company in a time-limited auction. Interested parties can send for a Sale Packet from , which will outline the assets on sale, the relevant financial data, and the terms of the auction process. Please note that all bids must be received by September 30, 2006, with a completed sale by November 1, 2006.

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Fulbright Peace Studies Awards Available for 2007-2008

Fulbright Scholar awards are still available for U.S. faculty or professionals in law or political science to lecture abroad in conflict resolution or peace studies for a semester or a year in 2007-2008. Visit the Fulbright website at www.cies.org for descriptions of available awards and new eligibility requirements. Awards are closing daily, so pmake sure to consult the relevant program officer before applying.

Added by Amy Lang on August 26, 2006??-??Link to this entry

YouthRising Grant Program to Support High Risk Youth in Volunteer Service

Youth Service America (www.ysa.org) and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/) have announced the launch of the YouthRising grant program. This opportunity offers grants of $2,000 for organizations in the United States to engage high risk and/or gang-involved youth (ages 12-25) in volunteer service to their communities. Community-based groups/organizations, local government agencies, schools, and faith-based groups that have prior experience and documented success working directly with high-risk and/or gang-involved youth are eligible to apply. The program seeks projects that are co-led by youth and adult allies such as parents, counselors, coaches, teachers, youth leaders, etc. A significant portion of the project must take place on National and Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007 (www.ysa.org/nysd/index.cfm). Application materials are available at the YSA Web site. Deadline: October 12, 2006

Added by Amy Lang on August 04, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Association of Conflict Resolution Conference Coming Up October 25-28

This October, the Association of Conflict Resolution Conference called "Celebrating Our Past, Shaping the Future" will meet in historic Philadelphia, PA. With Philadelphia?’s historical importance, the theme of ?“Celebrating Our Past, Shaping the Future?” is particularly relevant as we embark on another great year in ACR?’s history. International Day and a Spanish track will once again appear on the program along with new features like a Commercial Section program track. Attendees may want to check out flights with United Airlines, the official carrier of the 2006 conference. Visit the conference website at http://acrnet.org/conferences/ac06/index.htm for details.

Added by Amy Lang on August 01, 2006??-??Link to this entry

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

Israeli and Palestinian Mayors Meet to Find Common Ground

Amid the violence of the last few weeks, Libby and Len Traubman continute to send us hope about the possibility for dialogue and peace in the Middle East. The latest news story concerns groups of city mayors from Israel and Palestine meeting in Indidana to dialogue and to find common ground. To read the story from the Indidana Star, visit http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006607190458.

Added by Amy Lang on July 30, 2006??-??Link to this entry

National Mediation Training Comming Up in Minnesota

This October, the Center for Policy, Planning & Performance will organize a 4 day Mediation Training workshop in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota. This 40-hour basic Mediation Process Training meets the standards of the Minnesota Supreme Court ADR-Rule 114 for neutral qualification, which is required for private mediation centers and state rosters. Specific practical applications include organizational conflict management, community or group dispute facilitation, and interest-based interpersonal communications. Trainers are Bernard Mayer and Barbara Raye. Cost is $860.00 (includes materials). To register for the workshop, held October 2 ?– 6, 2006 contact the Center for Policy, Planning and Performance at 2233 University Avenue West, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114; Phone: (612) 874-0535; Website: www.effective.org.

Added by Amy Lang on July 28, 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

Peace It Together Gala Event Coming Up in Vancouver

Peace it Together is an important youth program that brings ten Israeli, ten Palestinian and ten Canadian youth together to discuss conflict in the Middle East. Together they will create short films that will help them and their audiences struggle with, and come to terms with the escalating violence that continues to impact their lives. After getting to know each other for a few days in the city, the youth will gather on Galiano Island at the Gulf Islands Film and Television School. Activities will focus on dialogue and listening exercises, leadership training, outdoor and wilderness experiences, and film-making. In small and culturally-mixed groups, the youth will collaborate on creating drama, documentary or animated short films about how the conflict impacts their lives, hopes and fears. The summer program will culminate in a public screening of the films in Vancouver. All are invited to the Peace it Together Gala on Sunday, August 20th at the HR MacMillan Space Centre, 1100 Chestnut Street, at 7:00 PM. For more information, visit the program's website: www.creativepeacenetwork.ca/camp/2006.htm

Added by Amy Lang on July 25, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Two Positions Open at the Western Justice Center Foundation

The Western Justice Foundation Center has announced openings for two positions: a Full-Time Administrative Assistant and a Director of Development. WJCF's mission is to work with children, communities, schools, governments and courts to assure peaceful conflict resolution and improve access to justice. For more information on Western Justice Center Foundation, visit their website at www.westernjustice.org. To read descriptions of each position, click on the link below.

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Added by Amy Lang on July 20, 2006??-??Link to this entry

New Publications from Public Conversations Project

The Public Conversations Project (www.publicconversations.org) has two new publications. Fostering Dialogue Across Divides: A Nuts and Bolts Guide from the Public Conversations Project is an extensive resource describing PCP's core principles and practices, offering advice about working with conveners and planning committees, and providing step-by-step suggestions for multi-session as well as single-session dialogues. PCP's new guide also includes sample formats, sample invitations, and suggested questions on a range of topics. Second, Constructive Conversations About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Guide for Convening and Facilitating Dialogue in Jewish Communities in the US was written in close collaboration with the Jewish Dialogue Group in Philadelphia, which has had extensive experience in the field using PCP's general approach and methods in Jewish communities on the topic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It includes an appendix on Jewish texts and dialogue. Both guides are available at PCP's website as pdf downloads for a voluntary donation. Nicely printed and bound copies of both guides can be purchased at www.cafepress.com/pcp_press. The multi-issue dialogue guide is $21 plus shipping & handling and the intra-Jewish dialogue guide is $18 plus shipping & handling. The intra-Jewish dialogue guide also is available from the Jewish Dialogue Group, www.jewishdialogue.org. You can also take a workshop offered by the lead author of the guides this November - to learn more, click below.

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Added by Amy Lang on July 18, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Summer Conflict Resolution Camps Bridge National Conflicts

We just heard from Libby and Len Traubman (www.traubman.igc.org) about the growing movement to bring together youth from nations in conflict to learn about each other and dialogue. "Face To Face ~ Faith to Faith" is a summer program that engages 55 Muslim, Christian and Jewish teenagers from South Africa, Israel, Northern Ireland and the United States. It is unique among summer camps and peace programs, teaching communication skills, addressing questions of identity and peace, and supporting leadership training in a multifaith environment. Face-to-Face draws teenagers who are religiously affiliated in their native countries to talk about the consequences of religious conflicts, and also treats issues of class, gender, race and cultural politics in daily workshops and in more informal settings. Read about it at http://s-c-g.org/facetoface/. If you are interested in participating at an upcoming peace camp this September, go to http://traubman.igc.org/camp2006.htm.

Added by Amy Lang on July 14, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Open Society Institute Announces New Guidelines for Unsolicited Grants

The Open Society Institute's Information Program (www.soros.org/initiatives/information/about/) has announced application instructions for grantseeking organizations that aim to enhance the ability to access, exchange, and produce knowledge and information; and to use new tools and techniques to empower civil society. Projects supported by the program are intended to benefit developing and transition countries. As a general rule, the Information Program prefers to receive grant applications made on behalf of an organization rather than an individual. The program also prefers to fund project proposals rather than core funding requests. Funded activities in the past have included information and knowledge capacity-building events; technology and policy analysis; advocacy campaigns; and innovative projects that test new ground. The Information Program funds projects within three main focus areas: Access to Knowledge; Civil Society Communication; and Open Information Policy. The Information Program will review unsolicited proposals four times during 2006: the remaining deadlines for submission are September 30 and December 31, 2006. Proposals must be submitted in English. The program requests that applicants submit proposal outlines, rather than sending fully developed proposals. Visit the OSI Web site for complete program information and submission requirements.

Added by Amy Lang on July 10, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Fulbright Peace and Conflict Resolution Fellowship Application Deadline Approaching

August 1, 2006 is the application deadline for traditional Fulbright Scholar grants worldwide. The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 123 lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research awards in political science during the 2007-2008 academic year, including many awards in peace studies or conflict resolution. These opportunities include awards in eastern Europe, south Asia, Canada, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. Faculty and professionals in political science may apply not only for awards specifically in their field, but also for one of the many ?“All Discipline?” awards open to any field. Awards range from two months to an academic year. Grants are awarded to faculty of all academic ranks, including adjunct and emeritus. In most countries lecturing is in English, though awards in Latin America, Francophone Africa, and the Middle East may require proficiency in another language. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements, detailed award descriptions, and an online application, visit our website at www.cies.org.

Added by Amy Lang on July 05, 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

Dialogue Mapping Workshop Coming Up in Washington, DC

This July 19-20, 2006 Dr. Jeff Conklin will hold a workshop on Dialogue Mapping in Washington DC. This facilitation technique gets away from herding the group through a series of steps, focusing the participants instead on listening carefully, speaking clearly, and learning together about the issues and concerns they bring to the table. The facilitator/dialogue mapper engages the group with a map of their comments that he or she builds on the fly. The map is a shared display -- paper taped to the wall or software projected on a screen. The "secret sauce" of dialogue mapping is the use of the Issue Based Information System (IBIS) notation: Questions, Ideas, and Pros/Cons. The IBIS framework frees the group from tyranny of agreement. Conflicting information and points of view reside next to each other in the map, reflecting the diversity of the stakeholders and the complexity of a wicked problem. Cost is $995, with significant discounts for groups of 2 or more colleagues. For more information: Email or see http://cognexus.org for more information and to register.

Added by Amy Lang on June 29, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Agape Foundation Fund for Nonviolent Social Change Invites Grant Applications

The Agape Foundation Fund for Nonviolent Social Change (www.agapefn.org) is a nonprofit public foundation whose purpose is to fund nonviolent social change organizations committed to peace and justice issues. The Agape Foundation's board of trustees makes grants twice a year (in April and October) to California-based grassroots organizations working for nonviolent social change. Organizations that receive grants must be no more than five years old, with annual budgets under $100,000. For the Fall 2006 grant cycle, Agape will fund tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally sponsored groups that address the following issue areas: Peace -- alternatives to militarism, anti-war and anti-nuclear power, weapons, and waste; Human Rights -- defending civil rights, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights, and women's rights; Environmental Protection -- defense of the environment, ecological restoration, and environ- mental justice; Economic Justice; Racial Justice; Building economic alternatives, nonviolent conflict resolution, and alternatives to violence; Progressive Arts & Media; and Grassroots Organizing Support. The foundation also supports media activism by California-based media producers. Agape supports distribution of media projects that support grassroots organizing and promote peace and justice. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. Visit the Agape Web site for complete program guidelines and application materials. The deadline for this competition is August 1, 2006.

Added by Amy Lang on June 26, 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.

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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.


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Added by Amy Lang on June 24, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Non Violent Communication Workshop Coming Up in Brooklyn, NY

This July, Brooklyn Nonviolent Communication and New Yorkers for a Department of Peace will be offer the "Zen and the Art of Conflict" a course in Nonviolent Communication. Taking place four consecutive Sundays starting July 9, the course will meet from 1-6 pm with child care available (for those who request it in advance). This popular course gives a new way to view conflict, as an opportunity for connection and authenticity. The course fee is on a sliding scale (from $275-$400) and some work exchange and payment plans are available. Pre-registration is required and no prior training in Nonviolent Communication is needed. For more information about the course and to register, visit www.BrooklynNVC.org, email or call 718-797-9525.

Added by Amy Lang on June 22, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Nonviolent Communication Training Coming Up in New York

Rita Herzog and Roberta Wall will lead a week-long workshop called "Nonviolent Communication: Learning the Language of Compassion" from July 10-16 at the Elat Chayyim retreat center in Accord NY. In this week-long workshop participants will learn and practice the art of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as developed by Marshall Rosenberg. Nonviolent Communication is seen as a powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional, and political levels. These skills have been successfully applied to parents and families, health care, educational, and work settings, social services, police and prisons, and social change organizations. Using compassionate communication, the workshop will connect to teachings about speech and listening within Judaism, and incorporate Jewish rituals to connect. Participants will learn how to discuss and listen to others about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, holding an open heart and expressing ourselves with deep honesty.

Rita has been an NVC practitioner and trainer for twenty years. Roberta has just returned from teaching NVC at the Gandhi Institute in Delhi. For more information or to register, call (800) 398-2630 or visit JewishRetreatCenter.org.

Added by Amy Lang on June 16, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Common Ground Publishes New Conflict Transformation Evaluation Manual

Susan Partnow just let us know about a new evaluation manual from Search for Common Ground (www.sfcg.org). It's called "Designing for Results: Integrating Monitoring and Evaluation in Conflict Transformation Programs" and it can be downloaded for free at www.sfcg.org/programmes/ilr/ilt_manualpage.html.

To read more about what's in the manual, click below.

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Added by Amy Lang on June 14, 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 PCPs board of directors. To read more about this transition, click on the link below.

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Added by Amy Lang on June 13, 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

UALR Launches Center for Public Conflict Solutions

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) has announced the creation of the Center for Public Conflict Solutions. As the first university center of its type in Arkansas, it will support inclusive and consensus-based public conflict resolution processes. The university has recently launched a graduate certificate in Conflict Mediation in cooperation with the William H. Bowen School of Law. The Center will be part of the Institute of Government and will operate in collaboration with the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law. It will coordinate UALR?’s interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Conflict Mediation. Ruth Craw has been named Center Director. For more information about the Center, contact Ruth Craw at .

Added by Amy Lang on April 29, 2006??-??Link to this entry

AACJP Conference On Restorative Justice Coming Up in Miami

The American Association of Community Justice Professionals (AACJP) will be holding a conference from June 10-14 in Miami Florida. The conference will be organized around three series of workshops. One set of workshops will focus on treatment and assessment strategies that can be used by professionals in human services, community corrections, juvenile justice or other settings when the desired result is changing behaviors or policies supportive of behavioral change. A second set of workshops will address best practices for victims of crime. These workshops will look at practices that range from understanding how to work with an individual victim to implementing systemic change in communities. A third set of workshops will help participants gain an understanding of the diversity of restorative justice practices and how these practices intertwine with treatment and services for victims of crime. The conference will also offer training sessions on various restorative justice topics. To see the conference brochure, visit www.meridian-corp.com/aacjp/brochure.php?button=vw. To register, go to www.meridian-corp.com/aacjp/[email protected]. The early bird registration deadline is May 15.

Added by Amy Lang on April 25, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Compassionate Listening Workshop Coming Up in Toronto

Susan Partnow will be in Toronto to present ?“The Fundamentals of Compassion Listening?” on April 27. In Compassionate Listening, the emphasis is on strengthening the influence of the heart through cultivating compassion for ourselves and others, and learning to listen and speak from the heart ?— even in the heat of conflict. Susan is a consultant in Seattle Washington. She serves on the Steering Committee of National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation, Advisory Board to The Radical Middle Newsletter (a project of the Center for Visionary Law, Business, and Public Policy ), co-founded Conversation Cafe and Let's Talk America, and founded Global Citizen Journey. Metro-Toronto Central YMCA; 20 Grosvenor St (near Yonge and College); 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. The fee for this workshop is $155 including GST and materials. To learn more (or register on-line) see www.leadingedgeseminars.org. For information or instant registration phone 416-964-1133 (outside of Toronto 1-888-291-1133).

Added by Amy Lang on April 25, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Registration is now open for the ACR Environment and Public Policy Section

The Environment and Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution has announced that registration is now open for its conference to be held at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in Cambridge, MA June 28 - 30, 2006. Chaired by Professor Lawrence Susskind, Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program and Harry Manasewich, President of Human Factor Dispute Resolutions, "Deliberative Democracy: New Directions in Public Policy Dispute Resolution" will offer participants the opportunity to network with each other while learning from top theorists and practitioners of Public Policy Dispute Resolution and Deliberative Democracy (democratic civic engagement). Keynote addresses and workshops will focus on the intersection of theory and practice in resolving public disputes as a means of deepening civic engagement, the role of practitioners in resolving intractable disputes around social and moral issues such as abortion and rebuilding the Gulf Coast, and work that goes on in other countries to resolve conflicts. The conference will also examine public dispute resolution as a business, leveraging financial and other data gathered from surveys of the top dispute resolution individuals and firms. For more information or to register, go to the website www.eppconference.org. Or, you can also contact Anne Mansfield with your questions at 802-831-1338 or .

Added by Amy Lang on April 23, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Fetzer Institute Seeking Senior Program Officer for Individual and Community Transformation

The Fetzer Institute (www.fetzer.org) is currently seeking a"Senior Program Officer" position for the area of "Individual and Community Transformation." Fetzer is looking for someone who will work out of their offices in Kalamazoo, MI. To see an extended discussion of the job responsibilities and expected qualifications, please visit www.fetzer.org/WhatsNew.aspx?PageID=WhatsNew&NavID=1. Applications are due by April 30, 2006, but this date is not firm and submissions will be accepted after that date until the position is filled. Please direct questions to or call Fetzer's Department of Human Relations at 269-375-2000.

Added by Amy Lang on April 20, 2006??-??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 us 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 29th, 2006 to June 16th, 2006, are due by April 15. Click below for the full announcement.

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Added by Amy Lang on April 08, 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

Peace Alliance Announces Regional Conferences for 2006

The Department of Peace Campaign State Coordinators and District Leaders, in conjunction with The Peace Alliance, will be initiating eight Regional conferences across the United States over the coming months. These regional conferences offer a great opportunity to deepen your connection to this work and your relationship to the communities of citizens working for peace who are already active and thriving across the country. Each conference will have it's own unique flare depending on the region putting it on. Powerful speakers, meaningful connections with fellow activists, peace leadership training and so much more. Youth are also invited to attend, and will have an opportunity to meet with their state coordinators and congressional district team leaders, particularly as our university initiative continues to emerge. Lynn McMullen, our National Campaign Coordinator, will be at each event. For more information about the conferences in your area, visit www.thepeacealliance.org. For a list of regional conference areas and dates, click on the link below.

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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.

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Fullbright Scholar Opportunities in Peace & Conflict Resolution

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 122 lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research awards in political science during the 2007-2008 academic year in all regions of the world, including many awards in peace studies or conflict resolution. These opportunities include but are not limited to awards in eastern Europe, south Asia, Canada, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. U.S. Fulbright Scholars enjoy an experience of a lifetime, one that provides a broad cultural perspective on their academic disciplines and connects them with colleagues at institutions around the globe. Awards range from two months to an academic year. Faculty and professionals in history may apply not only for awards specifically in their field, but also for one of the many "All Discipline" awards open to any field. Grants are awarded to faculty of all academic ranks, including adjunct and emeritus. In most countries lecturing is in English, though awards in Latin America, Francophone Africa, and the Middle East may require proficiency in another language. The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2006. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements, detailed award descriptions, and an application, visit the Fullbright website at www.cies.org, or send a request for materials to .

Added by Amy Lang on March 20, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Nonviolent Peaceforce Seeking Registrar

The Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) is looking for an experienced person or organization to create and manage an international register of people interested in and suitably qualified for NP field missions- working as nonviolent peacemakers and peacekeepers in areas of conflict. During the first year the registrar will verify, enter and track information for at least 500 peacekeepers and in the coming years include thousands. The contracting party would need to provide quality assurance through reference checking, personal interviews, and observational assessments, in partnership with other NP member organizations and external parties assisting in this effort. It will be necessary to commit to maintaining the register in good order and ensure that it is accessible and relevant to people in all parts of the world. The contracting party will need to communicate on a regular basis with the members of the register and inform them of opportunities available with NP. Applicant must have experience in creating and managing online registry services or related web based work.
Please provide curriculum vitae and work sample and bid to Gilda Bettencourt at by April 10th, 2006.

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May 12 is National Action for a US Department of Peace

The Peace Alliance is organizing a National Action on May 12th (the Friday before Mother's Day). The Action will gather citizens across the US to take pies to your their Congressional offices with a banner: "On behalf of Mothers Everywhere, Peace Wants a Piece of the Pie!" The action promotes a Department of Peace and Nonviolence Legislation. The action requests a small percent of the federal budget allocated directly toward funding projects that foster a culture of peace in our nation and around the world. To participate in this action, call your local newspapers and television stations and send them a press release. Ask them to come and take pictures of local teams delivering the pies with Department of Peace banners. Bring your children, along with pictures they've made that convey their message of peace, and make it a fun and festive event! This is a great way to get attention for a very important endeavor. Or host a Peace of the Pie House Party (and optional fundraiser) to spread the word. To learn more about this action visit www.thepeacealliance.org/action/mothers/pie.htm

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Nonviolence and Social Change Training Coming Up in California

The African Diaspora Foundation, PeaceWeb Southwest & The Center for Prosperous Living?’s Academy for World Peace & World Prosperity are sponsoring a two-day training event on Nonviolence and Social Change. This event will be led by Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. Dr. LaFayette has been a Civil Rights Movement activist, minister, educator, lecturer, and is an authority on the strategy of nonviolent social change. Martin Luther King, Jr. appointed him to be the National Program Administrator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) and National Coordinator of the 1968 Poor Peoples?’ Campaign. He co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. The training will take place April 24 & 25, 2006 from 9 am ?– 4 pm at the Aliso Creek Inn ?– 31106 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, California. The registration fee for the 2-day training is $230 (postmarked by April 5). After April 5, the registration rate increases to $260. For ministers, church & spiritual center board members, members of AGNT, ANTN, UCRS, RSI, EINEPS, Dept. of Peace, PeaceWeb, and other peace-focused organizations, they are offering discounts of $30. Group discounts are also available. To register, go to www.theadf.com. For more information, contact PeaceWeb Southwest: 520-991-6781 or or The Center for Prosperous Living: 949-715-0294

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Employment Vacancies at Nonviolent Peaceforce

The Nonviolent Peaceforce (www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org) is a large-scale, international peaceforce composed of trained, unarmed civilians from around the world ready to serve in conflict areas. In partnership with local groups, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP) members apply proven non-violent strategies to protect human rights, deter violence, and help create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work. For its pilot project in Sri Lanka, Nonviolent Peaceforce is seeking to recruit a Communications Officer and a Human Resource Manager. Both positions are located in Sri Lanka. To apply for either position, please send an application letter and resume or CV containing substantive information on your training, skills and work experience via email to: Marcel C.A. Smits, Project Director, Nonviolent Peaceforce Sri Lanka at . The deadline for Applications is March 15. To read more about each position, click on the link below.

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Victim-Offender Mediation Conference Coming Up in Florida

VOMA (Victim-Offender Mediation Association) is co-sponsoring a national conference this year with the American Association of Community Justice Professionals (AACJP). The conference will be held in Miami, Florida in mid-June. Pre-conference training sessions will be held on June 10 and 11 and the full conference will be held from Monday through Wednesday June 12-14, 2006. You can access the full conference program on the VOMA Web site at http://voma.org/docs/AAJCP2006.pdf.

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HAVIDS Niger Delta News Center Seeks Collaborators for International Day for Peace

The HAVIDS Niger Delta News Centre for Environment & Development, a Nigeria-based organizational member of NCDD, has just sent out an important communique on the organization of the 2006 International Day for Peace in Niger Delta. The Day for Peace is being organized for November 2006. They are seeking feedback and collaborators as they organize this event. If you are interested in being involved in the 2006 International Day for Peace in the Niger Delta, or if you have feedback or ideas for HAVIDS, email Harry Awolayeofori Macmorrison at . To see the full text of the Communique, click on the link below.

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American Psychological Foundation Accepting Proposals for Research-Based Programs on Violence Prevention

The American Psychological Foundation (www.apa.org/apf) is a nonprofit philanthropic organization that provides scholarships, grants, and awards to advance the science and practice of psychology and benefit human welfare. The foundation will award up to $20,000 for research-based programs in violence prevention and intervention. The program's goals are as follows: to encourage the transfer of psychological science with regard to violence, its prevention, and intervention strategies to programmatic applications within the community; to support the implementation of innovative community programs aimed at preventing violence within any number of social settings (e.g., young adult populations, elder abuse, domestic abuse, hate crimes, sexual assault, and others); to provide seed money to establish promising interventions proposed by community-based organizations or to provide funding for established community programs that have been deemed successful. To be eligible for this program, primary investigators/applicants must be psychologists holding a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., M.D., J.D.) engaged in research-based program implementation related to violence prevention. Special consideration will be given to programs with a strong foundation in violence prevention and intervention research and those that have, or show promise for, broad-based community support. Visit the foundation's Web site for complete program information and application procedures. Deadline: June 1, 2006.

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Association for Conflict Resolution Seeking Conference Proposals on Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative Democracy: New Directions in Public Policy Dispute Resolution is the theme for the annual conference of the Environment and Public Policy Section (EPP) of the Association for Conflict Resolution. The conference will be held on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts from Wednesday, June 28 through Friday, June 30, 2006. They are seeking proposals by March 24th on one of three themes: Deliberative Democracy; Intractable, Values-Based Public Policy Disputes; International, Cross-Cultural Comparative Analysis of dispute resolution outside the United States. Please submit your proposal by email to Carri Hulet, Conference Manager, at . If you have any questions prior to submitting your proposal, please contact Carri at the same address. If you would like more information about the Environment and Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, please contact Co-Chair Cindy Cook at . For general information about the conference, contact Anne Mansfield at 802-831-1338 or [email protected], or see www.vermontlaw.edu/elc/index.cfm?doc_id=1199. To read more about proposal submission guidelines, click on the link below.

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ACT Publishes New Report on Careers in International Peace and Conflict Resolution

The Alliance for Conflict Transformation is pleased to announce the publication of a new report: ?“Skills, Networks & Knowledge: Developing a Career in International Peace and Conflict Resolution.?” This report helps to fill a critical gap in the field, as it is the first of its kind to survey employers regarding career opportunities within international peace and conflict resolution. We believe that it will be of interest to employers, and to students and professionals pursuing a career in this field and to the academic and professional organizations that seek to prepare them. For this report, ACT interviewed 55 employers involved in international and peace and conflict resolution work, from leading non-profit organizations, US government agencies, international organizations, foundations and universities. The report focuses on what skills and type of experience individuals need to develop a successful career in the field. In addition, a resource section for job seekers is included. This project is part of ACT?’s ongoing efforts to increase public knowledge and understanding of the field of conflict resolution and in particular provide information and resources regarding career and educational opportunities in the field. Dr. Craig Zelizer, Senior Partner, ACT, and Dr. Linda Johnston, Director, Conflict Management Program at Kennesaw State University co-led the project. The research was supported by a grant from the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution (www.aicpr.org). The report is now available for free download on the ACT website, www.conflicttransformation.org. Paper copies of the report are available for $10 plus shipping and handling and can be ordered through ACT.

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ACT to Offer Summer Institute on Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (IPCR) 2006

The Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) has just announced the Summer Institute on Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (IPCR). IPCR is an intensive 3-week residential program intended to build the capacity of current and future professionals in a variety of fields to make a critical difference in furthering peaceful relations in the world. The course is offered in two locations Santa Cruz, Bolivia: June 10 ?– July 1, 2006; Jakarta, Indonesia: July 22 ?– August 12, 2006. They are currently accepting applications for participation from English speaking professionals, graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in peace and conflict resolution, international affairs, political science, Latin American studies, Asian studies, anthropology, development and related fields and interests. AT IPCR, students enjoy a supportive learning environment where experienced trainers and faculty combine brief lectures, case studies, field trips, role-plays, simulations, and field work with the experiences of local and international peacebuilding practitioners. IPCR offers a stimulating integration of theory and practice, bringing together innovative academic analysis with practical, hands-on training and skills development. To see the complete program description and on-line application, visit the ACT website: www.conflicttransformation.org For more information contact Dr. Nike Carstarphen, Senior Partner, ACT, PO Box 9117, Alexandria, VA 22304, Phone: (703) 461-3650, Email: or . The final application deadline is April 1, 2006.

Added by Amy Lang on March 01, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Quest for Global Healing II Conference in Bali this May

This May, you can join Nobel Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, Fatima Gailani, Walter Cronkite, and other world-renowned speakers at an extraordinary gathering of concerned global citizens, business leaders and other innovative thinkers in a quest towards a more collaborative, peaceful and sustainable future for humankind and the planet. This unique gathering is designed for those concerned about where the world is heading and who want to play a role in the world?’s renewal. The conference is inspired by a recognition by individuals that the wounds of the planet can be healed by individuals of vision and commitment. The civil society movement is the fastest growing development in human history, with over 250,000 organizations being created over the past few years by individuals wanting to play a role in the world's renewal. The conference will feature multigenerational, multicultural conversations, workshops and other activities that offer new insights, growth and clarity in moving ahead with personal initiatives that matter. Registration starts at $3190 (including air and hotel). For more information, visit www.questforglobalhealing.org/index.htm.

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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/.

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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.

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2006 Season for Nonviolence Starts January 30

The 2006 Season for Nonviolence is upon us. As you may know, this 64-day event runs from January 30-April 4, and was founded to celebrate the visions of nonviolent activists Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Mahatma Gandhi. To celebrate, PuddleDancer press will be offering the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) Starter book package at a 50% discount. The package includes great seasonal activity ideas, information on NVC workshops and trainers in your area, a free, inspiring Speak Peace postcard or eCard, and more. To learn more, visit www.nonviolentcommunication.com/snv/index.htm. Or contact Tiffany Meyer at PuddleDancer Press at 503-880-5308 or at [email protected]. For more information on the Season of Nonviolence movement, go to www.agnt.org/snv02.htm.

Added by Amy Lang on January 22, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Peacebuilding and Mediation Training Coming Up in Ottawa

The Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) in Ottawa will be offering several courses on Peacebuilding and Mediation this spring. Courses include "The Power Clinic for Mediators," "Negotiating Agreements In Conflict Settings" and "Violence Prevention: Theory-Informed Practice." Dr. Ben Hoffman, President of CIIAN, will lead all three courses. For more info or to register please visit the ?“Special Programs?” page on the CIIAN website at www.ciian.org/special1.shtml

Added by Amy Lang on January 20, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Contributers Sought for Violence Prevention E-Book

The International Peace and Prosperity Project (IPPP) and the International Academy for the Reduction of Political Violence are looking for volunteer authors and collaborators to to write short non-academic articles or provide editorial feedback for a new violence prevention book scheduled for release in the Spring of 2006. For more info or to participate please visit the online blog at iarpv.blogspirit.com or contact Ben Hoffman at [email protected]

Added by Amy Lang on January 19, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Nonviolent Communication Workshops Coming Up in Ottawa

Rachelle Lamb, president of Mindful Communication and author of Steps to Conscious Living and NVC Communications Basics, will be offering training sessions in Ottawa at the end of January. She has taught Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to thousands of couples, parents, educators, counselors, managers, employees, health professionals, and others seeking ways to communicate more effectively and improve their personal and professional lives. She has also co-trained with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the originator of the Nonviolent Communication process. Rachelle's Ottawa workshops include "Relationships: Up Close and Personal" on January 21 & 22, 2006; "Getting to the Core of Workplace Conflict" on January 23, 2006; and the Intermediate Workshop NVC Deepening: The Listening Heart on January 27 & 28, 2006. The price per Workshop is $200.00. $170.00 Early Bird Price if paid by January 10, 2006. There is a 15% discount for couples. Call 1-866-480-7122 to register, or visit www.rachellelamb.com/scheduled-events.htm for information on this and other events.

Added by Amy Lang on January 15, 2006??-??Link to this entry

School For International Training Announces 2006 Conflict Transformation Training Programs

The School for International Training (www.sit.edu) in Vermont has just announced its 2006 lineup of professional development programs in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT). Started in 1997, CONTACT offers professional development, skills and practical training to professionals working around the world in diverse fields such as education, human services, humanitarian aid, psychology and social work, human rights, and sustainable development. Some skills addressed are: Conflict analysis and intervention; Non-violent action; Intercommunal dialogue; Peace and development; Reconciliation and forgiveness; Training design; Intercultural negotiation and mediation; and Grant writing and fundraising. Programs include their Summer Institute (May 29-June 16, 2006), a three-week, three-credit professional development and graduate training program in conflict transformation; their Graduate Certificate Program, a one-year part-time 14-credit graduate and professional development program. It is designed with two short phases of face-to-face instruction coupled with distance learning in order to accommodate the schedule of full-time working professionals (SIT also offers MA programs in conflict transformation); and site-, organization-, and region-specific programs tailored to meet the needs of a particular organization or community in a conflict or post-conflict situation. Applications are available now and are due by April 15 (or as soon as possible if you are applying for financial aid or need a visa). The School offers a 25% discount on tuition for non-profits. For more infomration about fees, funding, scholarships, and applying to CONTACT, please visit the program website www.sit.edu/contact or contact them at

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SFU Centre for Dialogue to Offer Workshop on Facilitating Emotionally Charged Groups

Simon Fraser University's Centre For Dialogue will offer the workshop "Giving the Steam a Tea Kettle: Facilitating emotionally charged group sessions" on Friday, January 27, 2006, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. This innovative and dynamic workshop will focus on four central themes and practices for responding to emotionally charged group sessions. Through highly interactive discussions, experiential small group exercises and PACT's drama-based simulation training exercises, and Structured Improvisations, this workshop will introduce you to Understanding emotional dynamics and group process; Connecting emotional intelligence models to facilitate emotionally charged group sessions; Understanding defensiveness and resistance within groups and; Using PACT's SAFE model to manage emotionally charged group sessions. Cost for the training is $325, and refreshments will be provided. The training will take place at SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Rm 320-580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. For more information, visit www.sfu.ca/dialogue/teakettle_flyer.pdf

Added by Amy Lang on January 06, 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

Town Hall Forum on Divorce, Parental Rights, Shared Parenting, and Domestic Violence Coming Up in Chicago

Dialogue on Sustainable Community (www.sustainable-community.org), a nonpartisan public interest think-tank, in cooperation with DePaul University, will be hosting a Community Town Hall Forum on Saturday, January 14, 2006, from 1:00-5:00pm to discuss public policy issues related to divorce, parental rights, shared parenting, domestic violence, and the societal impact on communities. Topics of discussion include: divorce, child custody, domestic violence, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), the PBS series ?“Breaking the Silence,?” the ?“Best Interests of the Child?” standard and the impact on 14th amendment rights, and shared parental responsibility to help minimize conflict. Moderating the discussion will be Dr. Mark Rogers, a clinical psychotherapist and child custody expert. Dr. Rogers is an instructor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and is known for his involvement in the Elian Gonzales case. To register, go to www.sustainable-community.org/event_RSVP.html

Added by Amy Lang on December 16, 2005??-??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.

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Glenna Gerard Launches New Website

Glenna Gerard, co-author of the landmark 1998 book ?“DIALOGUE: Rediscover the Transforming Power of Conversation,?” has just launched a new website at www.glennagerard.net. Inviting all to check out her new site, Glenna writes, "This site is my personal offering, born of my listening for ?“what is mine to do and be at this time?”. I hope you will enter, breathe deeply, and allow yourself to rest into your own unique listening of what this site evokes and nurtures in you."

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PCRC Seeks Manager of Mediation Programs

The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC - www.pcrcweb.org), a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of conflict resolution, communication and community building services throughout San Mateo County, is seeking a full-time (40 hours per week) Manager of Mediation Programs. Working under the supervision of the Associate Director, the Manager of Mediation Programs is responsible for the overall quality of the mediation services provided by PCRC. This includes serving as team leader for the Mediation Team and, in that capacity, promoting consistent and high quality mediation services. This individual acts as lead volunteer manager, coordinating and supporting PCRC?’s volunteers in their mediation work and helping them to constantly improve their skills. In addition, the Manager of Mediation Programs is responsible for managing a portion of PCRC?’s community and complex mediation caseload according to PCRC's case management procedures. The focus of the position is equally on serving PCRC clients, volunteers and staff members. To apply send a resume and letter of interest to Jennifer Bullock, Associate Director, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center, 1660 South Amphlett Boulevard, Suite 219, San Mateo CA 94402, FAX (650) 513-0335 or email . Resume and letter should be received by PCRC no later than January 15, 2006. To see a list of key job responsibilities, skills and experience required, and compensation details, click on the link below.

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Nonviolent Peaceforce Seeking Field Staff for its Team in Sri Lanka

Nonviolent Peaceforce is an international NGO with over 90 member organizations from around the world. In partnership with local groups, their field team members apply nonviolent strategies to protect human rights, deter violence, and help create space for local peacemakers to carry out their work. The mission of the Nonviolent Peaceforce is to build a trained, international civilian peaceforce committed to nonviolent intervention. They are currently seeking candidates to refill and expand the deployment of peace workers in Sri Lanka. The minimum length of service is 18 months. Fluency in English is a requirement. Interested applicants will find the application form as well as other relevant information on the website at: nvpf.org/np/english/srilanka/ftm05dec.asp.html. Applications will be accepted until the 23rd of December.

Added by Amy Lang on December 12, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Alexia Foundation for World Peace Invites Applications for Professional and Student Photography Awards

The Alexia Foundation for World Peace (www.alexiafoundation.org) is dedicated to helping professional and student photographers produce photographs that promote world peace and cultural understanding. The foundation is accepting applications for the following programs:

1. Professional Grant: The Alexia Foundation offers the Professional Grant to enable a photographer to have the financial ability to produce a substantial picture story that furthers the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. The recipient of the grant will receive $15,000 for the production of the proposed project. Any photographer may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. The award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted. The deadline is January 16, 2006.

2. Student Competition: The Alexia Foundation provides partial scholarships for graduate and undergraduate students to study photojournalism at Syracuse University in London, England. The award program also provides cash grants to enable student photographers to produce a picture story that furthers the foundation's goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. The first-place Student Award provides a $9,000 scholarship and a grant of $1,000; the second-place Student Award provides a $6,000 scholarship and a grant of $500; and three Awards of Special Recognition provide scholarships of $1,600 and grants of $500. Alexia Scholars are responsible for the balance of tuition and fees for the semester in London. All scholarships are contingent upon admission to the Syracuse University DIPA London Program. The Deadline is February 1, 2006.

Visit the Alexia Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

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Ploughshares Fund Offers Support for Projects to Prevent Spread of Weapons

The Ploughshares Fund (www.ploughshares.org), a public grantmaking foundation, makes grants to support initiatives aimed at preventing the spread and use of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and other weapons of war, and to prevent conflicts that could lead to the use of weapons of mass destruction. The fund invests in a wide range of innovative and practical programs, from scientific research, to media, to behind-the-scenes dialogue, to grassroots organizing and even lobbying. Ploughshares supports both organizations and individuals working to stop the spread of weapons and build regional security. The fund can make grants for direct lobbying programs, and there are no geographical restrictions on grants. Requests for two-year grants will be considered. The fund does not finance the production of films, video-tapes, or books. It also does not fund the research and writing of academic dissertations. Visit the Ploughshares Web site for complete grant program guidelines and information on funded projects. Deadlines for applications are February 15 and July 15, 2006.

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Free Discussion Materials on "Privacy, Security and Community Concerns"

The Fall 2005 Preview Forum (www.previewforum.com) still has discussion kits available on the topic of "Privacy, Security and Community Concerns." Four years after 9/11, four years after the Patriot Act, and several years into a data-industry revolution how can communities respond to the changing balance of privacy, security and freedom of information? And how can journalists help us to better assess the tradeoffs? In local discussions throughout the country, communities will consider these issues. Preview Forum offers a free, multimedia kit of materials to participating communities, featuring excerpts from the following films and television programs: ?“Peter Jennings Reporting: No Place to Hide,?” ?“The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,?” ?“Frontline: The Persuaders,?” ?“The Cost of Freedom,?” ?“ Secrecy,?” ?“ NOW on PBS: Whistleblowers,?” and ?“Democracy on Deadline.?” If you are interested in one of the remaining information kits, please contact Julia John, as soon as possible at Roundtable, Inc.; 8 Common Street, Suite 1A; Waltham, MA 02451; telephone 781.893.3336 x24; fax 781.893.7772; email . For more information on this issue, click on the link below.

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Added by Amy Lang on December 09, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Udall Foundation Invites Applications for Environmental Public Policy and Conflict Resolution Dissertation Fellowship

The Morris K. Udall Foundation (www.udall.gov) annually awards two one-year fellowships of up to $24,000 to doctoral candidates in the U.S. whose research concerns environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution and who are entering their final year of writing their dissertation. Dissertation fellowships are open to scholars in all fields of study whose dissertation topic has significant relevance to U.S. national environmental public policy and/or environmental conflict resolution. Previous fellows' fields of study include political science; economics; government; environmental science, policy, and management; ecology; environmental justice; regional planning; geography; natural resource policy; and environmental analysis and design. Cross or inter-disciplinary projects are particularly welcome. Each applicant must have completed all coursework and passed all preliminary exams; have approval for the dissertation research proposal by February 3, 2006; be entering the final year of writing the dissertation; and be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or U.S. national. Ph.D. candidates who hold a fellowship for the purpose of writing the dissertation during the year preceding or coinciding with the Udall Fellowship are not eligible. Fellowships are intended to cover both academic and living expenses from July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007. Visit the Udall Foundation Web site for complete program information and application procedures. The deadline for this fellowship application is February 3, 2006.

Added by Amy Lang on December 08, 2005??-??Link to this entry

News from the Arab-American-European Dialogue

The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (www.sustaineddialogue.org) recently held the sixth meeting of its Arab-American-European Dialogue since early 2004. This Dialogue was conceived and planned by IISD Vice President Randa Slim as an exchange with the democratic reformers of the Muslim Arab heartland ?— Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine and now Iraq. It reflects the judgment that there will be no democracy in the Middle East unless moderate Islamists play a significant role, and unless the West needs to develop a relationship with them. ?“This was one of our toughest meetings,?” reports Hal Saunders, IISD President and the Kettering Foundation?’s Director of International Affairs. ?“We focused on the issues surrounding occupation, resistance and terrorism. The two leading cases were Iraq and Palestine. All agreed that the suicide attacks in New York, Washington, Madrid, London and Jordan are ?‘crimes against Islam.?’ But our Arab colleagues?’ experience of occupation has left them convinced not only that resistance is legitimate but also that it can be effective. They believe, for instance, that the U.S. failure in recent years to make a significant effort to end Israel?’s occupation of Palestinian territories has left them no recourse.?” After the meeting, European participants from Italy and the UK arranged meetings with public and governmental groups with several of the Arab dialogue participants. As a British colleague has written, Hal reports, ?“If we are to avoid a clash of civilizations between Islam and the West or within Islam in the West, it is with the political Islamists that the West must do business.?”

Added by Amy Lang on December 07, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Dialogue Mapping Book Now Available

Recently published by John Wiley and Sons is Dialogue Mapping: Building Shared Understanding of Wicked Problems. Written by Jeff Conklin of the CogNexus Institute (www.cognexus.org), the book lays out a theoretical foundation and then describes the mechanics of Dialogue Mapping in detail. It is filled with stories, examples, illustrations and screen shots, and is a practical guide for consultants, managers, project leaders, and facilitators. To order a copy or for more information see http://cognexus.org/dm_book.htm. There will be a book signing event in the Washington DC area at Touchstone Consulting from 4 PM to 7 PM on Monday, December 12, with a brief talk at 5 PM. See the CogNexus website for details, including RSVP instructions. Copies of the book will be available at 25% discount (cash and checks only, please).

Added by Amy Lang on December 04, 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

New Recipe Book for Peace Available Online

PALESTINIAN AND JEWISH RECIPES FOR PEACE is a delightful 100-page volume of recipes for the table and for relationship-building at home, on campus and around the world. Generous illustrations accompany the 25 human stories behind 71 of the best ancestral dishes of participants in the 13-year-old Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue Group in San Mateo, California. More description and many reviews are at: http://traubman.igc.org/recipes.htm

Added by Amy Lang on November 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Update from the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue

The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue (www.sustaineddialogue.org) is directed by NCDD Board member Hal Saunders. Recently we got a report from Randa Slim, IISD vice president, on two exciting IISD initiatives in the Middle East. Click on the link below to read about the Arab-American-European Dialogue and the Arab Democracy Barometer Project, both sponsored by IISD.

Read the rest of "Update from the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue"

Added by Amy Lang on November 18, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Heartful Communication Workshops Offered for the Holiday Season

As the holiday season approaches, many may feel concerned about what kind of communication will accompany family gatherings. Sharda Miller from The Listening Path (www.thelisteningpath.com) is offering a series of workshops designed to improve family communication. Each experiential evening will be spent addressing the challenges that can cloud family visits. Using skills from active listening and non-violent communication, participants will listen to each others?’ concerns and explore ways to bring more skillful means to the ?“table?”. Times and dates are as follows:

Oakland Monday afternoon, December 5, 1-3 p.m. OR
Oakland Tuesday evening, December 6, 7-9 p.m. OR
San Mateo Wednesday evening, December 7, 7-9 p.m. OR
Marin Monday evening, December 12, 7-9 p.m.

Suggested donation is $10-35/evening. For more information or to sign up, email or call 510-435-2327.

Added by Amy Lang on November 17, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Sullivan University Seeks Adjunct Faculty Members

Sullivan University offers a completely online Master of Science in Dispute Resolution degree (www.disputeresolution.sullivan.edu). Adjunct faculty members live and teach around the world in this program. Growth in the program requires the Department to seek additional adjunct faculty with the following credentials: (1) mediator/arbitrator practitioner experience portfolio; (2) terminal degree (preferred, not absolute with deep experience); (3) experience in graduate teaching (online highly desirable). Areas of Expertise for practitioner-teachers sought can be found at home.sullivan.edu/grad_school/graduate/curriculum/msdr/msdr_courses.html. If interested please contact the Chair at , or contact the department at

Added by Amy Lang on November 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Consensus Building Tools for New Challenges at the State and Local Levels

Mediate.com has just put out its latest e-newsletter and one of the featured stories details consensus building methods that have been used at state and local government levels. To read all about it, visit www.mediate.com/articles/pciJones1.cfm

Added by Amy Lang on November 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Join Communication For Change Retreat in Nagpur, India

This January 5-12, 2006 in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India, thousands will gather together for the retreat Communication for Change - An Experiment in Social Change . Endorsed by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the Bay Area Center for Nonviolent Communication, the principal teachers on the retreat will be Marshall Rosenberg and Dhammachari Subhuti. All are welcome to participate, donate to enable others' participation, or spread the word about this event. For information, contact John Abbe at , or 510-323-2646 or visit ourpla.net/cgi/pikie?CommunicationForChange.


Added by Amy Lang on November 13, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Opportunities to Learn about Videoletters

Videoletters is a unique initiative which is having a huge impact on bringing reconciliation to the Balkan states. In a region where war and conflict have driven close friends, neighbours and work colleagues apart into ethnically separate states, the film makers invited individuals and families to record video messages to their former associates. With this simple idea the Videoletters concept has grown into a whole movement - with TV broadcasts, dedicated internet cafes for sending messages and a touring show. In place of suspicion and animosity a new climate of optimism and trust is being built. Learn more about this initiative at a Videoletters Workshop this November 18 in London, England. The workshop will be a practical day where you can find out how the film makers, Eric van den Broek and Katarina Rejger, went about this initiative, and how you can adapt their ideas to your own work. The day will offer a comprehensive programme. Eric and Katarina will use film samples to present how Videoletters operates. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions, both in group Q&As and individually. There will also be ideas-sharing group discussions, supported by Eric and Katarina. And there will be technical advice on how to set this up. The workshop takes place from 10am to 5pm at EnlightenNext, 13 Windsor Street, London, N1. The event is organised by Frontiers of Film, which is the film screening branch of EnlightenNext, an educational charity working for the development of culture and consciousness. The day costs 95 and 60 for students, including lunch. We also have a limited number of assisted places on the workshop which you are welcome to enquire about. For more information, contact Steve Jackson on +44 (0)7970 149385 or by email at . And visit their website at www.videoletters.net/index.php?lang=en.

Added by Amy Lang on November 09, 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

"Clean Talk" Workshop Coming Up Nov. 17-18 in Denver, CO

Clean Talk is a communications model specifically designed for expressing challenging or difficult messages in ways that avoid the triggering of defensive responses. It enables facilitators to speak powerfully in groups while minimizing the possibility of creating a destructive wake of reaction. Clean Talk also opens up trust and allows for more responsibility to be shared in any conversation. For additional information, please see the attached document. Cliff Barry will be facilitating an Institute on the Common Good workshop entitled ?“Clean Talk.?” The founder of Shadow Work Seminars, Cliff has over 15 years of facilitation experience, and has led workshops across the US and Canada. The workshop takes place November 17-18, 2005 from 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM at Regis University's Lowell Campus, Adult Learning Center- Mountain View Room (11/17) and Main Hall 333 (11/18) in Denver, CO. The workshop registration fee is $125.00. For more information or to make a reservation contact Katie Bruen at or 303-458-4967.

Added by Amy Lang on November 06, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Reconciliation Leadership Training Courses Coming Up in Rhode Island and New York

Reconciliation Leaders are practical idealists for any challenge in any setting -family, community, organization, national or global institution - for a systems approach to influence and peace, arising from one's vocational calling, skillbuilding, a broad world view, a philosophy of life to be at peace in oneself. Courses offered this fall include "Work, Purpose, Place and Peace;" "The Practice of Reconciliation Leadership;" and "Reconciliation of Polarities and Certificate Ceremony." For more information about the Basic and Advanced Programs this fall and in 2006, go to www.global-leader.org and click on registration and/or curriculum.

Added by Amy Lang on November 02, 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

Interaction 2006 Calls for Conflict Resolution Workshop Proposals

Conflict Resolution Network Canada has just announced that Interaction 2006, its 9th biennial conflict resolution conference, will be held in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 7-10, 2006. Interaction 2006 will explore innovative ways peace and democracy can be strengthened in our communities through the effective use of dialogue and dispute resolution. All those interested are invited to submit a proposal for a workshop session or academic paper to Canada's largest conflict resolution conference. Please submit proposals on-line by October 31, 2005; their final deadline is November 30, 2005. For more information, or to submit a proposal, visit www.crnetwork.ca/conference/callforproposal.asp.

Added by Amy Lang on October 16, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program Now Available

Reconciliation Leaders?™ are committed to bring balance of career/home life, reflection time, and skills to deal with the high level of stress in their own and other people's lives. The Institute for Global Leadership has recently pionneered a training program for Reconciliation Leaders. Participants are welcome from all sectors and may participate in the full program or take courses in the Introduction program. They are currently offering courses on "The Practice of Reconciliation Leadership," "Reconciliation of Polarities" and others! For more information, contact Virginia Swain, Director, Institute for Global Leadership, Box 20044, Worcester, MA 01602 or call her at 508-753-4172 ext 3, www.global-leader.org/gl_home, click on "upcoming".

Added by Amy Lang on October 14, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Fullbright Scholarships in Peace and Conflict Resolution Accepting Applications

Applications continue to be accepted for some Fulbright Scholar awards for U.S. faculty or professionals to lecture abroad in conflict resolution or peace studies during the 2006-2007 academic year. Opportunities include awards in Congo, Korea, Russia, and Venezuela. Visit the Fullbright website at www.cies.org and contact the relevant program officer for more information. For Congo consult Debra Egan (), for Korea consult Mamiko Hada (), for Russia consult Andrew Riess (), and for Venezuela consult Carol Robles ().

Added by Amy Lang on October 13, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Fourth International Day for Peace in Niger Delta Coming Up Nov. 13-17

THE HAVIDS Niger Delta News Centre for Environment & Development will be sponsoring the Fourth International Day for Peace in the Niger Delta, to be held in November 13-17, 2005. The programme is the fourth in a series of annual events of multi media fora structured as an avenue for learning and sharing practical initiatives/experiences. It is designed to draw the attension of governments and publics and to highlight practical approaches to dealing with the problematic issues associated with oil and gas exploration communities in Nigeria. This event will also explore ways of achieving sustained understanding that will promote the wellbeing of the people of these communities. For more information, contact the Executive Director of the HAVIDS at 234-0803-3422-651.

Added by Amy Lang on October 13, 2005??-??Link to this entry

PCI Publishes New Research on State Dispute Resolution Programs

Each year, Policy Consensus Initiative (PCI) asks state dispute resolution and consensus building programs about their ongoing activities, their priorities, and their challenges. This year's ?“State Programs Updates?” features highlights from more than 25 dispute resolution and consensus building programs across the country. The past years?’ accomplishments include:

* Approval from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, the University of Arkansas System, and the state Department of Higher Education to formally launch a Center for Public Conflict Solutions at UALR.

* A legislative appropriation for Colorado?’s Office of Dispute Resolution, for the first time in 15 years, to fund administrative/program development. The funding is not a separate line item in the budget, but is now part of the judicial branch budget.

* A statutory amendment transferring the Massachusetts Office of Dispute Resolution from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance to the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where it is now free-standing institute under the Vice-Provost for Research.

* A $ 1.3 million Grant to the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from the U.S. Department of Education for comprehensive conflict management training packages for more 12,000 middle school staff and students in Ohio.

To download the complete PDF version 2005 State DR Programs Update (411 KB PDF), visit www.policyconsensus.org/directories/2005ProgramsUpdates.pdf

Added by Amy Lang on October 01, 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

Senator Dayton Introduces Department of Peace Legislation

On September 22nd, 2005, Senator Mark Dayton (D-MN) introduced the Department of Peace legislation into the U.S. Senate (Bill # S. 1756), calling for an elevation of the Reagan-established "Institute of Peace" to a Cabinet-level position. Speaking from the Senate floor, Dayton said, "If we are to remain the world's leader, and if we are to lead the world into a more secure and more prosperous future, we must become better known and more respected for our peacemaking successes than for our military forces. Peace, to have any lasting value, must be advanced, expanded and strengthened continuously. Doing so requires skill, dedication, persistence, resources, and, most importantly, people." To take action to support this initiative, consider calling and/or writing your senators, urging them to support this initiative (bill # is S. 1756). Contact your Senator at the U.S. capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121. To find your Representative, visit //www.vote-smart.org Tell the staffer who answers your call that you want your Senator to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Department of Peace legislation. Request a written response explaining your Senator's position and the reasoning behind it. To write your Representative, click below to get started. This will allow you to send an email or a fax to your congressperson. www.thepeacealliance.org/action. It's most effective if you call first, then follow-up with a fax or email.

Added by Amy Lang on September 23, 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

Update on Call for Department of Peace

A few days ago, we blogged about the Peace Alliance campaign to establish a U.S. Department of Peace (see here). We just got an update with some great news. At a meeting with Peace Alliance youth leaders in D.C., Senator Mark Dayton from Minnesota agreed to help "move this forward" on behalf of our children. It is a huge milestone in the campaign and for the future of this legislation to have a member of the Senate to express such interest. The Peace Alliance is asking for everyone's support to help us keep up this momentum with Senator Dayton. Call Senator Dayton's office today at 202-224-3244 and thank him for his interest and support on behalf of our children. The Peace Alliance is also encouraging children to call their Senators and Representative to ask them to support a Dept of Peace. Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at: (202) 224-3121. You can find your representatives at: www.vote-smart.org. The new bill number in the House of Representatives is HB 3760. On the House side, the bill already has three new co-sponsors and much interest from others. This is great news!

Added by Amy Lang on September 18, 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

Facilitators Needed for Youth-Police Day of Dialogue in Pasadena, CA

The Western Justice Center Foundation (WJCF), in collaboration with Pasadena based partners including the Office of Creative Connections, the YWCA and Office of Reconciliation Ministries are seeking youth and adult facilitators for an upcoming interactive dialogue between the Pasadena Police Department and youth ages 13-22. The dialogue will take place on October 29, 2005. WJCF will be hosting the event at Madison Elementary School from 1-4 p.m. in Pasadena, CA. They are seeking volunter youth facilitators and adult facilitators who team facilitate groups of 10-12 youth. The youth facilitators will be taking the lead for this event. Youth volunteers do not have to be formally trained in facilitation, but are encouraged to have some leadership experience and have worked with diverse groups in some form of facilitation or problem solving. Adult facilitators should have some form of training and experience to mentor youth facilitators through this process and feel comfortable working with youth. For more information, please email or call (626 584 7494 and ask for Kathy). They will also hold an orientation dinner for all facilitators on September 28, 2005 from 6-9 pm.

Added by Amy Lang on September 13, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Join In the Call For Peace on September 14!

On September 14th, 2005, legislation to establish a U. S. Department of Peace will be re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The primary function of a United States Department of Peace will be to research, articulate and facilitate nonviolent solutions to domestic and international conflict. The Department of Peace will employ proven and effective strategies for reducing violence in our country and around world, including nonviolent communication skills, conflict resolution techniques and cultural relationship building. Learn more at The Peace Alliance website: www.ThePeaceAlliance.org

If you support this action, contact your member of Congress on, right before or after, Wednesday, September 14th. Contact your Representative at the U.S. capitol switchboard: (202) 224-3121. To find your Representative, visit www.vote-smart.org Tell the staffer who answers your call that you want your Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of the Department of Peace legislation. Request a written response explaining your member's position and the reasoning behind it. (You can call your local office as well.) It is most effective if you call the D.C. office first, then follow-up with a fax or email.To write your Representative, click below to get started. This will allow you to send an email or a fax to your congressperson. www.thepeacealliance.org/action

Added by Amy Lang on September 13, 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

New Opportunity to Coach Youth in Conflict Resolution in Pasadena, CA

The Western Justice Center Foundation (www.westernjustice.org), a group dedicated to teaching children conflict resolution skills, is now inviting volunteers to be coach-mentors at this year?’s Peer Mediation Invitational (PMI): ?“Many Voices, One World.?” The PMI provides youth from nearly 60 schools throughout LA County with skills to work collaboratively and resolve conflicts. There will be two events: an elementary school workshop on Monday, November 7 at 9am, and a middle and high school workshop on Wednesday, November 9 at 9am, both in Pasadena California. For more details and to register, contact Jordan at (626) 584-7494 or email .

Added by Amy Lang on September 01, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Fullbright Peace and Conflict Resolution Scholar Awards Available for 2006-2007

There are still some Fulbright Scholar opportunities to lecture or conduct research abroad during the 2006-2007 academic year including awards in conflict resolution or peace studies in Korea, Nicaragua, Tunisia, Ukraine and Venezuela. Conflict Resolution is also a priority field for some "All Disciplines" awards for which applications continue to be accepted, for example in Bosnia, Cyprus, Georgia, and Guatemala. Awards for both faculty and professionals range from two months to an academic year. Foreign language skills are needed in some countries, but most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. U.S. citizenship is required for all awards; university teaching experience is required for all lecturing awards. For available awards, other eligibility requirements, and online application, visit the Fullbright Web site at www.cies.org. Some deadlines have passed, so consult the relevant program officer before applying.

Added by Amy Lang on September 01, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Music Events Create Dialogue on Arab-Israeli Peace

In a recent email, Libby and Len Traubman told us about the many Middle East peace initiatives focused around sharing music. In New Hampshire, Playing for Peace (applehill.org/p4p/) pioneered the process of promoting peace through playing music together. Chigago Symphony Music Director Daniel Barenboim has also been active in bringing classical music to the struggle for Jewish-Arab peace: read news stories about his work at traubman.igc.org/piano.htm and traubman.igc.org/messages/291.htm. His latest event brought Jewish and Arab youth together to play in an unprecedented concert in Ramallah on Monday Aug. 22, 2005. Read about this exciting collaboration in The Guardian: www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,1553956,00.html and in Ha'aretz: www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/pages/ShArt.jhtml?itemNo=207422&contrassID=2&subContrassID=11&sbSubContrassID=0&listSrc=Y.

Added by Amy Lang on August 24, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Training Opportunities at the Upcoming 2005 Restorative Justice Conference

The Forum on Restorative Community Justice and The Boulder County Training Collaboration have just announced two special training opportunities with Dr. Mark Umbreit, to be held in conjunction with the 2005 Restorative Justice Conference in Boulder, CO from September 11-14. The new workshops are on "Restorative Dialog in Cases of Serious Crime" (Friday September 9th) and "Healing the Wounds of Cultural Conflict & Violence Through Restorative Dialog" (Saturday, September 10th). In addition the Conference will sponsor a one-day mini conference on Restorative Justice on the College Campus on September 11. Preconference workshops are available for CEL and CEU credits. To check out the program and to register for these training opportunities or the conference itself, visit www.coloradorestorativejustice.org/conferences/2005conference.asp

Added by Amy Lang on August 22, 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

Registration Deadline Approaching for VOMA Conference

There's only 3 weeks remaining (August 31 is the deadline) for early registrations for the 2005 Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA) conference being held in Philadelphia, October 24-28, 2005. The conference brochure and registration form are online at voma.org/conf05.shtml. Along with the conference, VOMA will be offering 12 trainings during a 3 day training institute, with courses on Introductory Victim-Offener Conferencing, School-based restorative processes, Issues instarting a victim offender or community mediation program, Fund development and program management through the National Association For Community Mediation, Addressing sexual abuse restoratively and others. If you have any questions, contact Lorraine Stutzman Amstutz at .

Added by Amy Lang on August 09, 2005??-??Link to this entry

News From The September Project

The September Project is a grassroots effort to encourage public events on freedom, democracy, and citizenship in libraries on or around September 11. Libraries around the world are organizing public and campus events, such as: displays about human rights and historical documents; talks and performances about freedom and cultural difference; and film screenings about issues that matter. In a recent update, the organizers reported that there are September Project events being organized in 310 libraries in 14 countries. In some countries, like Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Spain, and Sri Lanka, there are multiple libraries participating. In some countries, like Israel and Italy, there are public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries participating. In the US, there are libraries in 38 states (and Washington, DC!) participating in the project. Check out the map that represents the global scope of the project: www.drizzle.com/%7Eklockner/cgi-bin/tsp/2005/map.cgi. If you would like to involve your community library, contact the September Project at www.theseptemberproject.org.

Added by Amy Lang on August 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Civic Life International Invites Research & Collaboration

Civic Life International, a collaborative non-profit organization using journalism, dialogue and deliberative methods to promote civic education and the participation of citizens in public policy, seeks position papers, funding research and logistic partnerships in support of the Second Niger Delta Deliberative forum. The Niger Delta Forum is a collaborative project directed at creating a public space for citizens and other stakeholders in the oil rich region to engage and discover shared assumptions, shared awareness as well as shared connectedness towards working together. For more information and to receive a copy of the discussion guide, "Better Life From Oil Wealth, What Public Prescription" framed by citizens at the first forum held last year, please contact Civic Life International at or visit on the web at www.civiclifeint.org.

Added by Amy Lang on August 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Join the Compassionate Listening Project in Israel-Palestine this November

From November 6-20, 2005 the Compassionate Listening Project will lead a delegation of citizens to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. The two-week journey will begin in Jerusalem with an intensive training in Compassionate Listening. They will then listen to and dialogue with Israelis and Palestinians from all sides of the conflict, and learn from reconciliation leaders. Through daily practice in the field and group sessions, participants will come away with a thorough nderstanding of Compassionate Listening, a practical skill for daily life. Participation of individuals from all backgrounds and nationalities is welcome. The trip will be co-led by CLP's Jewish-Palestinian facilitator team, Leah Green and Maha El-Taji. For further details and registration visit www.compassionatelistening.org/trips.html or call 360-297-2280. To learn more about the practice of Compassionate Listening, check out CLP's upcoming workshops (www.compassionatelistening.org/workshops.html) and advanced training dates (www.compassionatelistening.org/advanced.html)

Added by Amy Lang on August 04, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Restorative Justice Conference Coming Up in Colorado

The Forum on Restorative Community Justice will be holding a conference on the theme of "Weaving the Values of Community Justice" this September in Estes Park, Colorado. From Sept. 11-14, the conference will offer over 50 workshops and a chance to network and acquire new skills. Registration is $200 for Restorative Community Justice Members and $250 for non-members. For more information visit www.coloradorestorativejustice.org or contact The Forum on Restorative Community Justice at PO Box 1146 Broomfield CO 80038, tel. 720-904-2322.

Added by Amy Lang on August 02, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Public Conversations Project Announces 2005-2006 Training Line-Up

Public Conversations Project has just announced its 2005-2006 workshop line up, which includes trainings in Boston, Dallas, Albuquerque, and San Diego. Workshops cover themes like The Power of Dialogue; Inquiry as Intervention; Staying Grounded When on the Spot; and The Art of Interviewing. To learn more about PCP's complete workshop series, visit www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?catid=51 or contact Manda at , or 617-923-1216 x13.

Added by Amy Lang on July 20, 2005??-??Link to this entry

New Graduate Program for Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Announced

The Public Policy Research Institute at the University of Montana is now offering a graduate-level program to help students negotiate the governance of natural resources through dialogue and problem solving. The only program of its kind in the US, The Natural Resources Conflict Resolution Program teaches students theories underlying collaboration, multiparty negotiation, consensus building, and deliberative dialogue as well as skills to prevent and resolve natural resources conflicts. Learn more about it at www.umtpri.org/academics/nrcrp

Added by Amy Lang on July 12, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Mary Robinson DVD Now Available

The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue has just produced a DVD that documents Mary Robinson's April 2005 visit to Simon Fraser University's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. The DVD commences with a brief biography of her remarkable accomplishments as Ireland's president and Human Rights Commissioner for the UN. It continues with the Dialogue with Mary Robinson, and culminates with the sold-out Power of Dialogue-Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue Luncheon. To view the DVD or to order a copy, visit www.sfu.ca/blaneyaward.

Added by Amy Lang on July 08, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Compassionate Listening Project Organizing Two Upcoming Events

The Compassionate Listening Project (www.compassionatelistening.org) has recently announced two major projects scheduled for this summer and fall. First, CLP hosts its 2nd Annual Summer Gathering at Camp Brotherhood, just north of Seattle, July 29th ?– 31st. They will offer a 2-hour experiential in Compassionate Listening on Saturday morning and there will also be time for advanced practice. For more information, go to www.compassionatelistening.org/summergathering. Second, CLP will be leading a Compassionate Listening delegation to Israel-Palestine from November 7-20. They invite anyone to join them in this important service project. For more details visit www.compassionatelistening.org/trips. CLP is also currently participating in the 11th International Conference of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which starts today in Arlington, VA and runs until July 11. If you're interested in attending the conference, go to www.compassionatelistening.org/conference.

Added by Amy Lang on July 06, 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

Association for Conflict Resolution Calls for Award Nominations

The Association for Conflict Resolution has just announced a call for nomintations for awards to be presented at its Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 28-October 1, 2005. The awards span a variety of accomplishments, including best dispute resolution essay, youth scholarship, mediation, international peacemaking, and leadership in the field. Nominations should be submitted via email by July 22, 2005 to the contact listed for each award. Full details for each award are posted at www.acrnet.org/about/awards/index.htm

Added by Amy Lang on July 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Registration Deadline Approaching for Conflict Resolution Conference

The Association for Conflict Resolution is holding their Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 28-October 1, 2005. The conference offers over 200 workshops, including training and mini-plenary sessions. Register now and receive the Early Bird discount through August 8, 2005. Visit www.acrnet.org/conferences/ac05/index.htm for more information and to register online.

Added by Amy Lang on July 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

International Nonviolence Conference Coming Up in December

We just heard from Nonviolence Peaceforce (www.nonviolentpeaceforce.org) about the International Nonviolence Conference that will be held December 27-30, 2005 at Bethlehem University in Palestine. Sponsored by Nonviolence International, the conference will address the Theory and Practice of Nonviolence, Palestinian Nonviolent Movements, Nonviolence Past, Present and Future and Religion and Nonviolence. For more information on the conference visit www.nonviolenceinternational.net.

Added by Amy Lang on July 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Palestinian-Jewish Family Weekend Invites Participants

The Third Annual Palestinian-Jewish Weekend "Oseh Shalom ~ Sanea al-Salam Family Peacemakers Camp" has just been announced for Sept. 16-18, 2005 in the Sierra Mountains. The camp invites Jewish, Muslim and Christian families from across the US, Israel and Palestine to join in traditional camp activities, dialogue and relationship-building. For more information, or to register visit traubman.igc.org/camp2005.htm or contact Ann Gonski at Camp Tawonga at Tel. 415-543-2267 or email

Added by Amy Lang on July 04, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Conflict Resolution Day Announced for October 20, 2005

The Association for Conflict Resolution has just announced it will be organizing a Conflict Resolution Day for October 20, 2005. ACR aims to raise public awareness about the benefits of conflict resolution by organizing events and activities across the nation. They invite anyone with an interest in this issue to take action by organizing a community presentation, talking to a reporter or contacting a policy maker about conflict resolution. For more ideas about how to participate, visit www.ACRnet.org/crday or email .

Added by Amy Lang on July 03, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Report on Peace Camps Available Online

We just heard from Libby and Len Traubman about a new report about Middle-East Peace Camps that is now available online. In January 2005 26 camp leaders -- Palestinians, Israelis, Americans, Canadians -- met in Kalamazoo, Michigan for the first time as guests of the Fetzer Institute. Their shared experiences were distilled into a report that will hopefully improve peace camps and energize relationship-building activities everywhere. To learn more about the meeting, and to download the report visit traubman.igc.org/campconf.htm

Added by Amy Lang on June 30, 2005??-??Link to this entry

VOMA Conference Coming Up in October

The International Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA) is an information resource, activist and membership organization dedicated to advancing the principles and effective practice of restorative justice. Their 2005 Conference, on the theme of "Restorative Justice: Imagining the Possibilities" is set for October 24-28, in Philadelphia, PA. The conference will cover issues including basic principles of restorative justice, diversity, using dialogue processes, and understanding restorative justice within the context of the larger community. For more information on VOMA, check out their website: voma.org/index.html. For more information or to register for the conference visit voma.org/conf05.shtml.

Added by Amy Lang on June 28, 2005??-??Link to this entry

The Peace Company Offers New Online Course in Peace Building

The Peace Company is offering a new online course on The Fundamentals of Peace Building this September. The 6-week course covers the four basic principles of peace: Community, Witness, Nonviolence, and Cooperation, as well as an examination of participants' personal roles as peacebuilders. The course is designed especially for those interested in growing in their work as peacebuilders whether in the family, in organizational life, in community relations, or international affairs. For further details or to register for the course, visit www.thepeacecompany.com/store/prod_pli_FundamentalsOfPeacebuilding.php

Added by Amy Lang on June 25, 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

"Potlucks for Peace" Promote Dialogue About Middle East

We just heard from Libby and Len Traubman about one person who is making a big difference to dialogue on the Middle East in Ottawa, Canada. Qais Ghanem () is a Yemeni-born professor of medicine at the University of Ottawa. He was inspired to start "Potlucks for Peace" after attending a panel on the Middle East that quickly descended into a shouting match. Seeking to promote civil dialogue on the issues, he extended his hands (and his living room!) to both Arabs and Jews in Ottawa, the capital of Canada in early 2003. Today in Spring 2005, "Potlucks for Peace" -- 60 women and men -- continue to recruit new Arab and Jewish members. Many of the participants had had little or no contact with members of the other group before coming to their first meeting. Visit the Potlucks for Peace website for more information on this group www.potlucksforpeace.org.

Added by Amy Lang on June 17, 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

Agape Foundation Invites Nominations for First Annual Peace Prize

The San Francisco-based Agape Foundation (www.agapefn.org) is a nonprofit public foundation that raises and distributes funds to nonviolent social change organizations committed to peace and justice issues. To that end, the foundation has established the Agape Peace Prizes in order to bring recognition to Northern California peacemakers, organizations, and individuals. The Long Haul Prize honors a Northern California peace- maker who has made a sustained effort to create peace in their community, nationally, or internationally. The Rising Peacemaker Prize recognizes a peacemaker making a critical difference who has been working for peace for five years or less. Winners will receive a $500 cash prize and capacity building assistance from Bay Area experts and trainers. Nominations are due by June 25. For more details and a nomination form, visit the Agape Foundation website: http://www.agapefn.org/ppnom/ppform.html.

Added by Amy Lang on June 16, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Workshop on Non-Violent Communication Coming Up in Cambridge, MA

"Creating Compassionate Families & Schools" is a weekend workshop from August 12-14, co-sponsored by Nonviolent Communication Boston, Cambridge Peace Commission, the Center for Peaceable Schools at Lesley University, and the Institute for Peaceable Communities. The focus of the workshop is learning and practicing the consciousness and skill-set of Nonviolent Communication (NVC), as developed by Marshall Rosenberg. Teachers, school administrators, parents and child-care workers are encouraged to attend. Tuition is $175 for full weekend, $145 for full weekend with early registration discount (registration form & payment received by July 1), and $100 for Friday night and Saturday sessions only. For more information visit the NVC Boston Website: www.nvcboston.org.

Added by Amy Lang on June 16, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Fullbright Grants Available for Peace and Conflict Resolution Studies

The Fulbright Scholar Program is now offering 117 lecturing, research, and lecturing/research awards in political science for the 2006-2007 academic year. These include awards specifically for peace studies and conflict resolution in India, Korea, Nepal, Philippines, and Ukraine. Awards for both faculty and professionals range from two months to an academic year. Many awards specify project and host institution, but there are also a number of open "All Disciplines" awards that allow candidates to propose their own project and determine their host institution affiliation. Foreign language skills are needed in some countries, but most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2005. U.S. citizenship is required. For information, other eligibility requirements, and the online application, visit their Web site at www.cies.org.

Added by Amy Lang on June 16, 2005??-??Link to this entry

UK Restorative Justice Conference to be Held in November

The International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP), Family Rights Group and Real Justice UK & Ireland will present a conference entitled "The Next Step: Developing Restorative Communities," on November 9-11, 2005, in Manchester, England, UK. The conference will emphasize the convergence of efforts among multiple agencies and fields - including schools, child welfare and criminal justice - to do restorative practices. Go to http://iirp.org/man05/ for more details.

Added by Sandy on June 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry

News From the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (www.sustaineddialogue.org) is a network of 16 colleges and universities across the nation focusing on communication that addresses deep-seated social issues such as racism, religion, sexual orientation, and class. In addition to on-campus activities, the SDCN recently organized its 2nd National Conference that took place April 9-10, attracting about 130 students and administrators from 18 colleges and high schools around the country. By all accounts, the conference was a great success, generating much networking and problem-solving. The SDCN also produces a monthly newsletter about its activities - to subscribe to the newsleter email . For a preview of the May/June newsletter, click on the link below.

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Added by Amy Lang on June 13, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Practice of Peace Conference Coming up in September

Suzanne Maxwell asked us to announce an exciting upcoming conference on the Practice of Peace sponsored by ProcessWorks, Wellspring Associates, and Global Abundance Alliance. Inspired by the success of the first Practice of Peace conference in 2003, this year's theme is "Peace in a World of Conflict: Moving Beyond What We Know to What Is Possible." The conference invites anyone who is interested in peace and justice issues to take part in open conversation, dialogue, and the exploration of new projects, networks and ideas. The conference takes place in Albequerque, NM, from September 21-24, 2005. Check out the conference website at www.practiceofpeace.com. For more information, contact Kate Miller (505-867-2403) or Suzanne Maxwell (505-867-3942) . Click on the link below for more details about the conference.

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Added by Amy Lang on June 08, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Radio Station Promotes Dialogue in Israel-Palestine

We just heard from Libby and Len Traubman about All for Peace, a grassroots, citizen-run Israeli-Palestinian radio station that broadcasts in Hebrew, English and Arabic. It promotes dialogue by offering up different perspectives on current affairs - perspectives that don't get heard in either side's mainstream media. The station also features an eclectic mix of music in all three languages. They are on the air and on the web 24 hours a day - check them out in the Holy Land at 107.2 FM, and on the web at www.allforpeace.org.

Added by Amy Lang on June 06, 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.

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Added by Amy Lang on June 05, 2005??-??Link to this entry

3rd Annual Dept. of Peace Conference coming up in September

The Peace Alliance will hold its third annual Department of Peace conference September 10-12, 2005 in Washington, DC. The Peace Alliance will re-introduce legislation for a Cabinet-level Department of Peace as a tribute to victims of September 11th. Learn more and register at
www.ThePeaceAlliance.org or call (586) 754-8105.

Added by Sandy on May 25, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Shambhala Institute Newsletter Available Online

The Shambhala Institute is now posting its newsletter Fieldnotes online. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Shambhala Institute is dedicated to promoting positive change through leadership courses, partnerships and community-building, using principles of the Shambhala wisdom tradition. Check out their most recent newsletters at www.shambhalainstitute.org/Fieldnotes.

Added by Amy Lang on April 27, 2005??-??Link to this entry

PCP Announces Spring Line-Up of Workshops

Click below for the menu of workshops the Public Conversations Project will offer in the next few months. The trainings range from one to two days in length and will take place in San Diego as well as greater Boston. PCP's much-touted training program enhances participants' capacity to plan, facilitate, and engage in more constructive conversations in their professional, civic, and personal lives.

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Added by Sandy on March 17, 2005??-??Link to this entry

World Security Network Foundation Calls for Dialogue among Christians and Muslims

In its March 2 newsletter, the elite World Security Network Foundation put out a strong call for Muslims and Christians to engage in dialogue. According to the Foundation, there are a lot of well-intentioned Muslim-Christian dialogue initiatives, "but progress is close to zero." Click below for their reasoning, and for the rest of the message.

The aim of the World Security Network is to rouse people out of their apathy, to raise awareness of trouble spots before wars break out, to outline proposed solutions and to draw media attention to security issues at an early stage. Above all, however, it aims to network the "strategic community" - politicians, journalists, academics and opinion-leaders around the world - and to convey new creative ideas and policy recommendations to decision-makers at lightening speed via the Internet. Their weekly newsletter goes out to over 160,000 members of the global information elite all over the world.

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The Compassionate Listening Project Announces Upcoming Events & Workshops

I just received the Compassionate Listening Project's 2005 calendar in my inbox. Of particular interest are the Compassionate Listening Intensives, "Healing Our World from the Inside Out" (March 4-6 in Mt. Vernon, Washington; April 8-10 in South Bend, Indiana; April 16-17 in Lawrence, Kansas; May 6-8 in Everett, Washington; May 13-15 in Eugene, Oregon; June 3-5 in Denver, Colorado; and June 13-17 in Brattleboro, Vermont). To learn more about these trainings or to register, go to www.compassionatelistening.org/workshops.html. Click below for the full listing of the Compassionate Listening Project's upcoming events and trainings.

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Added by Sandy on February 28, 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.

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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.

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Report on Engaging Armed Groups in Peace Processes Available Online

Conciliation Resources' Accord (www.c-r.org/accord) programme has just published a report
of the 2004 joint analysis workshop: Engaging Armed Groups in Peace Processes. The report presents some of the challenges presented by engaging armed groups, and a series of recommendations for future work,
including the need to: better understand armed groups and how they make choices; improve how we articulate the case for engagement; consider engagement within the wider context of peace and conflict; counter the state-actor bias of the international system in peace processes; and improve the track one / track two relationship in the process of engaging armed groups.
The full text is available free online at www.c-r.org/accord/ansa/index.shtml or can be ordered in print online.

Added by Amy Lang on January 28, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Online Course in Transforming Civil Conflict Offered by Bradford University

We heard about a new and interesting online course offered in February and March of 2005. "Transforming Civil Conflicts"is an online course developed by The Network University in cooperation with Bradford University. The four-week course familiarises participants with contemporary theories of conflict and conflict resolution, provides them with a range of relevant information on conflict on the Internet, and practical issues and debates from within the field. Participants are brought together in a 'learning community' with coaches and experts with a professional interest in conflict (transformation). There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for participants from the 'global south'. For more information on upcoming dates for the course, visit the university website: www.netuni.nl, the course demosite: www.netuni.nl/demos/tcc, or send an email to Bart Overbeek: .

Added by Amy Lang on January 27, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Compassionate Listening Training to be Held in U.K. for First Time

Just got word today from Leah Green at the Compassionate Listening Project that Compassionate Listening is making its way to the UK! In addition to a February training in East Sussex in the U.K., there are also workshops coming up in the U.S. in the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina; Mt Vernon and Everett, Washington; Oakland, California, and Denver, Colorado. Go to the Compassionate Listening Project's website for more details or to register, or click below for info about the U.K. training.

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News from the Public Conversations Project...

The Public Conversations Project's December E-News focuses on "Talking About Politics across Divides." The e-newsletter announces some great resources designed to help those who with to engage in respectful, meaningful conversations with people who have vast political differences. PCP's Executive Director, Laura Chasin, recently wrote an article for the Christian Science Monitor's "Talking with the Enemy" series, and PCP has created some resources around that series. Click below to learn more about all of this, and to check the dates for PCP's highly acclaimed trainings this spring.

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2005 Trainings & Events of the Institute for Global Leadership

Virginia Swain (Director of The Institute for Global Leadership) emailed me on Tuesday with a list of upcoming courses and events that are part of the Institute's Reconciliation Leadership?™ Certificate Program. Click below for more details about these Cambridge, Massachusetts, Tiverton, Rhode Island and New York City events and trainings.

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Public Conversations Project Offers a Selection of Fall Trainings

Same-sex marriage. US foreign policy. The environment. The Public Conversations Project (PCP) helps people engage in meaningful conversations that deepen their understanding of complex issues like these. Their high-quality trainings are designed to help participants find constructive alternatives to stuck conflicts and to strengthen their connections with people in their communities, workplaces, and homes. Click below for the fall lineup of trainings (Inquiry as Intervention, The Power of Dialogue, etc.) and a spotlight on "The Art of Interviewing: Transforming Stories about Conflict."

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November Course on Resolving Land Use Disputes Focuses on Dialogue

Merrick Hoben of the Consensus Building Institute asked me to share an announcement with you about an upcoming course on Resolving Land Use Disputes. The course will be held November 4-5, 2004 in Ventura, California. The course emphasizes a consensus building approach to resolving land use disputes that brings all the relevant stakeholders together for face-to-face dialogue. Click below for the full announcement or register at www.lincolninst.edu.

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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.

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220 Israeli and Palestinian Educators Are Preparing a Revolution in the Education System

Leah Green of the Compassionate Listening Project forwarded this July 23 message to her Reconciliation List, and I thought I'd share it with you folks. The message begins...

In a demonstration of strength in the belief that ?“there is someone on the other side to talk to?” more than 220 teachers and educators from Israel and from Palestine met this past week for an encounter and teacher training seminar. These teachers are taking part in the Peace Education Program of IPCRI - the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information - which is being run in more than 50 high schools in Israel and more than 30 in the West Bank....

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Opportunity to Share Your Stories of Peace-Building

Ann Mason of the Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation wanted the D&D community to know about an opportunity for folks to share their stories about peace-building on their newsletter webpage. Read Ann's entire message below, or email her with your peace-building story at .

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Basic Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Programme

Click below to read more about Virginia Swain's quality certificate program called "The Basic Reconciliation Leadership?™ Certificate Programme for Professional, Community, Institutional, Religious and International Change in a Time of Great Challenge." Or just go to www.global-leader.org and click on upcoming.

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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 .

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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.

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Online Peace University to be Held this Fall

from TRANSCEND Global Centre in Romania asked us to annnounce Transcend Peace University (TPU), which begins in September. Practitioners and students from around the world will come together online to participate in TPU this fall. Since 1996, over 300 on-site skills institutes have been offered for over 6,000 participants around the world, using the TRANSCEND manual "Conflict Transformation By Peaceful Means," published by the United Nations...

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Added by Sandy on July 01, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Public Conversations Project Announces Two Job Openings

The highly-respected Public Conversations Project seeks to fill two job openings, one for an Information and Office Coordinator, and one for an Outreach and Fundraising Coordinator. PCP's offices are in Waterbury, Massachusetts (outside Boston). FYI: I received this announcement on June 29, 2004. Click below to read about these positions.

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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.

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PeaceWeb to Hold Summer Workshop Series in Tucson

PeaceWeb's summer workshop series, "Building Peace From the Inside Out," will take place this July and August in Tucson, Arizona. The registration fee for each of the five workshops is $99. PeaceWeb has a 22-year history as The National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (NCPCR), which produced 11 international gatherings of adult and youth peacemakers.

PeaceWeb's southwest region is sponsoring this summer workshop series, which includes workshops with these compelling titles: Acting for a Change; Being Your Centerpiece: Creating Peace By Honoring Yourself First And Foremost; Visioning: Utilizing Tribal Practices For Dispute Resolution; Untangling The Knot: Overcoming Obstacles To Agreement; and Exploring the Enneagram: Seeing Into the Heart of Conflict. Click below for more details.

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Calling the Question Project Seeks Director

Those of you on the NCDD Discussion list know all about this exciting new project and this career opportunity. But for those of you who aren't (yet) on the list (go to www.edgateway.net/ncdd to subscribe), Calling the Question is a joint initiative of the Mainstream Media Project and the Harvard Global Negotiation Project which seeks to shift the national conversation from partisanship to problem-solving by engaging a broad spectrum of the public in calling in to talk radio, querying candidates in media and live appearances, and reframing policy debates by asking open, breakthrough, ?“third side?” questions that blame no one but encourage us to think in practical terms about what we can do together to resolve the challenges that confront us all. Click below to read more about the project and to look over the Program Director job description.

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AFCC Seeks Associate Editor for Family Court Review

I received this announcement yesterday from Peter Salem, Director of the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts. AFCC is looking for an Associate Editor for the quarterly academic and research journal Family Court Review. They are looking for someone with a social and/or behaviorial science background, preferably affiliated with an academic institution...

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Marshall Rosenberg Receives Man of Peace Award

Marshall Rosenberg, creator of Nonviolent Communication, received the 2004 Man of Peace Award today. The award was given by the Peace Prayer Organization in New Mexico, and the award interview can be heard at www.transradio.com (Show #1059). To learn more about Nonviolent Communication, go to the website of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC).

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Peacemaking in the 21st Century: Inner Peace, Outer Action

There's still time to register for "Peacemaking in the 21st Century: Inner Peace, Outer Action," June 17-20, 2004, at the University of Maine in Orono, ME. It's the first of an annual series co-sponsored by the University's Peace Studies Program and the Maine Humanities Council and is meant to create a forum for those interested in peace issues throughout the world. The conference will include six speakers and 24 sessions on such topics as Moving from the Contemplative to Action, Poets and Writers for Peace, Restorative Justice, Peace and Reconciliation, and Native Rights and Human Rights. Speakers include Colman McCarthy, former Washington Post columnist who directs the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, D.C.; Kathy Kelly, who joined the Iraq Peace Team in Baghdad in 2002; and Hope magazine publisher Jon Wilson. To find out more about the content of the conference, call (207) 581-2609 or visit http://dll.umaine.edu/peace/. For registration information, call (207) 581-4094, or visit www.umaine.edu/conferences.

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PCP Invited to Participate in Conference on Communication about Climate Change

The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO has invited the Public Conversations Project to participate in an interdisciplinary conference on climate change communication. Sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the June conference seeks to: 1) take stock of what different disciplines know about climate change communication and identify connections among them; 2) foster communication across disciplinary lines to improve communication; and 3) develop a research and action agenda to enable people to act on what they know. Kathy Regan, PCP's Program Coordinator, will bring a dialogic perspective to a panel exploring the question: "How Can Climate Change Communication Be Improved?"

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CONTACT Summer Institute Offers Four Week-Long Electives

The School for International Training's CONTACT program - Conflict Transformation Across Cultures - is a professional development program designed to strengthen and support the community-building, coexistence and conflict intervention and resolution efforts of peacebuilders from the United States and around the world. Participants can enroll in a 2-3 week residential Summer Institute at SIT?’s Vermont campus (this year taking place from May 31 to June 18, 2004), or the Graduate Certificate program, which includes the Summer Institute, an additional week in residence at SIT's Vermont campus (this year from June 19 - June 23) followed by a practicum, coursework delivered through interactive distance learning, and a seminar, held either at a regional field site or at SIT. As part of the June Summer Institute, CONTACT is offering several electives that can be taken independently. These electives offer an opportunity to learn new skills and to study with their international community of peacebuilders. The electives are five-day courses, June 14-18, each of which costs $600. Scholarships or special rates may apply for non-profits and students. Email for more details or click below to read about the electives.

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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 .

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Fall 2004 Peace Studies Program in South Africa

People to People Ambassador Programs is coordinating a delegation of professionals specializing in peacemaking and conflict resolution who will travel to South Africa October 16-27, 2004. Delegates will visit professionally related sites and meet with those specializing in conflict transformation, reconciliation, peace studies, restorative justice, and other related areas. The exchange will include extensive discussions on the application of diverse conflict resolution and peacebuilding strategies to address critical social issues, e.g. racism and the residual effects of slavery and apartheid, domestic violence, the AIDS epidemic, gangs....

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Compassionate Listening Project Fosters Jewish-German Reconciliation

The Compassionate Listening Project will offer a unique training in the Washington DC area October 10-18, 2004. The project, which fosters reconciliation among Jews and Germans, was held in Germany in 2002 and 2003, and this will be the first time it is offered in the U.S. Jewish and German participants ?– from all nations ?– are welcome to participate. Participants will learn the skills of Compassionate Listening and begin to explore and heal the Jewish-German wound. For more details, contact co-directors Brian Berman at (360/297-3358) or Andrea Cohen at (206/523-6018). Click below to read the full announcement.

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"Peaceworker Bootcamp" to be Held this Summer in Canada

A bootcamp of sorts for peaceworkers and potential peaceworkers will be held this summer in an old mountain range two hours west of Ottawa, Canada. The camp will be offered four times: May 30 - June 4, June 24-29, July 18-23, and August 8-13. The Peaceworker Bootcamp is an intensive 6-day hands-on learning experience in the Canadian wilderness for people who are or wish to become peaceworkers. The Peaceworker Bootcamp will introduce participants to the knowledge and skills necessary in preparing for voluntary or paid work in the fields of humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development assistance. Read the full announcement below, or contact Evan Hoffman (613-754-5283; ) for more info.

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Online Summer School on Conflict Transformation

The Network University is offering an Online Summer School on Conflict Transformation. This summer three award-winning, interactive courses on conflict transformation will be run online as part of an unique web-based program. The courses cover Youth Transforming Conflict (July 5-30), Transforming Civil Conflicts (August 9 - Sept. 3), and Gender and Conflict Transformation (Sept. 20 ?– October 15). For further info, go to www.netuni.nl or contact Ditta Dolejsiova () - or click below to read more.

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Summer Schedule for Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program

Virginia Swain sent me an announcement today about the Institute for Global Leadership's summer schedule for their UN-affiliated Basic Reconciliation Leadership?™ Certificate Program. Click below to read about the individual modules, which are held in June, July and August.

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Update and Call for Support for the U.S. Consensus Council

I received an email on April 23 from Rob Fersh, Director of the vital National Consensus Initiative. As Rob says, "there is no natural constituency for the USCC or any special interests who can put muscle behind it. Our main constituency is people, many from the field of conflict resolution, who understand the promise of the USCC to serve the nation in developing potentially wiser, more broadly supportable policy options to address important national problems. The goal of the USCC is to synthesize the insight and experience of people with differing points of view into policy proposals that reflect 'highest common denominator' solutions.

Rob needs all of us to fax the Congressmembers who have the power to move forward. Click below for contact info and instructions for doing this.

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Eight Jewish-Palestinian Peace Camps to be Held in North America this Summer

An email I received today from my friends Libby and Len Traubman outlined the growth of Jewish-Palestinian Peace Camps in the U.S. and Canada. As Len and Libby write, "Most Palestinians and Jews have never had an in-depth, sustained relationship, in the Middle East and worldwide. This "big disconnect" allows them to maintain stereotypes and dehumanize each other -- staying at a distance, doing what they're doing to one another at this moment. Thus the urgent need for a greatly enlarged public peace process to discover the "other" equally human, equally excellent persons -- expand our identification to include each other. Click below to learn about the 8 camps.

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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.

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Pilot Teleconferencing Dialogue Project a Success

A new project called Solis, directed by Liza Chambers, is a unique cross-cultural education program that enables college students in the United States and the Middle East to collaboratively explore the relationship between the two countries through dialogue. Solis' pilot Connect Program, which ran this winter, was a great success. Participating students from 5 colleges were divided into units, with each unit consisting of three students from universities in the U.S. and three students from universities in the Middle East. The units ?“met?” twice a week for an hour and a half for six weeks for live sessions via Solis' customized online collaboration application. The online application used is very intimate, allowing participants to see one another's facial expressions, hear tone of voice, and even share jokes. Students were also able to communicate asynchronously via websites that were created for each unit. There they could post messages and exchange ideas, via both video and text. Click below to read more.

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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.

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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.

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New Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation

The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation was formed in July of 2003 as a non-profit association based in Adelaide, South Australia. Its specific mission is to document, support, develop and present peace-building possibilities based upon storytelling processes to communities both locally and internationally, connecting via the Internet with the purpose of bringing adults and children together to share in the peace-building process.

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Added by Sandy on March 24, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Upcoming Trainings in Reconciliation Leadership

The Institute for Global Leadership is providing a new leadership and development certificate training program called ?“Reconciliation Leadership.?” Reconciliation Leadership arises from the leader?’s vocational calling, skill building and a philosophy of life to be at peace in oneself and be of service to others. The Program purpose is to activate the best of our humanity and reconcile the leadership crises of communities, institutions, nations and global entities for the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).

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Peaceforce Collecting Stories on the Power of Nonviolent Conflict Transformation

Mel Duncan, the Executive Director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, invites you to send in your stories and experiences in the power of nonviolent conflict transformation. Your stories will be published in future issues of the Peaceforce?’s e-newsletter. According to Mel, ?“by sharing your wisdom and your perspective, you will enrich our growing network of people who are working together to build the Nonviolent Peaceforce and alternatives to military intervention.?” Email your stories to . The Nonviolent Peaceforce is an international organization dedicated to creating a large-scale peace army of trained, paid civilians from every continent to intervene in conflict situations.

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NVC/Restorative Justice Conference in Helsinki this June

A conference called ?“Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a Process in Victim-Offender Mediation and Other Conflict Situations?” will be held June 5-6, 2004 in Helsinki, Finland. The head trainer will be Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of Nonviolent Communication. Participants will hear how NVC-based mediation is used in prisons, in police work and in schools in different countries.

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Opportunity to Attend AU?’s Summer Peacebuilding & Development Institute 2004

American University?’s Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute provides knowledge, practical experience and skills for practitioners, teachers and students involved in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and development. Held on AU's campus in Washington, DC, the Summer Institute will focus on various approaches to mediation, negotiation, facilitation, reconciliation and dialogue, particularly in conflict-torn and developing regions.

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Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Facilitates Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue in New York

The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, in partnership with the Dialogue Project, hosted a series of dialogues among Jewish-Palestinian groups in New York through their presentation of the John Adams opera ?“The Death of Klinghoffer.?” The Klinghoffer Dialogue Project, led by Ted Wiprud--Animating Democracy veteran through the American Composers Orchestra project ?“Coming to America?”--consisted of three pre-production dialogue sessions, each focusing on one aspect of the production: the words, the staging, and the music of the opera; and one postproduction dialogue offering an opportunity for participants to reflect and discuss related issues. In addition, as part of the ongoing Open Rehearsal Initiative, classes at three diverse Brooklyn high schools studied ?“The Death of Klinghoffer.?” Animating Democracy supported this project; a profile of the project is being developed for our website. www.brooklynphilharmonic.org/2003_2004/KlinghofferDP.htm

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ACR?’s 2004 Conference to be Held September 29 ?– October 2

The Association for Conflict Resolution will hold its large annual conference this year in Sacramento, California, Sept. 29 ?– Oct. 2, 2004. The conference theme will be ?“Valuing Peace in the 21st Century: Expanding the Art and Practice of Conflict Resolution.?” www.acrnet.org

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Update on the U.S. Consensus Council

Rob Fersh sent us an update on the USCC on January 8, 2004. Despite Congress' approval of a $1 million appropriation for establishment of the USCC, we are still waiting for the authorizing legislation to pass. When legislation is passed - and I'm confident that it will be! - the USCC will serve Congress in promoting consensus-based solutions to important national legislative policy issues. The USCC's role will be to convene diverse stakeholders on a particular issue and build agreements among them that reflect "win/win", highest common denominator solutions. Click the link below for Rob's full email.

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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.

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The Peace Company Celebrates the Season for Nonviolence

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi are the 20th century saints of nonviolence. They showed us that the moral force of love is indeed stronger than the coercive force of oppression. Every year, for 64 days between the anniversaries of the deaths of these two great men (January 30 and April 4), we celebrate the Season for Nonviolence, when individuals and groups all over the world are encouraged to re-commit themselves to nonviolence as a way of life and as a road to peace and social change.

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PCP offers Power of Dialogue training in Vancouver this March

The Public Conversations Project will offer its training ?“The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues?” March 25-27, 2004 in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). During this hands-on workshop, participants will explore ways to promote the type of meaningful dialogue that has the power to shift communication and relationships. Through the process of designing and facilitating an extended dialogue simulation, participants will learn the key elements of PCP dialogues. For a full description and registration information, visit: www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?page_id=123

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