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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

Authentic Leadership in Europe Workshop Coming Up in December

The Shambhala Institute has just announced an upcoming workshop called "Authentic Leadership in Europe: Empowering the Journey through Circle, Brush & Sword." In this intensive participants will increase their capacity for presence, courage, and flexibility. They will practice stepping back to allow creativity to emerge and stepping forward when intervention is called for, and will learn how to design change processes that include both broad engagement and a concrete plan of action. This intensive is for leaders and entrepreneurs of all levels-team or project leaders, facilitators, managers, executives, community builders, and other agents of change. The workshop will be led by oke Moeller, Barbara Bash & Bob Wing, from December 6-9, 2006 at the Heinsheim Castle Hotel, 1.5 hours south of Frankfurt, Germany. For more information, email Susan Szpakowski at .



Added by Amy Lang on July 29, 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

UC Davis Extension Offering New Program on Coaching

UC Davis Extension has just announced a new program, Coaching: Life and Career. In partnership with the Coaches Training Institute, this program will teach co-active coaching techniques that provide the foundation needed to become a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC). Participants work with certified coaches practicing coaching techniques with real people and real issues. Those interested in learning more about the program should plan to attend the free information session on August 30th from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St., in Sacramento California. Enroll in section 062OPE600. To learn more about the individual courses in this program, visit the program website at www.extension.ucdavis.edu/bm or call (800) 752-0881.

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

Seminar on Large Group Facilitation Coming up in November

Nancy Aronson and Gil Steil have just announced an exciting three-day workshop on custom designing large group interventions called "Large Group Design and Facilitation: What To Do When Your Whole System Gets Together." The workshop is coming up this November 1-3, 2006 at the Gregg Conference Center, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA. The workshop is aimed at consultants and organization leaders, and will cover large group design principles, group dynamics, facilitation methodologies and practice designing large group sessions tailored to participants needs. Cost is $1490 (includes, meals, new Bunker/Alban book, other materials, etc.). For more information or to reserve a spot on in the workshop, email Gil Steil at or Ferne Kuhn at .

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

Air Innovations Conference Coming Up in September

The fourth annual Air Innovations Conference will be held September 6-8, 2006 in Denver, Colorado. This event is sponsored by EPA in collaboration with the Department of Energy. Last year, more than 300 attended this successful conference and this year promises to be even better. The theme for this year's conference is Integrated Approaches for Environmental Results. The conference will provide the latest information on new and innovative approaches and technologies to achieve clean air goals. For further information on specific topics and to register, see the conference Web site,
www.cleanairinfo.com/airinnovations.

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

Volunteer Facilitation Opportunity Coming Up in Chicago

This summer the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission and AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org) are organizing one of the biggest townhall meetings ever in Chicago. This event is for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). It is a town hall meeting for up to 4,000 of its members to talk about the future of this union. They are currently seeking 400 table facilitators to participate in the event. If you are willing and able to volunteer a full day of your time on Thursday, Aug 10, please contact Diane B. Burke for a facilitator application form at Fax: 202-429-1064 or Email: .


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

Public Conversations Project Open House Coming Up June 27 in Boston

Public Conversations Project is inviting Boston-area NCDD colleagues to join them in welcoming Cherry Muse, the Public Conversations Project's new executive director, at an Open House on Tuesday, June 27th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served. If you plan to attend please RSVP to Christie Wren at 617-923-1216 ext 23 or email . The gathering will be held at the Family Institute of Cambridge, 51 Kondazian Street, Watertown MA (across the street from the Public Conversations Project). For directions, visit:
www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?page_id=170&catid=65.

Added by Amy Lang on June 23, 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

American Library Association Focusing on Civic Engagement

The American Library Association (ALA) has recently developed a focus on civic engagement. Invigorated by questions like "What has gone wrong with our democracy, and what should we do about it?" and "what is the public's role in democracy?" the ALA Fostering Civic Engagement Membership Initiative Group (MIG) will sponsor a Forum on Democracy's Challenge, Saturday, June 24, 2006, 1:30-3:30, at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. This forum is particularly important because it is critical to the success of a democracy that citizens learn how to deal with complex issues in company with people of diverse opinions. Anyone attending the conference is welcome to the workskhop. For more information on the Civic Engagement Membership Initiative Group, contact the MIG Co-Conveners: Nancy Kranich, ; Taylor Willingham, or Mary Ghikas, .

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

Nonviolent Communication Workshop Coming Up in New York

Roberta Wall will present Nonviolent Communication 101, a free workshop on Nonviolent Communication (NVC) for women this Wednesday, May 17th, 7-9:30 pm at the Red Tent Women?’s Project. NVC skills, as formulated by Marshall Rosenberg, help us express feelings and needs without attacking, to make requests without demanding, to receive seemingly critical or negative messages without taking them personally, giving up or giving in. The Red Tent Women?’s Project is the only women?’s community center in New York City. They welcome all who identify as women to the Red Tent Women?’s Project, whatever your walk of life, race, ethnicity, age, spiritual path, sexual orientation, country of origin, citizenship status, size, or socioeconomic level. It is located in Park Slope, Brooklyn at 338 4th Street between 5th & 6th Avenues in the ground floor apartment. For more information, call 718-866-5859 or check www.redtentwomensproject.org.

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

Art of Convening Workshop Coming Up in San Francisco

The Presidio Dialogues (www.thepresidiodialogues.org) will be hosting a dialogue about "The Art of Light-Handed Convening" on May 23, 2006 at 7PM. Some of the questions they'll consider are: What habits do we need to let go of in order to have true dialogue? When does facilitation draw attention to the process or the moderator rather than furthering the inquiry? How does dialogue emerge from among a group of strangers, and what conditions are the most evocative for true inquiry? What role does individual ego play? Registration is at 7:00 PM and the meeting begins at 7:15 pm. The location is the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, 747 Front St. (@ Broadway) 3rd Floor, San Francisco. Cost is $20 in advance by registering online; $25 in advance (by email, phone or check); $30 at the door. To register online, go to the website listed above. Or email .

Added by Amy Lang on May 11, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Circle of One Gathering Coming Up in July

The Indigenous Issues Forums (IIF) is planning a three day workshop called "Circle of One," to be held July 6-8 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The workshop will develop and practice circle facilitation skills, will focus on how to work from our strengths as we strive to facilitate difficult dialogues across difference, to restore relationships to wholeness, and to provide safe and respectful spaces to make collective decisions together. The workshop will also feature children's activities, elder speak, arts, games and reflection. Registration fees are $300 for the three-day workshop. The fee includes workshop materials and meals. Children 12 and under are free. For more information, please contact members of the IIF team: Harley Eagle at 204-786-6372 or 204-997-4838 ; Ruth Yellowhawk at 605-574-2165, or Lily Mendoza-Ducheneaux 605-341-7534, . Please register by Friday June 23rd.

Added by Amy Lang on May 05, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Group Facilitation Workshop Coming Up in San Francisco

Sam Kaner, author of the international best-seller, Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making (now in its 15th printing), will be leading workshop on group facilitation skills this June 20 - 22 at Community At Work in San Francisco. This is a unique opportunity for beginning and intermediate level facilitators to study with a nationally-recognized expert in the field. For more information, contact Duane Berger at (415) 641-9773 or .

Added by Amy Lang on May 02, 2006??-??Link to this entry

First National Conference on Precaution Coming Up in June

From June 9th ?– 11th, 2006 the University of Maryland School of Nursing will be sponsoring the First National Conference on Precaution. The conference aims to build the movement for precautionary action to prevent harm from environmental hazards. It features over 35 workshops on more than 50 model local, state and national policies and programs from Europe, Canada and the U.S.; effective precautionary tools, such as alternatives assessments to find safer substitutes, health investigations, full-cost accounting of pollution's ?“hidden costs?” and getting out of the ?“risk assessment box;?” collaborative strategies to build a broader movement for precaution among diverse groups; and trainings on community organizing, fundraising, campaign strategies, advocacy, media outreach, messaging and running for political office. This national event will bring together groups working on conservation, disease prevention, environmental justice, green purchasing, health, pesticides, toxic and nuclear pollution prevention, worker safety and health and more to build a stronger movement to protect our health and environment. Conference and hotel registration must be received by Friday, May 5th. To download a registration form, go to www.besafenet.com/ppconfregform.pdf. For additional registration information, please contact the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) at 703-237-2249 X 11, or .

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

First National Conference on Precaution Coming Up in June

From June 9th ?– 11th, 2006 the University of Maryland School of Nursing will be sponsoring the First National Conference on Precaution. The conference aims to build the movement for precautionary action to prevent harm from environmental hazards. It features over 35 workshops on more than 50 model local, state and national policies and programs from Europe, Canada and the U.S.; effective precautionary tools, such as alternatives assessments to find safer substitutes, health investigations, full-cost accounting of pollution's ?“hidden costs?” and getting out of the ?“risk assessment box;?” collaborative strategies to build a broader movement for precaution among diverse groups; and trainings on community organizing, fundraising, campaign strategies, advocacy, media outreach, messaging and running for political office. This national event will bring together groups working on conservation, disease prevention, environmental justice, green purchasing, health, pesticides, toxic and nuclear pollution prevention, worker safety and health and more to build a stronger movement to protect our health and environment. Conference and hotel registration must be received by Friday, May 5th. To download a registration form, go to www.besafenet.com/ppconfregform.pdf. For additional registration information, please contact the Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) at 703-237-2249 X 11, or .

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

Systems Sciences 50th Anniversary Conference Coming Up in July

This year the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) will be celebrating its 50th anniversary conference. The conference on the theme of ?”Complexity, Democracy & Sustainability" is happening from July 9-14, 2006 at Sonoma State University, 50 miles north of San Francisco. The ISSS is unique among systems-oriented institutions in the breadth of its scope, bringing together scholars and practitioners from academic, business, government, and non-profit communities to explore what Gregory Bateson has called the ?“pattern that connects.?” To submit proposals, or for more information on registration, visit www.isss.org/conferences/sonoma2006.

Added by Amy Lang on April 28, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Harwood and Fast Company to Convene Annual Public Innovators Summit

The Harwood Institute, in collaboration with Fast Company magazine, has just announced an ambitious project - the first Annual Public Innovators Summit. The Summit, set for Aug. 18-20 at the Zermatt Resort & Spa, in Midway, Utah, is an invitation-only event of America?’s best and brightest public innovators. These individuals ?– a collection of nonprofit leaders, major philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, businessmen and women, public officials, educators, and faith leaders, will come together to wrestle with some of the most challenging issues facing our society. The format itself will be innovative, with invited guests leading discussions, speaking, and in some cases, driving the agenda itself. To keep up to date with this exciting project, visit www.theharwoodinstitute.org/summit/index.html.

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

Meeting on Using Public Dialogue for Health Care Reform Coming Up in Californa

The Center for Healthcare Reform at St. Joseph Health System is planning to convene folks from around the country who are actively engaged in healthcare reform issues using a public dialogue model. The meeting is set for 12-4 p.m. Oct. 16, 2006, preceding the third American Health Care Congress at the Ontario (California) Convention Center on Oct. 17. The gathering will give participants an opportunity to consider the basis of social change, share their strategic directions and plans to build this foundation, and look at specific materials/processes used to affect such change. An example of this approach is www.ourhealthcarefuture.org. For more information contact .

Added by Amy Lang on April 25, 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

Harwood Leads Blog Conversation on Convening

Starting Monday April 24, Rich Harwood will be blogging about the important insights and lessons from a recent convening the Harwood Institute led in Las Vegas. He will be joined by three guest bloggers who attended the convening: David Hooker, vice president of community building, Center for Working Families, Inc. (Atlanta, GA); Reggie Lewis, executive vice president for community impact, United Way of Essex and West Hudson (Newark, NJ); and Nancy Wilson, director and associate dean, University College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University (Medford, MA). Their thoughts will post on Tuesday. Rich will respond again, and our hope is that this conversation will continue throughout the week, with other guests of the convening and all people in our online community joining in to share their thoughts and ideas. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. Vist Rich's blog at www.theharwoodinstitute.org/rcharwood/weblog/index.html.


Added by Amy Lang on April 24, 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

Registration Now Open for 2006 Educators for Community Engagement National Gathering

The annual Educators for Community Engagement National Gathering is a conference for faculty, staff, students, and community leaders committed to service-learning/community-based learning and civic engagement. The heart of the National Gathering is the learning circle, a powerful form of democratic dialogue. In an era of polarized political debate, widespread distrust, and far too much isolation, this event offers a space for people to share their stories, knowledge, and perspectives as equals. On the first day of the conference, participants will choose among site visits and workshops, including one led by the recipient of Campus Compact's 2006 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning. Participants then join a learning circle for the rest of the event, exploring one issue in greater depth. Most learning circle topics will focus on particular community issues, such as housing and homelessness, environmental sustainability, community and economic development, racism and classism, and youth issues; a few will focus on broader philosophical themes. This year, the conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from June 15-17. Please visit www.e4ce.org/NG2006 to register for the National Gathering and view updates on the program, registration, and scholarship opportunities. More information about Learning Circles is available at www.e4ce.org/LearningCircles/LearningCircles.htm. If you have questions, please contact Dan Neumann, /262-595-2002, or Heather Vallejos, /262-595-2637.

Added by Amy Lang on April 17, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Fielding Institute Invites Particpation in Organizational Change Workshop

Fielding University (www.fielding.edu) will be sponsoring a four day workshop on "Organization Dynamics Amid Frequent Change" with the United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP) from May 9 - 12, 2006 at Parco de Medici in Rome, Italy. They are inviting participants for the final two days (Thursday and Friday, May 11 and 12, 2006) of the workshop. If interested, please contact Dottie Agger-Gupta, Associate Dean for the Doctoral Program, at for more information or to register for this exciting learning opportunity. To see a detailed description of the workshop, click on the link below.

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Added by Amy Lang on April 13, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Summit On Media & Political Education Coming Up in MA

Hundreds of traditional and citizen journalists, politic al strategists, educators, bloggers, developers, technology and media researchers will convene June 29-July 1, 2006 at University of Massachusetts Amherst for the first Media Giraffe Project conference called "Democracy & Independence: Sharing News & Politics in a Connected World." The Media Giraffe Project, a non-partisan, interdisciplinary research effort of the UMass journalism program, is hosting the roundtable summit and how-to sessions designed to: * Consider and recommend answers to changes to the financing and practice of journalism * Bridge the gap between new and traditional media * Show and consider the impact of new media technologies on journalism and the "public sphere" * Spotlight emerging business models * Create new networks of media innovators which bridge traditional carriers among journalism, education, politics and technology * Watch and share innovations in media-literacy education. For more information or to register visit www.mediagiraffe.org/invite-dowire. Or contact Media Giraffe Project at 108 Bartlett Hall, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst MA 01003, Tel. 413-577-4370 or email:

Added by Amy Lang on April 05, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Strategic Conversation "Reimagining New Orleans" Coming Up in May

"Re-imagining New Orleans" after Hurricane Katrina is a four-day "council of elders" from May 25-28 at the Wildacres Retreat Center in western North Carolina that uses Appreciative Inquiry as an experiment in citizen democracy. Check out their news release
www.secondjourney.org/katrina/katrina_release.htm and the series of webpages, including a registration form at www.secondjourney.org/NewOrleans.htm.

Added by Amy Lang on April 05, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Register Now for International Association of Facilitators Conference

The International Association of Facilitators is a unique gathering of more than 700 managers, independent consultants, human service administrators, project managers and other dynamic professionals from over 30 countries. There is still time to register for International Association of Facilitators?’ (IAF) Conference 2006 which is being held in Baltimore, Maryland, from June 15th through 18th (Pre-Conference Workshops on June 14th and 15th). This year, NCDD's own Sandy Heierbacher will be presenting a workshop on NCDD's new framework for when to use what dialogue and deliberation method. IAF Members can register for only $575 until April 15. After that the price will increase by only $75. Pre-Conference Workshops are also a bargain at $350 (for IAF members) until April 15. Another bargain is the hotel! Marriott Waterfront is charging only $159 per room so bring a friend and make it really inexpensive to be on hand for all the festivities. Register on-line today by visiting www.iaf-world.org and clicking on "Register Here!" under the conference logo.

Added by Amy Lang on April 02, 2006??-??Link to this entry

"Listening into the Future" Strategic Conversation Coming Up May 20-24

"Evolutionary Salons" are gatherings in which people share and explore how individuals, groups and societies can evolve more consciously and wisely. A third evolutionary salon is being organized for May 20-24, 2006, at the Chinook Center, a retreat setting located on Whidbey Island, an hour north of Seattle, Washington. For any questions contact . You can check out the stories of the first two salons (May 05 and Jan 06) at www.thegreatstory.org/ev-salon.html. The cost of the Salon is $280, and includes food costs. To register, please visit www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=234701845896. To read more about the retreat, click on the link below.

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

MultiCultural Institute Conference Coming Up in MD

The National MultiCultural Institute is holding its annual conference, The Illusion of Inclusion: Beyond Rhetoric to a Sustainable Future, May 18-21, 2006 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, MD. The conference website is: www.nmci.org/conferences/current/spring2006/keynote.htm. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Lani Guinier, JD, the first black woman to be a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Her most recent book, The Miner?’s Canary, is about the experience of people of color as a warning or ?“canary?” signaling larger institutional inequities. The conference will be followed by several two- and four-day workshops from May 18-21. For a full list of workshops, visit www.nmci.org/conferences/current/spring2006/topic.htm. For more information and to register, visit the conference website. Special Group Discount of 20% for groups of 3 or more.

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

World Urban Cafés Organized in Lead-Up to World Urban Forum

The World Urban Cafes are an innovative series of discussion and performance events on urban issues, taking place before and during the World Urban Forum (WUF) and World Youth Forum (WYF) to be held in Vancouver in June 2006. The World Urban Cafe events unite and engage diverse youth and their communities, while showcasing their ideas, action projects, and culture. To date there have been 68 Cafés on 4 continents, with over 20,000 participants. World Urban Cafes have set a new standard for community engagement, having engaged some of the most marginalized communities in the world. From the slums of Delhi and Nairobi, to aboriginal communities in Columbia, to the downtown eastside of Vancouver, World Urban Cafés are allowing the voices of these communities to be heard at the World Urban Forum. To find out about upcoming World Urban Cafe events, visit www.eya.ca/wuf. To take part in an online World Cafe, go to www.takingitglobal.org/themes/urban.

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Scholarships Available for TechSoup NetSquared Conference

echSoup (www.techsoup.org), the nonprofit technology Web site, has announced that the Philanthropy and Volunteerism Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (www.wkkf.org) will provide a limited number of scholarships to attendees of the TechSoup NetSquared Conference (www.netsquared.org), May 30-31, 2006, in San Jose, California. The two-day TechSoup NetSquared conference builds upon six months of intense online discussion on the NetSquared Web site about how nonprofits and non-governmental agencies can best use new-generation Internet tools such as blogging, podcasting, and tagging to better reach and mobilize their constituencies. The conference provides opportunities for the NetSquared community to meet face-to-face, share knowledge, and learn about new tools and their use in a nonprofit setting. In addition, participants will chart the future direction of the NetSquared community and its effort to help nonprofits around the globe adopt these tools. Scholarships will be provided to people at NGOs and nonprofit organizations who are already using blogs, podcasts, or other new-generation Internet technologies, and to nonprofit staffers who would like to learn how using these tools can help extend their organization's reach and impact. Scholarships will cover travel, lodging, and conference registration for individuals representing a nonprofit organization. For detailed information on the scholarships and/or to access the online application form, visit the TechSoup NetSquared Conference Web site. The deadline for scholarship applications is April 12, 2006.

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AmericaSpeaks Hosts Health Care Meetings in Los Angeles and Albuquerque

AmericaSpeaks convened two meetings on national health care policy in March on behalf of the Citizens?’ Health Care Working Group. On Saturday, March 4, we brought together more than 500 participants in Los Angeles for the day-long meeting. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa welcomed participants and shared his perspective on health care in America. Throughout the day participants identified the values they associate with health care and weighed in on suggested improvements to our health care system. Topics included preferred models of health care coverage and components of a benefits plan, difficulties in accessing care, methods of financing coverage, and the tradeoffs participants are willing to make. USA Today covered and wrote about the LA meeting. For a limited time you can view the article at www.usatoday.com/money/industries/health/2006-03-14-health-debate-usat_x.htm. On Monday, March 20, more than 150 residents of Albuquerque, New Mexico met for a very successful three hour meeting on the same topic. The diverse participants included several local decision makers, including State Senator Dede Feldman, four New Mexico State Cabinet Secretaries, representatives from the Governor and Lieutenant Governor?’s offices as well as staff from the offices of Senator Dominici, Senator Bingaman, and Congresswoman Wilson. Once again participants identified shared values and participated in small group discussions on benefits, access, financing, and tradeoffs in health care. The suggestions gathered during these meetings will be used to create recommendations to improve our health care system that will be sent to Congress and President Bush.

AmericaSpeaks is still seeking facilitators for all of the health care meetings (Hartford, CT on April 6; Las Vegas, NV on April 11; San Antonio, TX on April 19; Fargo, ND on April 22; Lexington, KY on April 25; Cincinnati, OH on April 29; Little Rock, AR on April 29; Sioux Falls, SD on May 6). If you?’re interested in serving as a volunteer table facilitator for the Cincinnati meeting on April 29, please sign up online by selecting the Cincinnati registration link at the Working Group?’s community meeting site www.citizenshealthcare.gov/register. Any questions should be directed to Diane Altman Dautoff at or by phone at (206) 320-1169. If you are interested in serving as a facilitator for any of AmericaSpeaks?’ other health care meetings, please contact Mike Ravvin at , or (202) 775-3939 x1007.

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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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National Online Discussion about Health Care from March 22-April 5

Go national with your opinions about health care in America by visiting www.AmericansDiscussHealth.org from March 22 to April 5. Join citizens from around the country and post your opinions in a personal blog, explore your ideas in the discussion forums and get vocal about health care. This web-based public forum is a part of more than thirty meetings of varying sizes being convened across the United States by the Citizens?’ Health Care Working Group (www.citizenshealthcare.gov). The purpose of the meetings and the online dialogue is to discuss health care benefits and services, getting health care, financing, and tradeoffs and options. This feedback from these meetings will help develop recommendations which, bylaw, the President is required to respond to and upon which Congress will hold hearings. The two-week national online discussion about health care will begin with a March 22 webcast meeting: "What?’s Your Health Worth?" held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at http://mc.umich.edu/clients/vpcomm/healthmeeting/. Visit this site after the meeting to view an archived version of the event.

The Citizens Health Care Working Group has also lined up a series of small and large-scale public meetings aimed at engaging the American public in establishing the values and priorities that must drive health care reform in 2008 and beyond. The first large-scale forum, designed and facilitated by AmericaSpeaks, was held March 4 in Los Angeles and engaged more than 500 residents from the across the city. Between January and May of 2006, more than 30 public have been scheduled across the country. To learn more about this initiative, please visit www.citizenshealthcare.gov.

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AmericaSpeaks Seeking Agency Managers for Dialogue on Public Participation

AmericaSpeaks is looking to bring together agency managers who have been working to improve the level and quality of public participation within federal government. They are looking to put together a list of agency managers who can contribute their experiences and insights during a working "retreat" style meeting headed by Carolyn Lukensmeyer sometime in late May or early June. The goal of the meeting is to develop a compelling set of instructive stories from participants' experiences, develop a set of recommendations for embedding high-quality citizen engagement in administrative process, and build a lasting knowledge-sharing network and community of practice at the federal level. Some of the background for this conference will be drawn from AmericaSpeaks' recent report, "Public Deliberation: A Manager's Guide to Citizen Engagement," commissioned by the IBM Center for the Business of Government (www.businessofgovernment.org/pdfs/LukensmeyerReport.pdf). We feel there is substantial work to be done to deepen this work in understanding how participation "maps" across key policy processes such as agenda setting, policy analysis and design, and monitoring and evaluation. If you have any suggestions, please contact Lars Torres at AmericaSpeaks at or 802 223 4288.

Added by Amy Lang on March 17, 2006??-??Link to this entry

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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CPC Organizing Appreciative Inquiry Summit in Chicago

The Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) is organizing an Appreciative Inquiry Summit from Apr 3, 2006 - Apr 6, 2006 in Chicago, IL. The AI Summit is a powerful approach to whole-system organizational change based on the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry as applied to large groups (30-3000 people). This workshop is led by AI pioneers Jim Ludema and Mike Mantel and is based on Jim's definitive book The Appreciative Inquiry Summit: A Practitioner's Guide for Leading Large Group Change. During the workshop, Jim and Mike will introduce the AI Summit methodology, share case stories of their work designing and facilitating large group AI Summits, and discuss applications of the AI Summit to strategic planning, corporate culture change, delivering exceptional customer service, vision and values clarification, global organizing and reinventing complex social systems such as health care. They will share stories and videos from their work in corporate, government, non-profit, and international settings. As a participant, you will be invited to bring a case study to work on during the workshop (i.e., a project in which you would like to use the AI Summit methodology). You will leave the workshop with a detailed plan and design for your Summit process. The cost of workshop is Standard: $1650; Groups of five or more: $1400 each; Non-Profit: $1350 and
Student: $1150. To register or for more information, contact the Corporation for Positive Change. Email: ; Phone: 505.751.1232; Fax : 505.751.1233;
Website: www.positivechange.org.

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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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Pioneers of Change Organizing Upcoming Conferences in South Africa and Canada

Pioneers of Change, a global learning network of young people in their 20's and 30's, will be organizing several events and trainings this spring and summer. These include:

- A three-day course on leadership "Presencing Collective Leadership for Profound Innovation and Change" in Johannesburg, South Africa from March 30-April 1, 2006;

- A training in "The Art of Hosting and Convening Conversations" in Johannesburg South Africa from May 15-17, 2006 and a special youth version of the training in Castle Borl, Slovenia from 6 - 9 July 2006.

- The Pioneers of Change Summer School in The Shire - Nova Scotia, Canada from August 19-­ 25, 2006.

To find out more about each event, including contact information, click on the link below, or visit the Pioneers of Change website: http://pioneersofchange.net/

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Conference on Collective Wisdom Coming Up in Germany

Collective Wisdom:New Perspectives for Resolution in Small and Large Group Conflicts, Families, Social Groups and Politics is a conference taking place from Friday, 28 April 2006, 9:00 a.m. to Sunday 30 April 2006, 4:00 p.m. in Würzburg, Germany. The conference gathers together people from diverse fields to share their wisdom and build collective intelligence. The effects of collective intelligence are appearing as a topic world wide, in the natural sciences as well as the social sciences, under such names as: group-wisdom, cointelligence, transpersonal-creative knowledge or the zeropoint field. In various areas of enquiry, information from a shared field offers solutions that extend far beyond the best efforts of an individual and, at the same time, exercise a strong developmental influence on the individual. Among the presenters will be Robert Kenny, Rupert Sheldrake, Marshall Rosenberg, Eckhart Tolle, Tsultrim Allione, and individuals who have worked on resolving apparentlyintractable conflicts, including the Middle East, Rwanda and South Africa. Conference fees are 400 Euro for registration until 15 March 2006; 450 Euro for registration from 16 March 2006 to 28 April 2006 and a 50% reduction for students is available. The downloadable conference program can be found at www.congress06.collective-wisdom.org. The registration form is at www.congress06.collective-wisdom.org/kontakt_e.html. For more information or to register, contact: Dr. med. Albrecht Mahr ISAIL, FPA e. V.; Brigitta Mahr FAB e. V.; Mittlerer Dallenbergweg 37 a; 97082 Würzburg / GERMANY. Tel.: +49-(0)9 31-78 40 100
Fax: +49-(0)9 31-78 40 101 or Mobile: +49-(0)172-6 61 29 55. Email:
or
Internet information can be found at www.mahrsysteme.de.

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Sustained Dialogue Conference Coming Up April 7-9

This year's Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) National Conference will be held at Princeton University in Princeton, NJ. The conference title this year is "Returning to our Roots". The SDCN National Conference is open to current SD practitioners and interested parties alike. It will feature workshops on Saturday and Sunday designed to introduce Sustained Dialogue as a process, help student leaders build programs on their campuses, help moderators lead their groups and more. It's also a great chance to meet, share, and network with students engaged in dialogue from all over the country! If you are a member of an SD organization at your school, make sure you've talked to your Student Leaders about attending the conference, and have them sign you up. If you're not currently involved with SD, but would like to learn more about our efforts, there's no better place than the conference to do just that?—feel free to contact us () for more information. All SD Alums are invited to join the conference. For conference, lodging, hotel, and transportation information, visit www.sdcampusnetwork.org/conference_information.htm.

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"We Media" Conference Discusses Journalism as Dialogue

[From mediacenter.org via Deliberative-Democracy.net] Increasingly, media is coming to be understood as engaged in a dialogue with its consumers, who are beginning to contribute as much as they consume. The days of a passive audience are receding as new social technologies create opportunities for citizens to report about the stories they experience. The We Media Global Forum brings together innovators who are wiring the connected society - the thinkers, innovators, investors, executives and activists who seek to tap the growing connections among people everywhere. This year's We Media Forum will be conducted at and hosted by The BBC and Reuters in London. from May 3-4. It will include a series of keynote, general and small group conversations and workgroups, as well as networking receptions and a World Café - a global "town hall" meeting with Web, satellite, television and other avenues of participation from around the world. Inaugurated in New York in 2005, We Media gathers about 300 international participants: senior executives, decision makers, storytellers, artists, investors and innovators from media, advertising, public relations, marketing, news, entertainment, finance, telecommunications, technology, philanthropy, government, NGOs, social activism and academia. They come together to learn from each other and to think about, explore, be inspired by and build upon the shared knowledge and the collective intelligence of the connected society. Their collective efforts spawn new ideas, information, services and businesses. This will be an exciting gathering and there will be much for deliberative democrats to learn and to share. For more information, please visit the We Media website: www.mediacenter.org/pages/mcevents/06/london/home/


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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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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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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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White Privilege Conference Coming Up in Missouri

The Conference on White Privilege serves as a yearly opportunity to examine and explore issues of white privilege, diversity, multicultural education, multicultural leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, and other systems of privilege/oppression. It provides participants the opportunity to get honest about the type of society in which we live, and the advantages that accrue to some but not others. The conference offers a means to develop and sustain ongoing work to dismantle this system of white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression. The title of this year's conference is Understanding, Respecting and Connecting. The dates are April 26-29, 2006, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO. Check out the conference website (www.whiteprivilegeconference.com) for updated information about the keynote speakers, agenda and events for this conference.

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

Particpatory Budgeting Event Coming Up in NY

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a year-long process of democratic deliberation and decision-making, in which ordinary city residents decide how to allocate part of a municipal or public budget. PB first emerged in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre where it has over the last two decades increased political participation, decreased economic inequality and corruption and developed citizen capacities that have spurred further organizing and activism. Since then PB has spread to hundreds of cities in Latin America and other continents. A panel will discuss Participatory Budgeting in North America and NYC Saturday, March 11th, 2:00-4:00 pm. Topics include How can PB be applied in North America, and New York more specifically? The workshop will discuss the potential for PB in North America, existing PB processes in Canada, and what PB might mean for New York. Visit www.leftforum.org for more information.
The moderator for the event will be Mike Menser, Brooklyn College and NYC Social Forum and panelists include Josh Lerner, New School; Jennifer Flynn, NYC AIDS Housing Network and Still We Rise; and Gianpaolo Baoicchi, University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

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Mini C2D2 Event Coming Up In Toronto

The organizers of the Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) are holding an event March 2 in Toronto at Metro Hall from 3PM to 8:30PM. The format is set up so you can attend all or part, depending on your schedule. For more information, contact: Melissa Abramowitz, , Charlotte Young, or Miriam Wyman, . To see the agenda for this mini conference, click on the link below.

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Midwest Social Forum Calls for Session Proposals

The Midwest Social Forum (www.mwsocialforum.org) is an annual gathering of grassroots organizations, community activists, workers, educators, students, and others committed to making a better, more just world possible. It will be held this July 2-6 in Milwaukee, WI. The MWSF provides an open space for exchanging experiences and information, strengthening alliances and networks, and developing effective strategies for progressive social, economic, and political change. Formerly known as Radfest, the MWSF has been inspired by the World Social Forum and the similar principles on which it was established, most importantly its commitment to diversity, democracy, and politically non-sectarian dialogue and debate (See principles of the World Social Forum here). The MWSF is currently calling for session proposals and activities. Activities can include workshops, panels, training sessions, round tables, retreats, caucuses, films, and other cultural events. For information on how to get involved, visit www.mwsocialforum.org/get_involved/index.htm. Proposals are due by April 15, 2006.

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AmericaSpeaks Seeking Facilitators and Participants for California Dialogues

NCDD member Lars Torres sent the following message to the NCDD listserv asking for volunteers. AmericaSpeaks is organizing and facilitating a series of meetings this spring on health care policy for the Citizens' Health Care Working Group (www.citizenshealthcare.gov). The recommendations that result from the citizen engagement process will be presented to Congress and the President, whose response is required by law. For more information on this initiative and AmericaSpeaks' role, please visit www.americaspeaks.org/spotlight/?p=28

The first community meeting will take place in Los Angeles, California on Saturday, March 4. With less than 2 weeks to go, AmericaSpeaks are in urgent need of more facilitators and participants. If you can, please take a few minutes to encourage anyone you know in the Los Angeles area who may be interested in participating or facilitating to register as facilitators or participants for this meeting. Registering for the meeting is pretty easy and can be done on-line at
www.citizenshealthcare.gov/register or by phone at 1-800-679-3684. If you have questions, would like more information, or would like to sign up, please contact Surjeet Ahluwalia at AmericaSpeaks: (t) 202-775-3939, x1006 (f)202-775-0404; email or visit the AmericaSpeaks website above.

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IAP2 Calls for Conference Session Proposals

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) has just sent out the call for session proposals for its 2006 Conference, to be held this November in Montreal, Quebec. The IAP2 welcomes a variety of approaches to conference sessions, but place particular emphasis on sessions that include PARTICIPATION.

In particular, IAP2 is looking for conference session proposals that reflect the
following approaches:
* Can you showcase a new methodology or technique for attendees to learn or practice?
* Can you share a case study or project that brings hands-on experience, including ways to involve marginalized or hard to reach communities, and/or embraces diversity or differences?
* Do you have a good organizational example or project?
* Have you been part of a creative or new experiment - that worked well or maybe not so well?
* Can you provide a look at the roles and perspectives of practitioners, decision-makers, active citizens, and elected officials?
* How does grassroots activism and protest affect the process or decision?
* How do the media impact public involvement?
* What is our role in making the world a better, more participatory place?
* What is the role of advocacy in the practice?
* How can we overcome barriers to good decision making?
* How can we use creativity, graphic facilitation, visual participation or the arts to showcase projects or experiences, or involve people?

To read the Call for Session Proposals, find information on submission details and timelines, and to download the proposal form, visit www.iap2.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=110

Submit your application by Friday, March 31, 2006 via email, fax, postal service, or the web. Email: . Include subject line "IAP2 - 2006 Conference Session Proposal". Fax: 1-303-458-0002. Mail: IAP2 - 2006 Conference Session Proposals; 11166 Huron Street, Suite 27;
Denver, Colorado 80234; USA.


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Vicki Robin to Host Workshop on Freedom in America

Vicki Robin, inventor of the Conversation Cafe and co-author of Your Money or Your Life, will be hosting a weekend retreat titled "If This is a Free Country, Why Don?’t I Feel Free?" The workshop will draw on all of Vicki?’s core teachings to address questions like, What is freedom for? What are limits for? When I?’m tied up in knots, how do I cut through? When I lose my sense of freedom, how do I get it back? Can I feel free sexually and still be legal, moral, and married? When I?’m swamped by possibilities, how do I direct my life? Why do so many Americans not feel free? For the first time publicly, Vicki will present the ideas in her new book on freedom, which is being published in 2007. The weekend will be held from May 12-14 at the Rowe Camp and Conference Center in Rowe, MA (www.rowecenter.org). Registration fees and accomodations are on a sliding scale. For information on the workshop, contact the Rowe Center at or call (413) 339-4954 from 9 to 6 Monday through Friday. And check out Vicki's blog at victoriaroserobin.blogspot.com

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Global Dialogue Center to Host Online Leadership Training

Debbie Kennedy at the Global Dialogue Center (www.globaldialogue.com) will be hosting an online virtual meeting on Thursday February 23 called "Working Together, Winning Together" that investigates how men and women are putting their differences to work. The workshop is sponsored by Microsoft Office Live Meeting Leadership Forums. The workshop takes place from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (US and Canada); 12:00 Noon p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time Global Time, and there is no charge. The workshop will be a candid conversation, exploring the realities of building collaborations that put differences to work to innovate, influence and win. We will be focusing in on four critical skills that will give you the ability to be ready, willing and valuable when opportunity comes your way. For more information or to register, visit placeware.viewcentral.com/events/cust/single_event.aspx?cid=placeware&pid=2&cbClass=7848&signupkey=2659

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Save the Date: Imagining America Conference Coming Up in October

Imagining America is a consortium of 80 colleges and universities committed to public scholarship and public culture-making through the humanities, arts, and design. Imagining America?’s mission is to strengthen the public role and democratic purposes of the cultural disciplines and interdisciplines. It supports publicly-engaged academic work and the structural changes in higher education that such work requires. Imagining America's national network includes collaborators in K-12 schools, nonprofit and public cultural institutions, public media, government agencies, and grassroots organizations. This year's conference theme is "Engaging Through Place." It will be held from October 6-8, 2006 at Ohio State University. For more details and information regarding submission of session proposals, you can go to Imagining America's website: www.ia.umich.edu. If you have further questions, feel free to contact Josephine Tsai at .

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

Web and Non Web Community Builders To Meet In Portland

RecentChangesCamp, an Open Space event on wikis and community, is coming up the first weekend in February in Portland, Oregon. It will bring together programmers and other geeks with non-technical folks into community to make connections, write code, have fun, and do as much good work as they can. RecentChangesCamp is hosted by the Wiki community. Wiki is software that allows nontechnical users to freely create and edit Web content using their browser. The most exciting aspect of Wiki is that it truly encourages democratic use of the Web. As caretakers of primarily online communities, the Wiki community are especially looking forward to cross-pollination with folks who nurture offline communities. For more information on this event, visit http://recentchangescamp.org/

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Initiatives of Change Announces 60th Annual Summer Conferences Line Up

This summer, delegates from around the world will meet for the 60th annual summer conferences at the Initiatives of Change center in Caux, Switzerland. The conferences, under the theme of Globalizing Integrity, Personalizing Integrity, will run July 6 ?– August 17, 2006. For more information or to register for the conferences, please visit www.caux.ch/en/program.php. Feel free to contact Initiatives of Change (www.us.iofc.org) if you have any questions at 1156 Fifteenth St., NW, Suite 910; Washington, DC 20005-1704; p (202) 872-9077; f (202) 872-9137. For information on idividual conferences, click on the link below.

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IAP2 Wild Rose Chapter Event and Training Coming Up

The IAP2 Wild Rose (Alberta) Chapter will be holding a signature event this Feb, 2-3, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta. The event's theme is "Keeping Ahead of the Curve: Innovation and Diversity in Public Participation" It will be a day and a half of engaging and thought provoking participatory presentations and sessions, and a World Café on the topic of the Wild Rose Centennial Project. In addition, Wild Rose will be offering two of the IAP2 training modules, Planning for Public Participation and Communication for Effective Public Participation, January 30 - February 1, 2006. For information on the upcoming event or trainings, or to register, download the registration form: www.iap2.org/associations/4748/files/WildRoseEventReg_02.05.pdf

Added by Amy Lang on January 21, 2006??-??Link to this entry

AACU Announces Greater Expectations Institute

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) has just announced the dates for its Greater Expectations Institute. The Institute will be held from June 21 - 25, 2006 in Snowbird, Utah. The Institute is an intensive program designed for campus teams working on ways to increase student engagement, inclusion, and high achievement. Teams will align institutional purposes, structures, and practices as well as advance and assess the kinds of liberal education outcomes outlined in AAC&U's Greater Expectations report. The Institute provides a resource-rich setting that offers significant team time; framing plenaries; workshops; consultations with expert faculty; interaction with other teams; and the opportunity to develop a concrete action plan for departmental, divisional, or campus-wide action. The application deadline is March 17, 2006. For information or to apply online, visit aacu.org/meetings/gexinstitute. Or email or call Misha Charles with questions: ; tel. 202.387.3760 x407.

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Presidio Dialogues Event Coming Up January 24

The Presidio Dialogues (www.thepresidiodialogues.org), a group that organizes "conversations for conscious business" in California is sponsoring an event this January 24 at 7pm in San Francisco. The discussion will focus on the theme "The Feminine and Leadership: Not Just Reserved For Women." The discussion starts from the premise that leadership is sorely needed in the world today, but that there's already too much of the traditional masculine, intimidating and forceful variety. Whether instilled in men or women, what is needed now is the more systemic, enduring, longer-term, holistic variety -- what we normally think of as the feminine aspect of leadership. This dialogue will explore how men as well as women can feel comfortable embracing the feminine in leadership, not simply in style, but in context as well. The conversation starters include Paula Goldman, from the International Museum of Women; Rhoda Nussbaum, MD, Founder of Women Physicians in Leadership for the Permanente Medical Group; and Marilyn Steele, Ph.D., a Jungian psychologist. Registration for this event begins at 7pm and the conversation starts at 7:15 pm. The meeting takes place at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, 747 Front St. (@ Broadway) 3rd Floor, San Francisco. Admission is $20 in advance by registering online; $25 in advance (by email, phone or check); $30 at the door. To register online, visit www.thepresidiodialogues.org/register.html. For more information, email or call 415/249-1380.

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

National Teach-In Mini-Grants Available for Peer Teaching About American Issues

Youth for Justice (www.youthforjustice.org), a national law-related education consortium funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the United States Department of Justice (ojjdp.ncjrs.org), is inviting one hundred middle and high school classes across the United States to teach others about the fundamental ideas of American democracy through the Third Annual National Teach-In celebration of National & Global Youth Service Day (www.ysa.org/nysd) and National Law Day. The first one hundred classes to register will receive a mini-grant of $200, which may be used to buy materials to conduct their teach-in, provide law-related education resources for their class or school library, host a teach-in conference with another school, or donate to a school club or charity. Participating classes must agree to select a lesson from the National Teach-In Web site they want to conduct for a teach-in between April 17 and May 7, 2006; report their activity to Youth for Justice; and write to their representative in Congress about their work. For complete program information, visit the National Teach-In Web site at www.crfc.org/ti_faq06.html. Applications for mini-grants are due by January 31, 2006.

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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

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OrangeBand Initiative to Launch Anti-Apathy Campaign

The OrangeBand Initiative (www.orangeband.org) is poised to launch The Anti Apathy Campaign on March 15. They are inviting anyone who is interested to help shape, share, and support it. An innovative planning workshop for the campaign will be held at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA on Saturday January 28th from 12-7pm. Anyone interested in being part of an effort to promote civic engagement is invited to attend ?– and asked to invite others who might want to attend. The time will be designed in such a manner that everyone in attendance will be able to share and focus specifically on their interests. The first 75 registrants get free lunch and dinner. The official invitation is available at www.OrangeBand.org/antiapathy/antiapathy_jan28_invite_v2.pdf - register at OrangeBand's website listed above. To develop the online infrastructure to manage this campaign, OrangeBand is offering student internships for the winter break. If you have technical resources at your disposal to help add functionality to website, please be in touch. Details are available at www.orangeband.org/orangeband_internships_winter2005.pdf

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

Dialogue Between Spiritual Practitioners and Dialogue Practitioners Coming Up in Vancouver

The Organizers of the Dialogue Maker's Series at Simon Fraser Univeristy are inviting spiritual practitioners (both members of groups and those who explore the spiritual on their own) and dialogue practitioners with an interest in the deep interpersonal experiences that dialogue can bring about, to gather and examine what it means and what it takes to create shared sacred space. This gathering will explore the meaning of 'sacred space' from the viewpoints of diverse spiritual traditions and rituals. Further, they will examine the notion of 'shared' and how sharing what we hold as sacred across traditions and experiences enables us to appreciate what is both unique and common about this understanding. Shared Sacred Space: A dialogue will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2006, from 6:30-9:30pm at SFU's Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall, 580 West Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. Cost is $55, and refreshments will be provided. For more information, see www.sfu.ca/dialogue/sacredspace_flyer.pdf. This event is sponsored by The InterSpiritual Centre of Vancouver, Simon Fraser University's Institute for the Humanities, and the J.S. Woodsworth Endowment.

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

EPA Calls for Proposals for Community Involvement Conference

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently is soliciting presentation proposals for its 2006 Community Involvement Conference and Training. This annual conference offers a unique opportunity to network with, and learn from, public participation and community involvement professionals from EPA and its federal, state, tribal, and community partners. The conference will offer participants original, engaging, and interactive presentations focusing on ways government can effectively interact with communities to achieve environmental results. The theme for the 2006 Conference is "Something Good is Brewing: Achieving Environmental Results Through Community Involvement." The conference will be held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from June 27 - 30, 2006. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, visit the conference web site at www.epa.gov/ciconference. All presentation proposals are due close-of-business January 18, 2006. Questions about the conference can be directed to Pat Carey, Chair of the EPA Conference Planning Committee, at or 703-603-8772, or to Lisa Gebler, Conference Coordinator at [email protected] or 301-589-5318.

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

Southern Growth Policies Board Seeks Help Exploring Issue of Innovation

Each year, Southern Growth Policies Board (www.southern.org) starts a conversation in the South on a particular issue related to economic development. They do this by holding community forums or moderated discussions, in communities large and small across the region. This year, Southern Growth is seeking public help in exploring the issue of innovation. All participating communities' input will be used in presentations at the Southern Innovation Summit on June 4-6, 2006 in New Orleans and in developing Southern Growth's 2006 Report on the Future of the South. These forums can also be used as a tool to galvanize action in your own community. Southern Growth provides all groups with all the materials for a two-hour discussion. Civic clubs, workforce boards, and leadership classes can provide the audience, or create your own. A typical forum audience is between 10 to 30 citizens. Once you have sent the invitations, just let Southern know the date and location and they will send you supplies and instructions ?– or you can simply download and copy the materials yourself at www.southern.org/forums.shtml. Materials include a Moderator's Guide and a Discussion Guide as well as Pre-Forum and Post-Forum Questionnaires. Forums must be held by March 2006 in order to include your community?’s perspective in the 2006 Report on the Future of the South. Forum hosts who complete and return the moderator?’s report and questionnaires by March 10, 2006 are eligible for a reduced conference registration rate to the Southern Innovation Summit. For more information on how to plan or moderate a community forum, contact Linda Hoke at (919) 941-5145 or . To view materials ?– and findings ?– from past forums and reports, visit Southern Growth?’s Web site above.

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

New Opportunity to Particpate in the Citizens Health Care Working Group

The Citizens' Health Care Working Group recently announced the start of a
nationwide discussion on health care to find solutions that will lead to health care that works for all Americans. This exciting endeavor is a direct result of the Health Care that Works for All Americans law (Public Law 108-173, section 1014) proposed by Senators Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden and passed by the U.S. Congress. The law mandates the creation of the Working Group and tasks it with organizing a national public debate on ways to improve the health care system so every American has the ability to obtain quality and affordable health care coverage. The feedback generated from this process will be used to develop a citizens' road map of recommendations which the President is required to respond to and upon which Congress will hold hearings.

The Working Group invites all organizations to participate in this incredible citizen engagement effort by helping to extend its reach to as many Americans as possible. Potential ways to help include hosting community meetings, driving traffic to the website; and highlighting this opportunity in your newsletters and networks. If your organization is interested in helping to spread the word about this unprecedented effort, and especially if you are interested in hosting a community meeting, the Working Group wants to hear from you! Please contact Jessica Federer at 301-443-1521 or

AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org) will be partnering with the Working Group to engage thousands of Americans through small and large scale face-to-face meetings, self-initiated community meetings, and web-casts. For more information on this exciting initiative and to download the recently released Health Report to the American People, which provides a
basic set of information to help start a national discussion on health care, visit the Health Care That Works for All Americans website: www.citizenshealthcare.gov


Added by Amy Lang on November 20, 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.

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World Citizens To Debate Urban Sustainability Online, Dec. 1-3, 2005

Habitat JAM, an unprecedented online global dialogue on urban sustainability, will be held for 72 hours from 1-3 December, 2005. Sponsored by the Government of Canada, in partnership with UN-HABITAT and IBM, the Habitat JAM promises to engage, empower and stimulate tens of thousands of global citizens, rich and less fortunate alike, with the ultimate goal of turning ideas into action on critical issues related to urban sustainability. The Habitat JAM is a preparatory event to the third session of the World Urban Forum being held in Vancouver in June 2006. The World Urban Forum is an initiative of the United Nations Settlements Program (UN-HABITAT) held every two years to debate ideas and issues about sustainable development in today's context of rapid urbanization. Topics for discussion will include improving the lives of people living in slums, access to water, environmental sustainability, safety and security, finance and governance, and the future of our cities. The Habitat JAM will bring together academics and students, planners and builders, politicians, governments, the private sector and ordinary citizens from across the globe in real time, all contributing ideas and expertise during the 72-hour global problem-solving session. Moderators will include government leaders, renowned experts, and key thinkers. To ensure the most inclusive event possible, grass root organizations, institutions, women, youth groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are helping to bring people to the technology who might otherwise not have access or opportunity to share their experiences and ideas with others around the world. To name just a few examples, the Habitat JAM is teaming with the:

* World Bank Institute to offer access to many of their satellite-based Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) to enable people living in regions with inadequate or no Internet access to participate in the Habitat JAM.
* Huairou Commission and GROOTS Canada to bring the voice of non-English speaking women into the Habitat JAM.
* World Urban Forum and Youth Organizing Committee (WUFY) who will hold over a dozen World Urban Cafe JAM Sessions to engage communities in slums and impoverished human settlements in Asia, Africa, India and Latin America.

For additional information on Habitat JAM and to register for the event, visit www.habitatjam.com.

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AAC&U Invites Proposals for Academic Renewal Conference

The Association of American Colleges and Universities is now accepting proposals for its upcoming conference Diversity and Learning: A Defining Moment, which will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 19-21, 2006. The conference seeks to take stock of how effective current structures, programs, and framings are and to chart emerging new directions for the next generation of work. AAC&U invites scholars, educators, practitioners, students, administrators, and community partners to submit proposals to Diversity and Learning that address issues raised in any of the five pathways:

* consensus, contested, and evolving definitions of diversity
* institutional change models that promote inclusive learning
* new frontiers in diversity scholarship, programs, and curricular designs
* points of tension that propel or hamper progress
* research and assessment findings that can inform new models and approaches to diversity learning.

Proposals may be submitted online through January 13, 2006. For Additional Information e-mail , visit www.aacu.org, or call 202-387-3760.

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Two Upcoming Workshops at the Simon Fraser University Dialogue Program

The Simon Fraser University Dialogue Program has two exciting workshops coming up. First, a workshop entitled Learning from the Citizens' Assembly: A conversation with Jack Blaney will be held Monday, November 21, 2005, from 8-9:30am at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Asia Pacific Hall. For Registration or information call 604.291.5100. In 2003, an independent, non-partisan assembly of 160 randomly selected citizens from across British Columbia gathered together to understand and redesign the province's electoral system. Led by Jack Blaney, Simon Fraser University president emeritus, this Citizen's Assembly produced a novel system called BC-STV, which was narrowly defeated in a provincial referendum. Despite this setback, critics and admirers alike acknowledge that the work of the Assembly has set the province on the path to electoral reform and demonstrated the power of public engagement in creating and evaluating new policies. Jack Blaney will reflect in conversation on the workings of the assembly and the applicability of this model to future public initiatives.

Second, join instructor Peter Noteboom, the managing director of Global Learning Partners, for Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach: An introduction to dialogue education. The workshop takes place from Monday, November 28 to Thursday, December 1, 2005, 9-5 pm. Cost is $1400, and discounts are available. For registration or information email [email protected], call 604.268.7925 or visit www.sfu.ca/dialogue/dialoguemakers_web.pdf. Based upon the field research and teaching of Dr. Jane Vella, this four-day workshop provides the building blocks of the dialogue education approach to curriculum design and facilitation skills. By switching the focus from 'what the instructor says about a topic' to 'what the participants will do with the content to demonstrate their learning,' adult learners are invited to take new ideas, apply them and reflect on their significance for their own lives and context.

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

Institute for Community Research Announces 2007 Conference

The Institute for Community Research has just announced it will be holding the 2nd International Community-Based Research Conference from June 7 - 9, 2007 in Connecticut, USA. Witht he theme of Beyond the Crossroads: Transformations in Community-Based Research, the conference will bring together those who are committed to using research for social change.
Transformations will build on the themes from our 2004 Crossroads conference addressing critical issues in community-based research partnerships, theory, methodology, methods of dissemination and ethics. (2004 conference program at: www.incommunityresearch.org/news/documents/crossroadsprogram.pdf) The conference will also cover new trends including the democratization of research and the growth of community-based research organizations (CBRO), new movements linking art and research, and the politics surrounding choice of "best practices" in research design and intervention evaluation. Interactive presentations and workshops will cross-cut fields, including health and mental health, education, environment, community development, racial/ ethnic and cultural relations and cultural development. More details to follow soon!

Added by Amy Lang on November 14, 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.


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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 Ł95 and Ł60 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

News from the Hope Unraveled Book Tour

Many Happenings readers know of the success of Rich Harwood's recent book, Hope Unraveled. The book tour continues on to Minnesota this month from Nov. 8-10 to continue sharing the message of Hope Unraveled and how citizens can step forward to reverse the people?’s retreat and forge an alternate path for politics and public life. Check out an account of the book tour on Rich's blog at www.theharwoodinstitute.org/rcharwood/weblog. Here are some ways people are using Hope Unraveled:
* In Portland, the Oregon Community Foundation convened a forum of community leaders and foundation executives for an afternoon session to hear Rich speak about what his book says about the context of today?’s politics and public life, and what that means for the work they?’re doing. Rich has already met on the same topic with individuals from the Peninsula Community Foundation in San Mateo, California; the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland; and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Later on this year, he?’ll be speaking with funders in Atlanta, Flint, Newark, and Minneapolis.
* Wisconsin Public Television recently purchased copies of Hope Unraveled to give as gifts to people who pledged $150 or more during their fundraising drive. Public broadcasting stations across the country are seeing the value of this tool as a way to re-engage citizens. For example, Minnesota Public Television is hosting Rich next week for a community forum around the book.
* The Maryland Nonprofits Association is providing copies of the book to attendees of their 2006 state legislative preview session. Rich will also be the keynote speaker at the session, discussing how his findings impact the nonprofit sector.

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

Watch PBS Deliberation Week On Thursday Nov. 10

PBS will broadcast nationally on Thursday November 10 at 9:00 pm EST (check local listings) By the People: PBS Deliberation Week. By the People is a special project organized by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions to bring the views of informed, "ordinary" citizens to a national discussion on the important issues of the day. The broadcast highlights citizen deliberations organized by By the People, sixteen PBS affiliates and local partners during Deliberation Week, October 22-29, 2005. These events focused on healthcare or education, two issues prominent on the national agenda.

As part of Deliberation Week, the Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy (cdd.stanford.edu) conducted an online Deliberative Poll on health care and education. For five weeks, participants engaged in weekly small group dialogues with trained moderators, discussed balanced briefing materials and posed questions to experts representing different points of view. The participants?’ views changed significantly about policy options, about public officials and about each other. The project was conducted online with a nationally representative sample that discussed the issues using voice rather than text (employing microphones for interaction) and software designed to facilitate group discussion. Online Deliberative Polls offer lower costs than face-to-face deliberation when bringing together representative sample groups of large or national populations. CitizenSovereignty.org is a new, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization whose purpose is to educate people about the importance of participating in political life, through efforts such as the use of Deliberative Polls in public policy development. For more information about CitizenSovereignty, contact Bill Corbett at .

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

Mix It Up at Lunch Day Coming Up November 15

On Nov.15, students around the country will shake up their cafeterias by sitting with different people for Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Since 2002, more than 6 million students have participated in the annual event, which helps them break through cliques, step out of their comfort zones, and make new connections. So what do you do after Mix It Up at Lunch Day? Dig deeper in Mix It Up Dialogues! Get students together to talk more about why cliques exist and how to break through them to make your school a better place. Download Reaching Across Boundaries: Talk to Create Change at www.mixitup.org. To read more about this story, visit the Study Circles Website at www.studycircles.org/en/Article.338.aspx

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

National MultiCultural Institute Conference Coming Up November 10-13 in Arlington, VA

The National MultiCultural Institute is convening the conference Evolving Personal and Professional Identity in Times of Change this November 10-13, 2005 at the Marriott Crystal City at Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. NMCI's conferences bring together practitioners from across the country and around the world to explore diversity and multiculturalism in both personal and professional contexts. Leaders from academia, business, and government present the latest thinking and action on diversity issues to conference participants. NMCI conferences offer a large variety of workshops on issues that define and redefine the diversity field. For more information on this conference, or to register visit www.nmci.org/conferences/NMCI_Fall_2005.pdf

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

Ten Days To C2D2!

With ten days to go until the Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation in Ottawa, organizers have sent out answers to their top three most frequently asked questions. First, people are asking,"Can I still register for a pre-Conference training session?". The answer is yes ?– and up to October 26, as long as space permits. The website has been adjusted to reflect the two sessions that will be on offer, at extremely low prices - one on Best Practices in Public Consultation and the other on Intermodal Engagement: How to Marry Online and Traditional Consultation and Dialogue. A second FAQ is "How much longer will registration for the Conference remain open?" The Conference registration is already high?…and people can register right up to opening on the evening of October 27. A full description of the Conference program ?– including over 60 interactive breakout sessions, 6 community conversations, 4 plenaries and 2 deliberative dialogues ?– and online registration and payment, are available at www.c2d2.ca. One final question being asked is "Will there be an opportunity to meet and network with other participants and presenters?" The answer is that the Conference has been designed with this purpose in mind. In fact, World Café, the opening session on the evening of October 27, will set the stage for ongoing opportunities to connect ?– that is what C2D2 is all about! In addition, there are no speakers or learning sessions during mealtimes and breaks to ensure that participants are free to follow up on ideas with other participants and presenters. Plans are already underway for post-Conference communication, as well. To find out more about pre-conference training, the program for the conference or answers to your other FAQs, visit the Conference website at www.c2d2.ca.

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

Presentations on Technology and Facilitation Sought for IAF Conference

The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Conference (www.iaf-world.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3365), which will be held in Baltimore on June 15 ?– 17, 2006, is currently recruiting presenters who use technology in their facilitation practice. They hope to set up break-outs for presentations using collaborative technology, web conferencing, teleconferencing, etc. Visit the conference website for more information, to submit a proposal for this part of the conference or to register. Proposals are due October 21, 2005. If you have any questions about this panel, contact organizer J. R. Holt at JRH Associates, Inc.; P O Box 11244, Alexandria, VA 22312-0244; Telephone 703.931.0930; Fax: 703.354.8558; Cell: 703.470.9800 or Email: [email protected].

Added by Amy Lang on October 16, 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.

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Box Tops for Education Launches Kids' Caucus on Education

Box Tops for Education (boxtops4education.com) has just announced the Box Tops for Education Kids' Caucus, an assembly of children, parents, education officials, and members of Congress who will meet to discuss solutions to improving parental involvement in education in the United States. The Kids' Caucus, to be held on Capitol Hill in April 2006, will provide an opportunity for those who deal with parental involvement in education every day -- parents, teachers and children -- to offer practical insight to education officials into how parental involvement in education can be improved. As part of the program, fifth- through eighth-grade students are invited to enter the Kids' Caucus Essay Contest. Box Tops for Education is asking students to tell them in 250-500 words, "If you and your parent or guardian were made principals for the day, how would you improve parental involvement at your school?" Box Tops for Education will select 52 finalists -- one from each state, one from the District of Columbia, and one from either a U.S. territory or U.S. military-based school located outside the U.S. -- to receive a $1,000 Parental Involvement in Education Grant to be used by their school to enhance and/or improve parental involvement in education efforts. Ten Grand Prize winners to go to Washington, D.C., where each student and his/her parent or guardian will have the opportunity to share their creative ideas for new parental involvement in education programs with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Entries are due December 1, 2005. Visit the Box Tops for Education Web site for complete program information and essay contest entry procedures.

Added by Amy Lang on October 11, 2005??-??Link to this entry

World Cafe to be Featured at Upcoming Conference

Pegasus Communications' Annual Systems Thinking In Action Conference will take place November 14 to 16 in San Francisco, CA. This year's theme is: Embracing Interdependence: Effective and Responsible Action in Our Organizations and the World. The World Cafe is a sponsor and participant at this year's conference and there will be several opportunities to engage in World Cafe conversations including an intergenerational dialogue hosted by Mary Catherine Bateson. For a full listing of presenters and programs or to register visit: www.pegasuscom.com/pc05/schedule

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San Diego Dialogue to Host 20th Forum Fronterizo

San Diego Dialogue has just announced its 20th Forum Fronterizo luncheon, "Borderless Innovation: A New Vision for Regional Competitiveness Through Crossborder Collaboration." The luncheon will serve as the venue for the release of research conducted during 2004 and 2005 by San Diego Dialogue, and its partners CENTRIS and CICESE. The research results - to be distributed in a report at the event - will highlight how closer collaboration between San Diego and Baja California in science and technology-based clusters holds the promise for increased competitiveness and prosperity for our region. The report examines selected high value-added economic clusters, including biomedical device manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and clinical research, marine biotechnology, aerospace and defense, software and information technology, as well as other emerging clusters of opportunity. The luncheon will be held on Friday, November 4, 2005 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina 333 West Harbor Drive San Diego, CA 92101. For more information, contact San Diego Dialogue, University of California, San Diego; Division of Extended Studies and Public Programs; 9500 Gilman Dr, MC: 0170-D; La Jolla, CA 92093-0170-D; phone (858) 534-8638; fax (858) 622-4842 or visit their website: www.sandiegodialogue.org

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

C2D2 and Politalk.org Offer Workshop on E-engagement Tools and Techniques

The Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2 - www.c2d2.ca) & Politalk.Org would like to invite you to join an online workshop / demonstration of the tools and techniques being used by Politalk.Org to host an online forum with over 400 participants from more than
70 different countries. The workshop will 1) Tour the opensource tool (Groupserver) being used to host the forum; 2) Discuss online facilitation techniques with experienced online facilitators; 3) Mingle in the online 'cafe' with student participants from over 70 different countries; and 4) Serve as a volunteer facilitator for one of the online small groups of student participants
The events will take place on the following dates: Oct 4 -6: Pre-Forum Tour of Groupserver and Discussion of Online Facilitation (Chat & Web Forum); Oct 12-25: Building A Safer World: The UN in the 21st Century (Webcast, Chats, & Web/Email Forums). "Building a Safer World" is an online student forum with participants from around the globe. Participants of the C2D2 workshop will be able to observe and have limited posting privileges in the UN Forum itself. However, special opportunities have been set-up to tour the software being used, engage in online discussions about online dialogue and deliberation, and possibly serve as volunteer facilitators for the student forum. FREE Registration at: http://discuss.politalk.org/un/login/register_C2D2.xml. You do not need to be attending C2D2 to participate in this online event. For Further Information contact Tim Erickson at

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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

Discounts Still Available for CPC Appreciative Inquiry Courses

The Corporation for Positive Change has just sent out a reminder that discounts still apply for their remaining 2005 Appreciative Inquiry (AI) workshops. The Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) also provides substantial discounts to students and non-profit organizations. Upcoming courses include Appreciative Inquiry in Action - October 12-14 in Boulder CO; Appreciative Inquiry Summit - November 7-10 in Chicago IL; and an Appreciative Leadership Development Program - December 5-8 in Clearwater, FL. For full information on each course, phone 505.751.1232 (x2), visit www.positivechange.org or email .

Added by Amy Lang on September 27, 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

Workshop on Latino Identity Coming Up in Oakland, CA

On Saturday, October 8, 2005 from 9:00-4:30 multicultural consultant Roberto Almanzan will host the all-day workshop "A Reflective Journey into Latino Identity." This is a workshop for Latinos/as to explore their multiple identities and engage in healing work across differences. The goal is to cement a united Latino/a community that deeply values and integrates cultural diversity and authentic collaboration by engaging in personal and community healing for this and future generations. The workshop can accommodate up to 20 people with a view of balancing gender, class, race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, and immigrant/US born status. Please confirm your attendance by September 30th. The donation is sliding scale $75-100. It includes a delicious lunch, snacks, the services of three skilled facilitators and workshop materials. A payment plan is negotiable. Contact Roberto Almanzan for registration information at 510.531.6462 or .

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C2D2 Conference Registration Deadline Extended to Sept. 23

The first ever Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (Oct. 27-30) has just extended its deadline for early registration until Sept. 23. Cost is $475 plus GST. The program for C2D2 is now up and running on the website (www.c2d2.ca) and includes three days of varied presentations, interactive sessions and activities, as well as a pre-Conference training day (October 27), with a wide range of half-day and full-day training opportunities. All C2D2 trainers are generously offering sessions at very low rates ?— $150.00 (plus GST) for half-day and $250.00 (plus GST) for full-day sessions. Registration for training must be completed separately. To register for C2D2 or the pre-conference training, visit the website today! If you have any questions, contact Sandra Zagon at or (613) 565-1500 or Miriam Wyman
or (416) 413-0347.

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

New Book by Rich Harwood Now Available

In his new book Hope Unraveled, Richard C. Harwood argues that many Americans have retreated from the public square. In conversations spanning more than a decade in dozens of cities across the country, Harwood has found a nation struggling with growing consumerism, distorted realities and false divisions that cut across cultural, political and media landscapes. In the book, Harwood argues that to pursue an alternate path for politics and public life ?– rooted in genuine possibility and hope ?– we must get back to basics. This involves understanding why people have retreated and under what conditions they will step forward, tapping into people?’s desire to be part of something larger than themselves, and finally, affirming a commitment to hope. To pre-order your copy of Hope Unraveled, and ensure you are among the first to receive the book, call 1-800-600-4060. Rich is also embarking on a book tour this fall - to see a list of tour locations, click on the link below.

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Online Deliberative Forum on Afro Descendent Participation Starting This Week!

Members of civil society throughout the Western Hemisphere who are interested in Afro Descendant issues are invited to participate in discussions that support the participation of Afro Descendants in the Inter-American system. Through an online deliberative forum, civil society will work together to establish shared strategies for raising the profile of Afro Descendant concerns in the Americas and for influencing hemispheric policy. Results of the deliberation will be shared with decision makers at the hemispheric level. Civil society members interested in Afro Descendant issues are encouraged to register and participate in the forum by visiting www.partners.net/hemisphericforum. The deliberation is being held September 19 to October 21, 2005. It will be conducted in English and Spanish with written submissions in Portuguese and French also accepted. Weekly and midweekly summaries will be provided in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. This online forum is an initiative of Partners of Americas?’ Center for Civil Society in collaboration with the Centro de Mujeres Afrocostarricenses, Global Rights, the Inter-American Foundation, the Inter-Agency Consultation on Race in Latin America, and the Inter-American Democracy Network. For more information, please visit the Partners of Americas' website listed above or contact Partners of the Americas at

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

Corner Talk to Host Discussion on Hurricane Katrina

A new University of Georgia student organization called Corner Talk will host a public forum to discuss the effectiveness of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Corner Talk was organized by Melvin Hines Jr., a senior economics and political science major, and Vineet Reddy, a senior Spanish and pre-med major, to create dialogue between the university community and the Athens community on important national and local issues. The meeting will be held on September 20, 2005 at 7:30 p.m. at Hot Corner Coffee, at the corner of Hull and Washington Streets, Athens, Georgia. For more information contact Melvin Hines, Jr., at 706-357-1103, or email

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"Color of Fear" Workshop Coming Up in Oakland, CA

It is the 10th anniversary of the debut of "The Color of Fear," a groundbreaking documentary film about race, ethnicity and color in the United States. To commemorate this anniversary, Cervantes Diversity Associates is presenting an experiential and interactive workshop that will provide an opportunity to re-examine the film from our present perspective and to deepen our understanding of what it means to be a White person. By recognizing how (for White/European Americans) "whiteness" colors everything we see, hear, and do, we can begin to interrupt the patterns and overcome the habits that keep us from becoming a truly multicultural, democratic and inclusive community. The workshop takes place Oct. 1-2 from 9 am to 5 pm in Oakland, CA. For more information, please contact Rhonda Cervantes at 510.908.1684 or email

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Update on IAP2 Conference Training Opportunities

As the IAP2 Annual Conference in Portland, OR draws near, the conference organizers have sent out a reminder about the great training opportunities that will take place before the conference, from Oct. 14-16. You can register to take a number of different courses, including the foundation courses in the IAP2 Certificate program. To learn more about the trainings, visit the conference website (www.iap2.org/displayconvention.cfm) and click on "Pre-Conference Training". To register for the conference, visit the website and click on "Register". And to read a list of course offerings, click on the link below.

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News About By The People's Upcoming Deliberation Week

By the People (www.pbs.org/newshour/btp) has just announced grant awards to the community groups and PBS stations in sixteen cities across the country that will convene Citizen Dialogues and produce companion television programming during Deliberation Week, October 22-29, 2005. Through these events, they anticipate more than 1,000 citizens nationwide will join in a common deliberation about one of two critically important issues before the nation: healthcare and education. The discussions, which will be national and local in scope, will reach an even larger audience when they are featured in a national PBS broadcast airing on November 10, 2005, at 9:00pm ET. To read a list of participating groups and stations, click on the link below.

By The People is also organizing a number of other participation venues. Five community colleges around the country will engage their students and local communities in dialogues on healthcare and education during Deliberation Week and throughout the fall. Topics for discussion include healthcare for the uninsured, hospital personnel shortages, education ethics, and teaching challenges in a diverse classroom. (To read a list of participating colleges, click on the link below). And more than 300 citizens will participate in a national online conversation about By the People?’s Deliberation Week issues-- healthcare and education-- in September and October 2005. A representative sample of citizens nationwide will participate in weekly small group discussions to become more informed. The resulting shifts of opinion will reveal what these participants think about healthcare and education as they learn more about these issues. The experiment will be conducted for By the People by the Stanford Center for Deliberative Democracy and Polimetrix. The online process will mirror face-to-face conversations taking place during Deliberation Week. The online deliberators, who will be a national representative sample, will meet online in small groups and participate in discussions conducted through voice rather than text. Results of the online Deliberative Opinion Poll® will be available on the By the People website in November.

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

Heartland Institute Organizing Two Upcoming TeleConversations

Heartland Institute invites everyone to participate in two upcoming TeleConversations. The first, on September 20 is with Richard Leider, President of The Inventure Group. Ranked by Forbes as one of the "Top 5" most respected coaches, Richard is a best-selling author with thirty years experience in coaching people to live. Richard is a founding partner of The Inventure Group, a training and coaching firm. A pioneer in the field of career coaching, Richard has become an internationally respected author, speaker and a noted spokesman for "life skills" needed in the 21st century. On October 5 join in conversation with Elisabet Sahtouris, PhD Evolution Biologist, Futurist, Speaker and Consultant. Elisabet shows the relevance of biological systems to organizational design in businesses, government and global trade. Participation is free for Heartland Institute members and costs $15 each for non-membersl. Sign up to participate by visiting www.heartlandcircle.com/store/class_detail.cfm?CLASS_ID=26 , calling 888-925 -5995, or emailing .

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News From the National Charrette Institute

The French word, "Charrette" means "cart" and is often used to describe the final, intense work effort expended by art and architecture students to meet a project deadline. The National Charrette Institute (NCI) process combines this creative, intense work session with public workshops and open houses. The NCI Charrette is a collaborative planning process that harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a feasible plan that represents transformative community change. It includes at least four consecutive days, an open process that includes all interested parties, a collaborative process involving all disciplines in a series of short feedback loops and a process that produces a feasible plan. We just heard from the NCI about what they've been up to -- visit www.charretteinstitute.org/updates to hear their tips on using the Charrette, news about the organization, information on upcoming training (there's a registration deadline for a Portland, OR training on Oct. 5) and other upcoming NCI presentations and events.

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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

Appreciative Inquiry Workshop Coming Up in Boulder, CO

Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Mike Mantel, authors of "The Power of Appreciative Inquiry" and "The Nonprofits' Guide to the Power of Appreciative Inquiry" are inviting everyong to their "Appreciative Inquiry in Action" Workshop, this October 12-14 in Boulder, CO. The workshop is designed to build on individuals' experiences as leaders of positive change, and to deepen your understanding of Appreciative Inquiry. For more information or to register, visit the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) website: www.positivechange.org or contact Maggie Considine at or phone 505.751.1232 (x2). Early bird discounts are available until September 21.

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Online Deliberation Workshop Coming Up Nov 17-18

The Ohio State University Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies, along with the Department of Communication, the City and Regional Planning Program, and the Ohio Supercomputer Center, are holding two-day, hands-on workshop to introduce government personnel and other interested citizens to the emerging world of web applications to foster citizen input into public policy making. In addition to hearing distinguished keynote speakers and panelists, participants will engage in a mock on-line public policy deliberation using new software tools developed at Carnegie Mellon University for assisting decision making through online citizen group conversation, and engage in small group activities and brainstorming sessions. To see the conference agenda go to moritzlaw.osu.edu/events/edemocracy/agenda. To register, visit moritzlaw.osu.edu/events/edemocracy/registration.php Early registration is $75 (before Oct. 31), standard registration is $125 and student registration is $35.

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

Participants Needed in Massachusetts For Public Engagement on Sept. 17

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with 7 other participating organizations are currently conducting the Public Engagement Pilot Project on Pandemic Influenza. Their goal is to demonstrate that they can attract a large, diverse group of citizens without financial incentives to learn about a technical subject in public health, interact respectfully in gave and take discussions, and reach a productive outcome by ranking goals and populations related to the use of scarce influenza vaccine (rationing) in the early days of a worldwide outbreak of a new influenza virus. They have already held two successful public consultations with citizens-at-large in Atlanta and with stakeholders in Washington DC in the past month, and are scheduled to travel to Marlborough Massachusetts this coming Saturday September 17, 2005 to obtain citizen feedback on the preliminary report from the two previous meetings.

They are currently having difficulty recruiting at least 100 Massachusetts citizens-at-large to attend the consultation this Saturday morning. If anyone has access to Massachusetts citizens 18 and over who might be successfully recruited to attend, please let the organizers of this event know immediately know right away. Contact Jennifer Logan Coyle in Massachusetts at or call 617-620-9615. They will be repeating the feedback sessions in Omaha on Sept 24 and in Portland Oregon on October 1, 2005 and could use help in recruiting there also, but Massachusetts is the priority for now.

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Annual Meeting of Southeast Facilitators Coming Up September 15-16

The annual meeting of the Southeast Association of Facilitators is coming up Sept 15-16 in Atlanta, GA at the Courtyard Atlanta Cumberland Center. The conference will focus on a number of themes, including facilitating virtual teams and warming up with icebreakers, sessions on certification, problem solving with K-T, mind-mapping and flip chart techniques. All are welcome. For more information, visit the SEAF website: www.seaf.org.

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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

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NCDD to Participate in the SCRC National Conference

This Oct. 7-8, the Study Circles Resource Center conference will take place in Northbrook, IL (a suburb of Chicago). NCDD wil be there hosting a pre-conference workshop with the Deliberative Democracy Consortium about navigating and choosing among different models of dialogue and deliberation. You can sign up for pre-conference training and plan your conference workshops by visiting the conference website www.studycircles.org/scrcconference. Early registration is open until Sept. 14, and discount hotel rooms will be available until Sept. 16, so register now! This year's conference will feature open space lunches, where any participant can organize a discussion table around a challenge or issue that hasn't been covered in the workshops. The conference will also feature a performance by the unforgettable National Playback Theatre. Visit the conference website for details.

Added by Amy Lang on September 11, 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

Update on IAP2 Conference (Oct. 14-19)

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) Conference is coming up soon in Portland, OR and with it come extra ways to participate in this year's event. First, during pre-conference training (Oct. 14-16) all three IAP2 Certificate Program courses will be offered along with more than 10 other excellent training sessions. This is the most diverse training program ever offered at an IAP2 conference. For more information or to register, visit www.iap2.org/displayconvention.cfm. IAP2 has also opened up sponsorship opportunities - if you or your employer are interested, visit www.iap2.org or contact Roberta Bourn at . Third, all conference presenters and registrants are invited to prepare a poster that presents their new ideas in public participation. They are looking for ideas developed through practical experience or academic research. Posters will be presented at the Ideas Fair session on Monday October 17, 2005, from 3:45 PM to 5:30 PM. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference. A numbered catalog of the poster displays will also be available. Prepare a brief description of your poster idea (about 50 words) and your contact information and send it to Paul Leistner, 2350 S.E. 57th Ave., Portland, OR 97215 USA or email .

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Conference on the American Dream Coming Up in Washington, DC

On September 27, 2005 the Fetzer Institute, in partnership with The Faith & Politics Institute, The Center for the Study of the Presidency, and Jossey-Bass Publishers is holding a conference celebrating public conversation, titled "Deepening the American Dream: Reflections on the Inner Life and Spirit of Democracy" in Washington DC. Participae in this free event from 9 am to 4 pm at the National Press Club Ballroom. Join 12 leading authors as they discuss the nature and impact of the American Dream in the 21st century. Participating authors include David Abshire, Carolyn Brown, Betty Sue Flowers, Charles Gibbs, Vincent Harding, Robert Inchausti, Carolyn Lukensmeyer, Jacob Needleman, Parker Palmer, Abdul Aziz Said, Huston Smith, and Doug Tanner. The day concludes with the annual Capps-Emerson Memorial Lecture at Rayburn House Office Building, Rm B-338 from 6:30-9:00 PM. The conference is open to the public at no charge. Please RSVP by September 13, to the Fetzer Institute with contact information and lunch preference, if vegetarian. Phone 1-888-849-4889 or e-mail . Visit www.fetzer.org for the full meeting agenda.

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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 .

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News from C2D2: Many Different Ways to Participate

C2D2 has just sent out the latest update on the upcoming inaugural Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation to be held in Ottawa from Oct. 27-30, 2005. In this bulletin, they describe the many ways to participate in the conference, including pre-conference training, exhibits, advertising and of course, the many workshops offered at the conference itself! To learn more about C2D2 or to register (receive a discount if you register by Sept. 15), visit www.c2d2.ca. Got questions? Contact Sandra Zagon, or (613) 565-1500 or Miriam Wyman, or (416) 413-0347. And to read the C2D2 bulletin in full, click on the link below.

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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

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Pegasus Conference Coming Up in San Francisco

We just heard from Vicky Schubert about an upcoming conference organized by Pegasus Communications, a group specializing in team leadership and organizational development. The theme of this year?’s conference is ?“Embracing Interdependence: Effective and Responsible Action in Our organizations and the World.?” Featured presenters include Peter Senge, Mary Catherine Bateson, and Ford Motor CIO Marv Adams. The conference will be held November 13-16 in San Francisco. Early registration fees of $1095 per person are available through August 22nd via www.pegasuscom.com.

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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.

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New PBS Series Invites Study Circle Participants

The PBS series NOW is looking for participants in a pilot project that will encourage active discussion and engaged citizenship. The Twin Cities will be one of two sites (the other is San Diego) to host the pilot "Program Clubs," which will be run on the study circle model. The study circles will be organized in September and October. If you're interested in participating as a member or a facilitator of a group, please contact the Twin Cities Program Club coordinator, David McCarthy at . To read more about the program, click on the link below.

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Imagining America Conference Coming Up in September

Registration is now open for the upcoming Imagining America Annual Conference to be held this Sept. 30 - Oct. 1 at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. Based at the University of Michigan, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life is a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to fostering campus community partnerships in the arts and humanities. The theme of this year's conference is "Public Engagement and Intercultural Practice: New Democratic Spaces for Scholars and Artists." Register now at www.ia.umich.edu, where you may see a full conference schedule, hotel, and travel information.

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C2D2 Announces Program Highlights for Inaugural Conference

The program for the Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) to be held in Ottawa, October 27 ?– 30, 2005, includes pre-conference training opportunities, four interactive plenaries and a diverse range of break-out sessions, alongside innovative opportunities for conference participants to connect and network with one another. Each plenary is designed as a community session that will use tested, large scale dialogue and deliberation practices. " They will allow conference participants to experience them, model them and replicate them, " says Miriam Wyman, Conference Co-Chair.

For information about the conference and to register visit www.c2d2.ca. Or to read more about program highlights, who to contact, the groups involved and fees for the conference, click the link below.

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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 .

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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.

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UN Conference Seeks Input on Declaration on Community Engagement

The inaugural United Nations International Conference on Engaging Communities will be held on 14 - 17 August 2005 in Brisbane, Australia (www.engagingcommunities2005.org). There are plans to develop a UN Declaration on Community Engagement at the conference. To assist this development the conference organizers are conducting a brief engagement process prior to, and at, the conference itself. They are seeking input on a UN Declaration or Charter for Community Engagement. Please consider filling out a very brief online questionnaire (three questions) to help in this process. To access the questionnaire, visit http://www.darzinsurveys.com/ds/index.asp?CX=ICEC&SX=IAP2. Please fill out the questionnaire before Wednesday 10 August. And feel free to let others know about this questionnaire. If you do plan on sending it to others, please send a brief e-mail to Allison Hendricks at with the following information:

* Name of group or network (if appropriate) - for example America Speaks
* Number of people you are sending it to
* Country of recepients (if the people you are sending it to are mostly in one country, then just nominate that one. If there are big groupings then just nominate a rough percentage such as 50% Australia, 50% New Zealand).

A draft version of the Declaration will be posted on the conference website on Friday 12 August, so check out the site if you wish to review the draft document prior to the conference. Some conference sessions will also be live audiocast and electronic discussion forums set up - please check the conference website for more details closer to the start of the conference.


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SCRC Invites Exhibits at National Conference

Study Circles Resource Center is now inviting exhibits for its National Conference from Oct. 7-8 in Northbrook, IL. This is an opportunity to showcase your program's work in our exhibit hall by displaying photos, discussion guides, promotional fliers, and more. To learn more about the conference visit www.studycircles.org/scrcconference/. Contact Jill Kornrumpf at 860-928-2616, ext.11, or email to reserve your space.

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Community Based Collaboratives Conference Coming Up in November

The Community Based Collaboratives Research Consortium's Conference, "Putting Knowledge to Work," is coming up this Nov. 17-19, 2005 in Sedona, Arizona. The conference will have a major focus on applying knowledge from both research and from field-based experience about collaboration for environmental protection. Researchers, community collaborative groups, state and federal agencies, local governments, facilitators, and environmental organizations will gather to learn about new research findings from Consortium projects and from leading researchers from across the U.S. and Canada. To learn more, view the conference agenda and download registration forms visit www.cbcrc.org. If you have questions, send an email to

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Memphis 21st Century Town Meeting Will Address Youth Obesity

Memphis will be the site of the nation?’s first interactive town meeting to gather grassroots community input on how to address improving the nutrition and physical activity of the nation?’s children. The Shaping America?’s Youth (SAY) 21st Century Town Meeting?™ will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. SAY is an initiative of the new national health organization, Shaping America?’s Health: Association for Weight Management and Obesity Prevention. They will be using the very successful 21st Century Town Meeting format developed by AmericaSpeaks. For more information, visit SAY online at www.shapingamericasyouth.com.

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National Dialogue Will Engage Canadian Youth this November

This Fall Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) will hold a National Dialogue and Summit in Ottawa with young Canadians. This signature project for CPRN?’s 10th anniversary will welcome 160 young Canadians, ages 18-25, to have a dialogue - first with each other and then with about 40 decision makers from the public, community and private sectors. From November 25-27, 2005 they will discuss the policy implications of their dialogue and develop concrete actions that can be taken across the country. The results of the summit will be broadly disseminated: to young people and organizations working with youth, through the CPRN web site, as well as broadcast and print media; and via outreach by CPRN and its project partners to engage broader communities. For further information about the project visit www.cprn.org.

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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

Learn about the World Cafe on July 27

On July 27, Heartland Institute will be hosting a VisionHolder TeleConversation with Juanita Brown, co-originator of The World Café. Juanita will tell the story of the World Cafe as a metaphor and as a dialogue practice, and speak about her new book. The call takes place from 7 to 8 pm Central Daylight Time, and participation in the teleconference is free. To register email or visit heartlandcircle.com/store/item_detail.cfm?ITEM_ID=45.

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Community Collaboratives Research Conference Deadline Approaching

The Community Based Collaboratives Research Consortium's is holding a conference this Nov. 17-19, 2005 in Sedona, Arizona. The theme of the conference is 'Putting Knowledge to Work'. The conference will focus on applying knowledge from both research and from field-based experience about collaboration for environmental protection. Researchers, community collaborative groups, state and federal agencies, local governments, facilitators, and environmental organizations will gather to learn about new research findings from Consortium projects and from leading researchers from across the U.S. and Canada. Conference participants will also participate in critiquing and adding to the Consortium's draft book on environmental collaboration to be published in Spring 2006. Register by August 1 to get the Early Bird registration fee of $120. For complete details, visit www.cbcrc.org/2005%20National%20Workshop

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

Roundtable To Focus On Using Dialogue in Neighborhood Revitalization Projects

NeighborWorks Training Institute® and the Study Circles Resource Center are offering a full-day roundtable on Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C., on ?“Issues and Problem-Solving: Community-wide Dialogue as Part of Your Revitalization Strategy.?” Matt Leighninger and Sally Campbell of the Study Circles Resource Center will lead the roundtable discussion, which will focus on the challenges and opportunities that arise when you are recruiting participants and supporting action efforts at the neighborhood level. They invite participation from anyone who has organized study circles or any other dialogue & deliberation process as part of neighborhood revitalization projects (or even in venues other than neighborhoods). Register at www.nw.org and sign up for course number NR248 ROUNDTABLE.

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

Perspectives Group Will Offer Two IAP2 Trainings This Fall

The Perspectives Group (www.theperspectivesgroup.com) has just announced that it will be offering two additional International Association for Public Participation Certificate training sessions in 2005. The courses will be held in Alexandria, Virginia, on September 19-23, and December 5-9. The course provides beginner through advanced practitioners with a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation. Participants will receive a certificate of completion from IAP2. Douglas Sarno, an IAP2 Master Trainer, will be leading the trainings. He has over 20 years of experience in planning and implementing public participation programs and has written and spoken widely on public participation issues. For more information or to register, visit www.theperspectivesgroup.com/resource/trainingpro. If you have any questions, contact Crystal Sarno or Kristie Bergeron-Hale at The Perspectives Group at 703-837-1197 or .

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Leading Civic Organizations (Including NCDD!) To Present Workshops at SCRC's National Conference

SCRC has just announced that it will hold a series of pre-conference workshops at its "Telling the Story of Democracy" national conference on Oct.7 in Northbrook, Ill. The workshops will offer introductions to the work of AmericaSpeaks, The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, The Aspen Roundtable Project on Race and Community Revitalization, The Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, National Issues Forums, and NeighborWorks America®. To learn more about the workshops, or to register for the conference, visit www.studycircles.org/scrcconference/.

Added by Amy Lang on July 10, 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.


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Omidyar.net To Use Dialogue Methods at Upcoming Conference

Omidyar.net/home, an online community that encourages people to discover their own power to make good things happen through philanthropy, has announced that it will be using Open Space and Appreciative Inquiry methods at its upcoming conference. From July 29-31, 2005 Omidyar.net members, friends and other curious do-gooders will come together, make connections, have fun, do good work in Oak Park, IL. For more information on the conference schedule, visit www.omidyar.net/group/conference/ws/schedule/. Got any questions? Want to register? contact .

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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.

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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.

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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

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Let's Talk America Training Conversation Hosts July 7

Let?’s Talk America (LTA) is a nationwide movement that brings Americans from all points on the political spectrum together in cafes, bookstores, churches and living rooms for lively, open-hearted dialogue to consider questions essential to the future of our democracy. They're organizing a conversation host training session for July 7, 2005 4:30-6 pm Pacific (7:30-9 pm EST), via conference call. This will be the last training session until the fall, on September 13th. Sign up at www.letstalkamerica.org/phonetrain.htm. For those who have already hosted, LTA will be organizing a conference call for conversation hosts on Thursday, July, 14, 5:30 pm Pacific (8:30 pm Eastern). For more information on the conference call, visit www.letstalkamerica.org/hostconference.htm.

Added by Amy Lang on July 03, 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 .

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PRAXIS Organizing International Training in Participatory Rural Appraisal

Praxis (www.praxisindia.org) has just announced the 9th edition of the Annual International Thematic Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Training Workshop for senior and mid level development workers will be held at Hyderabad, India, from September 18-29, 2005. Praxis is a not-for-profit, autonomous, development support organization (set up by ActionAid India in 1997) seeking to facilitate the promotion of participatory practices in human development initiatives in an integral manner. The workshop will explore participatory methodologies, discuss innovative techniques, and give participants hands-on experience through field work in villages and urban slums. For more information on the workshop, visit www.praxisindia.org/intl_pra_apply.html or contact the Workshop Coordination Team (Benji John and Madhura Pandit) via Tel & Fax: (+91 11) 5164-2348/49/50/51 or email

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

National Conference of State Legislatures Meeting Coming Up in Seattle, WA

Les Ihara, NCDD member and a Hawaii State Senator just informed us about the upcoming annual meeting of the National Conference of State Legislatures (www.ncsl.org) that will be held in Seattle, WA from August 16-20. Over 3000 state legislators are expected to attend the conference, presenting a great opportunity for networking. Les himself will be speaking on a Hawaii collaborative project on genetically modified organisms on Wed Aug 17 at 12:00 noon. Two other conferences will be held in conjuntion with the NCSL: the National Association of Public Affairs Networks [pages.cthome.net/cpan/napan] and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors [www.capitolbeat.org]. For more information on NCSL workshops that might be of interest to NCDD members, click the link below.

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AAC&U Announces Conference on Student Learning and Civic Engagement

In conjunction with its conference this fall, the American Association of Colleges and Universities has organized a parallel working conference on "The Civic Engagement Imperative: Student Learning and the Public Good" in Providence, RI from November 10-12, 2005. The conference aims to clarify definitions and outcomes for civic engagement, explore new scholarship on coherent and effective civic engagement programs across the curriculum and co-curriculum, and consider innovative collaborations between educational and community leaders. The early registration and hotel deadline is October 17, 2005.
Visit www.aacu.org/meetings/civic_engagement/index.cfm for more details.

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The People Speak Launches Third Nationwide Discussion This Fall

This Fall, The People Speak convenes a third nationwide discussion on America's role in the world. From September 1- November 30, 2005, the People Speak invites everyone to connect with their communities and develop a deeper understanding of international affairs by organizing their own The People Speak discussion. The official theme of The People Speak 2005 is Building a Safer World: Defining the U.S.-U.N. Relationship for the 21st Century. Participants will address this question in the topic areas of Poverty, Hunger, and Health; War and Conflict; Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism; or the Environment. For discussion resources or to register to host a discussion visit www.thepeoplespeak.org. Email any questions to [email protected] or call (202) 887-9040.

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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

Registration Deadline for Inaugural C2D2 Conference Approaching

The Early Registration deadline for the first-ever Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) is fast approaching. Participants must register by June 30th to get the lowest rate. Inspired by NCDD's first conference in 2002, C2D2 will bring together practitioners, policymakers and scholars from across Canada to develop and unite the dialogue and deliberation community there. The fee for the three-day conference, to be held in Ottawa, Canada (October 27-30) is set at $375.00 (plus GST) until June 30. Fees increase to $475.00 on July 1st, and increase again on September 16th to $575.00. Information about C2D2 is updated regularly on the website www.c2d2.ca. For more information, contact Sandra Zagon at or (613) 565-1500 or Miriam Wyman at or (416) 413-0347.

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

SCRC Hosts ?“Telling the Story of Democracy?” National Conference in October

The Study Circles Resource Center (SCRC) is organizing their ?“Telling the Story of Democracy,?” 2005 national conference on Oct. 7-8 in Northbrook, Ill. (a Chicago suburb). The conference offers the opportunity to meet study circle organizers, public officials, funders, and researchers who are committed to strengthening the role of public engagement in democracy. Workshops include topics such as effective strategies for organizing and sustaining study circle programs, innovations in applications of study circles, study circle results, tough public issues addressed in study circles, and other leading civic processes that work for community change. Conference space is limited; register online at www.studycircles.org by Sept. 7 to receive an early bird discount.

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Workshop on 'The Color of Fear' Coming Up in Oakland, CA

Cervantes Diversity Associates has just announced that it will be holding a special workshop to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the debut of "The Color of Fear," a groundbreaking documentary film about race, ethnicity and color in the United States. The interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to re-examine the film from a present-day perspective and to deepen understanding of what it means to be White. The workshop will be facilitated by Roberto Almanzan, a key participant in the documentary and multicultural consultant. The workshop takes place in Oakland, CA from July 30-31, 2005. Costs range on a sliding scale from $150-300. For more information, contact Rhonda Cervantes at 510.908.1684 or .

Added by Amy Lang on June 25, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Community Deliberation Meeting Coming Up Soon in New York, NY

NCDD member Steve Mantz is organizing an open community deliberation meeting for Monday, June 27th at 7:00 pm in New York City. The meeting will focus on how to remedy the divisions and cultural conflicts that run through the national political system. The goals of this group are to critically listen and discuss each others' perspectives, and to look at political events more objectively and with a greater understanding of diverse points of view, as a first step towards empowerment and political change. All are welcome to join the group, which will meet at Deli Marche at 182 Fifth Avenue, at 23rd Street in New York, NY. For more information, contact Steve at .

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C2D2 Extends Deadline for Conference Proposals

The first Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) will continue to accept proposals for presentations, interactive workshops and training sessions until August 1, 2005, in preparation for the October 27-30, 2005 event. Based on NCDD's 2002 Conference, C2D2 is designed to enable 300 practitioners, policy and decision makers, and researchers from the public, voluntary and private sectors to learn and share information and experience ?— building a community of practice, policy and research for dialogue and deliberation across Canada and beyond. For information on the conference, including how to submit proposals, visit www.c2d2.ca. Or contact Sandra Zagon at or (613) 565-1500 and Miriam Wyman at or (416) 413-0347.

Added by Amy Lang on June 21, 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

Public Conversations Project Featured at Upcoming Omega Conference

Laura Chasin, founder and director of Public Conversations Project will be a featured presenter at Women & Power IV, a conference at the Omega Institute, September 9 - 11, 2005 in Rhinebeck, NY. The conference explores "the nature and necessity of feminine power...and take a bold look at the obstacles that mute the feminine voice [which] lives in all of us". Laura will present PCP's approach to creating sheltered spaces in which adversaries in costly conflicts develop respectful relationships that are stronger than their irreconcilable differences. The conference invites women and men from any background to participate. For more information on the conference, go to www.eomega.com. To register, call 800-944-1001. And to find out more about PCP's work in this area, visit www.publicconversations.org.

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

Facilitators Needed for Community Dialogue in Pasadena, CA

The Western Justice Center Foundation (www.westernjustice.org) is seeking facilitators for a unique series of community meetings starting on June 25, 2005. Pasadena based community organizations and the Police Department are planning for the first of a series of discussions titled "A Community in Dialogue & Reconciliation." The WJCF are seeking facilitators for this event who are trained in dialogue facilitation, are experienced in this particular area and are able to work well in the moment to find common ground. The event will be held between 8am-2pm on Saturday, June 25, 2005. For more details or for an application form, email Najeeba Syeed-Miller

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

Business Honoring Spirituality Meeting Coming Up In Lakewood, CO

NCDD member Pat Ruppel will be speaking at a Business Honoring Spirituality (BHS) Meeting from 7 to 9 am on July 7 in Lakewood, CO. Pat will be using a talking stick method to discuss the theme "Freedom Outlaw" - where our freedom is today and what is the role of individual responsibility. BHS meetings are free and open to anyone. For more information on Pat's talking stick method, call 303-838-9704 or visit her website at www.wisdomfortheages.com. And for more information on upcoming speakers and events at Business Honoring Spirituality, you can visit their website at www.bhsmilehi.org.

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

New PBS Documentary Spotlights Democracy and Polarization

We just heard about a fascinating new documentary airing on PBS on July 12 from Pamela Calvert at The Working Group (www.theworkinggroup.org). THE FIRE NEXT TIME follows a deeply divided group of Montana citizens caught in intractableconflicts intensified by rapid growth, scapegoating, and the power of talk radio. The hour-long documentary reflects on critical issues in the United States today: the high stakes in the battle over development and the environment, the breakdown of civil discourse and the growth of "red-blue" polarization, and the role of extremist media in spreading intolerance. It premieres nationally on the PBS series P.O.V on July 12 at 10 pm. If you're interested in using THE FIRE NEXT TIME to initiate dialogue in your community, contact Pamela at (510) 268-9675 x310 or

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

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

Presidio Dialogues Organizes June Meeting on Social Healing Toward a United World

On June 28, 2005, The Presidio Dialogues (www.thepresidiodialogues.org) is organizing a meeting to discuss the implications of the recent UN Millenium Development Declaration on improving quality of life around the globe. The meeting will consider future challenges for local and global awareness, cooperation, and healing and the how these issues create new imperatives for business. The meeting is at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center at 747 Front St. (@ Broadway) 3rd Floor in San Francisco. Admission is $20 in advance by registering online; $25 in advance by email, phone or check; and $30 at the door. To register by phone, call (415) 433-9200 ext. 0. To register online, go to http://www.thepresidiodialogues.org/register.html.

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

Roundtable on Study Circles and Neighbourhood Revitalization Coming Up in Washington, DC

NeighborWorks Training Institute® and the Study Circles Resource Center are offering a full-day roundtable on August 24 in Washington, D.C., on ?“Issues and Problem-Solving: Community-wide Dialogue as Part of Your Revitalization Strategy.?” SCRC will lead the roundtable discussion, which will focus on the challenges and opportunities that arise when recruiting participants and supporting action efforts at the neighborhood level. Anyone who has organized study circles as part of neighborhood revitalization projects or on other issues is particularly encouraged to participate. Early registration ends July 11. Register at www.nw.org.

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

Conference on Water Sustainability Will Use Assembly Dialogue Method

Helen Spector asked us to announce the upcoming conference on water sustainability in Berkeley, CA on June 19. The conference will focus on both the San Francisco Watershed and the global water crisis. They will be using the the methodology that Helen presented at the NCDD conference last fall - the Assembly methodology developed for the Barcelona Parliament of the World's Religions that promotes reflection, dialogue and movement to action. The conference is also part of the United Nations 60th Anniversary events. For more information visit www.uribridgecc.org and to register, email .

Added by Amy Lang on June 09, 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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UN's Int'l Conference on Engaging Communities Coming up in August

An initiative of the United Nations and Queensland (Australia) Government, the International Conference on Engaging Communities will take place in Queensland August 14 through 17, 2005. This event will explore all issues related to community engagement and address the experiences, challenges and research which effect all citizens, governments and organizations alike. The program is designed to interest representatives from community groups, academia, government agencies, corporations, associations and the like. Go to www.engagingcommunities2005.org for more details about this important event.

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Corporation for Positive Change Announces Three New Training Opportunities

The Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) has a great workshop lineup coming up. From August 2-5, the CPC will hold a Spiritual Retreat for Change Agents in Taos, NM. From October 12-14 the CPC presents a workshop Appreciative Inquiry in Action in Boulder, CO. And, from December 5-8, in Naples, FL, the CPC offers its Appreciative Leadership Development Program. For information and to register contact Corporation for Positive Change at 505-751-1232 or email: . Click below for details on each workshop.

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

Northern CA Appreciative Inquiry Practitioners to Meet June 11

Dina Medina asked me to post an announcement to the blog today about a June 11 meeting she is planning for Appreciative Inquiry practitioners in Northern California. The meeting will take place at San Jose State University from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. In addition to opportunities to share experiences and network, there will be an educational presentation and a reception hosted by the SJSU Communication Studies Department. Whether you're a change management professional, organizational development consultant, personal coach or a budding practitioner, this will be a great opportunity to meet others in the field and share practical experiences with AI. Click below for more details.

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Registration is Open for the Canadian Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

With the launch of its website last month, the 2002 NCDD-inspired Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) is open for information and early registration. Set for October 27-30, 2005, in Ottawa, Canada, this innovative conference modeled after NCDD's first national conference will bring together 300 practitioners, decision makers, policy developers, and researchers to share information and skills and work together to build a strong dialogue & deliberation community in Canada! Click below for more info.

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Facilitators Needed for UN World Environment Day in San Francisco

NCDD member Kenoli Oleari sent a message to the main NCDD listserv on May 12 announcing a volunteer opportunity for facilitators in the San Francisco bay area. Kenoli and Marc Tognotti will be facilitating five events for the United Nations World Environment Day in early June, and they are putting together a team of colleagues to help with large-group interactive events. The events will be based on a World Cafe framework adapted using principles common to future search, Open Space and World cafe. Click below for the full announcement.

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Fourth "Open Homes, Listening Hearts" to take place this June

Do you talk to strangers? During the month of June, Initiatives of Change, a Washington, DC based organization, is encouraging individuals and groups to invite people of other religions and ethnicities to share a meal and conversation. Open Homes, Listening Hearts is a four-year-old event that has demonstrated the power of sharing personal stories with people with whom we don?’t normally interact. Breaking down walls of misunderstanding and building new relationships based on changing our perceptions is one way to increase tolerance and peace worldwide. Visit www.ohlh.org or email for additional information on how to participate in this life transforming experience.

Added by Sandy on May 26, 2005??-??Link to this entry

NIF to Celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2006

At their meeting in Washington, D.C. in April 2005, National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) Board members discussed how the network will mark the 25th anniversary of NIF in 2006. A very important part of this anniversary celebration will be what local/state/regional practitioners will be doing to recognize their participation in NIF and tell their story in the communities in which they operate. If you are planning an NIF celebration, you can help the network become aware of individual efforts which will occur next year by responding to this call for specifics of your celebration activities. Please respond by September 15, 2005, by sending your information to Patty Dineen at . Our goal is to publish an online calendar reflecting the scope of international efforts to mark 2006 as a milestone year in our mutual work to strengthen democracy.

Added by Sandy on May 24, 2005??-??Link to this entry

IAP2's International Conference to be Held in Portland this October

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) is holding its international conference in Portland, Oregon this year. The conference will take place October 17-19, 2005, with pre-conference workshops and IAP2 certificate training October 14-16. Online conference registration will begin in June 2005. Click below for more details or go to www.iap2.org.

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Centre for Public Scrutiny's Annual Conference Coming up in June

The Centre for Public Scrutiny's third annual conference will give non-executives and their support officers the opportunity to share learning with peers from their service area and across the public sector. Attendees will gain an insight into common principles binding their activities and innovative insights into how to make public governance work in practice. The conference will take place June 23, 2005 in London, England and will feature keynote speaker Hazel Blears, Minister of State for Crime Reduction, Policing, and Community Safety. For more info or to register online, go to www.neilstewartassociates.com/publicgovernance.

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NMCI's 20th Annual Conference Coming Up in May

National MultiCultural Institute's 20th Annual Conference will be held May 19-22, 2005 in Bethesda, Maryland. This year's theme is "Cultural Liberty: Championing Diversity, Equity & Human Rights." NMCI?’s conferences bring together practitioners from across the country and around the world to explore diversity and multiculturalism in both personal and professional contexts. Leaders from academia, business, and government present the latest thinking and action on diversity issues to conference participants. NMCI conferences offer a large variety of workshops on issues that define and redefine the diversity field. Click below for the rest of the announcement.

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June Conference will use Learning Circles to Explore "Building the Engaged Campus"

New England Campus Compact and Educators for Community Engagement are partnering to create an exciting three-day event, Creative Tensions in Building the Engaged Campus, on June 9-11 in Boston. This conference features a very powerful discussion method, learning circles. Learning Circles are a valuable tool for community-building, learning and social justice where participants share personal stories and leave with a plan of action. This gathering will offer a wide range of learning circles, including Service As a Political Concept, Preparing Global Citizens, Cultural Shifts and Democratic Organizations, and many others.

Click below for the conference announcement, or go to http://ase.tufts.edu/macc/events.htm#2005conference to learn more about the conference or www.e4ce.org to learn more about learning circles.

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Open Town Meeting on Economic Issues to be Held in NYC on Monday

An "open town meeting" will be held this Monday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. near Baruch College in New YOrk City. The meeting will follow a lecture by Professor Lawrence Kotlikoff, author of "Coming Generational Storm", who will speak on economic issues to be addressed in the near future. The lecture is not open to the public, but the town meeting is. The context of the meeting will be the overall decline of America's competitiveness, the rise of our national debt, and the failure of our political discourse to address this. Organizers of the town meeting hope to make this meeting a launchpad for various deliberative processes. Click below for the full announcement.

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6th Annual Imagining America Conference to be held in the Fall

Imagine America, a national movement linking universities with the communities they serve through arts and humanities projects, will be holding its 6th annual conference on September 30 and October 1, 2005, in New Brunswick, New Jersey. This year's conference theme is "Public Engagement and Intercultural Practice: New Democratic Spaces for Scholars and Artists." Click below for the full announcement or go to www.ia.umich.edu to find out more.

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Taos Institute Conference Coming Up in October

The TAOS Institute has announced an upcoming conference on the theme of "Social Construction: A Celebration of Collaborative Practices in Organizations, Communities, Therapy, Education, Social Work and Daily Life." An opportunity to learn about and share collaborative practices, the conference will be of particular interest to practitioners from any profession concerned with personal or social change. Register online at: ww.taosinstitute.net/upcoming/conferences, or for more information email or phone 1-888-999-TAOS or 1-440-338-6733.

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

National League of Cities' Democratic Governance Training Coming Up

The National League of Cities is holding a Leadership Training Seminar next month called "The Power of Democratic Governance: Engaging Citizens as Partners." The seminar, which will bring together local elected officials from cities and towns across country, will take place in New Orleans, Louisiana April 21 through 23, 2005. The seminar aims to strengthen the efforts of advocating and educating on the use of democratic principles in everyday local governance. For practitioners and researchers, teh seminar will provide the opportunity to get an up-close look at teh role of local government in citizen engagement processes and efforts. Click here for more details on this exciting training.

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Indigenous Issues Forums to Hold Facilitation Workshop in South Dakota

Ruth Yellowhawk asked me to share this Indigenous Issues Forums announcement. From May 5th through 7th in Rapid City, South Dakota, IIF is offering a hands-on, participatory skills development workshop for circle facilitation which includes children?’s activities, elder?’s speak, and reflection. Click below for more details and instructions for registering.

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AACU Hosts Conference on Pedagogies of Engagement

The Association of American Colleges & Universities (AACU) is holding a Network for Academic Renewal Conference next month called "Pedagogies of Engagement: Deepening Learning In and Across the Disciplines." Held April 14-16, 2005 in Bethesda, Maryland, the conference will provide an opportunity for educators to explore the emerging practices of engagement within disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields of study. Click below for the rest of the announcement.

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Save the Date for SCRC's National Conference

Mark your calendars for the Study Circle Resource Center's 2005 national meeting. The conference, themed "Telling the Story of Democracy," will take place on October 7 and 8 in Northbrook, Illinois (near Chicago). The event brings together citizens, community leaders, public officials and researchers to share experiences, and learn how community talk and problem solving are leading the way to a stronger democracy. Check www.studycircles.org/2005natlmeeting.html periodically to stay updated on the event, although I?’ll try to keep you updated here as well.

Added by Sandy on March 08, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Call for Volunteers for first-ever Canadian Conference on D&D

Inspired by NCDD's 2002 conference, a group of energetic Canadians have been spearheading a Canadian Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation. Well, they just announced that the first-ever "C2D2" will take place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 27-30 at the Ottawa Congress Centre, with a day of pre-conference trainings on October 27.

C2D2 is modeling its conference planning process after NCDD's collaborative approach to planning, and is asking for volunteers to step forward to serve on their various planning teams. Click below for the full conference announcement, which includes descriptions of the teams and contact information for those interested in being part of this important planning process.

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Florida's "Sunshine Week" Highlights the Importance of Open Government

Nancy Kranich, past President of the American Library Association, sent an interesting message to the NCDD Discussion list today about "Sunshine Week," a March 13-19, 2005 event that generates editorials, op-eds, editorial cartoons and news stories about the importance of open government. Begun in Florida in 2002, Sunshine Sunday and Sunshine Week spawned similar initiatives in several other states. Click below for the full announcement.

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September Project to Run Again in 2005!

I just received this inspiring announcement from the September Project - the highly successful project that got hundreds of public libraries to hold events on democracy, citizenship and patriotism on and around September 11, 2004. The message announced that the September Project is going forward again in 2005, and it is my hope that the dialogue & deliberation community can make a real splash in the program this year.

This is a great opportunity for D&D activists, organizers and facilitators to build ongoing relationships with their local public libraries in order to introduce more people in their area to dialogue and deliberation. If you are interested in helping NCDD mobilize the D&D community around the 2005 September Project, please email me at [email protected] right away to let me know. Click below to read the September Project's announcement.

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CIRCLE to Host Conference Call/Presentation on Youth Engagement

On March 16th, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern, a conference call (and simultaneous web presentation) will be held for the youth engagement community. The call, which will address the increased youth voter turnout during the 2004 election and its implications for the future of our democracy, will feature Peter Levine of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and Ivan Frishberg of the State PIRG's New Voters project. Click below for more details and instructions for joining the call.

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Upcoming Dialogue Events at Simon Fraser University

SFU's latest Dialogue Update announced some interesting upcoming events for those of you who aren't too far from Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). One of the important things mentioned in the update is that Mary Robinson will be the 2005 recipient of the Jack P. Blaney Award, which recognizes significant contributions to public dialogue. Click below for the full announcement.

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Dialogue Event on Reinventing Culture through Business

The Presidio Dialogues in San Francisco will hold a dialogue on March 22 at 7:00 p.m. on "Reinventing Culture Through Business: Developing 2020 Foresight." Participants in this dialogue will explore the role that business can play in creating and reinventing culture. Click below for more details.

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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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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.

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IAP2's Asian Pacific Conference to be Held in Sydney this March

Our friends at the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) asked us to spread the word that the IAP2 Asia Pacific Conference "Risks and Rewards in Public Participation" is open for registrations now and they are filling fast. The conference will take place in Sydney, Australia March 6 through 8, 2005.

Given the importance of conversing with communities and working with them in building and planning, the conference is particularly timely following the devastating impact of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. The conference includes an extensive line up of speakers from Australia, New Zealand and the USA addressing topics such as new futures and how to create them. Click below for more details, or just go to www.iap2.org.au.

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Call for Presentations at 2nd Conference on Online Deliberation

Todd Davies sent an email to one of the NCDD lists a couple of days ago announcing the 2nd Conference on Online Deliberation: Design, Research, and Practice, which will take place May 20-22, 2005 at Stanford University in California. This conference is a follow-up to "Developing and Using Online Tools for Deliberative Democracy," a two-day seminar which was held at Carnegie Mellon University in June 2003.

The conference is co-sponsored by the Symbolic Systems Program, the Center for Deliberative Democracy, the Center for the Study of Language and Information, and the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford University, in association with the Public Sphere Project (a CPSR Initiative). Abstracts for presentations are due March 15. Click below for more details.

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IAP2 Calls for Papers for its October Annual Conference

I received an announcement today from the good folks at IAP2 (the International Association for Public Participation). They're calling for papers for their Annual Conference, which will take place October 17-19, 2005 in Portland, Oregon. You can read the Call for Papers for submission details and for descriptions of the presentation areas. IAP2 is accepting papers for presentations until March 11. Click below for the full announcement.

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Call for Presenters for EPA's Community Involvement Conference

Proposals are due on December 17, 2004 for the Environmental Protection Agency's 2005 Community Involvement and Training Conference: "Building Bridges Through Strong Partnerships" in Buffalo, New York, July 12-15. This annual conference is a unique opportunity for a wide array of stakeholders to come together to share how EPA and its partners are involving communities in the protection of our air, water and land. U.S. EPA staff and partners who plan and implement community involvement, partnership, outreach, and educational programs are invited to attend.

See the call for proposals or go to www.epancic.org/2005/overview.cfm for more details about the event. You can also contact Lisa Gebler, the conference coordinator, at 301-589-5318 or .

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Why I Wish I Lived in Vancouver (Or, an Update from the Wosk Center)

If any of you in the Northwest or in Western Canada haven't yet heard of the Wosk Center for Dialogue in Vancouver, you're in for a treat. The Wosk Center makes me wish I lived on the other side of the country.

I just received an update from Nicole Mah of the Wosk Center, outlining some of their upcoming activities and programs. A Dialogue Network meets each month to dialogue about dialogue, which is cool enough - but also their 2004 Dialogue Maker's Series is launching on Sept. 10 with a dialogue inspired by the Dalai Lama's visit to Vancouver. Click below for the full announcement.

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Leah Lamb's "Engage" Program Featured in Richmond Times

NCDD member Leah Lamb's innovative theatre/dialogue program was featured on Monday in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. An article by Michael Paul Williams called "Theater as an Agent of Change" outlined Leah's hopes to inspire civic engagement and community building among youth through her "Engage" program - a blend of theatrical performances and documentary footage conveying the civic and political experiences of Richmond residents. Engage will open September 16 through 18 at Virginia Commonwealth University. Click below for the full article.

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Appalshop Invites You to Attend Two Arts-Based Civic Dialogue Events in Kentucky

Appalshop is holding two exciting events in Kentucky this fall. First, The Robert F. Kennedy Performance Project, which will take place Sept 8-11, explores the effects of the ?“war on poverty?” in one of the country?’s most distinctive yet marginalized regions. Second, an Art & Democracy National Gathering of artists and activists will take place September 11 and 12....

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Opportunity to Address Obesity in your Community this Fall in Partnership with Preview Forum

Preview Forum is recruiting local partners for their fall Forum on "Growing Pains: Community Responses to Obesity" and is hoping some folks from the D&D community will be interested. Roundtable will provide FREE RESOURCES (including videos, planning guides, and publicity materials) to the first 150 organizations that sign on as partners by August 31, 2004.

?“Preview Forum?” is a national media and dialogue initiative that brings together news professionals and the public in local forums to discuss social issues relevant to the community. This fall, Preview Forum will focus on the growing problem of obesity from an environmental, economic, and public health perspective. How are communities responding to this problem? What can your community do? Preview Forum invites organizations of all sizes to become local partners and host forums in their communities. For more info, contact [email protected] or 781-893-3336 x24.

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Online Dialogue on Issues Facing the Nation's Charter Schools

Laurie Maak sent me this announcement the other day: Next week, June 7-10, USCharterschools.org is hosting an online dialogue about key issues facing the nation's charter schools. This is a good venue for school leaders and faculty, parents, policymakers, researchers, and other interested community members to share their thoughts, concerns, and experiences about topics related to Growing the Charter School Movement, Federal Policies, Resources & Responsibilities, and Teaching & Learning.

Joining the dialogue are seasoned, knowledgeable and enthusiastic panelists who will help frame the conversation each day. USCharterschools.org hopes that you will take this opportunity to contribute your experiences and perspectives as well as ask questions on any topics that interest you. To learn more about the invited panelists, the Dialogue Agenda, and to register, visit www.uscharterschools.org/dialogue.

Added by Sandy on June 03, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Community of Practice on Democratic Dialogue Announces Chat with Ximena Zuniga

If you're involved in dialogue and deliberation work on a college campus and haven't yet joined AAHE's Democratic Dialogue COP, now might be the time. The COP - and online space for networking and info sharing led by Nancy Thomas - is hosting a chat on this Monday, June 7, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on intergroup dialogue. Ximena Zuniga, professor of education at the University of Massachusetts, is the special guest for this chat. This is your chance to brainstorm with others and with someone who has started and maintained intergroup dialogue programs on campuses. Click below for the rest of Nancy's announcement and instructions on signing up for the COP.

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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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Call for Proposals to Host CIVICUS World Assembly for 2006, 2007 and 2008

CIVICUS is inviting bids to host its next three World Assemblies. These are major international meetings of civil society leaders and activists aimed at creating a space where a diversity of civil society voices can be heard exchanging experiences, challenges, successes and dreams and, most importantly, concrete ideas for a more equitable and just world. The CIVICUS World Assembly was previously organised as a biennial event in a different venue on each occasion. As a result of its success over the years, CIVICUS now wishes to organise the conference as an annual event in a fixed venue for the next three years. The tentative dates for the 6th World Assembly are 25-29 March 2006. The 7th and 8th are scheduled for the end of March 2007 and 2008. Click below for the rest of the announcement.

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Hope in Action: A Conference to Change the World

Hope magazine's "Hope in Action, a Conference to Change the World," will be held Oct. 1-3, 2004, at Boston University. The intention of this inspiring magazine's second conference is to bring together peace activists from throughout the country to share ideas, make connections and receive inspiration. Speakers include Terry Tempest Williams, writer, naturalist and environmental activist; Frances Moore Lappe, author of "Diet for a Small Planet" and "Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet"; and Michael Battle, a priest in the Episcopal Church who teaches spirituality and black church studies at Duke University. Seminars will cover such topics as Finding Courage, Remaking Community, Reclaiming Democracy, Listening with Care, Building Bridges and More Than Money. For more information, call 1-800-273-7447 or visit www.hopemag.com.

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The Splintering of the United States: Enough is Enough!

On Thursday, June 17, 2004 - from 9 to 10 a.m. - Richard C. Harwood, President of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, and the Reverend Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, President of The Interfaith Alliance Foundation, will address one of the most pressing and critical challenges we face today - how to break through the rhetoric of division by drawing on the civic and religious faith that binds individuals to their communities and to each other. This moderated conversation with Q&A will take place at the National Press Club, Holeman Lounge, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington DC. Email Patrick Miller for more details at .

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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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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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Peter Levine's Blog Entry on the September Project

I've posted about the September Project already, but Peter Levine's blog May 10 blog entry about the project is more detailed that mine... so here it is.
Peter starts by saying "The September Project is a great idea for promoting public deliberation. Libraries across the country will hold public discussions on the third anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. The library systems that have already signed up are shown on this map." Click below to read his full blog entry, or go to www.peterlevine.ws/mt/ to check out Peter's blog.

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University of Maryland's OHRP Hosts Second Practical Conference for Diversity Professionals

I received an announcement on Wednesday about the second year of an exciting equity and diversity initiative of the Office of Human Relations Programs (OHRP) at the University of Maryland, College Park. The initiative is called the "Institute on Implementation and Institutionalization" or, for short, the I3. The I3 will be held July 7-11, 2004 in Washington, D.C. For more information, contact Dr. Christine Clark, Executive Director, Office of Human Relations Programs, at 301.405.2841 or .

Building on OHRP's collaborative Ford Foundation funded Diversity Blueprint project with the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), the I3 offers PRACTICAL strategies for professionals in higher education in the development and realization of a broad-based and campus-wide equity and diversity agenda. Additionally, the I3 will feature two "Hot Topics:"
(1) Special Segments on Selective Admissions in Higher Education one year after the Supreme Court decision; and (2) Hate Crime Response Protocols on Campus.

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2nd Annual Anti-Bias Ed Conference to be Held in June

Thomas Walker from arizona State University's Intergroup Relations Center sent our DialogueLeaders listserv a message today announcing the 2nd annual Conference on Anti-Bias Education Programs (or "ABEC"), which will take place June 10-13 in Tempe, Arizona. As Thomas writes, "This 2˝ day event will bring together leaders in various aspects of diversity, social justice and community development theory and practice, including a considerable interest and experience in dialogue programs of various types." Click below for the full message.

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Compassionate Listening Project to Hold First Annual Gathering

The Compassionate Listening Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individuals to heal polarization and build bridges between people, communities and nations in conflict, is organizing its first annual gathering of friends of the Project. The gathering will be held August 13-15, 2004 at Camp Brotherhood, a beautiful retreat center one hour north of Seattle, Washington. This will be a weekend of community, ritual and relaxation, and all are welcome - no prior experience with the Compassionate Listening Project is necessary. Click below for more details.

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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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Int'l Conference on Partnerships Between Communities and Health Services and Schools

Involved in community health? You may want to attend the "International Conference on Overcoming Health Disparities: Global Experiences from Partnerships Between Communities, Health Services and Health Professional Schools" October 6-10, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia. Co-sponsored by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and The Network: Toward Unity for Health, the conference will kick off with an opening keynote by Dr. David Satcher, Director of the National Center for Primary Care and the 16th Surgeon General of the U.S. Registration for the conference is now open at www.the-networktufh.org/conference/registration.asp. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions.

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

Democracy In America Convention to Take Place this August

I received an e-letter from David Wick a few days ago about the upcoming Democracy in America Convention. The Convention is happening in conjunction with Let's Talk America, the project NCDD is involved in with the Utne Institute, Conversation Cafes and the World Cafe.

The Convention will take place this August 19-22 in Springfield, Illinois, and it will bring together people from all 50 states to "ignite the unified voice of 'We the People'" through dialogue and deliberation. Click below to read the full message.

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Second Int'l Conference on Appreciative Inquiry

The Second International Conference on Appreciative Inquiry: Creating Extraordinary Organizations for Business and Society is scheduled to take place September 19?–22, 2004, at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami, Florida. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a process that focuses on leveraging an organization's core strengths rather than seeking to overcome or minimize its weaknesses. As AI becomes a regular way of working, individuals at all levels and all functions identify best practices that the organization can build on in order to respond to new challenges. Go to www.aiconsulting.org/conference2004/index.htm for more details. Early registration rate ($1395) ends June 1.

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California Gathering of Dialogue & Deliberation Leaders to be Held in June

On Friday, Katie Howard of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center announced that the much-anticipated (by me) First Annual Northern California Dialogue and Deliberation Conference will take place on Friday, June 11 at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. This one-day gathering will bring together Northern California's leaders, facilitators, practitioners and participants in the growing dialogue and deliberation community. Click below for Katie's full announcement, or email Katie at . NCDD hopes to see many more such regional networking events popping up like this one!

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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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Barcelona Forum's Essay Content Challenges American Youth to ?“Let Their Voices Be Heard?”

On March 12, the Barcelona Forum 2004 US announced the ?“Let Your Voice Be Heard?” essay contest. All high school, college and graduate students in the United States and Canada area encouraged to write an essay on one of five different progressive themes. The Barcelona Forum is an unprecedented gathering of people from all societies to spontaneously and freely participate in creating a better planet based on the principles of cultural diversity, economic sustainability, and world peace. The first world event will be held in Barcelona, Spain, May 9th through September 26th, 2004 with expected attendance of five million people. The Forum features forty-five Dialogues and hundreds of entertainment and cultural events in a progressive exchange of global cross-cultural communication and action.

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ARNOVA Conference to Address Advocacy, Deliberation & Governance

The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) will hold its 33rd annual conference November 18-20, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. This year's focus is "The Meaning and Motives of Philanthropy: Responding to the Needs of a Diverse Society." Among the proposed panels at this year's conference are "Technology in the Promotion of Civic and Political Participation: Advocacy, Deliberation and Governance." To participate in a technology panel, contact John McNutt at . For more information about the conference, go to www.arnova.org/call_4_participation_news.php

Added by Sandy on March 23, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Citizen Engagement Summit Scheduled for November in Canada

I don't know much about this group yet, but the Whistler Forum just applied for membership in NCDD and I look forward to learning more about this summit. The Whistler Forum for Dialogue will hold its first North American Summit on Citizen Engagement November 10-12, 2004 in Whistler, British Columiba, Canada. The Whistler Forum is modeled after the Aspen Institute, and is led by Executive Director William Roberts. For more details, email William at .

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Int'l Conference on Community Health Set for Early October

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) and The Network: Toward Unity for Health are co-sponsoring an international Conference in Atlanta, Georgia USA that will replace our individual conferences for that year. The conference will be held October 6-10, 2004. CCPH is a US-based organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. The Network is an international organization of community-oriented health professional schools, many from developing countries. By collaborating in these and other ways, we hope to strengthen the many wonderful partnerships already underway around the world, as well as to engage new individuals and organizations in this important work. More details and the "call for proposals" will be posted on our website at www.ccph.info.

Added by Sandy on March 22, 2004??-??Link to this entry

50th Annual Creative Problem Solving Institute to be Held in June

The Creative Education Foundation's 50th Annual Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) - the oldest and largest creativity event in the world ?– will take place June 20-25, 2004 in Buffalo, New York. Activities include Facilitating Creative Leadership programs - including "Developing Your Leadership Style," "Building Teams," "Tools and Techniques" and more; the classic Springboard Program, where you'll learn to apply creative thinking and problem solving using the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process; several in-depth Immersion in Applied Creativity programs; and 150 Extending Sessions. Call 866-293-6060, email or go to www.cpsiconference.com for more info.

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AAHE Conference on Democratic Transformations, Diversity Redefined and Digital Environments

On April 1-4, the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) will hold its 2004 National Learning to Change Conference in San Diego, California. ?“Learning 3D: Democratic Transformations, Diversity Redefined, Digital Environments.?” The conference program focuses on the interplay of three major forces that are revolutionizing our global society and our institutions of higher education: the democratization of knowledge, diversity of populations, cultures and perspectives, and information and communication technologies.

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Added by Sandy on February 26, 2004??-??Link to this entry

"Let's Talk America" Featured in Current Utne Magazine

NCDD has been working with the Utne Institute, Conversation Cafe and The World Cafe to organize a nation-wide dialogue called "Let's Talk America." LTA is featured in the March/April Utne that I just received in my mailbox this morning, and I encourage all of you to go out and get this month's Utne if you're not a subscriber.

A very cool 2-page ad (p. 48-49) with a red background encourages people to participate in this "new nationwide movement to revitalize our democracy." And on pages 60-61, a great article by Leif Utne provides background and info on how to get involved. Everyone in the dialogue & deliberation community is invited to participate in this election-year initiative. Go to www.letstalkamerica.org to find out more about the different levels of involvement.

Added by Sandy on February 21, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Praxis Peace Institute Conference on ?“The Alchemy of Democracy?”

The Alchemy of Democracy: Restoring Soul to Culture will be held June 13-18, 2004 at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. Sponsored by Praxis Peace Institute, the conference we will focus on the politics of Hope, Vision, Transformation and Civic Empowerment. As the 2004 election looms before us, Praxis Peace Institute will be an active force in promoting a vital Democracy through informed and transformed citizenship. Unique features of the 2004 Praxis Conference include Café Discussions ?– in-depth small group explorations of conference themes following each plenary session.

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Second National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation to be Held this October

NCDD's 2004 conference will take place in Denver, Colorado, October 23-25 at Regis University. We plan to have this conference surpass the groundbreaking 2002 conference in every way - in numbers, in quality, in networking opportunities, in learning and skill-building.

Like our first conference, the 2004 conference will be planned as collaboratively and creatively as possible, and your input and involvement are more than welcome. Go to www.thataway.org/conference/2004/index.html for more info.

Added by Sandy on February 19, 2004??-??Link to this entry

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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Planetwork Interactive Brings Together Activists & Innovators in Info Technology

Join innovators from the world of information technology, peace and social justice activists, environmental visionaries, independent media pioneers and many others to explore how social networks, information technologies and the Internet can play a key role in the 2004 election and beyond, to support emerging global democracy everywhere, including Florida. Planetwork InterActive will be held at the Golden Gate Club in the San Francisco Presidio
June 5-6, 2004. www.planetwork.net/2004conf/

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EPA?’s Community Involvement Conference to be held in June

The 2004 Community Involvement Conference and Training sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be in Denver, Colorado, June 15-18, 2004. In its 7th year, this conference has proven itself to be an excellent opportunity to share lessons learned and to establish and monitor EPA?’s standards for community involvement. It's a great event for representatives of federal agencies, states, local government, NGOs and private practitioners of citizen engagement to showcase their successes, compare notes about best practices and network, network, network. The conference covers the entire scope of public participation, community involvement, partnership building, and outreach and education related to all aspects of environmental protection. To learn more, please go to www.epancic.org/2004.

Added by Sandy on February 10, 2004??-??Link to this entry

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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Follett Conversation on Creative Democracy Set for October

The Second International Mary Parker Follett Conversation on Creative Democracy is scheduled to be held October 21-24, 2004 at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. The Follett Foundation (www.follettfoundation.org) has issued a call for participants and themes addressing the following question: How can we fulfill the promise of democracy as a creative experience, one that releases both personal and social potential, from the local to the global level?

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Conference on Community-Based Research Partnerships to be Held in June

The Institute for Community Research (ICR) in Hartford, Connecticut, is sponsoring "Crossroads: Critical Issues in Community-Based Research Partnerships," a national conference that will critically explore issues related to community-based research partnerships, methodology, and methods of dissemination. Recognizing that community-based collaborative research (CBCR) is a growing field, the conference is aimed at developing a critical analysis of current approaches that move us to the next level in improving our relationships and methods. The conference will be held in Hartford June 10-13, 2004.

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Added by Sandy on February 05, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Community/Health Partnerships Conference Seeks Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts and Registration Brochure is now available for the international conference "Overcoming Health Disparities: Global Experiences from Partnerships Between Communities, Health Services and Health Professional Schools," October 6 - 10, 2004 - Atlanta, Georgia. The conference is cosponsored by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and The Network: Towards Unity for Health. The Call for Abstracts and Registration Brochure is available at www.futurehealth.ucsf.edu/ccph/nationalconference.html.

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

IAF's 2004 North American conference

The International Association of Facilitators?’ North American 2004 conference, The Art and Mastery of Facilitation, will be held June 17-20 in Scottsdale, Arizona. This is the 10th anniversary conference. For more info, go to www.iaf-world.org.

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

Service-Learning Gathering Engages Participants in Learning Circles

The Educators for Community Engagement?’s 2004 National Gathering will be held at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky from June 17-20, 2004. This 10th anniversary gathering will center around serious discussions between people who are truly dedicated to the concept of service-learning. National Gatherings differ from the usual academic conference in that you will join in a learning circle of your choice and remain there for the duration of the gathering - usually two days. During this time you will not only engage in amazingly in-depth discussions of extremely varied topics, but you will come to know others in your circle in a way not possible at an ordinary conference. In fact, you will develop some of the most meaningful and useful personal contacts imaginable. These people will continue to provide guidance, advice, and support (as will you yourself) throughout the year until the next gathering. www.e4ce.org

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