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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

James Irvine Foundation Seeking Applications for Community Dialogue Grants

The James Irvine Foundation's (www.irvine.org) New Connections Fund provides grants of up to $50,000 over one or two years to eligible organizations with projects that fit within the foundation's core program priorities. One of the core priorities, called "California Perspectives," aims to promote dialogues between under-represented communities and public officials. The program supports projects that foster dialogues between people in underrepresented communities and public officials for the dual purpose of improving public officials' understanding of the interests and concerns of their constituents and facilitating opportunities for people in underrepresented communities to participate in public decision-making. To be considered for a grant from the New Connections Fund, an organization must meet all of the following requirements: have 501(c)(3) status or an established relationship with an approved fiscal sponsor; have a California focus; generate no more than 50 percent of its revenue from government sources; have annual revenue of at least $100,000; request a grant amount totaling no more than $50,000 or 10 percent of its annual organizational budget; and have no active grant or outstanding reports due to the foundation. Visit the Irvine Foundation's Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and an FAQ. The deadline for applications is August 9, 2006.

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

Chinook Fund Available for Community Action in Colorodo

The Chinook Fund (www.chinookfund.org) was established in 1987 to support the efforts of grassroots groups working for peace, human rights, and economic justice through social change in Colorado. The Chinook Fund is committed to the transformation of society into one that promotes social justice and freedom from oppression, including but not limited to racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ageism, and ableism. All successful applicants must be based in communities of color, low-income communities, or other oppressed communities; have leadership that reflects that constituency; have a decision- making process that incorporates input from all members; and be able to demonstrate that their work will lead to change for their community. Visit the Chinook Fund Web site for complete program information and application procedures. To read more about who is eligible, click on the link below.


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

Non Violent Communication Conference Coming Up June 30-July 2

A Non Violent Communication (NVC) "Compassion in Action" conference is being organized for June 30 - July 2nd in Oakland, California. This event is geared towards NVC people in the US coming together to support and network with each-other. The gathering costs $350 - $260 per participant to attend 9that includes room & board costs). More information on this event can be found here:
www.cnvc.org/usa-community-building-gathering.htm and here: www.baynvc.org/calendar/view_entry.php?id=CD1004&date=20060629.

Added by Amy Lang on May 12, 2006??-??Link to this entry

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

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

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

"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

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.

Added by Amy Lang on March 27, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Three Dialogue Mapping Workshops Coming Up

Three Dialogue Mapping Workshops, lead by Dr. Jeff Conklin, will be held this April 18-19 in Redwood City, California (SF Bay Area); May 23-24 in Birmingham, England; and July 18-19 in Washington, DC. This 2-day workshop is highly engaging and interactive and teaches the core skills of a new facilitation technique. As with any art form, dialogue mapping is challenging to describe but easy to comprehend experientially. This technique gets away from herding the group through a series of steps, focusing the participants instead on listening carefully, speaking clearly, and learning together about the issues and concerns they bring to the table. The facilitator/dialogue mapper engages the group with a map of their comments that he or she builds on the fly. The map is a shared display ... paper taped to the wall or software projected on a screen. The "secret sauce" of dialogue mapping is the use of the Issue Based Information System (IBIS) notation: Questions, Ideas, and Pros/Cons. The IBIS framework frees the group from tyranny of agreement. Conflicting information and points of view reside next to each other in the map, reflecting the diversity of the stakeholders and the complexity of a wicked problem. Although this is not a software workshop, reference will be made to Compendium, graphical hypertext software available free at http://www.compendiuminstitute.org . Dialogue Mapping is a powerful new tool for collaboration and sense making, and this workshop is fun, stimulating, and rewarding. For more information on the workshops, or to register, visit http://cognexus.org/id18.htm.

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

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

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

Bohmian Dialogue Training Coming up In MT

Lee Nichol, editor of David Bohm's books On Dialogue and On Creativity will be hosting an intensive workshop of inquiry and focused intention from May 18th - 21st in Helena, MT. Bohmian dialogue is an arena in which collective learning takes place and out of which a sense of increased harmony, fellowship and creativity can arise. Participants will gain a greater understanding of inner mental, emotional and spiritual proccesses and experience the deeper meaning of collective communication. The cost of the workshop is $150 and limited spaces are available. Pre-registration is necessary. Participants will have advanced reading and ?‘homework?’ to ensure a basic understanding of Bohmian dialogue. This advance preparation is a must for participation in the process. For more information or to register, contact: Patrick Marsolek at (406) 443-3439, or PO Box 1264 Helena, MT 59624. Credit cards accepted by phone or online at:
www.irfs.com/bohmdialogue.htm.

Added by Amy Lang on March 07, 2006??-??Link to this entry

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.

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

Art of Facilitation Workshop Coming Up in Boulder, CO

The Institute on the Common Good and Regis University are sponsoring "The Art of Facilitation" Workshop with Leilani Rashida Henry March 9-10, 2006 in Boulder, CO. The workshop teaches the skills for dialogue facilitation. Advanced facilitation requires a multitude of subtle skills such as self awareness, balancing divergent with convergent thinking and the ability to be effortlessly present. The Art of Facilitation enhances the skill to innovate and execute in the moment, to ?‘think on your feet?’. It teaches facilitators to become flexible and adaptable, challenge when required, become graceful under pressure and model the skills they are presenting. It also enables facilitators to create learning environments in which participants seek and find their own solutions to simple or complex issues. ICG offers these workshops to bring out the extraordinary facilitator within you. Our presenter is Leilani Rashida Henry, Licensed Brain Gym® practitioner and Founder of Being and Living® Enterprises. Leilani is a nationally recognized thought leader for bringing innovative strategies to collective transformation. She is the ICG 2006 Fellow. Learn more about Leilani at www.beingandliving.com. The workshop registration fee is $125.00 To register for the workshop please go to http://icgregis.org/. Click on "Upcoming Events" and scroll down to the "Art of Facilitation" workshop where you will find a link to register. Or you may register by calling Katie Bruen, Project Coordinator for the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University at 303-458-4967.

Added by Amy Lang on February 12, 2006??-??Link to this entry

Intercultural Communication Courses Offered in Davis, California

As part of the University of California, Davis Extension, Common Ground: Center for Cooperative Solutions helps government entities, agencies and private- and public-sector organizations come together to find unique solutions to challenging and complex issues. This spring, Common Ground will be offering 2 two-day courses on Intercultural Relations, designed for those who want to better understand the dynamics of intercultural communication and conflict. Intercultural relations specialist Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D., will be conducting both courses. For more information, call 800-752-0881 x4414 go to www.extension.ucdavis.edu/commonground/.

Added by Sandy on February 06, 2006??-??Link to this entry

San Francisco Foundation Invites Entries for Community Leadership Awards

The San Francisco Foundation (www.sff.org) Community Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations whose leadership has made a significant impact in their particular Bay Area communities. This work may confront social or health problems, address environmental concerns, or promote arts and humanities. One of the four awards is designated for an under-recognized, mature artist who has made a significant and ongoing contribution in the Bay Area. Artists from the performing, literary, media, and visual arts, including craft, folk, and traditional forms, will be considered. Individuals receive $10,000 awards, while organizations are awarded $20,000. Individuals and nonprofit organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties are eligible to apply. Individuals from all sectors are eligible for these awards. Nominations for emerging and innovative leadership as well as for longstanding accomplishments are encouraged. For additional information about the program and the nomination process, visit the SFF Web site. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2006.

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/

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

Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry Workshop Coming Up in Boulder, CO

Join Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Jim Ludema, leading authors and consultants, for their Foundations in Appreciative Inquiry Workshop, February 6-9 in Boulder, Colorado. Recognized as one of the strongest foundations-level trainings available, this workshop attracts an international contingent of positive change consultants and leaders. Learn how businesses and communities around the globe have transformed their organizations in partnership with CPC's premier consultants. Develop your skills to lead key steps in the Appreciative Inquiry process: select affirmative topics, craft and conduct appreciative interviews, envision positive futures, design provocative propositions and create sustainable appreciative organization cultures. Begin designing Appreciative Inquiry initiatives in your own and others' organizations. This 4-day workshop is the first and foundational workshop in the Corporation for Positive Change's Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry and the Practice of Positive Change. For more information or to register, visit the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) website (www.positivechange.org) or e-mail or phone 505.751.1232 (x2).

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

IAP2 Spring Training Schedule Released

IAP2 has realeased its Spring Training calendar with plenty of opportunities to learn public participation skills in trainings across North America and Australia. Courses include "Communications for Effective Public Participation," "Techniques for Effective Public Participation," and "Planning for Effective Public Participation. To see a full list of courses, dates and locations, click on the link below. Or visit IAP2's website: www. iap2.org.



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Added by Amy Lang on January 17, 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.

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

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

Heartful Communication Four Week Series Coming Up in California

Starting Monday January 23, Sharda Miller of The Listening Path (www.thelisteningpath.com) will be offering a four week course in Heartful Communication. The course treats a series of listening skills and processes with an emphasis on Marshall Rosenberg?’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The series offers specific skills that lead to heartful, honest and authentic communication without blame or judgment. The class will be small and intimate in order to allow plenty of time for sharing and practice. Course dates are on 1:30-4 pm Jan 23, 30, Feb 6 & 13, 2006 in the East Bay area of San Francisco. The series cost is $120. For more information or to register, call Sharda at 510-435-2327 or email .

Added by Amy Lang on January 09, 2006??-??Link to this entry

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

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

Added by Amy Lang on January 06, 2006??-??Link to this entry

PCRC Seeks Manager of Mediation Programs

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

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

Corporation for Positive Change Announces 2006 Training Schedule

The Corporation for Positive Change (www.positivechange.org) is a premier consulting firm using Appreciative Inquiry for transformation and innovation in business, government, and nonprofit organizations around the world, with proven results in change management, leadership development, team building and culture transformation For detailed brochures on each workshop, please e-mail , or phone 505.751.1232 (x2). To see a list of the upcoming workshop dates and locations, click on the link below.

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

Conducting Complex Meetings Course Offered by Common Ground

As part of University of California, Davis Extension, Common Ground helps government entities, agencies and private- and public-sector organizations come together to find unique solutions to challenging and complex issues. This winter Common Ground will be offering two, one-day courses in Managing Complex Meetings for public- and private-sector professionals who wish to build their capacity for collaboration and conflict resolution. Controversial issues, public settings and large groups of people can quickly turn a simple meeting into a complex and challenging situation. These courses will provide a broad repertoire of tools for organizing and running potentially-troublesome meetings. In the first session, participants will gain the skills to engage stakeholders in the design of meeting agendas and to match the format of meetings to its goals. The second session will look at productive intervention and how to productively engage diverse and sometimes difficult stakeholders. Mediator Susan Carpenter will be conducting both sessions. Carpenter has spent the past 25 years developing and managing programs to reach consensus on public issues, resolve public controversies and develop common goals and visions. For the convenience of program participants, these courses are offered at the Sutter Square Galleria, 2901 K St., midtown Sacramento. Managing Complex Meetings: The Fundamentals, will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9 am - 4pm. Managing Complex Meetings: Taking on the Challenges, will be offered on Wednesday, March 1, 9 am - 4 pm. To enroll or to request more information, please call (800) 752-0881 or visit UC Davis Extension's Web site at extension.ucdavis.edu/commonground/.

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

Heartful Communication Workshops Offered for the Holiday Season

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

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

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

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

Open Space Workshop Coming Up in San Francisco

Facilitator Lisa Heft will be convening a workshop on Open Space Technology from December 7-9, 2005 in San Francisco. Open Space Technology is a method for convening a meeting, retreat or conference that generates communication, collaboration, innovation, and other solutions to challenges and transitions. Participants co-create an agenda and lead their own discussion and action sessions in a dynamic way that invites interdisciplinary and inter-group thinking. The use of Open Space Technology has been effective since the mid-1980?’s in a diversity of settings and cultures and in over 100 countries. The method has been used by communities working towards peace, chemists designing new polymers, tribal and governmental leaders planning land use, community advocates and local government designing literacy programs, conference organizers holding action conferences, architects designing pavilions for the Olympics, an entire town having a simultaneous discussion town meeting, and neighbors helping each other rebuild and heal after times of war. For more information and a registration form contact Lisa Heft at .


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

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

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

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

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

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

Power of Hope Seeks Executive Director

Power of Hope is a non-profit, non-religious organization that unleashes the positive potential of youth through arts-centered multicultural and intergenerational learning programs that value self-awareness, leadership, community and social change offering programs in Washington and British Columbia. Power of Hope?’s Executive Director is a hands on, multi-tasking leader with strong operations, management, administration and development skills. The Executive Director works in close collaboration with the organization?’s Creative Director and reports to the board of directors. The Executive Director has responsibility for management of the organization, including staff recruitment and supervision, internal systems development, program planning and implementation, budgeting, fundraising, and financial management. This position is in Bellingham, WA. For complete outline of Qualifications, Compensation and Responsibilities or to apply before October 12 via email or mail to: Power of Hope, 1337 Lincoln Street, #2, Bellingham, WA 98229 360-671-7390 or or visit their website at www.powerofhope.org

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

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

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

Environmental and Land Use Planning Job at University of Oregon

The Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management (PPPM) at the University of Oregon is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor to begin in fall 2006, with teaching responsibilities in our master's program in Community & Regional Planning (CRP) and our undergraduate program. They are seeking an individual with primary research and teaching interests in environmental and land use planning. The ideal candidate would also have complementary interests in one or more of the following areas: growth management, transportation, planning law, international planning, nonprofit management, and race, ethnicity and diversity. The successful applicant is expected to have a demonstrated record or show clear promise of research excellence and teaching excellence. Preference will be given to applicants who are comfortable with a wide array of analytical methods, and who have some professional experience. Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in a planning-relevant field. (ABDs will be considered, but Ph.D. must be completed for appointment as assistant professor.) They seek candidates with demonstrated effectiveness in working with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. Applicants should submit a letter describing their teaching and research interests, curriculum vitae, and the names, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three references. We especially encourage applications from minorities and women. Inquiries and applications should be directed to: CRP Search Committee, Richard Margerum, Chair; Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management; 1209 University of Oregon; Eugene, OR 97403-1209. Telephone: 541-346-2526; Fax: 541-346-2040; E-mail: . Review of applications will begin October 10, 2005, and continue until the position is filled. For more information please visit their website at pppm.uoregon.edu/

Added by Amy Lang on September 23, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Workshop on Latino Identity Coming Up in Oakland, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Added by Amy Lang on September 13, 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 .

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

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

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

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

Training Opportunities at the Upcoming 2005 Restorative Justice Conference

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

Added by Amy Lang on August 22, 2005??-??Link to this entry

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.

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

News From Israel-Palestine Peace Camps

Len and Libby Traubman just sent us an update about the many summer peace dialogue camps on the Israel-Palestine conflict taking place across North America this summer. These youth camps are designed to create engaged citizens on both sides of the conflict, who refuse to see each other as "enemies." The final camp of the year, from Sept. 16-18 in California will bring together families from the Middle East and North America to dialogue and deepen their connections. For more information on these peace camps, visit traubman.igc.org/camps. And check out this article on the Building Bridges for Peace camp that recently appeared in the Denver Post: www.denverpost.com/lifestyles/ci_2944412.

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

IAP2 Invites Applications for Certificate Program Trainers

The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) has just announced they are accepting applications from individuals wishing to become licensed as Certificate Program trainers. IAP2 will be offering all three certificate courses at the annual conference in Portland, Oregon, USA in October 2005. If you have not completed the courses this is an excellent opportunity to do (completion of all three certificate courses is a requirement for Candidate Trainers). In addition, IAP2 would like to offer new Candidate Trainers the opportunity to audit the certificate courses at the annual conference in Portland, Oregon, USA in October 2005. This will give new Candidate Trainers an opportunity to become more familiar with the course content before applying to attend a future IAP2 Academy. (No registration fee - participants would be responsible for actual meal costs and for replacement manuals if necessary.)

If you are interested in auditing courses in Portland, you must return a completed application to the IAP2 office by September 7, 2005. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by September 29, 2005. If you are not interested in auditing the courses in Portland, please submit your application at your convenience. This is an open application process. Please contact Dina Alengi Storz at [email protected] or 800-644-4273 (303-451-5945 from outside of North America) to request an application packet.

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

Dynamic Facilitation Workshop Coming Up in Denver

Jim Rough and Associates are inviting everyone to take part in the Dynamic Facilitation Workshop September 12-14, 2005 in Denver, Colorado, co-sponsored by the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University. Since 1990, Dynamic Facilitation skills have been helping individuals and organizations address difficult problems collaboratively and creatively. To learn more about Dynamic Facilitation or to register for this event visit www.ToBe.net or for more information, please contact DeAnna Martin at: (206) 459-8429 or E- Mail : .

Added by Amy Lang on August 18, 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

Community Foundation Creates Website for Civic Engagement Grant Applications

The Community Foundation Silicon Valley (www.cfsv.org) has just revised its community grants program to include grants for Civic Engagement proposals, and all the information is now available online. CFSV will now provide general operating support to Silicon Valley grantees through its renamed Community Investment Grants program. The program will provide one-year general support grant awards of up to $20,000 to nonprofits working in the area of Neighbourhood and Civic Engagement. Other granting areas are: Arts and Cultural Participation; Education and Lifelong Learning; and Self-Reliant Individuals and Families. Visit the CFSV Web site and click on "Grants & Nonprofit Resources" for complete program guidelines, criteria, and application procedures, as well as information on other CFSV funding programs.

Added by Amy Lang on July 11, 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

Palestinian-Jewish Family Weekend Invites Participants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nonviolent Communication Workshop Series Coming Up in El Cerrito, CA

NCDD member Sharda Miller has just announced she will be offering a nonviolent communication-afternoon series this summer. The workshops will be an introduction to Marshall Rosenberg?’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC offers specific skills that lead to heartful, honest and authentic communication without blame or judgment. The class will be small in order to allow plenty of time for sharing and practice. It is scheduled for Mondays, July 11, 18, 25 and August 8, from 2:30-4:30 in El Cerrito. Cost is $100 for the 4 afternoon series. Email Sharda at or call 510-435-2327 if you have any questions.

Added by Amy Lang on June 21, 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

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

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

New Opportunities to Learn the Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry

Back by popular demand, the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) is offering its course, The Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry, in Boulder, CO from June 13-17, 2005 and in Chicago, IL, from September 12-16, 2005. Whether you?’re a consultant or leader of change, the course will guide you through an exploration of the theories, principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry. The workshop provides hands-on experience of Appreciative Inquiry, preparing you to guide clients and groups in creating interview protocols, conducting interviews, working with appreciative data and stories, and crafting provocative propositions and organization design principles. The workshop will also explore the difference between Appreciative Inquiry and deficit-based approaches to change, and the power of positive change methodologies. For information and to register contact Corporation for Positive Change at 505-751-1232 or email: .

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

Facilitators Needed for National Issues Forums in Longmont, Colorado

Michael Briand sent me an email today in hopes of recruiting some moderators for two upcoming National Issues Forums in Longmont, Colorado next month. The forums will be held on July 16th and July 30th, and Michael is especially interested in hearing from folks who attended the 2004 NCDD conference in Denver. According to Michael, NIF experience would be very helpful, but isn't a pre-requisite--training will be provided to those unfamiliar with the methodology and format. Email Michael at if you're interested.

Added by Sandy Heierbacher on June 06, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Compassionate Listening Training Series Announced for 2005-2006

The Compassionate Listening Project (www.compassionatelistening.org) has just announced its Advanced Training Series for 2005-2006. The Advanced Training Series consists of three 3-day weekends over a 7-month period, beginning in November 2005 and ending in May 2006. Compassionate Listening focuses not just on communication skills, but on strengthening the influence of the heart through cultivating compassion, and learning to listen and speak from the heart, even in the heat of conflict. The CLP welcomes the participation of all who have taken their introductory intensive or participated in a delegation by November 2005. Registration is due by October 10, 2005. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Hwoschinsky, Training Director (). Click below for details on the dates and cost of the Training Series.

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

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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Added by Sandy on June 02, 2005??-??Link to this entry

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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Added by Sandy on May 28, 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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Added by Sandy on May 15, 2005??-??Link to this entry

PCP Announces Spring Line-Up of Workshops

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

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

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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Added by Sandy on March 01, 2005??-??Link to this entry

The Compassionate Listening Project Announces Upcoming Events & Workshops

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

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Added by Sandy on February 28, 2005??-??Link to this entry

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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Added by Sandy on January 22, 2005??-??Link to this entry

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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Added by Sandy on January 06, 2005??-??Link to this entry

News from the Public Conversations Project...

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

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Upcoming Training in the Art of Hosting & Convening Conversations

The Berkana Institute's From the Four Directions project is offering a training in the Art of Hosting & Convening Conversations on Whidbey Island in Washington state this March. The Art of Hosting & Convening Conversations is a training for all who aspire to learn and find new ways for working with others to create innovative and comprehensive solutions. From the Four Directions is a growing community of practitioners, supporting each other to explore and accomplish what we most care about. Click below for more details.

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Public Conversations Project Offers a Selection of Fall Trainings

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

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

November Course on Resolving Land Use Disputes Focuses on Dialogue

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

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Asian Museum in Seattle Fosters Dialogue About Race

An art exhibit at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, Washington, inspired a June 4 article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called "Wing Luke exhibit fosters dialogue about racial differences." Author Regina Hackett writes: "'Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race' at the Wing Luke Museum features 12 different approaches to race. In spite of the title, it's successful because of the talk it generates. This exhibit manages a feat rare in the museum world: It encourages dialogue without patronizing the audience." Click below to read the full article.

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Added by Sandy on June 04, 2004??-??Link to this entry

NIF Basics Workshop to be Held in Davis, California in June

National Issues Forums (NIF) help people become re-engaged in the political process by providing a place for public deliberation to occur. Public deliberation happens where people come together to talk about important community problems, weighing as many options as they have available and then deciding on a course of action that makes everyone a winner. The NIF Basics Workshop starts the learning process for the local practice of deliberative decision making.

Learn the basics of NIF theory and skills in the NIF Basics Workshop (NIFB) in Davis, California, June 24-26, 2004. Registration is $280. Note that this NIF Basics Workshop is a prerequisite for all advanced workshops. Go to www.nifica.org for more details or to register.

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NIF Community Teams Workshop Offered in Davis, California in August

Learn advanced deliberative decision making theory and develop specialized National Issues Forums (NIF) roles at the Community Teams Workshop August 27-28 in Davis, California. Community Teams customize public deliberation to local hopes and dreams, needs and challenges. It has been discovered that the most effective Community Teams incorporate nine unique but inter-connected roles in their public deliberation research. When these roles are understood and applied, public deliberation can be customized for increased sensitivity to local needs, increased inclusion of diverse voices and increased focus on the decisions that resolve urgent and important issues.

Please note that you must attend a session of 'NIF Basics' (previously known as the Public Policy Institute) before you can attend this advanced session. Go to www.nifica.org for more details or to register. Registration fee is $220.

Added by Sandy on May 14, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Full Graduate Fellowship at Regis University for Student of Dialogue & Deliberation

Paul Alexander, Director of Regis University's Institute on the Common Good, sent an announcement today about a full graduate fellowship that covers full tuition and benefits, AND provides a yearly stipend of $20-$24,000. The fellowship provides research and facilitation support for the Institute and serves as the event coordinator. Click below for the full message about this great opportunity.

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Added by Sandy on April 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry

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

Monthly "Fabulous Facilitators Breakfasts" in Berkeley

Lisa Heft hosts a "Fabulous Facilitators Breakfast" each month in Berkeley, California. The next one will be held this Monday, April 26. This is a casual breakfast group that brings facilitators in the region together for mutual support, learning, interaction and community. Over breakfast, facilitators who specialize in a variety of methods share challenges, questions, news and mutual appreciation in about a 2-hour time span without an agenda. They also share news about their workshops, ideas for collaboration, flyers to share and feedback on facilitation ?‘gigs?’ they have done or are about to do. Email Lisa at for information on where and when we will be meeting this month.

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

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

New Rogue Valley Wisdom Council Video Available Online

You know that amazing picture that's posted on NCDD's main page right now? The one with the people holding up a banner that says "We the People"? Well, that's the Rogue Valley Wisdom Coucil, an important democratic experiment that's been going on in Oregon. I just received an email letting me know that the video footage of the first Rogue Valley Wisdom Council, which took place in November, has been incorporated into a 22-minute video. If you're curious about Wisdom Councils or Dynamic Facilitation, this video allows you to watch the process unfold, as the panelists grapple with issues and find common ground. Click below for more info.

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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

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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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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Added by Sandy on February 20, 2004??-??Link to this entry

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

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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May Certification Course in Charrette Planning Offered

In May 2004, for the first time, the National Charrette Institute is offering the "Introduction to Dynamic Planning: The Charrette in Context" half-day seminar in conjunction with the "Continuing Dynamic Planning: Professional Tools and Techniques" 2-day intensive course. These courses will teach you how to plan a Charrette using NCI's time-tested methods. Taught in Portland, Oregon, on the Portland State University campus. Online registration is available here: www.charretteinstitute.org/programs.html.

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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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Added by Sandy on February 08, 2004??-??Link to this entry

WorldLink Engages 700 High School Students

WorldLink is a program that thinks big: it stimulates discussion among young people, leaders and other activists about the international dynamics and challenges that shape global policies and economics. NCDD learned about WorldLink?’s efforts from the Public Conversations Project (PCP). PCP Associate Meenaskshi Chakraverti recently participated in a WorldLink event for nearly 700 high school students sponsored by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. By providing these types of forums, Worldlink encourages students to assume the role of responsible global citizens and joint problem solvers. For more information, visit www.youthworldlink.org or http://peace.sandiego.edu

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