w: 2004 05 (may)


"Peaceworker Bootcamp" to be Held this Summer in Canada

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

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Heartland Institute Offers Telephone Trainings on the Art of Convening

The Heartland Institute is offering a new "teletraining" program called The Art of Convening: Transforming Meetings & Conversations. This program includes a series of six two-hour evening sessions from May through October 2004 (one call/month). The trainings are facilitated by Craig Neal, co-founder of Heartland Institute, Inc., using the Principles of Essential Conversation developed over 25 years as convener of the Thought Leader Gatherings and as publisher of Utne Reader during the founding of its Neighborhood Salons. Tuition is $198 for all 6 sessions or $120 for 3. Call 952-925-5995 or register at www.thoughtleadergathering.com/. Click below to read more.

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Upcoming Earth Symposium to Address Arts-Based Social Change

Simon Fraser University's Dialogue Programs/Dialogue Group is collaborating on a UNESCO-designated gathering Earth Symposium: Breaking New Ground - a new initiative bringing together senior and young artists/activists from around the world in dialogue to explore how the arts can create positive change when dealing with issues of environmental sustainability and social justice. For more information and online registration visit the EARTH Project website at www.earthproject.ca. Sessions will take place April 28 to May 2, 2004 at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. Speakers include Severn Cullis Suzuki and the dance-in-community pioneer Liz Lerman.

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May Proposal Writing Workshop at GWU

Although it's not directly related to D&D, here's a little something for those of us struggling to make ends meet doing the work we love...
The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the George Washington University, May 26-28, 2004. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. $597.00 tuition includes all materials and certificates.

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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.

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May Open Space Workshop in Minneapolis

The Practice of Peace: A Learning Expedition in Open Space will take place May 4-6, 2004 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Facilitated by Katherine Barton and Harrison Owen, this workshop will focus on why Open Space works, and how it may be used as a leverage point for The Practice of Peace, the transformation of organizations, and the development of effective leadership. Prior experience convening people in Open Space or an Open Space Technology Learning Workshop will make this workshop a richer experience. Participants are encouraged to read Harrison Owen?’s books ?“The Power of Spirit: How Organizations Transform, The Spirit of Leadership, and The Practice of Peace. Email Katherine Barton at for more details.

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5th Nat'l Conference on Digital Gov't Research Coming Up

The program was just announced for the 5th Annual National Conference on Digital Government Research, which will take place May 24-26, 2004 in Seattle, Washington. Online registration is available only through May 17, after which the rates will increase. Register at http://dgrc.org/register/start.jsp or view the program at http://dgrc.org/dgo2004/program/. Click below for more details.

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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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Oregon Nonviolent Communication Network Announces Important Event

The Oregon Network for Compassionate Communication is excited to announce that on May 5th, 2004, the Salem Oregon NVC (Nonviolent Communication) team are bringing together Marshall Rosenberg and Mark Umbreit, the Director of the Center for Restorative Justice and Peace Making, a key figure in the Restorative Justice movement. Also present at this event will be Dow Gordon and Walter Armstrong, founding members of the Freedom Project.

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ACR?’s Environment & Public Policy Section Conference to be Held in May

The Association for Conflict Resolution?’s Environment and Public Policy Section Conference will be held May 20-22, 2004 in Portland, Oregon. If you are interested in collaborative monitoring and science issues; case studies, such as the Columbia River salmon recovery mediation; tribal environmental conflict resolution; research and evaluation linkages to practice; conflict assessment; urban issues; sustainability; and more ?– this conference is for you. Go to www.acrnet.org/conferences/sections/epp04.htm for more details.

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IONS Conference on Consciousness & Media

The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) wanted me to let you know about their "Consciousness & Media" conference in Santa Barbara, California, May 28-30, 2004. According to IONS, this is a rare gathering of media professionals and consciousness scholars to explore the impact of mass media on the quality and content of our consciousness; to dialogue on how contemporary media report, reflect, or ignore trends or issues in consciousness; and to identify positive and inspiring alternatives to the dominance of ?“bad news.?”

This conference is a call for a new form of ?“embedded journalism?”?—where wisdom, integrity, compassion, creativity, and inspiration are embedded in the daily and weekly fare served up to us by print and broadcast media. Register at www.lacasademaria.org. For more info, email or contact Nancy Ferracci at La Casa de Maria by calling 805-565 9062.

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Courses Offered on Using Democratic Principles

The Study Circles Resource Center has partnered with the NeighborWorks Training Institute to offer two courses in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in May 2004: ?“Using Democratic Principles to Facilitate Community Dialogue and Support Citizen Action?” (May 6-7) and ?“Using Democratic Principles to Initiate and Build Neighborhood Revitalization Efforts?” (May 5). Through both courses, participants will learn how to recruit ?“hard-to-reach?” residents; identify and evaluate facilitators; connect citizens, stakeholders, and resources to support action efforts; and apply democratic principles to neighborhood organizations and the routine of community decision-making. Study Circle Senior Associates Matt Leighninger and Fran Frazier and Program Director Gloria Mengual designed and will teach both courses. www.studycircles.org/pages/issues/neighborhoodshome.html

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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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Intentional Living Institute to Hold 5th Annual Conference

The Intentional Living Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina, will hold its 5th annual conference May 21-23, 2004. The conference is called ?“Integra: The Power & Beauty of Heart-Centered Dialogue & Negotiated Living.?”

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PeerSpirit offers Circle Practicum in Alaska this May

PeerSpirit?’s four-day immersion into the Circle process will take place May 17-22 at the exquisite Glacier Bay Country Inn in Inland Passage, southeast Alaska. If you are interested, let them know ASAP. Minimal registration numbers must be met by March 1. PeerSpirit co-founders, Christina Baldwin and Ann Linnea, have been training facilitators in the Circle process in North America since 1995. In 2000-2001, through the initiative of From the Four Directions, this methodology was adapted by people in over 37 countries. www.peerspirit.com/htmlpages/workshops_sch1.html

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Training for IAP2 Certificate in Public Participation

The Perspectives Group is offering IAP2?’s excellent 3-course certificate program in May, June, July and September 2004. This training provides beginner through advanced intermediate practitioners a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation.

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SoL's Foundations for Leadership Course

On May 24-26, 2004 in Boston, Massachusetts, The Society for Organizational Learning will offer its Foundations for Leadership Course. This program goes deeply into the domains of personal mastery, collaborative inquiry, and the systems perspective applied to sustaining profound change.

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Seeds of Peace Annual Gala

On May 20, 2004, Seeds of Peace will hold their Annual Gala in New York City.
For more information, go to www.seedsofpeace.org.

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PCP Training: Eliciting New Stories about Conflict

On May 13, The Public Conversations Project will offer its new training "Eliciting New Stories about Conflict: Interviewer Stance, Framework, and Practice" in Boston, Massachusetts. Participants will explore frameworks and experiential exercises to learn how to listen for what is not said - the absent but implicit - so they can assist parties in thinking about their conflicts in new and constructive ways.

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