w. 2004 07 (july)

Project Supporting the Legislator-Citizen Connection

I'm back from my not-so-relaxing "vacation" and ready to blog. Lots of exciting things to share...

First, please look over this important message from Hawaii State Senator Les Ihara, who's a huge advocate for getting policymakers to embrace D&D. If you know a state legislator who supports involving citizens in policymaking, please let Les know (email ). You're also encouraged to let your state legislators know about the session Les is presenting at next week's Nat'l Conference of State Legislatures called "Strengthening the Legislator-Citizen Connection." Click below for Les' email to the NCDD network.

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Added July 15, 2004??-??Link to this entry

PeaceWeb to Hold Summer Workshop Series in Tucson

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

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

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Added June 25, 2004??-??Link to this entry

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

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

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

Added May 09, 2004??-??Link to this entry

"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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Added May 03, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Online Summer School on Conflict Transformation

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

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Added April 29, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Summer Schedule for Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program

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

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Added April 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry

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

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

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Added April 25, 2004??-??Link to this entry

July Facilitation & Consensus Course Offered in Northern Italy

The International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus and Ecovillage Torri Superiore are offering a course titled ?“Facilitation and Consensus?” July 2-8, 2004, in Northern Italy. Participants in this course will learn skills that will serve them well in every aspect of their lives, including the impact of rank and privilege on group process, dealing with ?“difficult people,?” avoiding wasted time in meetings, building cohesion among group members, and creating an atmosphere of trust and safety. Other topics will include how to balance participation between the talkative and the timid, handling ?“experts?” and dealing with personal attacks. Less dramatic, but perhaps even more practical tools include agenda planning, meeting site preparation, ground rules meeting evaluation.

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Added February 27, 2004??-??Link to this entry

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

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

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Added February 19, 2004??-??Link to this entry

Bauen Camp 2004 to Focus on Arts-Based Civic Dialogue

Located in the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains in Wyoming, the Bauen Camp teaches young people ages 13?–18 how arts can be used to build social creativity and responsibility. The camp will focus on arts-based civic dialogue during this summer's sessions, July 2?–August 9, 2004. The artist staff will include Animating Democracy staff member Andrea Assaf; scholar Ferdinand Lewis, who participated as a writer in Animating Democracy?’s Critical Perspectives project; and Community Art Network's co-director, artist Bob Leonard. Professionals are invited to select outstanding young people from their projects and communities to be a part of the 2004 program. Applications are due May 15, 2004. Scholarships and internships will be offered.

Added February 11, 2004??-??Link to this entry

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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Added January 26, 2004??-??Link to this entry