w. 2005 11 (nov)

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

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

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

Mix It Up at Lunch Day Coming Up November 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SFU Dialogue Program Offers Two Upcoming Workshops

The Dialogue Program at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Vancouver, Canada has two workshops coming up this fall. First, their Dialogue Practitioner Workshop will be held on Thursdays, October 6, November 3 and December 1, 2005, 5:30 - 8:00 pm. Cost is $150, and discounts are available. Second, a workshop on Appreciative Inquiry: Creating positive change in organizations and other human systems will be held from October 31-November 1, 2005, 9-5pm. Cost is $525, and discounts available. For more information on these workshops and other programs at the Dialogue Program, download their brochure at www.sfu.ca/dialogue/dialoguemakers_web.pdf.

Added by Amy Lang on October 03, 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

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

Open Space Training Coming Up in Nanaimo, BC

Chris Corrigan has just announced an Open Space Technology training and practice workshop for November 15-17 2005 near Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, Canada. This workshop features a new design which makes the practices learned applicable to both Open Space and a variety of other dialogic facilitation methods. More details about this workshop can be found at www.chriscorrigan.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Main.NanaimoInvitation. All are welcome.

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

Nominations Sought for K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who are committed to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others, and who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education. The awards are sponsored by K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California-Berkeley. All doctoral level graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible, regardless of academic department. The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards provide financial support for graduate students to attend AAC&U?’s 2006 Annual Meeting, ?“Demanding Excellence: Liberal Education in an Era of Global Competition, Anti-Intellectualism, and Disinvestment.?” The meeting will be held January 25-28, 2006, in Washington, DC. All award recipients are required to attend the conference.

Applicants must demonstrate: 1) Leadership ability or potential for exercising leadership in teaching and learning, with a strong commitment to academic and civic responsibility; and 2) Leadership or potential leadership in the development of others as leaders, scholars, and citizens. A faculty member or administrator must nominate the student, with a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator. The following materials must be submitted for an application to be considered: 1) a nomination letter from a faculty member or administrator; 2) a supporting letter from a second faculty member or administrator; 3) a statement from the student indicating how he or she meets the award criteria; 4) a copy of the student?’s curriculum vitae. All materials should be submitted together. Only complete applications will be considered. Deadline for receipt of materials is November 4, 2005. Mail applications to the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Committee, AAC&U, 1818 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009 or Fax 202-265-9532 (to the attention of Suzanne Hyers) or email (with documents attached).

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

News About By The People's Upcoming Deliberation Week

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

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

Read the rest of "News About By The People's Upcoming Deliberation Week"

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

Online Deliberation Workshop Coming Up Nov 17-18

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

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

Three Training Opportunities Coming Up at the SFU Center for Dialogue

The Center for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC has just announced three new training opportunities for this fall. From Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, Dr. Gervase Bushe, one of the pioneers in the application of appreciative inquiry and associate professor of Management and Organization Studies in the Faculty of Business Administration at SFU will host "Appreciative Inquiry: Creating positive change in organizations and other human systems". The course number is DLOG 240, fees are $525 and discounts are available. On Friday Nov. 4, the Center offers "Spiral Dynamics integral-Transcending Turf-Wars: Exploring a framework for the frameworks" taught by Dr. Don E. Beck, founder of the Center for Human Emergence. The course number is DLOG 250, cost is $325, and discounts are available. Rounding out this trio of workshops is "Dynamic Facilitation: An approach for facilitating solutions to the unsolvable" from Monday, November 14 to Wednesday, November 16, 2005. Jim Rough, originator of Dynamic Facilitation will teach the course along with Jean Rough and DeAnna Martin. The course number is DLOG 260, cost is $1375 and discounts are available. For more information and to register, contact , 604.268.7925 or see www.sfu.ca/dialogue/dialoguemakers_web.pdf.

Added by Amy Lang on September 01, 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

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

Community Based Collaboratives Conference Coming Up in November

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

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

National Dialogue Will Engage Canadian Youth this November

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

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

Join the Compassionate Listening Project in Israel-Palestine this November

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

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

Community Collaboratives Research Conference Deadline Approaching

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

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

CPB Offers Grants for Student Civic Education

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (www.cpb.org) has just announced an American History and Civics Initiative to address critical shortfalls in middle and high school students' knowledge of American history, the U.S. political system, and their roles as citizens. The initiative will award grants to forge unique and sustainable partnerships between public television producers and broadcast outlets, the educational community, curriculum developers, the high tech industry, and other appropriate partners to design new, groundbreaking media projects that measurably improve the learning of American history and enhance civic participation among middle and high school students. Any public or private, nonprofit, educational, or commercial entity is eligible to apply. See the CPB Web site for the complete Request For Proposals, a list of Frequently Asked Questions, and program updates. The deadline for applications is November 1, 2005.

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

AAC&U Announces Conference on Student Learning and Civic Engagement

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

Added by Amy Lang on June 29, 2005??-??Link to this entry

Three New 'Power of Dialogue' Workshops Announced

The Public Conversations Project (PCP) has just announced three new opportunities to participate in its signature workshop, The Power of Dialogue. The workshop is a hands-on way to explore how to create meaningful dialogue that has the power to shift communication and relationships. Participants learn through the process of designing, facilitating, and de-briefing an extended dialogue simulation. The three new workshop dates are: Newton, Massachusetts, October 20-22, 2005; Dallas, Texas, November 4-6, 2005; Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 9-11, 2006. To register, contact Manda Adams at or 888-PCP-TEAM x13 (888-727-8326). And for a complete roster of workshops visit www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?page_id=123&catid=51

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

Do Something Invites 2006 Brick Award Applications

Each year Do Something (www.dosomething.org), a national not-for-profit organization honors six outstanding leaders age 18 and under and three outstanding leaders between the ages of 19 and 25 who take action that measurably strengthens their communities in the areas of community building, health, or the environment. Each of the 18 and under winners is awarded a $5,000 higher education scholarship and a $5,000 community grant, to be directed by the award winner to the not-for-profit organization of his or her choice. Winners in the 19 to 25 category each receive a $10,000 community grant. All winners receive pro bono services, and all winners attend the annual Brick Awards Gala event in New York City, where their accomplishments will be celebrated. In addition, Do Something works closely with Brick winners to generate local and national media coverage of their work, and to spotlight what young people can achieve. Applications are due November 1, 2005. Apply online for a Brick Award at www.dosomething.org/awards/brick/.

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