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Book Club Launch: Summary of Foreward & Intro from Martin Carcasson

Hello all, and welcome to the first NCDD book club. My name is Martín Carcasson, and I’m a communication studies professor at Colorado State University and the director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation (CPD), which I founded in 2006 to serve as an impartial resource to the northern Colorado community and provide capacity for a wide variety of deliberative events. I’ve been asked to start us off in the discussion of the new book Democratizing Deliberation by summarizing the Foreword by Kettering President David […] (continue)

“Organizational Diagnosis” with Sam Kaner

Organizational Diagosis: Building Commitment For Intentional Change is an advanced consulting skills workshop led by Sam Kaner, PhD. for seasoned professional consultants and facilitators who want to build collaborative partnerships with their clients, to address tough organizational challenges and bring about real, long-term system change.  It will be held July 23-27, 2012 at the Community At Work offices in San Francisco. The workshop combines frequent practice sessions with fascinating and instructive case studies. Participants receive a 150-page workbook that is loaded with professional models, methods and tools and NCDD members are eligible for […] (continue)

NAHRW Journal of Intergroup Relations – Call for Papers

Papers Sought for Special Issue on Contemporary Activism Published by the National Association of Human Rights Workers (NAHRW), The Journal of Intergroup Relations is a twice-yearly publication that features information and research of interest to scholars and practitioners in the human rights cause worldwide and is especially interested in manuscripts that address intergroup relations and/or human rights issues.  Their next, special issue welcomes manuscripts that position Contemporary Activism in any context and from any perspective, and they have a list of suggested themes on their […] (continue)

Lisa Singh’s “D&D Story”

When she renewed her NCDD membership, we asked Lisa Singh of Facilitator/Mediator/Consultant to share her “D&D story” with the NCDD community. Here is what shared… The question is not how I got involved with NCDD, but how can anyone not be fascinated and value dialogue and deliberation? My story is simple. Having lived in many places in the world, I came to view the ability to have a dialogue and to deliberate about important choices as central to building a viable democracy. Being able to […] (continue)

Why Dialogue? from Network for Peace through Dialogue

Kathleen Kenet from Network for Peace through Dialogue asked us to let NCDDers know about their new video… “Dialogue – A conversation with a center, not sides.” The Network for Peace through Dialogue has released a video on the concept of dialogue and the ability of dialogue to create true understanding, positive change and stronger communities. You can watch it below or view the video on their website at www.networkforpeace.com. Based on the principles of democracy and social justice, Network for Peace through Dialogue seeks […] (continue)

June 2012 Master Class “What Would YOU Do If…?”

Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff are offering A Master Class on June 11th and 12th for professionals in community, organization, and personal development, in Philadelphia, PA at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West. The regular fee for the course is $695, but the discount we’ve negotiated for dues-paying NCDD members brings the rate to $556. Marvin and Sandra’s Master Class, titled “What Would You Do If…?”, uses eight of their “ten principles for leading meetings that matter,” as described in the book, Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! (Berrett-Koehler, 2010). They […] (continue)

Hosting World Cafe: A World Cafe Signature Learning Program

Offered in a partnership between the World Cafe Community Foundation and Fielding Graduate University and co-presented by Amy Lenzo and Bo Gyllenpalm, both pioneers in the adapting the World Cafe format to an online environment, Hosting World Cafe: A World Cafe Signature Learning Program covers the fundamentals of World Cafe hosting in an accessible asynchronous format convenient and adaptable to any schedule. A robust learning experience, the course also offers graduates 6 CEUs. This online (distance-learning format) program runs from May 6 – June 6 […] (continue)

Securing the future of the nation’s benchmark deliberative democracy reform

Healthy Democracy Oregon’s ground-breaking Citizens’ Initiative Review sets the benchmark for deliberative reform and is becoming recognized as a national standard for reforming the initiative process – but its future is at stake. Based upon the pioneering work of the Jefferson Center’s Citizen Jury method of public deliberation, the CIR employs a randomly-selected, demographically-balanced panel to hear testimony on a ballot measure, deliberate and then publish its findings in the statewide voters’ pamphlet as the Citizens’ Statement — a trusted alternative to the spin and […] (continue)

Consciously using the tourist industry to promote peace

The Peaceful World Foundation is dedicated to connecting positive people who are traveling the world. We strengthen the network of peace leaders around the planet. To you whose lives and professions focus on making a fair, sustainable world for all – you are invited to join the thousands of drop-in guests who participate in intimate conversations at our headquarters. Located In San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury, our 18 room bed & breakfast (www.redvic.com), Peace Cafe and Peace Center works to create a positive future for our world […] (continue)

Let’s Talk About Water in New Hampshire on May 8th

What needs to be done to have enough clean water for future generations?  If you live in New Hampshire, you can help answer this question and join a statewide conversation about the future of water sustainability on May 8, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00pm at the following locations… White Mountains Community College in Berlin, NH Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center in Greenland, NH Keene State College in Keene, NH Manchester Water Works in Manchester, NH Tracy Memorial Library in New London, NH The Governor ‘s Water Sustainability Commission is partnering with NH […] (continue)