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Join a National Issues Forum on the National Debt — in the Virtual World of Second Life

Join a National Issues Forum on the National Debt -- in the Virtual World of Second Life. (continue)

2011- 2012 Future Search Network Trainings

Please join us for our upcoming 2011- 2012 Future Search Network trainings. We think of Future Search in three ways— A large group planning meeting used world-wide for 30 years; A theory and philosophy of facilitating that anyone can apply; A strategy for changing the world one meeting at a time. (continue)

Upcoming trainings in Compassionate Communication

Do you wish you could transform conversations or conflicts into opportunities to generate solutions, get closer with others, or just learn more about how you tick? Would you appreciate more proactive communication with your partner, family or colleagues? In these trainings, get a very practical orientation into using NVC in real life, as well as the opportunity to take significant steps towards unfolding your own personal growth. (continue)

Public Conversation Project presents their Fall workshops

The Public Conversations Project’s unique, experiential workshops equip people from all fields with knowledge, skills and tools for preventing and transforming deep conflict. This fall, we are offering five workshops in different locales around the nation, each at an affordable cost. Whether you’re experiencing this approach for the first time or adding to your skill set as a seasoned professional, our workshops offer powerful learning opportunities. http://www.publicconversations.org/fall-2011-workshops (continue)

Join a National Issues Forum on the National Debt — in the Virtual World of Second Life

Join the evening forum on Thursday October 22 by completing the form at www.covdnva.org. If you are new to Second Life, we will help familiarize you. We promise an interesting discussion with people from around the United States and the world concerning America's national debt. (continue)

Consensus presents at Dole Institute on The Civility Project

Consensus launched The Civility Project to make durable improvements to the way governments engage citizens. They started by holding 20 focus groups with people from Kansas City, MO/KS, and Lawrence, KS, and on September 27 will present the findings at the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. (continue)

Healthy Democracy Fund Seeks Development Director

The Healthy Democracy Fund (HDF) seeks a dynamic and inspired Development Director to strategically advance this young organization. The emphasis of this position will be to sustain the organization (continue)

Jim Snider’s Idea for the President’s Open Gov Plan

J.H. Snider, NCDD member and president of iSolon.org, put forward the following proposal to the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in response to their solicitation for ideas for the Open Government Plan at opengov@ostp.gov. He begins: "Let’s take cost away as an excuse for not webcasting and recording public meetings...." (continue)

How do we measure progress?

In an era where what gets measured matters, how do we measure a movement towards more participatory forms of democracy or greater transparency? I've been in conversation with a municipality that is about to develop a Charter for Citizens Engagement. Part of the challenge is that councillors want to know how they will measure progress. Any ideas? (continue)

Global Mind Changes

The theme I would like to explore with NCDD is suggested by the titles of several books, including "Global Mind Change," "Global Shift," "The Global Brain," and "Towards A New World View. What is a "world view"? What is meant by "global mind change"? As I understand them they are related to what the author of the book, "Global Shift" describes as "a remarkable change ... taking place that will profoundly influence the way we see ourselves and our world." I expect that a conversation on NCDD can help us develop our understanding of what appears to be a very profound change -- and how we can relate to it. (continue)

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