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NCDD has been blogging about what’s happening in the dialogue & deliberation community since before people knew what a “blog” was! Here you’ll find job and funding opportunities, timely articles by thought leaders in our field, announcements about upcoming events, and other news from the community.

Agape Foundation Invites Nominations for First Annual Peace Prize

The San Francisco-based Agape Foundation (www.agapefn.org) is a nonprofit public foundation that raises and distributes funds to nonviolent social change organizations committed to peace and justice issues. To that end, the foundation has established the Agape Peace Prizes in order to bring recognition to Northern California peacemakers, organizations, and individuals. The Long Haul Prize honors a Northern California peace- maker who has made a sustained effort to create peace in their community, nationally, or internationally. The Rising Peacemaker Prize recognizes a peacemaker making a critical […] (continue)

New PBS Documentary Spotlights Democracy and Polarization

We just heard about a fascinating new documentary airing on PBS on July 12 from Pamela Calvert at The Working Group (www.theworkinggroup.org). THE FIRE NEXT TIME follows a deeply divided group of Montana citizens caught in intractable conflicts intensified by rapid growth, scapegoating, and the power of talk radio. The hour-long documentary reflects on critical issues in the United States today: the high stakes in the battle over development and the environment, the breakdown of civil discourse and the growth of “red-blue” polarization, and the […] (continue)

New Tools for Evaluating Racial Equity Programs Now Available On the Web

The Center for Assessment and Policy Development and MP Associates, Inc., has just launched “Evaluation Tools for Racial Equity” (www.evaluationtoolsforracialequity.org), a new web site that offers resources and advice on evaluating a program’s effectiveness in bridging racial divides. The site includes all kinds of tools and resources on how to organize and carry out an evaluation, what kinds of questions to ask and outcomes to measure, and also some guidelines for thinking about and using results. (continue)

SCRC and League of Women Voters Organizes National Discussion on Civil Liberties and Homeland Security

With Congress preparing to debate provisions of the PATRIOT Act this fall, many people are thinking about what they can do locally to strike a balance between civil liberties and homeland security. To aid in the process, the Study Circles Resource Center and the League of Women Voters Education Fund are launching a national initiative this month called Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities. The three-part discussion series gives everyday people a chance to talk about ways they can keep their […] (continue)

News From the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (www.sustaineddialogue.org) is a network of 16 colleges and universities across the nation focusing on communication that addresses deep-seated social issues such as racism, religion, sexual orientation, and class. In addition to on-campus activities, the SDCN recently organized its 2nd National Conference that took place April 9-10, attracting about 130 students and administrators from 18 colleges and high schools around the country. By all accounts, the conference was a great success, generating much networking and problem-solving. The SDCN also produces a […] (continue)

New Information Society Law and Policy Journal Available Online

We just heard about the launch of the new journal I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. I/S is an interdisciplinary journal of research and commentary concentrating on the intersection of law, policy, and information technology. The first issue features a symposium on electronic rule-making, book reviews and an article on HIV/AIDS, Information and Communication in Africa. The journal is jointly produced by Carnegie Mellon’s InSITeS and the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at The Ohio State University’s Moritz […] (continue)

Conference on Water Sustainability Will Use Assembly Dialogue Method

Helen Spector asked us to announce the upcoming conference on water sustainability in Berkeley, CA on June 19. The conference will focus on both the San Francisco Watershed and the global water crisis. They will be using the the methodology that Helen presented at the NCDD conference last fall – the Assembly methodology developed for the Barcelona Parliament of the World’s Religions that promotes reflection, dialogue and movement to action. The conference is also part of the United Nations 60th Anniversary events. For more information […] (continue)

Corporation for Positive Change Reports Success in Longmont, CO

The Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) has just announced its success using Appreciative Inquiry to engage in participatory planning in Longmont, CO. The initial stages of the project included over 80 one-on-one interviews, community conversations, and a one day community summit. These events brought in many residents who had not participated previously in city-sponsored activities. In the next few months, the CPC will begin the third stage of the Longmont project: incorporating the discoveries from the Discovery and Dreaming phases into Designing plans for Longmont’s […] (continue)

Democracy Lab Offers New Online Deliberation Opportunities

Democracy Lab has recently announced three new opportunities to incorporate online deliberation into your classroom. First, From June 29 to July 1, they’re holding a workshop on Using Deliberation in the High School Classroom in State College, PA. Inquire regarding online possibilities, including enrolling in the workshop for graduate credit, at demlab@lhup.edu. Second, it’s time to reserve space for your classes in Democracy Lab’s Fall 2005 online issues forums. Details are here. Third, Democracy Lab is now conducting a second round of Request for Proposals […] (continue)

Registration is Open for the Canadian Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation

With the launch of its website last month, the 2002 NCDD-inspired Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) is open for information and early registration. Set for October 27-30, 2005, in Ottawa, Canada, this innovative conference modeled after NCDD’s first national conference will bring together 300 practitioners, decision makers, policy developers, and researchers to share information and skills and work together to build a strong dialogue & deliberation community in Canada! Click below for more info. (continue)

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