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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.

Grants for K-12 Teachers who Emphasize Cultural Connections

This year’s National Geographic Society Education Foundation is awarding $100,000 in grants (up to $5,000 each) to K-12 teachers in the U.S. or Canada who prepare children to embrace a diverse world, succeed in a global economy, and act as stewards of the planet’s resources. This year’s program emphasizes “cultural connections” – projects that promote understanding of and respect for differences between cultures, as well as explorations of students’ own heritage. Application deadline is June 10, 2004. Click below for full announcement. (continue)

Fulbright Scholar Grants Available in 47 Disciplines

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers faculty and professionals numerous opportunities for lecturing and/or research during the 2005-2006 academic year in 140 countries and all regions of the world. Awards range from two months to an academic year. Grants are in 47 disciplines and several interdisciplinary fields. Also, many countries offer “All Disciplines” grants, which allow applicants to design their own award. The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2004. For information, eligibility requirements, and online application, go to […] (continue)

New Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation

The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation was formed in July of 2003 as a non-profit association based in Adelaide, South Australia. Its specific mission is to document, support, develop and present peace-building possibilities based upon storytelling processes to communities both locally and internationally, connecting via the Internet with the purpose of bringing adults and children together to share in the peace-building process. (continue)

New Monograph on Public Art

Public Art: An Essential Component of Creating Communities, a new Monograph by Jack Becker, is a must-read for advocacy tool everyone involved in public art – from elected officials and community members to artists and arts administrators. This Monograph provides a comprehensive overview of the field and presents responses to important questions: What is public art? Why is public art beneficial to the health of a community? What are the critical issues in the field? $9.25. Go to www.AmericansForTheArts.org and click on the bookstore icon. (continue)

CIRCLE Awards 30 Research Grants

This summer CIRCLE (The Center for Information & Research On Civic Learning & Engagement at the University of Maryland) announced three grant competitions for research on the following topics: (1) political participation and voting (2) K-12 civic education, and (3) youth civic engagement. The three RFPs generated a tremendous amount of interest. Approximately 250 letters of inquiry were submitted to CIRCLE from which about 30 grants were awarded. To view a list of newly funded grants, visit www.civicyouth.org/grants/index.htm. (continue)

News from "Mix It Up"

Here are some news blurbs about Mix It Up – a collaborative project of the Study Circles Resource Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center that has kids stepping out of their usual social boundries in cafeterias across the country. Click here to find out how Carnegie Mellon University students used a $250 Mix It Up grant to make a musical difference in the lives of middle and high school students in their neighboring community. Click here to learn how to apply for a Mix […] (continue)

Loka Institute News about the Community-Based Research Movement

The newsletter from the Community Research Network 2003 conference in Sandstone, Minnesota – “Powerful Collaborations: Building a Movement for Social Change” – is now available on the Loka website, along with several conference papers that describe significant case studies or report basic research on the community-based research movement. They can be accessed at www.loka.org/conf2003/2003_conference.htm. (continue)

New Book on Deliberative Democracy in America

Ethan Leib sent me the following details about his new book “Deliberative Democracy in America” today. “We are taught in civics class that the Constitution provides for three basic branches of government, executive, judicial, and legislative. While the President and Congress as elected by popular vote are representative, can they really reflect accurately the will and sentiment of the populace? Or do money and power dominate everyday politics to the detriment of true self-governance? Is there a way to put “We the people” back into […] (continue)

New Book on Civil Society

From the March 16 DD-net eBulletin: Is civil society the big idea for the 21st century? Or will the idea of civil society – confused, conflated and co-opted by elites – prove another false horizon in the search for a better world? By illuminating the uses and abuses of different theories and traditions in clear and engaging prose, Michael Edwards, author and Governance and Civil Society Program Director at the Ford Foundation, will guide readers of all persuasions to answer this question for themselves. (continue)

New LogoLink Research Initiative Focuses on Resources, Citizen Engagement and Democratic Local Governance

The main objectives of LogoLink’s new “Research on Resources, Citizen Engagement and Democratic Local Governance” initiative (RECITE) are: (1) to contribute to knowledge on an aspect of participation in local governance that has attracted limited policy interest to date; (2) to draw to the attention of governments and aid donors the importance of creating and resourcing spaces for participatory processes in fiscal decisions; and (3) to strengthen the capacities of LogoLink partners and other civil society groups to influence and participate in the most critical […] (continue)

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