The Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) has just released its 2007 workshop lineup with plenty of exciting new offerings. Workshop topics include Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry, Appreciative Leadership, and workshops on the relationship between spirituality and creativity and AI. These workshops can be credited towards the CPC Certificate Program, a program of four (4) workshops to develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead, design and facilitate positive change in organizations and communities using Appreciative Inquiry. To learn more or to register, visit www.positivechange.org. Or keep reading for a list of upcoming dates & locations. (more…)
Senior staff at the Case Foundation, under the guidance of consultant Cynthia Gibson, recently authored the 31-page white paper ”Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement.” The central claims of the paper are that public “service” is a more powerful frame around which to rally Americans for democratic renewal than “civic engagement,” and the encouragement of public deliberation should be at the center of renewal efforts. Scholar Peter Levine of the University of Maryland has written that he considers the paper a breakthrough. “It may,” Mr Levine has written at d-d.net, “have a significant effect on the traditional funders and organizers of “service” (a field that dwarfs deliberation). Cindy Gibson makes deliberation-linked-to-action the heart of ‘civic engagement,’ instead of voting and/or service. That could be revolutionary.”
Jim Rough, author of “Society’s Breakthrough: Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People” will be leading a Dynamic Facilitation Seminar October 31st – November 2, 2006, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Comfort Inn in Springfield, VA. Dynamic Facilitation is a new way of helping people think collaboratively and creatively together, where they build trust and achieve breakthroughs to seemingly impossible issues. The seminar is often a transformational experience for participants, both professionally and personally. Dynamic Facilitation offers new possibilities for conflict resolution, organizational transformation, personal empowerment, coaching, and true democracy. Learn through practice and demonstration on real issues. To learn more or register, visit www.DynamicFacilitation.com or contact DeAnna Martin (206) 965-8498 or email@example.com. Group discounts and scholarships for activists are available.
The Grant Institute’s Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, October 25 – 27, 2006. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute. For more information call (888) 824 – 4424 or visit The Grant Institute website at www.thegrantinstitute.com.
The Clinton Global Initiative has just announced major project funding for a project using dialogue to build lasting peace in Rwanda. The International Peacebuilding Alliance (Interpeace) and Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) aim to use research-based dialogue to reinforce the foundations for sustainable peace, and consolidate a culture of debate and citizen participation in Rwanda. Interpeace’s local partner in Rwanda, the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) will consolidate its peacebuilding work in Rwanda by establishing uruvugiro — permanent forums for debate at the local, provincial and national levels. These forums will engage more Rwandans in dialogue to develop consensus-based solutions that address the most pressing problems of rebuilding post-genocide Rwanda. (more…)
My daily google news alert for “dialogue” – which, admittedly, I don’t always keep on top of – featured some interesting articles today. UTSA’s The Paisano published an article called “Immigration series emphasizes open dialogue,” which provided a nice overview of a dialogue at the University of Texas – San Antonio on what it means to be an American. The dialogue is part of the UTSA Talks! dialogue series.
United Press International also published an article on a DC dialogue involving Islamic and Catholic scholars called US Muslims, Catholics hold dialogue. “Concerned about derogatory references to Islam in a recent papal lecture,” the author explained, ”these scholars gathered to reaffirm both the importance and the vitality of Muslim-Catholic relations.”
A number of other articles were listed in today’s news alert, but I found these two the most relevant to NCDDers. If any of you subscribe to this or the “deliberation” alert and have an interest in keeping the D&D community informed, consider becoming part of the group blog and contributing regularly! (more…)
Last week, I came across YouthNoise, a web-based organization focused on providing a space for youth to discuss issues important to them (their OrangeBands). For those interested in working with an international youth-focused organization that promotes dialogue, check it out. It’s inspiring to see youth so active.
The website is dynamic and clearly makes an effort to reach out to a youthful target audience – and it’s buzzing! The discussion board activity is a clear indicator of the organization’s effectiveness in keeping the attention of youth: topics “Ending the -isms”, “International Relations”, “School & Education”, and “Health, Sexuality, & Substance Abuse” each have over 20,000 posts!
“Across the globe, youths everywhere are making a difference. Combating issues without blinking an eye, they possess the spirit and strength, along with the heartfelt belief, that they can change the world. And change the world they do! YouthNoise gives these world-changers, these hope-givers, a voice, a place to connect, and a place to inspire—and be inspired. An activist haven, a socially conscious sanctuary, YouthNoise invites youths to write, to learn, to think, and to act. A virtual conference hall, playground, coffee shop, and classroom, YouthNoise is where the difference begins.”
Skilled facilitators are invited to volunteer for an essential role at the Unified New Orleans Planning Process – Community Congress II, a historic and innovative town meeting in which thousands of New Orleanians will discuss and influence options for rebuilding their beloved city. Community Congress II will be held on December 2, 2006 across five locations: New Orleans, Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Houston and another city to be announced. (more…)
Just received an email from John Spady of the Forum Foundation, our key sponsor for this summer’s national conference and current spotlighted member, with some info about their current projects…
The Forum Foundation has contributed its new Fast Forum Opinionnaire® web application for distributed dialogue to the Municipal League Foundation in support if its Seattle-funded Civic Engagement Project that runs through July 2007. Soliciting partners from both the non-profit and for-profit communities, the project seeks to recreate relationships for social and civic interaction using distributed groups of people who meet together to talk about both community-wide and partner-narrow issues. An interview with John Spady about the Civic Engagement Project can be viewed using either the Real Player or Quicktime Player applications by clicking on this link (external .mov file).
The Forum Foundation is also working with Kathleen O’Connor, Founder and CEO of CodeBlueNow! (CBN), a national grassroots education and advocacy group committed to positive change in the U.S. health care system. CBN is also using the Fast Forum Opinionnaire® to gather non-partisan opinions from communities across Oregon about meaningful health care reform. This model is in the process of being extended to engage participants from all 50 states.
You can learn more about the Forum Foundation and its Fast Forum Opinionnaire® by visiting their website at http://forumfoundation.org/.