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WJCF Community Facilitation Training Set for May

The Western Justice Center Foundation and the City of Pasadena will present a Community Facilitation Training on May 3-5 and 11-12, 2007 at the Western Justice Center Foundation, 55 S. Grand Ave. The training is aimed at anyone interested in improving their facilitation skills in the areas of interethnic/interracial/intercultural dialogue and in times of community crisis. By taking part in this training, you will be joining a group of volunteer facilitators for community-wide dialogues. Renowned facilitators and trainers Diane Burbie, owner of The ASPIRE Group, and Najeeba Syeed-Miller, executive director of the Western Justice Center Foundation will lead the sessions. (more…)

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Entries Invited for Youth Prize for Excellence in International Education


Here’s an award for youth that involves some fun, collaboration and cross-cultural learning: The Asia Society (www.asiasociety.org) and the Goldman Sachs Foundation (www2.goldmansachs.com/foundation) have announced the 2007 Goldman Sachs Foundation Youth Prize for Excellence in International Education. The 2007 competition asks students to select a problem or challenge that affects their local community as well as a community outside the United States; to create an in-depth written, audio, video, or animated feature that compares and contrasts how these two communities have addressed the issue; and to explain why these approaches reflect the different cultural backgrounds of those involved, and what lessons the different communities could learn from each other.

Five winners will be selected and will receive up to $10,000 each as well as an all-expense-paid trip to New York City in early November 2007, where they will be recognized at the Asia Society’s gala annual dinner. Visit the program’s Web site (http://internationaled.org/prizes/) for the contest question, guidelines, rules, and an online application form. The deadline for applications is June 11, 2007.

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Civic Life International Frames Community Race Relations in Nationwide Dialogue Project.

Civic Life international, one of the 10 community partners in The Mystery of Love project, a national educational community dialogue initiative that premiered on PBS December 13th has come up with a community action framing of race relations and violence in Dayton OH. The Mystery of Love project is part of Fetzer Institute‚Äôs Campaign for Love & Forgiveness, an inclusive, non-partisan initiative that explores how love and forgiveness can effect meaningful changes in individuals and communities alike. (more…)

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Atlanta's Carter Library Holding Public Voice Event

NCDDers – if you live in the Atlanta area, you may be interested in the upcoming Public Voice Event: On Wednesday, May 2nd, 830 a.m., the Carter Library (and four other Presidential Libraries) will have a live feed of the Public Voice from the National Press Club on the National Issues Forum on Energy. (this issue guide is available at www.nifi.org) This event will be free and open to the public. Following the program in D.C. (moderated by Frank Sesno), participants will have an opportunity to talk about the issue from our perspective here in Georgia and share our observations of what we hear at the National Press Club. For more information, people may contact Margaret Holt at agkefalas@charter.net.

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Call for participation: Greater Seattle Climate Dialogues

2People (www.2people.org) just wrote to us about their current major project: The Greater Seattle Climate Dialogues is a yearlong campaign of citizen engagement, culminating in a Citizens’ Climate Summit. In addition to the Summit, they will be holding small group dialogues all year. Our goal is to create a quantum change in public understanding of this issue, and to shift the political dynamic of this issue. The science partners are the major climate institutes at the University of Washington, and coalition partners/endorsers include City and County government, non-profits such as Climate Solutions and Sierra Club, and numerous businesses and neighborhood groups.

To enhance the success of these dialogues, 2People is looking for more coalition partners, and seeking individuals who want to be part of the Dialogues outreach team. To get involved, please contact Phil Mitchell: phil@2people.org.

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First Victoria, BC Wisdom Council A Success

The first Victoria Wisdom Council in Victoria, British Columbia (as well as in Canada) took place over the weekend of March 30-31, 2007, with twelve members randomly selected from the community. It was an amazing experience for all involved, with Jim Rough kindly providing his facilitation skills. The members shared their experience of the Wisdom Council with enthusiasm and energized the entire group who gathered to listen. The Wisdom Council members delivered the following staement to the people of Victoria at the well-attended public meeting that followed. (more…)

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Call for Chapters: The Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy


The Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy aims to provide a cross-sector, interdisciplinary exploration of research on collaboration practices. The handbook will examine structure, organization, technology tools and leadership practices that characterize successful collaboration in and across the fields of education, public policy, and business. The focus of the handbook will be on the strategic, cross-cultural, team and technical skills required to collaborate and achieve organizational synergy in the age of the Internet and a digitally connected 21st century global society.

Editors of this forthcoming publication, Lynn Wilson, Ph.D. and Janet Salmons, Ph.D., invite chapter proposals at www.vision2lead.com/Call.pdf. The deadline for proposals has been extended to April 30, 2007. This book is tentatively scheduled for publishing by Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference), an imprint of Idea Group Inc., www.idea-group-ref.com, in 2008. Please contact them at synergy@vision2lead.com with any questions.

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April 15 Deadline to Apply for Peace and Conflict Resolution Program in Austria

The European University Center for Peace Studies (EPU) in Stadtschlaining, Austria teaches an intensive course for 44 students from around the world. All the courses are taught in English by leading specialists in their field from around the world, including Johan Galtung, one of the founders of the academic discipline of peace research and frequent mediator in international conflicts. The EPU program is designed to provide students with the intellectual skills to analyze conflicts and their underlying causes, with practical skills in conflict transformation and peacebuilding, and with the motivation to do everything in their capacity to help create a better world. The program is suitable for students from any discipline interested in peace and conflict resolution, young diplomats, government officials, NGO members, teachers, journalists, lawyers, social workers, officers, psychologists, and anyone interested in solving conflicts by peaceful means. A first university degree (bachelors or equivalent) is required, and preferably some professional experience. The deadline for to apply for the Fall term 2007 (30. Sept. – 22. December) is April 15. Other terms include next spring 3. February – 26. April 2008 (Apply by 15 Sep. 2007) and next Summer 2008: 1. June – 23. August (Apply by 15 Jan. 2008). (more…)


Eco-Vision 2007 Conference April 17-19

Eco-Vision 2007 (www.eco-vision.us) is a unique Conference and Gala defining a new path forward for the implementation of environmental and energy technologies. It is slated to take place on April 17 – 19, the week of Earth Day, in Washington D.C. This is an opportunity to collaborate and network with other environmental visionaries from the NGO community, academia, government, the private sector, the ambassadorial community, and others about the way solutions will be found and deployed in the future. We at NCDD would like to explore how the D&D community can play a part in this effort, so if you are planning to attend, drop Sandy a line at sandy@thataway.org.

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YouTube Launches CitizenTube


This is really cool: last week YouTube — the online community that allows anybody to upload video content to the Web — launched CitizenTube, an offshoot political video blog that is solely devoted to political content uploaded by users.

According to the YouTube blog,

“Citizentube’s mission is to add fuel to the revolution that is YouTube politics. What is YouTube politics? The answer to that question is as varied as the users who jump onto the platform. But it’s one thing for certain: a place where everyone, from users to candidates, has the same chance to be seen and heard. Let the best ideas win.

Already we’ve seen players from all over the political spectrum using YouTube in powerful ways. A bone marrow drive broadcast on YouTube brought 1,000 donors to help a stranger. A video series on Iraq has begun to bring a human face to the war. And a message from an American politician in Spanish reached across cultural barriers through YouTube.”

You can visit the site and browse political videos, upload your own creations, or sign up for videos to be sent to your inbox. Check out CitizenTube at www.youtube.com/citizentube.