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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.

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Entries Invited for Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism


Here’s an award that would be perfect D&Ders involved in new media technologies: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (http://knightfdn.org/) funds the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism to reward the creative use of new technologies to engage people in important public issues and to honor compelling models for the future of news. The program will honor pioneering approaches to journalism that encourage new forms of information sharing; spur non-traditional interactions that have an impact on community; enable new and better two-way conversations between audiences and news providers; and foster new ways of imparting useful information.

Among the prizes to be awarded are a $10,000 Grand Prize; up to $5,000 in Special Distinction Awards, including a Wild Card Award to be given at the judges’ discretion to an early idea that may not be fully developed or a good idea that deserves publicity alongside the top winners; and a $1,000 Citizens Media Award to honor impact and achievement in the emerging field of citizen media and citizen-generated content. Entries from all news producers are eligible. Entries must consist of journalism content created by a news-producing initiative. To enter, individuals must have been affiliated with such an initiative at the time of publication. (more…)

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New Resource on Intergroup Dialogue

Ximena Zuniga, Professor of Education at U Mass-Amherst just wrote to us about a new resource: Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning About Social Justice. This volume outlines the theory, practice, and research on intergroup dialogue. It also offers educational resources to support the practice of intergroup dialogue. Addressing faculty, administrators, student affairs personnel, students, and practitioners, this volume is a useful resource for anyone implementing intergroup dialogues in higher education. For more on the contributors and on intergroup dialogue, see the book’s entry in NCDD’s Learning Exchange: www.thataway.org/exchange/resources.php?action=view&rid=2703.

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Young Social Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for YouthActionNet Awards

The YouthActionNet Awards offer grants of $500 each to help fund the social change projects of young social entrepreneurs around the world. The awards are supported by a global youth development initiative of the International Youth Foundation (http://iyfnet.org/) and Nokia. Each year twenty exceptional young social entrepreneurs are selected as YouthActionNet Fellows through a competitive application process. In addition to receiving a $500 grant, YouthActionNet Fellows participate in a week-long capacity building workshop in Washington, D.C. A key focus of the workshop is facilitating peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities.

The contest is open to all young people between the ages of 18 and 29. Applicants should be founders of existing projects/ organizations or leading a project within an organization, and must be able to clearly articulate their learning objectives through the fellowship. Proficiency in English is required, and applications must be submitted in English. Complete program information and application materials are available at the program’s Web site. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2007.

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Five Job Openings at AmericaSpeaks

AmericaSpeaks is expanding! They’re looking for the best candidates possible for these important positions:


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Awakening Global Action in Bali

NCDD is a Partner of Awakening Global Action: Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom & Dialogue for a Transforming World, an intergenerational, multicultural gathering in Ubud, Bali July 31 through August 7, 2007. The conference, run by the Bali Institute for Global Renewal, will feature world renowned speakers, facilitators and indigenous wisdom leaders from Africa, Indonesia, North America, Australia, Thailand, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Peru and more.

Bali Institute for Global Renewal (BIGR) is the first world learning center that engages multicultural leadership and facilitation training, deep dialogue, indigenous wisdom, global consciousness, intergenerational activism and other action-oriented skills and training that empowers individuals, groups and organizations in their quest to make a difference in the world. BIGR includes a consortium of international organizations, corporations, NGOs, universities, thought leaders and consultants who are invested in advancing new forms of leadership training, intergenerational collaboration, nonviolent conflict resolution and social activism as part of a worldview that promotes a sustainable, humane and culturally-diverse life for all.


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Discounts for NCDD Members on Some Great Trainings!

As you may know, NCDD is switching from a totally free membership to a paid membership (with a pay-what-you-can/free option). One of the ways we’re trying to ease this tricky transition is by providing some great benefits for fully paid NCDD members – including discounts for a whole bunch of great trainings and courses. NCDD members who pay the full membership fee can take advantage of discounted rates (mostly 20%) for the following upcoming trainings:

  • The Center for Strategic Facilitation’s Group Facilitation Methods Course – April 12-13 in Oakland, CA; June 5-6, 2007 in South Bay, CA; etc.
  • Community Weaving Certification Training – April 13-14 in Seattle or April 20-21 in Tacoma, WA
  • Open Space Technology Learning Workshop – April 24-26 in British Columbia
  • Full Circle’s Workshop on Facilitating Online Interaction – May 7 – July 6

Other groups have expressed interest in providing our members with discounted registration fees, including several NIF Public Policy Institutes, the Center for Wise Democracy, Cognexus Institute, the Global Facilitator Service Corps, the Harwood Institute, the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and Leadership Strategies. We’re still working on the details with these groups, so you may want to bookmark the Discounted Trainings for NCDD Members page to stay up on these opportunities – and to learn much more about the ones above.