We just heard from Libby and Len Traubman (www.traubman.igc.org) about the growing movement to bring together youth from nations in conflict to learn about each other and dialogue. “Face To Face ~ Faith to Faith” is a summer program that engages 55 Muslim, Christian and Jewish teenagers from South Africa, Israel, Northern Ireland and the United States. It is unique among summer camps and peace programs, teaching communication skills, addressing questions of identity and peace, and supporting leadership training in a multifaith environment. Face-to-Face draws teenagers who are religiously affiliated in their native countries to talk about the consequences of religious conflicts, and also treats issues of class, gender, race and cultural politics in daily workshops and in more informal settings. Read about it at http://s-c-g.org/facetoface/. If you are interested in participating at an upcoming peace camp this September, go to http://traubman.igc.org/camp2006.htm.
A video of the 2006 Imagine British Columbia Public Dialogue is now avilable online. Broadcast live on CBC Radio One, BC Almanac host Mark Forsythe moderated the 2006 Imagine BC Public Dialogue featuring John Helliwell and other special guests. Watch the dialogue video and interviews for an update on what inspires, worries and motivates British Columbians. To view the video, visit http://www.imaginebc.ca.
The Open Society Institute’s Information Program (www.soros.org/initiatives/information/about/) has announced application instructions for grantseeking organizations that aim to enhance the ability to access, exchange, and produce knowledge and information; and to use new tools and techniques to empower civil society. Projects supported by the program are intended to benefit developing and transition countries. As a general rule, the Information Program prefers to receive grant applications made on behalf of an organization rather than an individual. The program also prefers to fund project proposals rather than core funding requests. Funded activities in the past have included information and knowledge capacity-building events; technology and policy analysis; advocacy campaigns; and innovative projects that test new ground. The Information Program funds projects within three main focus areas: Access to Knowledge; Civil Society Communication; and Open Information Policy. The Information Program will review unsolicited proposals four times during 2006: the remaining deadlines for submission are September 30 and December 31, 2006. Proposals must be submitted in English. The program requests that applicants submit proposal outlines, rather than sending fully developed proposals. Visit the OSI Web site for complete program information and submission requirements.
August 1, 2006 is the application deadline for traditional Fulbright Scholar grants worldwide. The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 123 lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research awards in political science during the 2007-2008 academic year, including many awards in peace studies or conflict resolution. These opportunities include awards in eastern Europe, south Asia, Canada, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. Faculty and professionals in political science may apply not only for awards specifically in their field, but also for one of the many All Discipline awards open to any field. Awards range from two months to an academic year. Grants are awarded to faculty of all academic ranks, including adjunct and emeritus. In most countries lecturing is in English, though awards in Latin America, Francophone Africa, and the Middle East may require proficiency in another language. U.S. citizenship is required. For other eligibility requirements, detailed award descriptions, and an online application, visit our website at www.cies.org.
Fran Korten from Yes! Magazine (www.yesmagazine.org) just let us know about a great resource. Over a five year period Yes! ran a series of retreats called the “State of the Possible” that were a form of dialogue and deliberation among very diverse social change leaders. The workshops attracted over 200 social change leaders, and inspired the publication of a booklet reviewing the lessons learned about how to bring diverse leaders together in ways that encourage heartfelt connection, create lasting friendships, and enable people to see themselves as part of a much larger movement for change in this country and beyond. That booklet, entitled “Movement Building for Transformational Change: Bringing Together Diverse Leaders for Connection and Vision” is now available for downloading for free from the Yes! website. It’s in two forms — an e-book for reading on line, and a downloadable version for printing. It’s also available in hard copy for just $5.00. To download or order the book, go to http://yesmagazine.org/default.asp?ID=177.
The Liberty Hill Foundation (www.libertyhill.org) Seed Fund provides grants of $7,500 to $20,000 to emerging and developing community-based organizations that work for social, racial, and economic justice through constituency building, leadership development, education, and outreach. The Seed Fund helps groups establish themselves as effective organizers and advocates in their communities. Groups can apply for general support or project-specific funding. Applicants must have proof of their IRS tax status or comply with Liberty Hill’s policy on fiscal sponsorship. Visit the Liberty Hill Foundation Web site for complete program information and application procedures. Deadline: August 1, 2006.
The Fund for Southern Communities (www.fundforsouth.org) is a public foundation that seeks to foster social change initiated by community-based groups in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The fund provides grants and technical assistance to progressive grassroots social change organizations that work against discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or physical and mental disabilities; stand for workers’ rights; promote self-determination in low-income and disenfranchised areas; protect the environment; promote and create non-traditional arts and media; promote peace; are located in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; are working for equitable distribution of economic and/or political power; and are unlikely to be funded by more traditional funding sources, including those whose geographic location limits funding opportunities. Applicants receiving funds from more traditional funding sources may be given a lower priority for funding from FSC. Complete program information and application materials are available at the FSC Web site. The deadline for applications is September 1, 2006.
This summer the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission and AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org) are organizing one of the biggest townhall meetings ever in Chicago. This event is for the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). It is a town hall meeting for up to 4,000 of its members to talk about the future of this union. They are currently seeking 400 table facilitators to participate in the event. If you are willing and able to volunteer a full day of your time on Thursday, Aug 10, please contact Diane B. Burke for a facilitator application form at Fax: 202-429-1064 or Email: email@example.com.
This July 19-20, 2006 Dr. Jeff Conklin will hold a workshop on Dialogue Mapping in Washington DC. This facilitation technique gets away from herding the group through a series of steps, focusing the participants instead on listening carefully, speaking clearly, and learning together about the issues and concerns they bring to the table. The facilitator/dialogue mapper engages the group with a map of their comments that he or she builds on the fly. The map is a shared display — paper taped to the wall or software projected on a screen. The “secret sauce” of dialogue mapping is the use of the Issue Based Information System (IBIS) notation: Questions, Ideas, and Pros/Cons. The IBIS framework frees the group from tyranny of agreement. Conflicting information and points of view reside next to each other in the map, reflecting the diversity of the stakeholders and the complexity of a wicked problem. Cost is $995, with significant discounts for groups of 2 or more colleagues. For more information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see http://cognexus.org for more information and to register.
The Agape Foundation Fund for Nonviolent Social Change (www.agapefn.org) is a nonprofit public foundation whose purpose is to fund nonviolent social change organizations committed to peace and justice issues. The Agape Foundation’s board of trustees makes grants twice a year (in April and October) to California-based grassroots organizations working for nonviolent social change. Organizations that receive grants must be no more than five years old, with annual budgets under $100,000. For the Fall 2006 grant cycle, Agape will fund tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations or fiscally sponsored groups that address the following issue areas: Peace — alternatives to militarism, anti-war and anti-nuclear power, weapons, and waste; Human Rights — defending civil rights, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights, and women’s rights; Environmental Protection — defense of the environment, ecological restoration, and environ- mental justice; Economic Justice; Racial Justice; Building economic alternatives, nonviolent conflict resolution, and alternatives to violence; Progressive Arts & Media; and Grassroots Organizing Support. The foundation also supports media activism by California-based media producers. Agape supports distribution of media projects that support grassroots organizing and promote peace and justice. Grants range from $500 to $2,000. Visit the Agape Web site for complete program guidelines and application materials. The deadline for this competition is August 1, 2006.