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MAFN Creates Facilitator Listing Service

The Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network has created a “Find-a-Facilitator” Listing Service. The Listing service is for independent or small business professional facilitators, who can join the list for a small annual fee. The list is free for clients to search, and organizes facilitators by broad categories (e.g. government or business) and by specialty (e.g. strategic planning, bilingual facilitation, etc.). MAFN also provides a matching service between clients and facilitators. To find out more about the list, or to register, click here.

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CIES Now Accepting Applications for Research Award in Germany

Those of you studying dialogue and deliberation at the level of international politics may be interested in the Fulbright-Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Research Award in International Politics in Germany, sponsored by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. (This is CIES Award #8259). The award will be offered to one junior or senior scholar in the field of international politics to spend 2 to 10 months performing research and occasional lectures in Berlin in the areas of European integration and enlargement, European and Atlantic security and global issues. (more…)

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AI Spiritual Retreat Coming Up in July

Diana Whitney will be hosting the annual “Being AI: A Spiritual Retreat for Change Agents” this July 18 – 21 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This 4-day retreat is an opportunity for anyone who seeks to live consciously in relation to spirit, to reconnect, reaffirm and deepen their beliefs and practices. It is an opportunity to explore with others multiple ways to live positively and to create healthy organizations and communities and to enhance your capacity to live the principles and practices of appreciative inquiry. For more information or to register, visit the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) website www.positivechange.org where you can also download a printable brochure and registration form. For more information or questions about registration, contact Suzanne at office@positivechange.org, phone (303) 972-5155.

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Book in Development based on "Mapping Dialogue" Report

The “Mapping Dialogue” report put together in 2006 by Pioneers of Change associates for GTZ is being turned into a book in collaboration with the Taos Institute. The book will map out over 20 different dialogue approaches as well as foundations for a healthy dialogue process and ways of assessing which methods to use in different situations. Learn more on the Mapping Dialogue page on NCDD’s Learning Exchange, and download the report fromĀ http://pioneersofchange.net/library/dialogue/.

Pioneers of Change welcomes your feedback on the document, so they can incorporate your ideas. Email them at dialogue@pioneersofchange.net if you have comments or contributions to make.

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CIES Announces Peace Studies Fellowships

The Council for the International Exchange of Scholars has announced several Fulbright program funding opportunities to lecture and/or conduct research in Asia and Central Asia through the Fulbright Scholar program in the 2008-09 academic year. They include the following:

** Korea has a dedicated award in peace studies at Kyung Hee University to teach graduate-level courses. For more information, see www.cies.org/award_book/award2008/award/Pea8151.htm

** Malaysia offers the unique chance to train junior diplomats from Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries while conducting independent research on international relations. Or, be affiliated with a key Islamic institution around Kuala Lumpur to lecture and/or conduct research on Islamic Studies. (more…)

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Colombe Foundation Seeks to Support Peace Programs

A program of the Proteus Fund (www.proteusfund.org), the Colombe Foundation seeks to create a peaceful world through changes in American policy. The fund support efforts working toward the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, a shift from war to conflict prevention and resolution, and a shift from military spending to investments in programs addressing poverty, environmental degradation, and other root causes of violence. The foundation currently makes grants to organizations in the United States that share its mission and use the following strategies: grassroots organizations working to educate the public and influence decision makers; peace advocacy organizations promoting alternative policies; and organizations initiating media coverage.

Proposals to the foundation must include a copy of the applicant organization’s IRS determination letter indicating status as a 501(c)(3) organization. Visit the program’s Web page for further information and application procedures. The deadline for applications is September 3, 2007.

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Read about World Cafe’s European Gathering

Juanita Brown emailed me yesterday and told me that she just came back from Dresden, Germany from the first World Cafe European gathering. They had participants from over 15 countries, representing local Community Cafes on business, arts, sustainability, youth, education, etc. Juanita was truly humbled to to see what is unfolding with World Cafe work around the world.

Check out the conference blog, and look over the pictures posted to Flickr from the gathering.

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C2D2 2007 Conference Registration Now Open

The plans are coming together for the 2007 Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) Conference “Facing Complex Issues Together”. Early registration is now available by visiting www.c2d2.ca – the earlier you sign-up, the bigger the savings. The conference will take place in Vancouver, BC from November 12-14th, hosted at the beautiful Wosk Centre For Dialogue. Additional time is set aside for post-conference workshops. Visit the conference website to keep up with the news: www.c2d2.ca/Default.aspx?DN=699,32,Documents.

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United States Institute of Peace Invites Applications for Senior Fellowships

The Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace awards Senior Fellowships to enable outstanding scholars, policy makers, journalists, and other professionals from around the world to conduct research at the U.S. Institute of Peace (www.usip.org) on important issues concerning international conflict and peace. USIP awards approximately twelve fellowships per year. Priority is given to proposals that promise to make a timely contribution to the understanding and resolution of ongoing and emerging international conflicts. USIP is especially interested in proposals addressing problems of the Muslim world, post-war reconstruction and peacebuilding and stability operations in Iraq and elsewhere, and responses to terrorism and political violence. However, proposals in all fields are welcome. (more…)

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AmericaSpeaks Seeking Communications Coordinator

AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org) is looking to hire a Communications Coordinator. The Communications Coordinator will coordinate the communications and marketing activities of a fast-growing nonprofit organization with the mission of providing citizens with a greater voice in local, state and national governance. The Coordinator will raise the visibility and profile of AmericaSpeaks and its projects. The Coordinator will plan and implement daily branding and messaging to support AmericaSpeaks outreach to media, clients, prospective clients and donors, partner organizations and the organizations volunteer network. The Coordinator will consult with local clients on the development and implementation of media strategies in support of AmericaSpeaks projects. (more…)