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"Art of Hosting" Training Later This Month

Chris Corrigan, of the Parking Lot blog, has sent us an announcement for an upcoming 4-day experiential learning program which uses PeerSpirit Circle, World Cafe, Open Space Technology and Appreciative Inquiry to explore designing, convening, hosting and harvesting conversations that matter. The Art of Hosting, a pattern language for working with conversational leadership in living systems, will be held at the Whidbey Institute near Seattle, USA, January 24-27, 2008. You can learn more about this gathering here.

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Leadership Training Program for Colorado's Young Professionals

Here’s an opportunity for younger members of the D&D community from Colorado to look into. Graduates of a four-year university or college who have a Colorado connection (e.g., be a state resident, have attended an in-state college/university, or have family who are current or past residents) are invited to apply for the El Pomar Fellowship, a post-graduate program of the Colorado Springs-based El Pomar Foundation (www.elpomar.org). Fellows have the opportunity to pursue personal and professional growth through direct program and project management, community development, and grantmaking. The fellowship emphasizes leadership and professional development, and is designed to bring together highly qualified individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests and shape them into effective leaders for the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Visit the fellowship website for more information.

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J-Lab Project to Fund 10 Community News Initiatives

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism (www.j-lab.org) has announced an invitation to U.S. nonprofit groups and education organizations to apply for funding to launch community news ventures in 2008 and to share best practices and lessons learned from their efforts. The New Voices Project will help fund the start-up of ten innovative local news initiatives next year. Each project may receive as much as $17,000 in grants over two years. Of the ten projects to be funded in 2008, at least three will target former Knight newspaper communities. Grant guidelines and an online application can be found at the project website. The deadline for proposals is February 20, 2008.

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Southern Research Fellows Program Invites Applicants

Here’s a grant opportunity for students who are interested in youth engagement – applications are due soon on January 11, 2008!

The Southern Growth Policies Board (www.southern.org), a nonpartisan public policy think tank, seeks student applicants for its new Southern Research Fellows Program, which promotes student research relating to economic development and quality of life in thirteen Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The focus of the 2008 Southern Research Fellows Program is the engagement, development, and leadership of youth between the ages of 14 and 24. Fellows will prepare an original report on an approved topic that will be incorporated into Southern Growth’s 2008 Report on the Future of the South and distributed at Southern Growth’s annual conference. Fellows will also receive a cash award of $1,000 each. Relevant report topics for 2008 include youth development, civic engagement, and strategies for building policies and partnerships that foster youth leadership skills, workforce preparedness, volunteerism, entrepreneurship, and the traits to become active, responsible citizens. (more…)

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WJCF Seeking Director of Programs

The Western Justice Center Foundation(www.westernjustice.org), located in Pasadena CA, designs, implements, evaluates and promotes innovative methods of conflict prevention and resolution for children, communities and courts.They are currently looking for a Director of Programs. The ideal candidate would be someone with significant non profit management experience with at least 3 years of management level background. WJCF utilizes a team approach to management. The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director and also works with the Director of Operations and Director of Development to oversee the long term strategic planning and program development of the organization. The Director of Programs will supervise the work of two Program Directors and carry a violence prevention portfolio which includes gang intervention and prevention, parenting education and civic engagement on issues of violence. They are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, so if you are interested, apply soon. For more details, visit: www.westernjustice.org/employment.html.

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North Carolina Arts Agencies & Animating Democracy Launch New Initiative

On November 12, Barbara Schaffer Bacon and Pam Korza of Animating Democracy (www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AnimatingDemocracy) offered an Arts & Civic Engagement workshop for 60 representatives of arts and community organizations in Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, NC. The day-long forum launched the Piedmont Triad Initiative for Community Arts, a two-year initiative jointly sponsored by Salem College, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the High Point Area Arts Council, and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. The Initiative for Community Arts aims to “create communities that consistently and effectively utilize the arts to improve the lives of their citizens.” The project has received support from the Winston-Salem Foundation. (more…)

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Upcoming Workshops at the CogNexus Institute

The CogNexus Institute will be offering a workshop titled “The Fundamentals of Dialogue Mapping” on January 15-16, 2008 in Redwood City, California. This newly revised workshop brings participants into the workshop already familiar with Compendium and the IBIS notation. This allows us to move fast ether practicing the hard, productive and satisfying work of Dialogue Mapping. Participants will experience a fierce commitment to listening and shared understanding as well as the willingness to engage in sustained concentration and to learn in public. For more information and to register, visit www.cognexus.org/fdmw.htm.

Also, Dr. Jeff Conklin has started offering Free Webinars on Dialogue Mapping and Wicked Problems! This is great opportunity to spend over an hour g on to dialogue mapping with Dr. Conklin. The next Webinar is January 23 at 11 AM (PST). Visit here for more details: www.cognexus.org/webinar.htm.

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Sandy and Polly’s Visit to Austin

Polly, Diane and Taylor –

Let’s use this page to keep track of my and Polly’s schedules in Austin. When you firm up something, use the comment field to submit it and I’ll edit the page. Hopefully this will help avoid confusion and overbooking!

Friday, February 22

4 pm – Sandy arrives in Austin around 4 pm, rents a car, and enjoys rush hour traffic on the way to the hotel

7 pm – Sandy drives over to Anoek’s house for the Central Texas Team social

Anoek and David Inbar’s – 6408 Cerro Cove, Austin. From Mopac take exit Far West (only one way). Go past the schools and shops, through residential area. Far West drops down a hill, at the bottom it turns a sharp right and becomes Ladera Norte. Take an immediate left (about a 100 yards) and enter Backtrail. Take the second right (not the first, which is Cedro Cove!) onto Cerro Cove. Go up the hill and dead end into their driveway. 512-502-8111

Saturday, February 23

morning – Sandy sleeps in (yea!)

1:00 pm – Lunch with Windy Lawrence at the hotel (discuss networking ideas)

3:00 pm – site tour of hotel space we’re using at the Austin Renaissance (open to everyone – meet near the front desk)

4-6 pm – meeting with Central TX team and anyone else who can join us at the conference hotel (Concho Room on the first floor the Austin Renaissance)

6:30 to whenever – dinner out with folks who attended the meeting

Sunday, February 24

morning – Sherry Lowry is taking Sandy to a mindfulness mediation center to meet Flint Sparks and Peg Syverson, who may offer some meditation at the conference on Sunday morning

3:30-5 pm – tentative meeting with the Program sub-team, focused on possible CenTX-focused workshops

6:00 pm – Sandy has dinner with Bob Luskin

evening – Polly arrives

Monday, February 25

9 am – Polly and Sandy will have breakfast with hotel event manager Alicia Lupert (Alicia.Lubert@renaissancehotels.com, 512-795-6004), then have a thorough tour of the space

1 pm – Polly and Sandy meet with Austin Logistics group (Mike, Rod, Anoek, Taylor and Sherry) at Trudy’s Texas Star (409 W. 30th Street)

afternoon

6:30 – Sandy and Polly have dinner with all interested members of the Central TX Team

Tuesday, February 26

9 am – Breakfast with Diane, Mary Thompson (emmond@aol.com), Cathey Capers (cathey@realtime.net), Leilani Rose (lrose11@austin.rr.com), and Juli Fellows at Austin Java on 12th and Lamar

morning – looking for someone to take Polly and Sandy “on the town” to get a sense of Austin and see some cool things

Noon to 1:30 pm – Lunch at Blue Dalia Bistro, 1115 E. 11th St, with the following:

  • David Balch, United Way
  • Heather McKissick, Leadership Austin
  • Tom Spencer, Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (formerly PBS station KLRU)
  • Vanessa Sarria, Community Action Network (unconfirmed)
  • Jim Walker, Envision Central Texas (unconfirmed)
  • Diane Miller, Envision Central Texas
  • Tommy Darwin, University of Texas

3:30-5:00 pm – Sandy speaks to Patricia Wilson’s Participatory Methods Class at UT

5:00 – 5:45 – Meeting with various UT Reps who do civic engagement related work

6:30-8:00 pm – Sandy’s workshop at the United Way, “Matching the Process to the Problem,” on effectively choosing or designing D&D approaches that consider the important distinctions and commonalities among various approaches and where they land on the dialogue and deliberation continuum. United Way Capital Area, 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin.

Wednesday, February 27

AM – Polly leaves

8:30 – coffee with Sally Campbell (Director of Envision Central Texas)

10-11 a.m. – meeting with local leaders about possibilities for collaboration with the NCDD conference (October is National Community Planning month); bring examples of how D&D can be applied in neighborhood planning. One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road, 5th Floor (Corner of Barton Springs & South 1st. Behind Threadgills)

  • Margaret Valenti, Neighborhood Planner (Margaret is on the local NCDD planning team – although hasn’t been able to make a meeting) and she organized this meeting with Austin City staff)
  • Carol Haywood, Manager of Comprehensive Planning
  • Garner Stoll, Assistant Director of Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department
  • Sheila Balog, Facilitator with Neighborhood Planning Department
  • Mike Hockmueller, OD Training Consultant – works with the N’hood Planning Department

5 pm – drinks with Diane, Taylor, Debbie Brusette (United Way)

6:30 pm – tentative dinner with Outreach/Communication sub-team

Thursday, February 28

AM – Sandy leaves

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CPRN Seeks Project Manager

The Canadian Policy Research Networks (www.cprn.org) is seeking a bilingual (English and French) Project Manager. The two Project Managers at CPRN share responsibility for the coordination and administration of research projects from the initial planning to closure. They are assigned projects by the Vice-President, Research. The Project Managers assist with the preparation of detailed budgets, are responsible for monitoring contracts and project deliverables which includes preparation of detailed monthly reports through to final publication of research reports. The position also entails the preparation and overall administration of the budget for the set of projects for which the Project Manager is responsible, in consultation with the Research team. The Project Managers are responsible for ensuring the distribution of relevant information about
each project, both within CPRN and externally. The Project Managers co-supervise the Event Planner/Administrative Assistant and collaborate with other staff members to ensure the effective and efficient functioning of CPRN. Applications are due January 14, 2008. For more information on desired qualifications and experience, see the full job announcement: www.cprn.org/documents/49140_EN.pdf.

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AID Offers Support for Campus Human Rights Campaigns

Here’s a grant opportunity for those of you on university campuses – but the deadline, January 10, 2008, is coming up soon! Americans for Informed Democracy (www.aidemocracy.org) is accepting proposals for its “Rights Camera Action” program from campus groups interested in organizing a human rights campaign at their university. Campus groups will propose innovative campaigns around a global human rights issues and prepare to document their experiences on film. Proposals will be evaluated on their potential to create substantive change at their university and to guide similar efforts on other campuses. Potential campaign issues and ideas include, but are not limited to, getting a university to divest from Darfur, getting fair-trade food served in a university’s dining services, labor rights, immigration and immigrant rights, access to health care and medicines, extraordinary rendition, and a number of different fundraising events. (more…)

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