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AmericaSpeaks Seeking Research Director for Democracy Lab

AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org) is looking to hire a Director for its Democracy Lab for Research and Innovation. AmericaSpeaks’ Democracy Lab has built an impressive track record in the field of civic engagement over the last five years. This newly created position is an extraordinary growth opportunity for an entrepreneurial professional to strengthen the Lab within the context of a vibrant, growing nonprofit committed to engaging citizen voices in local, regional, and national governance.

The Democracy Lab Director would strengthen the research and evaluation activities within the organization and the field, as well as identify, promote and develop new ways to approach civic engagement – online and face to face – particularly focused on institution and movement building at the national level. (more…)

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AAC&U Announces Civic Learning Conference

The American Association of Colleges and Universities has just posted its Fall 2007 conference lineup online. One in particular sounds like it will be of interest to the D & D community: “Civic Learning at the Intersections: U.S. Diversity, Global Education, and Democracy’s Unfinished Work” will be held in in Denver, Colorado from October 18-20, 2007. This conference will highlight current research and promising practices pertaining to the creative integration of civic, diversity, and global work on campus and how this integration can strengthen student learning and help create new and sustaining institutional structures. Visit the conference website for more details: www.aacu.org/meetings/civic/index.cfm.

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CDR Associates Seeking Progam Manager

CDR Associates, a non-profit conflict resolution firm, is looking for a Program Manager or Senior Program Manager to join their team of highly skilled mediators and facilitators in Boulder, Colorado. They are seeking an experienced individual trained in collaborative processes and able to add to their expertise in one or more of their practice areas: water, transportation, organizational/workplace, land development and sustainability. Visit the CDR Web announcement for details: www.mediate.org/pg35.cfm.

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Women's Foundation of California Seeks Applicants for Women's Policy Institute

Here’s another good leadership training opportunity: the Women’s Foundation of California ( http://womensfoundca.org/ ) is inviting applications for the 2007-08 class of the Women’s Policy Institute. The Women’s Policy Institute provides intensive advocacy and leadership training for up to twenty-eight California women who, through their existing leadership roles, prior experience on women’s issues, and connections to the grassroots community, are poised to play a greater role in advocating for public policy that advances an agenda for women and girls.

Participants in the one-year program will attend four retreats in Sacramento, take part in weekly teleconferences, and conduct various other activities aimed at providing “learning while doing.” Each fellow will work collaboratively in a small team to develop and implement a policy-advocacy project. Areas of focus for the 2007-08 program are women’s health, economic justice, environmental health, criminal justice, and reproductive health and justice. (more…)

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Fellowship for Future Indian Leaders Accepting Applications

Here’s a great, hands-on fellowship for people interested in becoming leaders in First Nations communities. An initiative of the First Nations Development Institute (www.firstnations.org), the Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development (LEAD) Program is a one-year educational program designed to provide undergraduate, masters, or law students or rising nonprofit staff with hands-on experience at a reservation-based nonprofit organization. At the same time, the host organization will benefit from access to highly motivated American Indian students or professionals who can offer business planning, budgeting, feasibility planning, marketing, grantwriting, etc. (more…)

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Send Us Your D&D Stories!

We all know the power that stories hold to inspire people and help them understand complicated concepts (among other things). Many of us have talked about how we need to do a better job sharing our stories in this field, so that more people can understand why dialogue and deliberation are so important – and so desperately needed today.

Please think about what stories you can tell about your work in this field. I’m working with Matt Leighninger (Director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium) to collect stories for an exciting new project we’re involved in called the November 5th Coalition. I’m also collecting stories and case studies for the NCDD website and the DDC website, and I’d like to know what stories can be told in NCDD publications that are on the horizon.



Registration Open for ACR Environment & Public Policy Conference

The Environment and Public Policy Section (EPP) of the Association for Conflict Resolution has opened registration for the 2007 EPP Section Conference. Held on the John D. MacArthur Campus of Florida Atlantic University, the conference starts in the early afternoon on Thursday, June 7, and ends at noon on Saturday, June 9, 2007. This year’s themes include: Collaborative Leadership and Institutional Change, Collaborative Leadership and Deliberative Democracy, Examining the Nature of Practice, and Integrating Collaborative Leadership and Practice.

NCDD is a sponsor of the conference, and NCDD members will receive a discount on registration. The conference website contains registration forms, the full conference program and other support materials at www.mediate.com/acrepp/pg25.cfm. Registration forms are located on the website. Registration fees for the full conference are $275 for ACR or NCDD Members, $290 for Non-Members, $90 for Students. Rates for one day for ACR or NCDD members ais $150. For more information about the conference, please contact Cindy Cook ccook@adamantaccord.com 802-223-1330.

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Alcoa Foundation Seeks Conservation and Sustainability Practitioner Fellowship Applications

Here’s a fellowship opportunity that’s suitable for those working on planning and stakeholder engagement around environmental issues: The Alcoa Foundation (www.alcoa.com/global/en/community/info_page/foundation.asp) has announced the third round of Practitioner Fellows for its Conservation & Sustainability Fellowship Program, an $8.6 million program that funds fellowships for the study of conservation and sustainability issues. The results of those studies are then shared in order to promote sustainable best practices. (more…)

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Experiential Lab Workshop Coming Up in San Francisco

The Bay Area Society For Organizational Learning is sponsoring a workshop with Mitch Saunders on “Sensing & Shaping Y/Our Future: An Experiential Lab. ” Mitch, who is co-creator of Wisdom Labs, will facilitate an experiential inquiry designed to support Sue Higgins, Deputy Director of the Cebrowski Institute for Innovation & Information Superiority at the Naval Postgraduate School. Sue has offered to share some of the vexing dilemmas she faces in leading change within one of the world’s most complex and influential organizations. In the course of exploring this case, Mitch will introduce principles, concepts, and practical tools for discovering and shaping what’s emerging, what’s needed next, and how change leaders can remain agile and resilient as conditions shift over time. The meeting will be held on Friday, May 25, 2007 from 10 AM – 3 PM at Saybrook Graduate School in San Francisco. They ask for a donation of $20 for this meeting to offset the cost of the room (Saybrook is keeping its doors open late on a holiday weekend for us). However, they will not turn anyone away for lack of payment. Please RSVP to edoty@worklore.com by Tuesday, May 22, if you plan to attend.

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World Cafe Launches New Website

The World Cafe has launched its new website! The website contains an extensive resource section, an events calendar and searchable global directory, an easier-to-use online community space, and a collaborative blog on Conversation as a Co-Evolutionary Force. The contents of the global directory are entirely user-generated, so feel free to go in and add your details so others can find you! Check it out at www.theworldcafe.com.