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NEH Invites Applications for We the People Bookshelf Program

The National Endowment for the Humanities ( www.neh.gov ) in cooperation with the American Library Association Public Programs Office ( www.ala.org ) is accepting applications for the fifth We the People Bookshelf program. Each year, NEH identifies a theme important to the nation’s heritage and selects books that embody that theme to build the We the People Bookshelf. The theme for the 2007-08 Bookshelf is “Created Equal.”

The program will provide three thousand school (K-12) and public libraries across the United States with a set of classic books related to the “Created Equal” theme. Any U.S. public library or K-12 school library in the United States and its territories is eligible to apply. School libraries include public, private, parochial, and charter schools. Libraries with collections that circulate to the general public and offer reading-based programs for the general public are eligible to apply. A library system or school district may apply on behalf of its member schools or branches. Each library will receive a collection of seventeen classic hardcover books for young readers, all related to the Created Equal theme, and related resources and materials for programming. Visit the NEH Web site for details about eligibility and instructions for completing the online application. The deadline for applications is January 25, 2008.

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HD Centre Publishes Report on Conflict Resolution Trends

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) has just launched a new pilot publication, Charting the roads to peace – Facts, figures and trends in conflict resolution, a statistical overview of peace process trends which provides data and analysis on past and current peace processes. The report focuses on three areas: historical and recent trends in mediation; trends in justice and weapons control, and the status of peace processes in various armed conflicts in 2006 as well as the problem of terrorist lists.

Produced in collaboration with Columbia University, Georgetown University, the University of British Columbia as well as the Autonomous University of Barcelona, this short publication seeks to highlight key global peace trends. It is based on a small selection of the growing hard data on conflict resolution, which the HD Centre believes will be a useful complement to analysis based on experience of what works and what does not in peacemaking. Charting the roads to peace – Facts, figures and trends in conflict resolution is available online at http://m1e.net/c?70680611-zOB14fEhb4Ohg%402839307-7Bid9XrUrgpSQ. For any comments,more information, or to order a hard copy, please write to Ms Flore Brannon: Brannon@hdcentre.org. For additional information, contact: Andy Andrea Tel: +41(0)22 908 11 47 Mobile: +41(0)79 257 9974 or email andya@hdcentre.org.

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Students Invited to Weigh In On Public Policy

Forum for Democracy, a non-partisan free web site, recently launched its Beta version. Students are invited to weigh in on either side of the public policy debates the site is conducting on a weekly basis. The site encourages informed responses, including not only blogging but also video and all forms of citizen journalism, which you are encouraged to upload to the site.

Once formally launched, the site will be awarding free trips, prizes and scholarships to the best and brightest solution-based participants. The aggregated majority and minority opinions will be presented to elected representatives in Washington, D.C. as an expression of the Voice of We the People. In time students will be able to earn college credit for participation. Visit www.forumfordemocracy.com to share your views with the forum.

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Global Awakening Press Offering Free Research Report on American Values

Positive Future Consulting (www.pfcn.net) and Global Awakening Press (www.ffga.org) are offering free copies of their latest book – “A New America, An Awakened Future On Our Horizon.” This book is aimed at everyone concerned about the state of the society and interested in doing something about it. The book reports on the results of a unique survey of Americans, which asked about their leading concerns and approaches to mental and physical wellness. It should be of interest to community and political leaders and those interested in personal and organizational change. The book’s Executive Summary (www.inourownwords.org/execsum-html/exec_sum.html) provides an overview of this research on social consciousness. A preview of the book is available at www.pfcn.net/newamerica.html.

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Palestinian-Jewish Peacemakers Camp Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Len & Libby Traubman wrote to us with news about their ongoing work to promote peace in the Middle East through dialogue in a camp setting. On October 5-9, 2007, 150 Muslims, Jews and Christians gathered in California. It was the 5th Oseh Shalom ~ Sanea al-Salaam Palestinian-Jewish Peacemakers Camp. Included were 45 women and men from 32 towns in Israel, Palestine and Jordan. “All I can say is Thank You for what you do for both peoples,” e-mailed a Palestinian participant. “I think that I have made lifelong friends,” wrote a Jewish woman. “My life in Israel will be better because of them and the weekend.”

“I met the most amazing people and felt I was in the presence of great, future leaders,” reflected a Palestinian woman. “Finally, I now feel like there is hope of peace in the Middle East for the first time. What did I take from this experience? I have a more appreciation and pride of my own heritage and also have a greater love of all humanity. . .especially for my cousins — the Jewish people.” View a short video of the camp at http://bayareanewsgroup.com/multimedia/iba/2007/player/?f=1014peace. See photos and read more about the camp at http://traubman.igc.org/camp2007.htm.

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Interfaith Encounter Association Wins International Award

InterReligiöse Arbeitsstelle (Institute for Interrreligious Studies, or INTRA, www.interrel.de) of NorthRhine-Westphalia, Germany has selected the Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA) to be the 2007 recipient of their prestigious INTR°A-Project Award for the Complementation of Religions, which includes a substantial monetary grant to further IEA’s work. Congratulations to IEA, which now sponsors over 20 ongoing dialogue groups and projects to advance and deepen interfaith understanding in the Mideast.

INTRA was founded to advance the belief that the preservation, deepening and support of one’s own religious identity and spirituality can serve as the basis for an ongoing dialogue with other faiths. The INTRA Project Award is given for advancing religious dialogue between equal partners, in an atmosphere which is free of exclusive claims to religious truth that devalue other faith communities, and in which all religious communities and individual believers are encouraged to ask what they are able to do in order to contribute to reconciliation, and how the ongoing interpretation and study of each group’s sacred texts can help in this task.

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Guilford College Seeking Applications for Peace and Conflict Positions

Guilford College Peace & Conflict Studies Program seeks applications for a full-time tenure track position at Associate or Assistant Professor rank to offer courses on global human rights, global development and peace, and nonviolence theories. Applicants should have a strong grounding in the field of Peace and Justice Studies (such as graduate degree in Peace Studies or scholarly participation in the Peace and Justice Studies Association), personal experience in peace activism or social movements, a commitment to approaches to peace activism consistent with Quaker values of nonviolence, and a terminal degree in Peace Studies or a related field. We particularly seek applicants who can present perspectives of indigenous and other marginalized groups.

Guilford College seeks applications from people representative of diversity based on age, race, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, ethnicity, religion, national origin, career and life experiences, socio-economic background, geographic roots, as well as members of the Religious Society of Friends. EOE/AA. Send applications with cover letter, cv, and four references to Vernie Davis, Chair of Peace & Conflict Studies, c/o Fred Devine, Human Resources Dept., Guilford College, 5800 West Friendly AV, Greensboro, NC 27410. Reviews will begin November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Position will commence August 2008. www.guilford.edu.

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e-thePeople Seeks Voter Guide Toolkit Campaign Leader

e-thePeople is a nonprofit group that seeks to educate millions of voters in the 2008 election, working in collaboration with leading media and advocacy organizations. They provide a Voter Guide Toolkit for elections, which is web-based software that enables media and advocacy groups to assemble comprehensive online voters’ guides and integrate them into their web sites. These voter guides give users side-by-side comparisons of local, state and national candidates on the issues, all accessible by simply entering a street address and zip code. Voter Guide Toolkit has been used in elections since 2001 to help millions of voters make informed decisions.

They are seeking a Campaign Leader for the Voter Guide Toolkit. The Campaign Leader’s job is to convince media and advocacy organizations to license Voter Guide Toolkit and help them with the process of assembling guides and offering them to their users. Responsibilities include: (more…)

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Spaces Still Available for Upcoming AI Workshops in Chicago and Golden, CO

The Corporation for Positive Change (www.positivechange.org) has just announced that spaces are available in their two upcoming workshops. From October 29 – November 2, 2007 in Chicago IL, Appreciative Inquiry (AI) thought leaders Dr. Jim Ludema and Dr. Diana Whitney, authors of numerous books on AI, will be teaching workshop called “Appreciative Inquiry Foundations.” In this workshop participants gain an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of AI and learn how to introduce AI in their organizations, design and facilitate AI initiatives, and apply AI to a broad range of organizational change and leadership opportunities.

November 12-15 in Golden, CO, Amanda Trosten-Bloom, Barbara Lewis and Tish Wilson are pleased will be co-leading an Appreciative Inquiry Summit workshop. Participants learn how to design and conduct an Appreciative Inquiry Summit while deepening their understanding of Appreciative Inquiry. The AI Summit is a powerful approach to organizational change and community engagement that takes groups of 50 to 3000 people from sharing their strengths to charting their collective future.

For more information or to register for these workshops, visit the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) website. You may also download a printable PDF registration form at www.positivechange.org/appreciative-inquiry-workshops.html. All pricing for this workshop can be found in the PDF brochure. For more information or questions about registration, please contact Suzanne at office@positivechange.org, phone (303) 972-5155.

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C2D2 2007 Conference Program Highlights

The Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) 2007 Conference Facing Complex Issues is shaping up to be a really great meeting. The conference features a rich slate of interactive sessions—plenary, concurrent and poster—as well as innovative and fun “after hours” sessions designed to stimulate and inform. Presenters, speakers and panelists include Matt Leighninger (author of The Next Form of Democracy), Bettye Pruitt (a social historian, Boston University who develops practices and tools for collective learning and action), David Beers (Editor of the Tyee), Andrew Nikiforuk (a Calgary journalist who writes about complex issues), Mark Winston (researcher, teacher, writer) and Ian Hanomansing (CBC TV journalist). The conference will also feature a gala dinner and dialogue—with Hope as an Antidote to Cynicism as an appetizer, our gala dinner dialogue will stimulate and engage participants in questions about public involvement in democracy. Animated by Carolyn Bennett, MP and Carolyn Lukensmeyer, AmerciaSpeaks/21st Century Town Hall (TBC). And there are tons of training sessions being held in conjunction with the conference too!

NCDD will be well represented there — Sandy will be presenting a session on choosing the right D&D method for your circumstances, and I’ll be moderating two community discussions reviewing the challenges of managing and participating in a Citizens’ Assembly on electoral reform. See the program and register for C2D2 at http://www.c2d2.ca/default.aspx?DN=707,699,32,Documents.