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Nominations Open For Youth Community Service Awards

High school seniors from the U.S. and U.S. territories are eligible to be nominated for the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community presented by the Hitachi Foundation (hitachifoundation.org) each year to ten recipients on the basis of their community service activities. Activities must foster longer-term community change and be focused in socially and/or economically isolated communities. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $5,000 dispensed over two years. The foundation accepts nominations annually from people directly familiar with the nominee’s social contribution such as community leaders, service providers, teachers, school principals, or members of the clergy. More information can be found on the Yoshiyama Award website.

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Call for Articles for May 2008 AI Practitioner

NCDD member and AI consultant, Loretta Donovan, is acting as guest editor (along with Gabriel Shirley of Big Mind Consulting and Sue Anderson of Clockwork Communications) of the May 2008 issue of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Practitioner, and, as is her forté, this issue will venture into the domain of technology. Join them in creating an issue of AI Practitioner that encourages novices to begin to use technology, helps occasional users to deepen or enrich their experience, and supports early adopters to see the full-range of options as they lead or engage others in positive change initiatives. Article proposals should be limited to 300 words and sent to the following by Friday, February 1: Loretta Donovan (loretta.donovan@gmail.com) and Gabriel Shirley (gabriel@bigmindconsulting.com). You can read the entire announcement in a post Loretta added to her NCDD members profile.

The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Practitioner features articles, case studies and examples highlighting where and how Appreciative Inquiry has been used to bring about positive change. The articles highlight various aspects of the thinking and methodology of Appreciative Inquiry such as the life giving forces in a system, compelling images of the future, designs for living that future and ways to sustain the relationships and systems necessary for positive change. Feel free to contact Loretta if you have any questions.

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Call for Proposals for 2008 CCNCCE Conference

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) invites you to submit a proposal to present at its 17th national annual conference, Recipes for Student Retention through Service Learning and Civic Engagement, to be held on May 21-23, 2008. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 4th, 2008. Conference presentations are 1-hour or 90-minute sessions, which should be designed to be highly interactive.



Dates Announced for IAP2 Certificate Program

The Perspectives Group has announced the dates for their five-day IAP2 Certificate Program in Public Participation. Each of the four training opportunities are offered in the Washington Metro Area and will be held throughout 2008 on the following dates: February 4-8, 2008, June 9-13, 2008, September 15-19, 2008 and December 1-5, 2008.

Presented by International Master Trainer in Public Participation and NCDD member, Douglas Sarno, the training is offered in 3 sections: Planning for Effective Public Participation (two days), Effective Communication for Public Participation (one day), and Techniques for Public Participation (two days); the course costs $1,625 for the full week of training or $325 per day. Paid NCDD members receive a 15% discount ($244). There’s more info about the member savings on the NCDD discounts page. You can also learn more or register by calling 703-837-1197, or by visiting the program’s website and downloading a registration form.

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Case Foundation Giving Challenges

Kristen Cambell, of the Case Foundation, emailed us over the holiday break to let us know about a pair of “giving” challenges they have initiated for the 2007 holiday season which will continue until the end of this month. The first, the America’s Giving Challenge is in partnership with Parade Magazine (parade.com) and they’ll be giving away 108 awards totaling $500,000! Anyone who wants to advocate on behalf of a cause they care about can participate in one of two ways: by championing a cause or simply giving to it. With the second, the Causes Giving Challenge, the Case Foundation hopes to inspire users of Causes on Facebook to move past simple cause awareness and promote deeper engagement and donations from their members. Individuals will be invited to create and champion a cause by donating to it and inviting their friends to do so. You can learn more about this program at the Case Foundation website.

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Search for Common Ground's US-Muslim Engagement

Here’ a short blurb from the Search for Common Ground‘s winter newsletter we thought you might be interested in…

In partnership with the Consensus Building Institute, we are carrying out a project, called US-Muslim Engagement: Reversing the Downward Spiral. The goal is to improve US relations with the Muslim world. At the project’s core is a Leadership Group that includes former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Imam Feisal Rauf, Shamil Idriss of the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations, Vali Nasr of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dalia Mogahed of the Gallup Organization, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Ambassador (ret) Dennis Ross, former AIPAC Executive Director Tom Dine, author Stephen Covey, and ex-Republican Congressmen Vin Weber and Steve Bartlett. Through a consensus process, the Group is crafting a new vision of how to address the challenges and opportunities in US relations with the Muslim world. Unlike most blue ribbon panels, it seeks to reflect the views of the public, and, to this end, it is using dialogue methodology developed by pollster Dan Yankelovich. The Group also aims to influence the policy agendas of US Presidential candidates, the coverage of US-Muslim issues in the media, and the views of opinion makers in the business, faith, and policy communities. It plans to issue its report in 2008 in order to affect both the campaign cycle and the policies of the new US Administration.

Learn more at the program’s webpage.

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Public Agenda Press Release Touts Public Dialogue

With the primary election season getting underway and bringing issues to the headlines, the nonpartisan policy research and civic engagement organization Public Agenda’s president, Ruth Wooden, has released a statement calling for Washington insiders to engage citizens as part of the decision-making process.

From their press release dated January 3rd…

“Until leaders invest trust in the American people, create more opportunities for average citizens to explore issues from multiple points of view and help them confront the facts of our nation’s greatest challenges through dialogue, our government will remain shackled by political maneuvering and gamesmanship. Remember, parties are made of people. So until there is substantial change in the way our citizens are engaged in policy issues, efforts to overcome partisanship will, at best, shift who controls the bully pulpit. America should welcome this gathering of leaders from across the political spectrum and support their bipartisan efforts. We share their commitment to changing business as usual in American politics. We need this, and more.”

You can learn more of Public Agenda’s work at their website (publicagenda.org) and, while there, read their excellent Primer on Public Engagement.


NCDD Discount Available for January 8th Online Training

How do you distinguish prospective clients who want to conduct a true public participation process from those who really want a marketing campaign? This question and other techniques and approaches for screening and qualifying clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors are examined in
Consultant’s Corner: Qualifying Prospects Who Want to Engage You, a training presented online by PublicDecisions.com. Participants will learn key insights for making a go/no go decision from a panel of p2 consultants with extensive experience in all three sectors. Guest panelists include Gay Robinson, Gay Robinson Consulting, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Doug Zenn, Zenn Associates, Portland, Oregon, USA; Donald Golob, Donald Golob Consulting, North Vancouver, BC, Canada.

But time is running out to sign-up for this sixty-minute online class which will be presented on Tuesday, January 8 at 1pm EST! Visit the training’s information page for more details. Paid NCDD members receive a 10% discount, so please contact Paul Coelus at Paul@PublicDecisions.com for info on registering and receiving the discount.

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Western Justice Center in the News!

The Western Justice Center (www.westernjustice.org) has recently been featured in the Downtown Daily News (Los Angeles) for their work on a complex multi-party facilitation process related to Chinatown and Arroyo Seco Development. WJC designed the workshops that gathered community leaders, political leaders and design professionals and provided neutral facilitators. To read the wonderful public recognition of WJC’s work in Los Angeles and their new program, Collaborations on the Urban Environment, click on: http://downtownnews.com/articles/2007/12/10/news/opinion/edit03.txt.

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Nominations Open for 2008 Purpose Prize

Civic Ventures (www.civicventures.org) has opened nominations for the 2008 Purpose Prize, a major initiative that invests in people over 60 who are leading a new age of social innovation. The Prize provides five $100,000 and ten $10,000 awards to U.S. residents over 60 who are creating innovation solutions to address society’s most pressing problems – domestically and abroad. Civic Ventures believes that adults in the second half of life are leading a new wave of social innovation. Social entrepreneurs include people like Gary Maxworthy, a VISTA volunteer who used his years of experience in food distribution to bring over 30 tons of fresh produce to California’s food banks and Wilson Goode, former mayor of Philadelphia who established a faith-based mentoring program to help the children of incarcerated parents. Both were honored with the Purpose Prize. Other past winners are making lasting changes in the areas of education, foster care, hospital safety, newborn care, and search-and-rescue efforts. Civic Ventures is accepting nominations, including self-nominations, at www.PurposePrize.org until March 1st.