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A National Report on Deliberative Forums about the Energy Problem

Public Agenda

Available now for download from Public Agenda: Public Thinking about the Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (available as a free pdf) a 46-page report prepared for the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute based on outcomes of deliberative public forums that were held in 42 states and the District of Columbia in 2007.

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Fulbright Scholar Programs in Conflict Resolution

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering 800 lecturing, research or combined lecturing/research awards during the 2009-2010 academic year, including many in peace studies or conflict resolution.  U.S. Fulbright Scholars in over 130 countries around the world enjoy an experience of a lifetime, gaining a broad cultural perspective on their academic disciplines and connecting with colleagues at institutions around the globe.  

Awards range from two months to an academic year.  Faculty and professionals may apply not only for awards specifically in their field, but also for one of the many “All Discipline” awards open to any field. Grants are awarded to faculty of all academic ranks, including adjunct and emeritus.  In most countries lecturing is in English, though awards in Latin America, Francophone Africa, and the Middle East may require proficiency in another language.

The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2008.  U.S. citizenship is required.  For other eligibility requirements, detailed award descriptions, and an application, visit our website at www.cies.org, or send a request for materials to apprequest@cies.iie.org.

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Peter G. Peterson Commits $1 Billion Toward Solving America's Most Significant Economic Challenges

Here’s some news that could have a major impact on our field. The newly-formed Peter G. Peterson Foundation is committed to enhancing public understanding of the nature and urgency of key sustainability challenges that threaten America’s future, to propose sensible and workable solutions to address these challenges and to build public will to do something about them. It’s new president is former U.S. Comptroller General David M. Walker, one of the few people at high levels of the federal government who understands the importance and potential of empowering citizens to address national (even global), “wicked” problems.

The following press release can be found at the The Peter G. Peterson Foundation website (thanks Leanne Nurse for bringing it to our attention)! (more…)

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PACE Needs Your Stories!

I was contacted recently by Mike McGrath from the National Civic League. Mike is consulting with PACE on a project I think many of you will be interested in learning about, and he’d like your input. Those of you who attended NCDD’s 2006 conference in San Francisco will remember that Chris Gates, the director of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), spoke during our reflective panel.

PACE is conducting an intensive research project to document, analyze and disseminate information on cutting edge civic/pubic engagement efforts by local government. The research is part of a two-year project supported by the Kellogg Foundation to examine new models of public engagement.

Towns, villages, cities and counties are rich sources of civic innovation, but many success stories and new models go unheralded outside the small circles of people who follow the ins and outs of local government.

Mike is inviting practitioners, community activists, public officials, etc. to send him descriptions of projects, programs and innovative practices by local government. If you know of such examples, please email descriptions of them to Mike McGrath, project director of the PACE-Local Government Innovations in Civic/Public Engagement Project, at mcgrath.mike1@gmail.com.

This is a great opportunity for us to (1) share innovations and stories with major funders and (2) help compile success stories of this work so we can be better equipped to demonstrate that this stuff really does work!

Please include the following information:

  • The name of the community and government agency, a contact person with e-mail address or phone number) with knowledge of the project, practice or program.
  • A brief description of the innovation, project or process, the techniques used and the numbers of community-members and stakeholders engaged.
  • A statement of how this project/practice was unique, interesting or particularly successful.
  • A description of the tangible outcomes or benefits of the process/program/practice.

And please cc me, if you would, so we can be sure to add your program/innovation/process to the NCDD website as well!

Mike has told me that he’ll share his findings with me/NCDD, so we should all benefit from the work he is doing on this project.

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Conversation Week is Less Than One Week Away!

Leif Utne asked me to share this announcement with the D&D community from the Conversation Week Team…

Hey all you world-changing conversationalists. Conversation Week begins in just 6 days!

A few quick items we want to draw your attention to:

1. Find a Conversation: We have over 80 CW dialogues listed on the Conversation Cafe website so far, from Australia to Alberta, Los Angeles to Lithuania. Find one here (and share this link with your friends).

2. Host Your Own: There’s still time to host a CW conversation. If you haven’t hosted before, you can join our final host training call this Thursday at 5 pm Pacific. Sign up now. Whether you join a training or not, you can still host a conversation. Just choose one of this year’s Top Ten Questions, and gather a group of people together to discuss it. Our free Host Resources are here to help you make it great.

3. Get on the Map: If you’re planning to host a Conversation Week dialogue, even if it’s private with family and friends, please drop us a line and let us know it’s happening, so we can add you to our Google map and track the impact we’re having around the globe.

You are an important part of a growing movement that is teaching conversational literacy to people around the globe, facilitating deep dialogue — and real change — around the Big Questions facing humanity.

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Anti-Semitism on the Rise Globally

There’s an interesting article posted at Change.org that those of you involved in intergroup relations might find especially interesting…

A report from the U.S. State Department details an upsurge across the world of hostility and discrimination toward Jewish people over the past decade. “Today, more than 60 years after the Holocaust, anti-Semitism is not just a fact of history, it is a current event,” the report says. The report, called Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism and given to Congress on Thursday, details physical acts of anti-Semitism, such as attacks, property damage, and cemetery desecration. It also lists manifestations such as conspiracy theories concerning Jews, Holocaust denial, anti-Zionism and the demonization of Israel.

Click here to see the full article.

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Submit Your Innovations, Projects, etc. to PACE

I was contacted recently by Mike McGrath from the National Civic League. Mike is consulting with PACE on a project I think many of you will be interested in learning about, and he’d like your input. Those of you who attended NCDD’s 2006 conference in San Francisco will remember that Chris Gates, the director of PACE (Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement), spoke during our reflective panel.

PACE is conducting an intensive research project to document, analyze and disseminate information on cutting edge civic/pubic engagement efforts by local government. The research is part of a two-year project supported by the Kellogg Foundation to examine new models of public engagement.

Towns, villages, cities and counties are rich sources of civic innovation, but many success stories and new models go unheralded outside the small circles of people who follow the ins and outs of local government.

Mike is inviting practitioners, community activists, public officials, etc. to send him descriptions of projects, programs and innovative practices by local government. If you know of such examples, please email descriptions of them to Mike McGrath, project director of the PACE-Local Government Innovations in Civic/Public Engagement Project, at mcgrath.mike1@gmail.com. Click “more” for the details.

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16th Annual World OSonOS Conference

Hey all you Open Space fans! Mark you calendars! The 16th Annual World OSonOS Conference will be held in San Francisco this July 21st through 28th and it will offer a full week of events including an Open Space Learning Workshop (July 21-22), an Author Evening with Harrison Owen and the launch of his Third Edition of Open Space Technology: A User’s Guide, and several days in and about Open Space with colleagues from around the world. The World Open Space on Open Space (WOSonOS) is a conference in and about Open Space — for facilitators, organizations and colleagues who use Open Space. “What Can We Learn / Share / Teach / Explore / Discover with Each Other about our work in Open Space around the world?” That is what they / us want to find out! Registration for the event can be found here.

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ALA Grant for "Let's Talk About It: Love & Forgiveness"

The American Library Association Public Programs Office  (www.ala.org/publicprograms), in collaboration with  the Fetzer Institute‘s ( www.fetzer.org) Campaign for  Love & Forgiveness, is now accepting applications for Let’s Talk About It: Love and Forgiveness, a theme-based reading and discussion program.

Let’s Talk About It: Love and Forgiveness will follow the well-established ALA reading and discussion series format “Let’s Talk About It,” which uses classic and contemporary literature to explore stimulating and relevant themes.

Following a competitive application process, thirty public libraries will each be selected to receive a grant of $2,500 to be used to support program costs and scholar honoraria; program materials, which include introductory literature and essays on  each of the themes, selections for additional reading, and template promotional materials; and training for the library project  director at a national workshop, where they will hear from the project scholar, expert librarians, and organizers and will receive a program planning guide, materials, and ideas.

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NCDD Discounts Available for Upcoming Future Search Workshop

This facilitation workshop (March 24-26 at Villanova Conference Center in Radnor, Pennsylvania) is based on the newly released book, “DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING, STAND THERE! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings That Matter,” and is presented by the authors – internationally-known facilitators and Future Search co-creators Sandra Janoff and Marvin Weisbord.

The workshop presents a philosophy, theory and method for transforming diverse work groups of all kinds. This seminar, integrating system change and personal growth theories is for experienced leaders who want to increase their capacity to help large, diverse groups stay task-focused and accomplish ambitious goals. Future search experience is not necessary for this workshop. This workshop runs one afternoon, one full day and one morning.

The regular registration rate for this training is $1195, but paid NCDD members are eligible for a 30% discount (only $836.50). Learn more or register.

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