The Social Well-Being and Spatial Justice research cluster at Durham University (United Kingdom) and the Participatory Geographies Working Group of the RGS/IBG is organizing a conference on participatory geography for January 2008. The conference, titled “Connecting People, Participation and Place” is open to anyone interested in participatory geographies and will cover the following themes: (more…)
Beatrice Briggs of the International Institute for Facilitation and Consensus (www.iifac.org) just wrote to us about her new course The Deciding Factor, developed with Ben Fuchs. The two-day training is designed to demystify the decision-making process in complex environments. The Deciding Factor will be offered for the first time in Ottawa, Canada from April 24-25, 2007. For more information, see the attached brochure: The Deciding Factor.
The American Communication Association (ACA) is inviting proposals for its 2007 Annual Conference held October 4-6, 2007 on the Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Taos, New Mexico campus.The theme of this year’s conference is “Frontiers of Communication: Determining Place, Establishing Identity, and Shaping Change”. Descriptions of the themes are posted below. The American Communication Association is open to all participants. Please submit papers and panels to Rita Kirk (email@example.com). All submissions should be submitted electronically. You will receive notification that the submission has been received, and again later when the panels and schedules are posted. Student submissions are welcome. The deadline for submitting papers and panels is May 31, 2007. Acceptance notices will be sent early in July. The convention will cost $150 USD for professionals and full-time professors and $75 for students. For more information visit the ACA website: www.americancomm.org. (more…)
The Cleveland Executive Fellowship, a Coro program funded by the Cleveland Foundation (www.clevelandfoundation.org), is accepting applications for 2007-08 class. The fellowship immerses participants in the public, private, education, and nonprofit sectors during a year-long study of the people and institutions guiding Cleveland’s civic agenda. It employs training methods pioneered by Coro (www.coro.org), a national organization that prepares individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public arena.
Qualified candidates have a minimum of five years’ professional experience and an advanced degree. Upon completion of the program, fellows must fulfill a two-year residency commitment to Greater Cleveland. Fellows must commit to the program full time. Each receives an annual stipend of $40,000. Invitations for up to eight fellows will be extended in June. The program begins in early September. Program guidelines and forms are available online at the Cleveland Foundation Web site. Applications are due by March 19, 2007.
This week Search For Common Ground (www.sfcg.org), the largest nongovernmental organization working in conflict transformation, is sponsoring an event with David Broza, one of Israel’s top recording artists. On Thursday March 22 they are organizing a breakfast meeting to discuss their roles in the search for peace in the Middle East. The breakfast meeting will be held from 830-10 am at Marble Collegiate Church, One West 29th Street, New York City. Registration is $35; to register for the breakfast, contact Susan Dillon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-777-2231.
David Broza will also appear at Joe’s Pub on March 21 at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. Staff from SFCG will be at the 7:00 show. If you would like to join the SFCG group, ask to be added to our seating area when you call Joe’s Pub to buy your ticket and make your dinner reservation (212-539-8778).
If you are working on high tech D & D or a related policy area, you may be interested in contributing an article to I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. They may be able to include 1-2 additional research articles in their 2006-07 volume. I/S is an interdisciplinary journal of research and commentary concentrating on the intersection of law, policy, and information and communications technology, and would welcome manuscripts in such diverse areas as cybersecurity policy, telecommunications policy, e-commerce, ICT and development, e-democracy, e-government, and cyberprivacy. Because our primary audience is policy-oriented, each manuscript should make clear to the reader why it is potentially significant to the making of public policy. Manuscripts should also avoid computational presentations that are largely inaccessible to audiences outside the sciences. Full information for prospective authors appears at www.is-journal.org/prospective_authors.php.
The Connecticut Health Foundation (www.cthealth.org) is accepting applications for the 2008 Health Leadership Fellows Program, a one-year (September 2007 to June 2008) knowledge-and-skill-building program designed to create leaders, especially from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic communities, who will pursue careers in public policy, public health practice, community advocacy, academia, or any other related field. The third class of fellows is expected to include up to twenty Connecticut residents who represent various professional and educational backgrounds, including social workers, physicians, advocates, community leaders, researchers, administrators, educators, and epidemiologists.
Fellows must make a one-year commitment to attend two weekend retreats and monthly seminars and other education activities. Each fellow also will receive a stipend of $1,500 to aid in their personal or professional development. In addition, those who are employed by a nonprofit organization will receive a $500 gift for their employer. Program guidelines and application instructions are available at the foundation’s Web site. The deadline for applications is April 27, 2007.
The Big Read, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (www.nea.gov) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov) and in cooperation with Arts Midwest (www.artsmidwest.org), is designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The Big Read (www.neabigread.org) provides citizens with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their communities. Approximately 120 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the United States will be chosen to participate in the initiative from September through December 2007. Each community event lasts approximately one month and includes a kick-off event to launch the program locally; major events devoted specifically to the book (panel discussions, author readings, etc.); events using the book as a point of departure (film screenings, theatrical readings, etc.); and book discussions in diverse locations and aimed at a wide range of audiences. (more…)
The Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center has a full-time position open for a Coordinator of their Family Mediation Program, based out of their office in San Mateo County, California. They are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. For details on the position, desired qualifications and experience and salary and benefits, please visit: www.pcrcweb.org/about/jobs.jsp.
The Environment and Public Policy Section (EPP) of the Association for Conflict Resolution is calling for proposals from section members and others who would like to participate as presenters in the 2007 EPP Section Conference. The conference meets at Florida Atlantic University’s Jupiter John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter Florida from Thursday, June 7 to Saturday, June 9, 2007.
Four themes will guide the conference discussions. The themes are:
· The role of collaborative leadership in promoting public decision making around issues of importance to communities.
· The relationship between our practice as conflict resolvers and efforts to promote deliberative democracy.
· Dynamic tensions between our professional norms and practices to resolve particular disputes and the long-term viability and development of collaborative decision making.
· Options for advancing the field of public dispute resolution to a skeptical public.
Proposals are invited for the concurrent, 90-minute breakout sessions that follow each keynote address or panel.Breakout sessions can address one of the four themes or some other topic of general interest to the profession. Please format your proposal using the sub-headings/categories listed below. Both individuals and collaborative groups may submit proposals. Deadline for submission: Monday, March 26, 2007. (more…)