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Course on Concepts & Practices of Group Facilitation

The Dynamic Leadership Consultant Group Inc. will be offering a course on Concepts & Practices of Group Facilitation May 12 – 14, 2008 in Springfield, Virginia.

From the DLCG newsletter:

This course is designed around internationally accepted facilitator competencies and our unique DLCG “FAC” facilitation model. Participants receive hands on practical applications of tools, techniques, models and processes used by professional facilitators. You are immersed in group discussion and interactive activities that help you learn, understand and apply our unique process model of facilitation. Regular Fee is $1250.00. Registration ends Wed. May 7th. A Detailed Course Outline (pdf) is available.

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Northampton, MA Public Participation Program

NCDD member, Wendy Foxmyn, has been chosen to be part of a new citizen-based Northampton, MA (the photo is of the Northampton city hall) oversight committee. She sent us tha following article about it…

Council Taps Four for New Oversight Committee
by Dan Crowley, Staff Writer

NORTHAMPTON – Faced with an impressive pool of candidates, the City Council on Thursday chose four residents to serve on a newly created government oversight committee.

The four were chosen among eight finalists, though two candidates withdrew from contention before the council’s final vote. Twelve residents had originally applied to serve on the seven-member Ad Hoc Committee on Best Practices in Northampton Decision Making, which is charged with reviewing the city’s communication and decision-making practices over the next year and delivering a report.


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International Conference on Chaos, Complexity & Conflict

The Werner Institute at Ceighton University has announced their international conference focusing on the application of chaos theory, complexity and emergence to the field of conflict resolution which will be held June 5-7, 2008 in the Skutt Student Center on the Creighton University campus, the Embassy Suites, and the rainforest at the Henry Doorly Zoo. Experts on complexity studies will come together with practitioners and educators of alternative dispute resolution. Some program highlights include:

  • The shifting focus for dispute resolution
  • Nonlinear dynamics and pattern recognition in complex organizations
  • Chaos and complexity- principles for dispute resolution professionals
  • Applying human dynamics in conflict situations
  • Expanding your comfort with uncertainty- improvisation in conflict
  • Jungle expedition- “finding the simple rules” of the jungle at the Henry Doorly Zoo, home of the world’s largest indoor rain forest

This forum is designed for anyone who is interested in improving the effectiveness of conflict resolution practices through integration of complexity principles and for those studying complexity and chaos who are interested in the theories and practices used by conflict resolution professionals. Due to the interactive nature of the format, the conference will appeal most to those who are interested in participatory learning through a variety of formats. Please visit the conference website today to access detailed information about the conference and to register while early bird registration is still available.

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Survey on the Use of P2 Geographic Information Systems

Katie Howard sent us this announcement for the blog. Apparently there is an emerging field of study known as PPGIS (Public Participation Geographic Information Systems), and if you happen to work with GIS or engage in community mapping and data collection processes, you are invited by some folks at Hunter College’s Department of Urban Affairs and Planning to complete an online survey. Actually, I just did a search and it appears we have 6 resources on PPGIS in the NCDD Learning Exchange, so click here if you want more information on PPGIS. Click “more” for the full announcement. (more…)

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Kettering Guide on Education to be Used by PTA

From the latest issue of Kettering News and Notes:

When the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) hosts its National Council of States meeting later this month in Alexandria, Virginia, PTA leaders from 50 states and 3 jurisdictions will address the achievement gap. They will use the Kettering Foundation issue guide Too Many Children Left Behind: How Can We Close the Achievement Gap? to generate dialogue on the gap in academic performance between minority and nonminority students on standardized tests. PTA leadership is encouraging greater focus on issues that directly affect outcomes for children and families who live in urban school districts. In turn, the PTA hopes to increase its membership in those districts. A further goal is that the forum experience on the achievement gap will be taken back to the communities to continue the discussion. Veteran NIF moderators Patty Dineen, Michelle Scott, and Robert Walker will facilitate the day-long deliberations.

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Circle of One Book Forum

Indigenous Issues Forums has announced the new seasonal book selections for its unique Circle of One Book Forum series. Circle of One promotes thoughtful conversations and celebrates Native lifeways through the reading of selected books by Indigenous authors:

Winter (Slow down to reflect)
The Good Path
by Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri

Spring (Welcome new ideas)
Three Plays: Indolent Boys, Children of the Sun, The Moon in Two Windows
by N. Scott Momaday

Summer (Blossom of creativity)
Lana’s Lakota Moons
by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve

Fall (Harvest Ideas into Action)
Our Story: Aboriginal Voices on Canada’s Past
by Tantoo Cardinal, et al.

Indigenous Issues Forums provides safe and respectful, family-centered environments to talk through complex issues. Connecting with the human spirit, self, friends, family, and community creates a space for us to visit and to discover a shared purpose together.

For Circle of One Book Forums materials or information about Indigenous Issues Forums, contact Ruth Yellowhawk at kfyellowhk@aol.com.

(From the latest issue of Kettering News and Notes)

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Leading with Wisdom: An Exploration of the Feminine

The Great Stupa

Many spiritual traditions contain strong feminine archetypes who wield powerful energies—not all of them peaceful! Exploring this primordial feminine energy can help us get in touch with our deepest motivations as leaders, such as protecting life, thinking about future generations, focusing on relationships, building community and taking care of our children. Living in an era characterized by aggression, self-interest, competition and environmental destruction, we can begin the process of restoring balance by accessing this primordial wisdom. Join Margaret Wheatley & Susan Skjei, March 14 – 16, at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Boulder, CO as they examine these archetypes across traditions and at play in the world arena today. We will draw particularly from the Five Wisdom Energies teaching from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. To learn more about this and other Shambhala Mountain Center trainings, visit www.shambhalamountain.org.

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Help Publicize NCDD 2008!

We can really use the help of all planning team members, NCDD members and others in getting the word out about the 2008 NCDD conference.

Here are some things you can do to help:

  1. Distribute conference postcards. Email NCDD’s Office Manager, Joy Garman (joy@ncdd.org), if you’re willing to distribute some NCDD conference postcards – especially if you’re going to be attending a conference or other gathering of people interested in communication, governance, activism, or conflict resolution in the next few months.
  2. Hand out ultra-cool “MiniMoo” cards. Also let Joy know if you’re willing to distribute some tiny (but very cool) Moo cards with pictures from past conferences on one side and the basic conference details on the other. These are about half the size of your business cards so you might find it easy to just keep some with your own cards and hand them out to people you meet who might be interested.
  3. Email your networks and colleagues. Send an email out to your contacts and networks about the conference, the call for workshops, etc. Add a personal invitation or testimony if possible to personalize your message a bit.
  4. Announce NCDD Austin in your organization’s newsletter, e-newsletter, website, etc.
  5. Add a blurb about the conference below your email signature. A sentence about NCDD Austin below your name in your emails can go a long way in raising awareness of the event! Sandy has this under her signature: Mark your calendar: NCDD’s 4th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation is set for Austin, Texas, October 3-5, 2008. Watch our 5-minute video at www.thataway.org/8bc723 to see why you should join us in Austin! Details at www.thataway.org/events
  6. Share some hand-outs. Share this one-page Conference Handout with colleagues, at conferences, etc. If you want, print the one-page NCDD Fact Sheet on the other side of the paper so people can learn about some of the other things we offer. You may choose to send this doc to your colleagues and networks via email as well (but please include a nice description of the conference in the body of the email). Also, let us know what you think of these two one-page handouts. Clicking on the links above send you to a page where you can download the handouts AND add comments. Help us reach people better by sharing your feedback with us. (more…)

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The Study Circles Resource Center is now "Everyday Democracy"!

Everyday Democracy logoI just received word that the Study Circles Resource Center – one of the most respected organizations in the field – is now officially called Everyday Democracy. SCRC’s new name better reflects their ultimate goal: communities that work better for everyone, every day.

Everyday Democracy will continue to help communities bring all kinds of people together to solve community problems. And, they will keep on learning, developing tools, and identifying best practices for creating communities that work for everyone. Check out their great new look at www.everyday-democracy.org.

Here’s an updated blurb for your own websites’ links pages:

Everyday Democracy (formerly called the Study Circles Resource Center) is a national organization that helps communities find ways for all kinds of people to think, talk and work together to solve problems. We work with neighborhoods, cities and towns, regions, and states, helping them pay particular attention to how racism and ethnic differences affect the problems they address. Created in 1989 by The Paul J. Aicher Foundation, Everyday Democracy has worked with more than 550 communities nationwide on many different public issues.

Also – note that registration opens this Friday for Everyday Democracy’s 2008 national conference, “Making Every Voice Matter.” The conference will take place June 12-14 in Denver, Colorado.

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Message for All NCDDers in Higher Ed

Nancy Thomas, Executive Director of The Democracy Imperative, recently surveyed all NCDD members affiliated with colleges and universities to see what level of involvement in NCDD they have, and whether they have interest in additional services and opportunities from NCDD and from The Democracy Imperative. Here are the results of the survey and Nancy’s recommendations for next steps… (more…)