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2007 AI Conference Discount Available Until August 15

The 2007 “Power of Positive Change” Appreciative Inquiry Conference is coming up Sept. 16-19 in Orlando Florida. The conference organizers have just announced that a special 2007 Appreciative Inquiry Conference price of only $1,395 (retail $1,895) for those who register before August 15 and enter code PITK55 during check-out. The conference promises to teach participants how to unleash innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, develop higher levels of trust and mutual respect, and accelerate the cycle of change initiatives in their organizations. Keynote speakers include: Leading researcher Barbara Fredrickson, who will share her latest work on positive emotions and change, followed by reflections and comments from 91-year old Yogi Dadi Janki; Marcus Buckingham who will discuss a 6-step discipline for managing in a strength-based way; Martin Seligman who will talk about the journey and future of positive psychology; and David Cooperrider who will share his latest stories of how AI is changing the world. To learn more or to register, go to http://www.2007aiconference.com.

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Discount for NCDDers on Int'l AI Conference

The 2007 International Appreciative Inquiry Conference is scheduled for September 16-19, 2007 at the Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts in Orlando Fl. The Conference represents an unprecedented opportunity to expand the strengths-based positive change knowledge base and create an expanded appreciation for the significance of AI as a change methodology for management. This is a very important event to the AI Community; and the organizers hope that members of the NCDD network will be able to take advantage of this great opportunity.

The organizers are offering a $100 discount off the current registration fee to the NCDD network. In addition, you will also be eligible for an early sign-up discount and group discounts you when register multiple people from your organization. If you register by August 15, 2007 you could get up to $600 off the registration fee ($1295 instead of $1,895).

For more details on the conference and travel information, go to www.2007aiconference.com. To register for the event go to www.2007aiconference.com/step1.cfm and use code QWER70 get the discount.


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New Grant for Arts and Community Group Partnerships in San Francisco

Here’s a grant for those of you practicing D & D through the Arts in San Francisco: The San Francisco Arts Commission (http://sfartscommission.org/) has announced “Arts & Communities: Innovative Partnerships,” a new grant program to fund a range of diverse projects which together represent a spectrum of artistic ideas and innovative ways of working with neighborhoods and communities.

The initiative will support artists and arts organizations in San Francisco, of any medium, as the lead partner collaborating with a non-arts community-based organization or group located in San Francisco. Immigrant service organizations with an established arts program are also encouraged to apply and need not partner with a non-arts organization. The partners may choose to work with a neighborhood (as defined by geography) or with a community (as can be defined by culture, choice, or special interest). The partnership will actively work together to develop appropriate and innovative ways to make visible a neighborhood/community’s unique characteristics, social assets, issues, and challenges. The process will result in an activity or work that engages the public. (more…)

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USIP Unveils New Website on Arab-Israeli Relations

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) recently launched a conflict-specific web resource compiling in one place all of USIP’s work on Arab-Israeli relations in the Middle East. As Arab-Israeli relations hit their lowest point in a generation and the risks of instability and violence increase, this site will serve as a resource for both scholars and practitioners in the U.S. and abroad.

The site should be intuitive for visitors who think in geographic terms of a region or conflict as distinct from other information on the Institute’s site, which is organized according to the curve of conflict — prevention, mediation/resolution and post-conflict stabilization. Visitors to the Arab-Israeli Relations site will first see USIP’s goals, and learn through their policy-relevant analysis and innovative programming how USIP is addressing them. Accessible online are publications, grants awarded to organizations and individuals dedicated to resolving the conflict, information on USIP’s ongoing projects, audio from relevant USIP events, experts and more. Visit the Arab-Israeli Relations site here: www.usip.org/arab_israeli/

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New Paper on Social Accountability Available Online

Josh Lerner from the Participatory Budgeting Network (www.particpatorybudgeting.org) just sent out information on a paper that compares different examples of public and social accountability measures across the world. The OECD / World Bank paper “Beyond Public Scrutiny: a stocktaking of social accountability initiatives in OECD countries” profiles 40 government accountability programs, including interesting examples of participatory budgeting in Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the UK. You can download it from : www.zebralog.net/open/BeyondPublicScrutinycoverandtext.pdf.

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Facing Up to the Nation's Finances Engages Policymakers in Dialogue

Facing Up to the Nation’s Finances (www.FacingUp.org) is a nonpartisan initiative that is working to enable more Americans to confront and work through realistic choices for addressing the nation’s long-term financial condition. The Facing Up to the Nation’s Finances initiative aims to move the conversation about the federal budget challenge away from individual spending bills and discretionary spending and toward a larger discussion of how to address entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare that will explode as baby boomers retire in the coming years, the growing national debt (that continues to increase despite smaller deficits in recent years) and more closely matching expenditures to revenues. (more…)

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Open Space Facilitation Training Coming Up in London, England

Dr. Sheila Marsh from Opus Training Development & Design Ltd sent us word about an Open Space Facilitation training she will lead in London, England this October 8-10. Along with Roma Iskander, Dr. Marsh will lead a training on Open Space as a process to connect people to each other, to ideas and to stimulate great conversations that lead to action. This Open Space training is for people who want to work in ways that really engage people – in organisations, communities and around a shared issue. NCDD members may book at the reduced individual rate and if 3 or more members book you will qualify for a further 10% reduction.For more details and to book online go to: www.healthdirections.org/openspace.htm.

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New Publications About Public Engagement on Nanotechnologies Available Online

On 26 June two new publications about public engagement on nanotechnologies were launched at a conference in London. The conference was cohosted by Involve, Demos and the Science and Democracy Network. (For commentaries from the launch, see Nature, vol 448, Issue 7149 or Professor Richard Jones’ blog). To read synopses of these two new publications, read on! (more…)

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Mobilize.org launches applications for the Party for the Presidency

Mobilize.org‘s Party for the Presidency Conference is coming up in Hollywood, CA on December 29 – 31, 2007. The Party for the Presidency is a leadership development conference that will bring together the 435 individuals (one from each Congressional district) to learn from one another and unite behind a common vision – Democracy 2.0. Each individual will be nominated as a top young activist demonstrating a citizen-centered approach to engagement in their community. They will be given the opportunity to present their best practices, learn from organizing experts, and leave as a commission Democracy 2.0 Ambassador. The Party for the Presidency will focus on encouraging young people to identify the key issues in their communities and helping build advocacy strategies to not only become part of the solution, but create the solution.

They are looking to recruit young people between the ages of 16 and 30, who are:

  • Working to make a difference in your community by being politically involved
  • Advocating for the issues they feel are most important in their communities, or informing people on the importance of civic engagement and volunteerism
  • Who have helped involve your fellow citizens in community service, public policy development, or identifying and solving local problems

Check out Mobilize.org for more information on applying, or download the application from our website. If you have any questions, or would like any additional information contact Maya Enista, Mobilize.org’s Chief Operating Officer at maya@mobilize.org or 202.736.5744.

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IAP2 Great Lakes Chapter Training Workshops Set for Aug. 13-14

On August 13 and 14th the Great Lakes Chapter of the International Association for Public Participation is offering two full days of training in Madison, Wisconsin. On August 13, the Chapter presents “Using Online Tools to Support Public Participation” and on August 14th, the Chapter presents “Affirmative Design – Inclusive Public Participation in Diverse Communities.” Each training is $175 each or $325 for both days. Training Location: Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St. Madison, WI 53706. For more information and registration, visit http://www.iap2.org/cde.cfm?event=173523. Or read on for more detailed descriptions of the workshops. (more…)