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Entries Invited for Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism

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Here’s an award that would be perfect D&Ders involved in new media technologies: The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (http://knightfdn.org/) funds the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism to reward the creative use of new technologies to engage people in important public issues and to honor compelling models for the future of news. The program will honor pioneering approaches to journalism that encourage new forms of information sharing; spur non-traditional interactions that have an impact on community; enable new and better two-way conversations between audiences and news providers; and foster new ways of imparting useful information.

Among the prizes to be awarded are a $10,000 Grand Prize; up to $5,000 in Special Distinction Awards, including a Wild Card Award to be given at the judges’ discretion to an early idea that may not be fully developed or a good idea that deserves publicity alongside the top winners; and a $1,000 Citizens Media Award to honor impact and achievement in the emerging field of citizen media and citizen-generated content. Entries from all news producers are eligible. Entries must consist of journalism content created by a news-producing initiative. To enter, individuals must have been affiliated with such an initiative at the time of publication. (more…)

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New Resource on Intergroup Dialogue

Ximena Zuniga, Professor of Education at U Mass-Amherst just wrote to us about a new resource: Intergroup Dialogue in Higher Education: Meaningful Learning About Social Justice. This volume outlines the theory, practice, and research on intergroup dialogue. It also offers educational resources to support the practice of intergroup dialogue. Addressing faculty, administrators, student affairs personnel, students, and practitioners, this volume is a useful resource for anyone implementing intergroup dialogues in higher education. For more on the contributors and on intergroup dialogue, see the book’s entry in NCDD’s Learning Exchange: www.thataway.org/exchange/resources.php?action=view&rid=2703.

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Young Social Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for YouthActionNet Awards

The YouthActionNet Awards offer grants of $500 each to help fund the social change projects of young social entrepreneurs around the world. The awards are supported by a global youth development initiative of the International Youth Foundation (http://iyfnet.org/) and Nokia. Each year twenty exceptional young social entrepreneurs are selected as YouthActionNet Fellows through a competitive application process. In addition to receiving a $500 grant, YouthActionNet Fellows participate in a week-long capacity building workshop in Washington, D.C. A key focus of the workshop is facilitating peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities.

The contest is open to all young people between the ages of 18 and 29. Applicants should be founders of existing projects/ organizations or leading a project within an organization, and must be able to clearly articulate their learning objectives through the fellowship. Proficiency in English is required, and applications must be submitted in English. Complete program information and application materials are available at the program’s Web site. The deadline for applications is May 15, 2007.

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Five Job Openings at AmericaSpeaks

AmericaSpeaks is expanding! They’re looking for the best candidates possible for these important positions:

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Awakening Global Action in Bali

NCDD is a Partner of Awakening Global Action: Leadership, Indigenous Wisdom & Dialogue for a Transforming World, an intergenerational, multicultural gathering in Ubud, Bali July 31 through August 7, 2007. The conference, run by the Bali Institute for Global Renewal, will feature world renowned speakers, facilitators and indigenous wisdom leaders from Africa, Indonesia, North America, Australia, Thailand, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Peru and more.

Bali Institute for Global Renewal (BIGR) is the first world learning center that engages multicultural leadership and facilitation training, deep dialogue, indigenous wisdom, global consciousness, intergenerational activism and other action-oriented skills and training that empowers individuals, groups and organizations in their quest to make a difference in the world. BIGR includes a consortium of international organizations, corporations, NGOs, universities, thought leaders and consultants who are invested in advancing new forms of leadership training, intergenerational collaboration, nonviolent conflict resolution and social activism as part of a worldview that promotes a sustainable, humane and culturally-diverse life for all.

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Discounts for NCDD Members on Some Great Trainings!

As you may know, NCDD is switching from a totally free membership to a paid membership (with a pay-what-you-can/free option). One of the ways we’re trying to ease this tricky transition is by providing some great benefits for fully paid NCDD members – including discounts for a whole bunch of great trainings and courses. NCDD members who pay the full membership fee can take advantage of discounted rates (mostly 20%) for the following upcoming trainings:

  • The Center for Strategic Facilitation’s Group Facilitation Methods Course – April 12-13 in Oakland, CA; June 5-6, 2007 in South Bay, CA; etc.
  • Community Weaving Certification Training – April 13-14 in Seattle or April 20-21 in Tacoma, WA
  • Open Space Technology Learning Workshop – April 24-26 in British Columbia
  • Full Circle’s Workshop on Facilitating Online Interaction – May 7 – July 6

Other groups have expressed interest in providing our members with discounted registration fees, including several NIF Public Policy Institutes, the Center for Wise Democracy, Cognexus Institute, the Global Facilitator Service Corps, the Harwood Institute, the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation, and Leadership Strategies. We’re still working on the details with these groups, so you may want to bookmark the Discounted Trainings for NCDD Members page to stay up on these opportunities – and to learn much more about the ones above.

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Open Space Technology Learning Workshop

An Open Space Technology learning workshop will be held April 24-26 in British Columbia, Canada. This 3-day workshop is Session One of the Genuine Contact Program™. In this workshop, which will take place at The Haven Resort, Gabriola Island, B.C., you will develop your own understanding of Open Space Technology, including its form and essence. The workshop will also cover preparatory work with a sponsor prior to an OST meeting and post-meeting follow-up. We will also cover personal preparation as a facilitator and the role of OST in helping organizations achieve and sustain organizational health and balance. Note: paid NCDD members will receive a 20% discount on this training!

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SFCG Recognized With Two Awards

We’re pleased to congratulate Search for Common Ground (SFCG) on two recent awards! First, the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Award for Institutional Excellence will be presented to SFCG at a Gala Event in Washington DC on April 25th. The Awards, launched in 1999 by the Arab American Institute Foundation, promote the positive effects of diversity and cultural interaction, and to showcase programs that foster democratic and humanitarian values across racial, ethnic and religious lines. The Award recognizes organizations whose work, commitment and support make a difference in promoting coexistence and inclusion in all walks of life. If you are interested in attending the awards ceremony, call (202) 429-9210, or email aaif@aaiusa.org.

Second, SFCG’s Participatory Theatre for Conflict Transformation program was one of three initiatives selected in the “Entrepreneuring Peace” competition held by Ashoka Changemakers. In addition to receiving a small grant of $5,000, Lena Slachmuijlder, SFCG Country Director in DR Congo, is participating in the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University. Great work SFCG!

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Loyola University Chicago Unveils New Center for Public Service

Loyola University Chicago (www.luc.edu) announced last week the creation of a new academic unit, the Center for Public Service. Housing the papers of several retired Congressmen, the center, a non-partisan academic unit, will primarily focus on leadership, highlighting the impact that individual men and women can have upon a civil society through their dedication to public service. It will also sponsor non-partisan research and discourse on relevant public policy issues, while emphasizing the legacies of a number of public servants, rather than one particular individual. The center will concentrate on five main program areas: sponsoring research and scholarship; hosting special exhibits, conferences, a speaker’s series, and workshops; publishing newsletters and journals; sponsoring public outreach programs focused on civic education and public discourse; and engaging Loyola’s alumni network in a comprehensive internship and career services program.

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IAP2′s 1st "Skills Symposium" in November

Mark your calendars for the first-ever IAP2 Skills Symposium, which is scheduled to take place November 12-16, 2007 in Scottsdale, Arizona at the Chaparral Suites Resort.

In addition to IAP2’s certificate program, there will be dozens of professional development opportunities featuring Large group dynamics, Cultural identity, diversity and conflict, and Specific techniques for effective public participation. There will also be a research seminar, a core values awards celebration, and the annual general membership meeting.

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