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Just for Fun…

Simpsonized Sandy and Andy imageI can add something frivolous once in a while, right? This is a blog, after all.

I just couldn’t resist sharing the Simpsonized version of Andy and I – the powercouple behind NCDD. You can get your own Simpsonized image at www.simpsonizeme.com if you’d like to.

This post is right in line with our goofy mood here today. Andy, Joy and I are starting to add our members to the new NCDD Members Network – an interactive members directory that, because it runs on social network software, allows our members to create groups, post news to their own blogs (everyone gets one!), upload photos from their programs, identify their Colleagues, etc. Working in the Members Network is fun, and we hope all of our members will find using the Network fun (and useful) as well!

We welcome you to go to www.thataway.org/ncddnet to check out the new NCDD Members Network if you’re interested. And if you’re not already a member of NCDD, please join us today! Membership is affordable ($50 for individuals or $100 for organizations), and if you don’t have the money right now or just want to try it out for a while, you can join for free.

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Register Now for the Imagine-Nation Conference

The Imagine-Nation Conference brings together two groups: visionary adults who are already at work in their communities, shaping an inclusive future for their city AND visionary high school youth who are tomorrow’s national leaders, who can co-create a powerful path for their communities and for the nation. The conference is delivered using Appreciative Inquiry, an organizational development process that capitalizes on the best of what is and provides a wide avenue for intergenerational and cross-cultural participation – everyone is welcome; every voice is honored.

On September 27-30 (Thursday night through Sunday morning) in Dallas, Imagine-Nation is organizing the first ever Inter-generational Boot Camp for Visionaries and other leaders. The conference will gather together adults who are passionate about making a difference and high school students who share those passions. For more information and to register, visit www.imaginenationconference.org.

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Online Course on "Transforming Civil Conflict" Starts Next Week

“Transforming Civil Conflict,” an online course developed by The Network University in cooperation with Bradford University, is offered from September 17 – October 12, 2007. This award-winning four-week course familiarises participants with contemporary theories of conflict and conflict resolution, provides them with a range of relevant information on conflict on the Internet, and practical issues and debates from within the field. Participants are brought together in a ‘learning community’ with coaches and experts with a professional interest in conflict (transformation).

Specific aims of this course are to:

  • Prepare participants for work in conflict areas
  • Make participants’ work in conflict areas more effective
  • Provide inspiring examples
  • Share experiences and expertise
  • Connect the local and international level
  • Create a network of conflict transformation experts

For more information, visit the course demosite: www.netuni.nl/demos/tcc; register for the course on www.netuni.nl/courses, or send an email to Bart Overbeek at conflict@netuni.uva.nl. There is a limited number of partial scholarships available for participants from the ‘global south.’

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PPS Releases "Achieving Great Federal Public Spaces"

The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has just released Achieving Great Federal Public Spaces: A Property Manager’s Guide. Written and designed by PPS and the US General Services Administration Good Neighbor program, this innovative guidebook is a valuable tool public property managers seeking to evaluate and improve their lobbies, atriums, plazas, courtyards, and other public spaces. It comprises four major sections (also available for download as free PDFs):

1. Why great places matter and what makes a good public space
2. How to evaluate a building’s public spaces
3. What improvements work in the short-, medium-, and long-term
4. How to successfully implement solutions (more…)

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MacArthur Foundation Announces New Digital Media and Learning Competition

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation ( http://www.macfound.org/ ) has announced a public competition that will award a total of $2 million in funding to emerging leaders, communicators, and innovators shaping the field of digital media and learning. The competition is part of the foundation’s $50 million Digital Media and Learning initiative (http://www.digitallearning.macfound.org/), which aims to help determine how digital technologies are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2007.

Awards will be given in two categories: 1) Innovation Awards of $250,000 or $100,000 each will support learning entrepreneurs and builders of new digital environments for informal learning; and 2) Knowledge Networking Awards of up to $75,000 will support communicators in connecting, mobilizing, circulating, or translating new ideas around digital media and learning. As part of their prize, awardees will receive special consultation support on everything from technology development to management training. Winners will be invited to showcase their work at a conference that will include venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, educators, and policy makers seeking the best ideas about digital learning. (more…)

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Skoll Foundation Announces New Guidelines for Social Entrepreneurship Awards

The Skoll Foundation ( http://www.skollfoundation.org/ ) now accepts applications and grants awards on a year-round basis, with new award winners celebrated once each year in March at the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Foundation’s mission is “to advance systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs.” The foundation’s Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time: environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security. Skoll social entrepreneurs are innovators who have tested and proved their approach and are poised to replicate or scale up their work.

The Skoll Awards provide later-stage, or mezzanine, funding, which is generally structured as a $1 million award paid out over three years. In most cases, the grant is provided for core support to help organizations expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change. The awards are not intended for new or early-stage programs or initiatives. Programs submitted for consideration should have a track record of no less than three years. In addition to core support, the foundation supports the participation of award recipients in the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

To be considered for funding in advance of the 2008 Skoll World Forum, applicants must submit their online application no later than September 24, 2007. Applications submitted after that date will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout the year, with awards publicly celebrated at the subsequent Skoll World Forum. For an in-depth description of the foundation’s eligibility criteria, the application process, application instructions, and an FAQ, visit the Skoll Foundation Web site. This is an open deadline award.

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Youth Service America Grant Deadline Oct. 1, 2007

I’ve blogged before about this grant opportunity for those interested in promoting youth dialogue, but there is another deadline coming up so here’s the lowdown: The Youth Service America Youth Venture Program, a partnership between Youth Service America (http://www.ysa.org/) and Youth Venture (http://www.genv.net/), is designed to help build the movement of young social entrepreneurs by investing in and encouraging the ideas of young people. The YSA Youth Venture Program provides funding and support to young people (ages 12-20) in the United States who want to create new, sustainable, civic-minded organizations, clubs, or businesses (called “ventures”). To be eligible for the program, ventures must be youth-led and designed to be a lasting asset to the community.

In addition, YSA Youth venture teams are required to plan a Global Youth Service Day (http://www.gysd.org/) project every year that their venture is operational. The YSA Youth Venture Program provides a variety of resources, including a national network of like-minded young people, media opportunities, technical support, helpful toolkits and workshops, as well as seed funding of up to $1,000 for start-up expenses. For application tools and more information about the YSA Youth Venture Partnership Program, visit the Youth Venture Web site.

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"Engaging the Other" Conference Coming Up in Michigan

This October 25-28 in Dearborn, MI, the Common Bond Institute is sponsoring the second annual international, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference examining concepts of “The OTHER” from a universal, cross-cultural perspective. The goal is to promote wider public dialogue about concepts of “Us and Them” in order to to address the roots of negative stereotypes, prejudice, and artificial barriers of misunderstanding and distrust that separate people. Participants will join more than 60 remarkable presenters to cultivate a shared capacity for reconciliation, appreciation of diversity, and peace. Participation is open to professionals and the general public. Full Program and Registration Details online at www.cbiworld.org, or Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393 or email: SOlweean@aol.com.

The 4-day conference program includes : 6 Keynote Speakers, 6 Plenary Topical Panels, 24 Concurrent Break-out Sessions of Workshops, Lectures, Roundtables, and Dialogues to Engage Concepts and Explore Practical Applications, Conference-wide Facilitated Dialogue Groups, Live E-conference Addresses by Leading Visionaries, Evolving Expressive Arts Interpretation of the Conference, Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala Ritual, Media / Art Exhibits and Events, Evening Performances, Cultural Programs, and Community Activities, Rich Networking Opportunities, Intentional Multi-cultural Community, Final Action Planning Dialogue for Beyond the Conference and 6 Pre-Conference All-day Institutes on Thursday, October 25 (9am-4:30pm).

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Join an Online Dialogue on Women and Political Participation in Africa

NCDD member Leanne Nurse just brought our attention to a thematic online discussion about “Women, political participation and decision- making in Africa.” The online discussion is being organized by the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women/Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the Economic Commission for Africa in cooperation with the E-Network of National Gender Equality Machineries in Africa.

The discussion will run for six weeks from 4 September to 14 October 2007. The purpose of the online discussion is to contribute to a better understanding of women’s political participation in Africa; collect measures taken at national and subregional levels to promote women’s participation; identify good practices and lessons learned and highlight gaps and challenges requiring further action. Register for the online discussion at http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/forum/forum-daw-politicalparticipation2007.htm. If you have any questions or experience problems when registering, please contact Mr. Rajkumar Cheney Krishnan (cheneykrishnan@un.org). (more…)

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Center For Dialogue Seeks Director of Mediation Services

Huldah Warren (dialogue@citcom.net), Executive Director of the Center for Dialogue in Brevard, North Carolina, sent in this job announcement to the NCDD discussion list:

Director of Mediation Services, Center for Dialogue – 40 hours weekly; Bachelors degree; mediation certification and experience; 3 years experience social work, human services, conflict resolution, program management; strong organizational skills; excellent communication and listening skills; highly self-directed; creative program development; familiarity with court systems; proficiency with Microsoft Office Programs. Visit www.center4dialogue.org for more information. Send resumes to: ofcmgr3815@citcom.net – PO Box 1205 Brevard, NC 28712.