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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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Institute for Global Leadership Announces Fifth Anniversary Events

The Institute for Global Leadership is organizing several Fifth Anniversary Events from April 28-May 6, 2007. Virginia Swain, Founder and Director of The Institute for Global Leadership, is convening a Conference and a week-long series of events marking the Institute for Global Leadership’s Fifth Anniversary. The “New Leadership Models for the United States and the World: A Call to Action Conference” will take place Tuesday, May 1, 8:30 am-4:00 pm at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester, MA RSVP at 508-753-4172 ext 2. The conference sill include a World Cafe, Luncheon and book talk and signing. Cost is $95.00 including luncheon. (more…)

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ABA Announces 9th Annual Dispute Resolution Conference

The American Bar Association’s Section on Dispute Resolution Annual Conference is coming up April 25-28 in Washington, DC. The core of the conference features 97 sessions organized into 14 subject and practice areas tracks: Arbitration, Communication, Community/Peer, Construction, Corporate and Business ADR, Court, Ethics, Family, Government/Environment/Public Policy, International, Labor and Employment, Mediation and More, Practice Development/Diversity, and Representing Clients in ADR Processes. There will also be pre-conference skills training sessions, and meetings on thematic issues such as expanding opportunities for women and minorities in dispute resolution. Cost of the conference is $450 for non-members of the Dispute Resolution section of the ABA. For more details, visit http://www.abanet.org/dch/committee.cfm?com=DR013200.

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Mediators Without Borders Launched

A community of conflict resolution professionals (including facilitators, dialogue leaders, and others) has come together as Mediators Without Borders™ to partner with communities worldwide to build their capacity for preventing, resolving and healing from conflict. They invite all those who are interested to contribute their expertise to making a difference internationally.

MWB goes where invited by NGOs, universities, political and activist groups, community organizations, professional societies, governments, environmental, and commercial and other entities. All projects are rooted in local priorities and problem-solving methods and all MWB teams are staffed by local as well as MWB volunteers. The aim is sustainable projects such as developing skills for group facilitation, public dialogue, forgiveness and reconciliation work, strategic planning, collaborative negotiation, peer mediation, restorative justice, and public policy consensus building. They also work in the U.S., in conjunction with student chapters, to use culturally sensitive conflict resolution methods to assist refugee communities in navigating and integrating into U.S. communities. (more…)

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Open Space Learning Workshops Coming Up in June & December

Lisa Heft,Vice President of the Open Space Institute USA is organizing two Open Space Learning Workshops from June 20-22 and December 19-21 in San Francisco, for people of all experience levels. In Open Space, participants co-create their own agenda around a central theme of strategic importance; and they facilitate their own discussions — the facilitator’s role is quite different than for other methods. Experience an Open Space and learn how to convene your own Open Space event, including pre-work, design, logistics, ‘what-ifs’ and ‘when-not-to’s’. In this workshop participants will share their earning and thoughts about systems and chaos theory, grief and transformation cycles, and how organizations and individuals embrace, or resist, change. (more…)

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Announcing the First Story Field Conference

This August, the Co-Intelligence Institute will be sponsoring a pioneering interdisciplinary gathering of storytellers, artists and experts around the theme of “Invoking a New World through Story.” Participants are invited to this conference from many story disciplines. The hope is to shape a new cultural narrative together — made of a myriad of different stories — that none could shape alone, and that may re-make the world with diverse insights, struggles and dreams. The conference takes place August 26-31, 2007 at the Shambhala Mountain Center, Colorado. The conference fee is $400 ($600 after July 15 — $750 after August 15) and accommodations range from $296-$820. If you need financial help to participate, contact Heidi Nelson at storyfieldinfo (at) comcast.net or 510-843-6824. For more information, visit http://co-intelligence.org/StoryFieldConference.html.

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Int'l Journal of Public Participation Launches

Our good friend Michael Briand emailed me today announcing the inaugural issue of IAP2’s new International Journal of Public Participation (IJP2). The IJP2 is an online, multi-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information among researchers, practitioners, decision-makers, and citizens about public participation and its impact around the world. It has been created with the specific intention of bridging the arenas of research and practice within the field of public participation.

Look over the current issue, or go to the Journal’s home page at www.iap2.org/ijp2. I’m particularly excited to see the Journal connected to a Forum (bulletin board) where some real conversations can take place about the articles, and it looks like they’re planning to add a wiki as well.


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Save the Date: 2nd Conference on Engaging the Other set for October

We just heard from our friend Steve Olweean, Director of the Common Bond Institute, that the second Engaging The Other Conference will take place this fall in Dearborn, Michigan. Save the date (October 25-28, 2007) for this international, multidisciplinary, multicultural conference examining concepts of “The Other” from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about images of “Us and Them.” The conference is sponsored by the Common Bond Institute and co-sponsored by HARMONY Institute for Psychotherapy and Counseling, and the International Humanistic Psychology Association.

According to Steve, the first in this new series of conferences was a great success, “certainly exceeding our expectations, with many products and collaborations growing from it. Based on the powerful response and activity this has generated, we’ve moved to establish it as an annual event. Next year’s conference may likely be in the San Francisco bay area, and we’ve also been invited to hold it in Costa Rica (where President Arias has offered to be the site host) and Israel in the coming years beyond that.” Learn more at www.cbiworld.org.

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NCDD Co-Sponsors June Dialogue Conference in NYC

The New York City-based Network for Peace through Dialogue (NPD) is pleased to announce its June 15-16, 2007 conference “Why Dialogue: and when and how and where?” which will gather local and national groups to share ways they are using dialogue in various situations and to provide newcomers and experienced practitioners opportunities to learn skills and build networks. The conference, held in collaboration with MarymountManhattan College and co-sponsored by NCDD, will feature interactive sessions led by groups including Public Conversations Project, the Dialogue Project, the Compassionate Listening Project, and NCDD.

For a complete schedule and to register, go to www.networkforpeace.com/conference.htm. Registration is only $175 before June, and only $50 for students! For additional info, call 212-426-5818. Since 1985 NPD has developed programs related to critical social issues in its living room dialogues and international conferences.