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New Book on Public Engagement

Sandy just posted a summary of the book Beyond Public Meetings: Connecting Community Engagement with Decision-Making on NCDD’s Learning Exchange. Written by Vivien Twyford, Max Hardy, John Dengate, Stuart Waters and Dr. Vicki Vaartjes and published by Twyford Consulting, 2007, the book challenges myths and assumptions associated with community engagement. It provides organisations, including all layers of government, with a comprehensive guide to why and how communities can be engaged to make better decisions.

Written by five internationally recognized experts in the field of community engagement, the book provides a best practice guide to community engagement, building upon the successful framework developed by the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2). To read more from Sandy’s summary visit NCDD’s Learning Exchange: www.thataway.org/exchange/resources.php?action=view&rid=2714. To order your copy or for more info on the book, contact Twyford Consulting on 02 4226 4040 or twyford@twyford.com.au. The book is $29.95 per copy plus postage ($8 in Australia, $12 in New Zealand/Asia Pacific, or $17 in the rest of the world).

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New UK Report on Future of Democracy

Cynthia Gibson emailed me today about a new report on the future of democracy from the UK Power Commission called “Power to the People.” She noted that “finally – someone’s asking about the system, rather than continually talking about “apathy.”

The 175-page report is the result of the work of a politically diverse commission tasked with questions such as: How can democracy survive when we feel politicians don’t listen? How can politics be revived when fewer and fewer of us support political parties? How can voting be encouraged if millions see elections as a charade? The conclusion: The problem is not apathy. Widespread participation in civil society organizations proves otherwise. The problem is the political system and the commission proposed serious reforms.

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Arsalyn's 2007 Conference Focuses on Deliberation

Each year the Arsalyn Program sponsors a national conference designed to serve as a respectful, neutral forum where diverse individuals promoting youth civic and political engagement can meet as collegues. In addition to opportunities for networking, Arsalyn’s national conferences enable participants to look at ways to get involved in the democratic process and develop a sense of common purpose in working toward their goals.

Arsalyn’s national conferences are open to individuals and organizations that identify with Arsalyn’s mission and are working to promote youth civic and political engagement. Arsalyn will invite approximately 120 young people ages 16-20 to each conference for an intensive day-long program devoted to learning the art of political deliberation. Arsalyn will provide food, lodging, conference materials and a travel award to help defray travel expenses.

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NVC Training Set For May in FLorida

A Nonviolent Communication (NVC) training is coming up in St. Pete Florida, May 4, 5 & 6 with CNVC Certified Trainer & Author, Kelly Bryson, MFT. Nonviolent Communication is a language process created by global mediator, Marshall Rosenberg, PhD which supports us in learning how to listen more compassionately and express in ways that are more likely to inspire connection. For information on the training, call 941-492-9279 or visit www.nvcsarasota.com.

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Sign Up Now for Summer Social Justice Mediation Training

Leah Wing wrote to tell us about a Social Justice Mediation training that will be held twice this upcoming summer (May 30 – June 3, 2007 & August 26 – 30, 2007) in Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A. for those interested in becoming trained mediators from a social justice perspective. The Social Justice Mediation Model was developed in response to the pattern that has emerged in the field of mediation revealing that mainstream mediation is not equally serving all segments of the population. Despite the demonstrated success of mediation, recent research shows that it also routinely reproduces privilege both structurally within the institution and interpersonally between disputing parties. In this training, participants will undertake a critical examination of how and why this occurs in the mainstream approach to mediation and will investigate a new strategy that accounts for privilege and works to undermine it. Check out the training details on the website: http://people.umass.edu/lwing/.

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Job Opening at U. of Denver Center for Community Engagement

I just got an email from Eric Fretz, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning at the University of Denver. They have a job opening for Associate Director of the Center, and they’re looking for someone with dialogue and deliberation skills and thought the NCDD network might provide some good applicants…

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New Models for Leadership Conference Brings U.N. to Worcester

A leadership conference that explores new models for businesses and non-profits both here and worldwide will be held at the Beechwood Hotel on Tuesday, May 1, featuring Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the United Nations’ Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) founder and director Virginia Swain also will present the leadership models she developed through the IGL since September 11, 2001. Registration deadline is April 20. (more…)

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Global Democracy Group Announces Software Give Away Program

The Institute for 21st Century Agoras is celebrating the life of Hasan Özbekhan with the launch of a Participatory Democracy Software program. Hasan Özbekhan was a distinguished international leader in participatory democracy. His role in establishing the Club of Rome in the 1970’s influenced a generation of peace and sustainability professionals.

Participatory Democracy Software is a sociotechnical tool that enables the practice of democracy. The Institute has received a gift of 1000 end user licenses for CogniScope I, the commercial-grade collaborative planning software used worldwide by the CWA ltd consulting group. The use of this tool has been extensively documented in the recently published book “How People Harness Their Collective Wisdom and Power to Construct the Future” (Information Age Press). The Institute will distribute the Participatory Democracy Software along with a user manual through its blog (www.blogora.net), and will support communities of practice through a users discussion page at this same site.

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"Secrets of Facilitation" Free Virtual Workshop Coming Up April 16 & 17

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Next Monday April 16th and Tuesday April 17th, Evolve Faciliation and Coachingis sponsoring a virtual workshop where Michael Wilkinson will explore the ‘Secrets of Facilitation’ with facilitators from around the globe. This workshop is part of the Evolve’s ‘Leading Lights’ program, a series of virtual workshops and interviews with international facilitation leaders and authors. All you need to participate is a phone! This is a great opportunity to interact, question and share thoughts with Michael and with facilitation colleagues from around the world. The Southern Hemisphere workshop will be convened Tuesday, April 17th, 10am – 11am Sydney (12pm Auckland, 8am Perth, 9:30am Adelaide, 8am Singapore and Kuala Lumpur); The Northern Hemisphere workshop will be convened Monday, April 16th, 8pm US Eastern Time/ New York, 5pm Pacific Time/Los Angeles). For more information or to register, visit www.evolves.com.au/events.htm.

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WJCF Community Facilitation Training Set for May

The Western Justice Center Foundation and the City of Pasadena will present a Community Facilitation Training on May 3-5 and 11-12, 2007 at the Western Justice Center Foundation, 55 S. Grand Ave. The training is aimed at anyone interested in improving their facilitation skills in the areas of interethnic/interracial/intercultural dialogue and in times of community crisis. By taking part in this training, you will be joining a group of volunteer facilitators for community-wide dialogues. Renowned facilitators and trainers Diane Burbie, owner of The ASPIRE Group, and Najeeba Syeed-Miller, executive director of the Western Justice Center Foundation will lead the sessions. (more…)

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