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Conflict Resolution MA Program Accepting Applications

Georgetown University is currently accepting applications for the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution. The innovative and academically rigorous program is housed in the Department of Government, with multidisciplinary core and elective course offerings. Students study with leading faculty from across the university, and take courses such as Conflict Resolution Theory and Skills, Intergroup Relations, Cross-Cultural Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. For more information, please see their website (http://conflictresolution.georgetown.edu/), or email conflictresolution@georgetown.edu. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2008 for the fall 2008. All prospective students are cordially invited to attend an open house at Georgetown on November 29, 2007 from 4-6 pm. For details, please see the website.

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Registration Open for John O'Donohue Workshop

Poet-Philosopher John O’Donohue teaches seminars throughout North America and Europe, encouraging leaders to become artists of their own deepest possibility. John’s work brings people to a new frontier where they can become imaginative leaders of change, gain new perspectives to illuminate pathways toward vision, and take action that is transformative. Participants learn how interdependence, imagination, and integration build your capacity to respond effectively in your leadership context.

The workshop The Intense Threshold:Maintaining Integrity in the System takes place March 31 & April 1, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario at The Verity Club, 111d Queen St. E. This non-residential program begins on Monday with a light dinner and evening session. It will conclude Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., with a reception following. The fee is $1450 including the light dinner, a continental breakfast, lunch, and reception on day two. Space is limited to 30 participants. This is the first session in the 2008 Remarkable Leaders Series co-sponsored by the Shambhala Institute and Context Consulting. For more information and to register, visit www.shambhalainstitute.org/workshops/2008remarkablejod/home.html.

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Media Justice Grant Opportunity

The Fund for Southern Communities (fundforsouth.org),  as part of the Funding Exchange’s Media Justice Fund   (fex.org/mjf), seeks proposals for grants in Community Media Collaboration — projects that address media policy, infrastructure, or accountability within  the context of a social justice issue or campaign and Media Justice Toolkits — popular education materials for social justice activists and the general public on media justice issues. To be eligible to apply, an organization must be working for media and/or social justice; be located and doing work in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina; and have 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or have established a relationship with a fiscal sponsor with tax-exempt status. Deadline for the grants is February 29, 2008. Grants will range from $5,000 to $10,000 each for one year. To learn more about the Fund for Southern Communities and to access the Request for Proposals, visit the fund’s Web site.

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Graduate Fellowship on US and Politics Now Accepting Applications

The Miller Center Fellowship is a competitive program for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, foreign policy and world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States. It provides up to eight $20,000 grants to support one year of research and writing and pairs each fellow with a senior scholar as fellowship “mentor.” Applicants must be either 1) a Ph.D. candidate who is expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the fellowship year; or 2) an independent scholar working on a book. Residence is strongly encouraged but not required;however, each fellow is expected to participate in conferences at the Miller Center in fall 2008 and May 2009. All applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2008; applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in April 2008.

Inquiries should be directed to Chi Lam, ckl2q@virginia.edu or 434-924-4694, or Anne Mulligan, acm8k@virginia.edu or 434-243-8726. For more information and to download the application, visit www.millercenter.org/academic/gage/fellowship. Send TWO copies of your application materials to Miller Center National Fellowship Program, Miller Center of Public Affairs, 2201 Old Ivy Rd, P.O. Box 400406, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4406.

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Stakeholder Engagement Workshop Set for June 9-10 in Vancouver

Announcing the 2008 Co-Creative Stakeholder Engagement Workshop: If you are interested in building a network of trust-based stakeholder relationships, and are looking for new ways to engage stakeholders to resolve complex issues, this two-day executive workshop is for you. Stakeholder engagement is a critical 21st century competency in today’s complex, dynamic, and interconnected world, yet companies, government agencies, and community/civil society organizations often find it difficult to work with diverse and conflicting stakeholder needs. Led by Ann Svendsen and Myriam Laberge, participants will learn knowledge and skills related to Understanding the Power of Networks, Building High Trust Stakeholder Relations and Convening Networks for Learning & High Impact Solutions.

Register online before the Early Bird date of May 2nd to benefit from the discounted rate. For more information, please review the Executive Program information at www.sfu.ca/cscd/cli. For registration inquiries, please call the course registrar at 604-677-2758.

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Public Service Award Open to Applications

Here’s an award for graduating college seniors: The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for a year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. The award was created in honor of the late president and chief executive officer of the former New England Electric System, now National Grid (www.nationalgridus.com).

Applicants should develop a proposal for public service in the United States or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by the student alone or working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations. All graduating students from accredited colleges in the United States are invited to apply. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply but must be graduating from a U.S. college or university. For further information and an application form, visit the National Grid Web site. The deadline for applications February 15, 2008.

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Nominations Open For Youth Community Service Awards

High school seniors from the U.S. and U.S. territories are eligible to be nominated for the Yoshiyama Award for Exemplary Service to the Community presented by the Hitachi Foundation (hitachifoundation.org) each year to ten recipients on the basis of their community service activities. Activities must foster longer-term community change and be focused in socially and/or economically isolated communities. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $5,000 dispensed over two years. The foundation accepts nominations annually from people directly familiar with the nominee’s social contribution such as community leaders, service providers, teachers, school principals, or members of the clergy. More information can be found on the Yoshiyama Award website.

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Call for Articles for May 2008 AI Practitioner

NCDD member and AI consultant, Loretta Donovan, is acting as guest editor (along with Gabriel Shirley of Big Mind Consulting and Sue Anderson of Clockwork Communications) of the May 2008 issue of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Practitioner, and, as is her forté, this issue will venture into the domain of technology. Join them in creating an issue of AI Practitioner that encourages novices to begin to use technology, helps occasional users to deepen or enrich their experience, and supports early adopters to see the full-range of options as they lead or engage others in positive change initiatives. Article proposals should be limited to 300 words and sent to the following by Friday, February 1: Loretta Donovan (loretta.donovan@gmail.com) and Gabriel Shirley (gabriel@bigmindconsulting.com). You can read the entire announcement in a post Loretta added to her NCDD members profile.

The Appreciative Inquiry (AI) Practitioner features articles, case studies and examples highlighting where and how Appreciative Inquiry has been used to bring about positive change. The articles highlight various aspects of the thinking and methodology of Appreciative Inquiry such as the life giving forces in a system, compelling images of the future, designs for living that future and ways to sustain the relationships and systems necessary for positive change. Feel free to contact Loretta if you have any questions.

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Call for Proposals for 2008 CCNCCE Conference

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) invites you to submit a proposal to present at its 17th national annual conference, Recipes for Student Retention through Service Learning and Civic Engagement, to be held on May 21-23, 2008. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 4th, 2008. Conference presentations are 1-hour or 90-minute sessions, which should be designed to be highly interactive.



Dates Announced for IAP2 Certificate Program

The Perspectives Group has announced the dates for their five-day IAP2 Certificate Program in Public Participation. Each of the four training opportunities are offered in the Washington Metro Area and will be held throughout 2008 on the following dates: February 4-8, 2008, June 9-13, 2008, September 15-19, 2008 and December 1-5, 2008.

Presented by International Master Trainer in Public Participation and NCDD member, Douglas Sarno, the training is offered in 3 sections: Planning for Effective Public Participation (two days), Effective Communication for Public Participation (one day), and Techniques for Public Participation (two days); the course costs $1,625 for the full week of training or $325 per day. Paid NCDD members receive a 15% discount ($244). There’s more info about the member savings on the NCDD discounts page. You can also learn more or register by calling 703-837-1197, or by visiting the program’s website and downloading a registration form.