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Dialogue Project Documentary

After three years in production, the documentary based on the Dialogue Public Art Project will premier in San Francisco on March 9th at 7:30pm in San Francisco at the fun & funky Opera Plaza Theatre with other showings planned throughout the year. The DVD is also available.  In addition to the feature documentary, they’ve included nine bonus features:  deleted scenes, background interviews, World Cafe short movie and more.

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February Updates on CenTX NCDD Team Activities

Friday, February 22, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
CenTX NCDD Planning Team Social
(significant others welcome!)
Anoek and David Inbar’s home, 6408 Cerro Cove, Austin (From Mopac take exit Far West (only one way). Go past the schools and shops, through residential area. Far West drops down a hill, at the bottom it turns a sharp right and becomes Ladera Norte. Take an immediate left (about a 100 yards) and enter Backtrail. Take the second right (not the first! It is called Cedro Cove !) which is Cerro Cove. Go up the hill and you will dead end into our driveway: 6408 Cerro Cove. Call 512-502-8111 with questions)
Bring an appetizer or dessert to share and whatever you want to drink
Please RSVP to dianemiller@austin.rr.com if you’re planning to attend

Saturday, February 23, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Site tour of hotel space we’re using at the Renaissance Austin at the Arboretum
(open to everyone – optional)
9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin (Click here for map http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/aussh-renaissance-austin-hotel/)
Please RSVP to dianemiller@austin.rr.com if you’re planning to attend

Saturday, February 23, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
CenTX NCDD Planning Team meeting

9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin (Click here for map http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/aussh-renaissance-austin-hotel/)
Exact meeting room to be advised
Please RSVP to dianemiller@austin.rr.com if you’re planning to attend

Saturday, February 23, 6:00 p.m.
Dinner with Sandy
for anyone interested in joining (location undecided – will advise if location is set in advance)

Monday, February 25, 6:30 p.m.
Dinner with Sandy & Polly Riddims
(core team member and head of logistics team who is joining Sandy in Austin late Sunday)
Whole Foods at 6th and Lamar We will gather inside the store near the north entrance by the coffee bar and pastry area. Feel free to call my cell – 971-3033 if you have questions. We hope to see you then!

Tuesday, February 26, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Matching the Process to the Problem
(optional event for those interested)
United Way Capital Area, 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin
Sandy will make a presentation for United Way staff, participants in the Public Innovator Lab and CenTX NCDD team members about effectively choosing or designing D&D approaches that consider the important distinctions and commonalities among various approaches and where they land on the dialogue and deliberation continuum.

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Registration Open for "Making Every Voice Matter"

Just a quick announcement from our friends at Everyday Democracy (formerly Study Circles Resource Center):

Registration is now open for the “Making Every Voice Matter” national conference hosted by Everyday Democracy on June 12-14 in Denver, Colorado. Learn and share the latest in making every voice matter for creating community change. Learn more at www.everyday-democracy.org/conference.

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Upcoming Future Search Workshops (with NCDD discounts)

Future Search logoHave you been meaning to attend a Future Search Workshop for awhile? Have you wanted to improve your skills & confidence as a group leader or facilitator in 2008? Consider attending one of the Future Search Network’s upcoming trainings, all three of which are discounted generously for NCDD members who have paid the membership fee. The trainings are…

  • March 24-26 – Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! – at the Villanova Conference Center in Radnor, PA
  • June 8-11 – Managing a Future Search – A Learning Workshop – at the Villanova Conference Center in Radnor, PA
  • December 7-9 – Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! – in Seattle, Washington (specific location TBA)

Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, Ph.D. are co-authors of FUTURE SEARCH: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and Communities. They work with whole systems across all sectors. Sandra and Marv are co-directors of Future Search Network, a non-profit voluntary association of 350 practitioners worldwide dedicated to learning, colleagueship, and community service.

Paid NCDD members receive a huge 30% discount, saving hundreds off the registration fees (way more than the $50 individual membership fee!). Learn more at www.futuresearch.net/frms/workshop/index.cfm. Or go to www.thataway.org/discounts to see all of the trainings that are discounted for paid NCDD members.

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Conversation Week 2008 Events in NYC

Conversation Week 2008 is almost upon us and brand new NCDD member, Ron Gross, an organizer of Socratic Conversations and co-chair of the University Seminar on Innovation in Education at Columbia University just forwarded us a list of events in the New York City area. Ron invites all New Yorkers who love “Great Talk” to join in the conversation.

Conversation Week (CW) Events in New York City

Let’s Stop Boring Ourselves to Death: Getting from Small Talk to Exhilarating Conversation – Anywhere, Anytime, with Anyone.
Lecture by Ron Gross on Thursday, Mar. 13 (a pre-CW event)
6:30 p.m., Albert Ellis Institute, 45 East 65th St.
Contact: Ron Gross at grossassoc@aol.com

Socrates Café
Tues., Mar. 25, 6:45 p.m., Atrium at 590 Madison Ave., between 56th and 57th streets (former IBM Building).
Special CW meeting of this regular weekly gathering.
Contact: Evan Sinclair at ems327@yahoo.com

Socratic Conversation
Wed., Mar. 26, 4 p.m., Gottesman Libraries Columbia
University (Teachers College), 525 W. 120th St. Special CW session of this twice-monthly dialogue group.
Contact: Ronald Gross at grossassoc@aol.com

Cafe Philo
Thurs., Mar. 27, 6:30 p.m., Bamiyan Restaurant, 358 3rd Ave. (26th St.).
Special CW meeting of this twice-monthly conversation on the Parisian
Contact: Bernard Roy at bernardroy@earthlink.net

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SFCG and the Generation Grands Lacs (GGL)

The following is a wonderful story about one of the Search for Common Ground’s programs in Africa. The photo is of Laurent Kissindi, Congolese journalist and project coordinator, during radio broadcast. We took this story verbatim from the SFGC Newsletter…

SFCG Gets Youth Talking Across the Frontlines of the Conflict In the Great Lakes Region in Africa

While the bullets are flying in eastern DR Congo, and the region’s diplomats struggle to reach an agreement on the peace accords, youth from the Great lakes region are talking together via radio about conflict, about peace, and about building a new generation.

Great Lakes Generation (Generation Grands Lacs (GGL) in French) is a weekly radio program that is broadcast through an innovative use of internet, telephone and FM technology. This 60-minute live phone-in talk show for youth is simulcast on five radio stations in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo every Saturday afternoon, providing young people an unprecedented opportunity to talk, listen, and learn about the issues and challenges facing their region.

Each week GGL addresses a different theme such as identity, manipulation by leaders, gender, violence, youth participation in political life, issues of ethnicity and nationality, etc. Last week’s broadcast explored the subject of prejudice; how prejudice and stereotypes effect attitudes and behaviors. A recent program dealt with the difficult things “we don’t talk about,” cultural taboos and things that are uncomfortable to discuss in public.

More after the break. (more…)

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Submit Your "Juicy" Questions for Conversation Week 2008

Conversation Cafe logoNCDD members Susan Partnow and Vicki Robin at Conversation Cafe are spearheading the 2nd annual Conversation Week, which is coming up March 24th through 30th. They would love some input from the NCDD community on what you think are the juiciest questions-of-the-moment… (more…)

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Request for Proposals — ACR-EPP Conference in May

Association for Conflict Resolution

NCDD member, John Stephens, recently sent us some information to share with our readers about the upcoming Association for Conflict Resolution — Environment and Public Policy Section Conference being held on Monday, May 19th and their request for workshop proposals. Focusing on “Nurturing Conflict Resolution Skills, Practices, and Programs amid Institutional Changes“, this year’s event is seeking proposals from section members and others who would like to participate as presenters. John is available to answer questions about the conference and this call for proposals. His contact info can be found at the end of the RFP.

The full Request for Proposals follows the break. (more…)

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Course on Concepts & Practices of Group Facilitation

The Dynamic Leadership Consultant Group Inc. will be offering a course on Concepts & Practices of Group Facilitation May 12 – 14, 2008 in Springfield, Virginia.

From the DLCG newsletter:

This course is designed around internationally accepted facilitator competencies and our unique DLCG “FAC” facilitation model. Participants receive hands on practical applications of tools, techniques, models and processes used by professional facilitators. You are immersed in group discussion and interactive activities that help you learn, understand and apply our unique process model of facilitation. Regular Fee is $1250.00. Registration ends Wed. May 7th. A Detailed Course Outline (pdf) is available.

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Northampton, MA Public Participation Program

NCDD member, Wendy Foxmyn, has been chosen to be part of a new citizen-based Northampton, MA (the photo is of the Northampton city hall) oversight committee. She sent us tha following article about it…

Council Taps Four for New Oversight Committee
by Dan Crowley, Staff Writer

NORTHAMPTON – Faced with an impressive pool of candidates, the City Council on Thursday chose four residents to serve on a newly created government oversight committee.

The four were chosen among eight finalists, though two candidates withdrew from contention before the council’s final vote. Twelve residents had originally applied to serve on the seven-member Ad Hoc Committee on Best Practices in Northampton Decision Making, which is charged with reviewing the city’s communication and decision-making practices over the next year and delivering a report.