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National Leaders Convene to Improve Political Dialogue

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa convened leaders from government, media, business, labor, philanthropy, religion and the non-profit sector today (June 19, 2007) to explore ways to improve political dialogue and decisionmaking at all levels of government. Presented by the Center on Communication Leadership at the USC Annenberg School for Communication, Ceasefire! Bridging the Political Divide was a forum for exploring ways to improve political dialogue and decision making at all levels.

According to Geoffrey Cowan, dean of the USC Annenberg School and director of the Center on Communication Leadership, event organizers wanted “to highlight leaders who have succeeded in getting things done by building consensus around some of the nation’s toughest problems.”


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ICI Announces Journal, Invites Submissions

The Institute for Community Involvement, LLC (www.community-involvement.net) was created in 2001 to support government officials engaged in public involvement, to improve local government performance and to provide people interested in citizen participation with ongoing training, research and education. ICI supports groups in planning collaboratively for a better future.

In August of 2007 the Institute for Community Involvement (ICI) will be publishing its first quarterly e-journal. They are inviting submissions for the Journal. They are seeking articles that address current issues, stories about public involvement from working professionals, and case studies from the real life experiences of practitioners. All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of public involvement professionals, and will be subject to peer review. Articles with a copyright will require a wavier from the author prior to being published, and all materials require written permission to publish from the author. If you have interest in publishing in The ICI Journal for Community Involvement, send an email to ldecker@community-involvement.net.

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Journal for Public Deliberation Vol. 3(1) Available Online

The online Journal for Public Deliberation (http://services.bepress.com/jpd/) has just published its Volume 3, Issue 1 (2007) edition. This edition of the journal includes articles on “Activist Views of Deliberation” by Peter Levine and Rose Marie Nierras, on the “Sociology of Deliberation” by David Ryfe, on “Deliberation and the Problem of Power” by Alison Kadlec and Will Friedman, as well as several other essays and reviews. David Ryfe has posted a short summary of his article over at The Democracy Movement blog (http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/blog/?p=217), about the difficulties of developing deliberation as a distinct field of practice. It’s a very interesting piece – I encourage you all to take a look!

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Journal for Civic Commitment Accepting Article Submissions

The Journal for Civic Commitment, a twice-yearly, online journal dedicated to service learning and civic engagement, is currently accepting articles for possible publication in its Fall 2007 issue. The publishers welcome articles discussing civic engagement, service learning, service learning projects, and community-based research. Articles will be reviewed from academic faculty, community volunteers, community partners, and students. (For complete Authors’ guidelines, visit www.mc.maricopa.edu/engagement/Journal). The deadline for submission for the Fall 2007 issue is July 31st. If you have any questions, feel free to email the journal’s editor, Elizabeth Larson-Keagy at elizabeth.larson-keagy@asu.edu or larsonkeagy@mail.mc.maricopa.edu.

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Citizen-Centered Awards from Case

Do you have big dreams for your community? The Case Foundation is launching a pilot grants program that could turn these dreams into reality. NCDD is listed as a Partner on the Case Foundation website since we will be doing our best to inform the dialogue & deliberation community about this opportunity – and since Case recognizes the importance of your work and encourages you to apply!

The Make It Your Own Awards™, a new initiative from the Case Foundation that launches on June 26, 2007, is about giving grants, tools, and recognition to people who are coming together to discuss what matters, form solutions, and take action. Twenty semi-finalists will each receive $10,000 grants to start bringing their ideas to life. Four final grant recipients will then be chosen by the public using an online voting system (!). These finalists will each be awarded an additional $25,000 grant.

The Make It Your Own Awards came about in response to research showing that many people feel disconnected from public leaders and institutions and don’t believe they have the power to make a real difference in their community. These findings were the reason for a paper released by the Case Foundation last fall, Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement, which suggests that if people are actually going to become and stay engaged in their communities, one thing has to happen first: they must have more chances to connect with one another (including those with whom they might disagree), and figure out how they can work together for the common good. (more…)

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Performance and Community-Building Conference Set for October

Those of you interested in D & D and the Arts may be interested in attending the conference Performing the World 4: The Performance of Community and the Community of Performance (www.performingtheworld.org), coming up Friday, October 12 – Sunday, October 14, 2007 in Tarrytown, NY. The goal of Performing the World 4 is to recognize, celebrate and interrogate the growing global performance movement and its relationship to community building. The conference will explore the thousands of innovative performance projects taking place in urban centers, towns and villages the world over, and the researchers, theoreticians and analyzers of what all this ensemble creativity, improvisatory play and “stage-making” might mean for human development, the growth of communities and social change. (more…)

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Arsalyn Invites Young NCDDers to Apply for Upcoming Gathering

This year’s theme for Arsalyn’s annual youth conference is “Bridging the Partisan Divide: Rediscovering Deliberation,” and Arsalyn would like to encourage everyone in the NCDD network to think about who they work with between the ages of 16 and 20 who may benefit from attending. And if you’re one of our younger members, we strongly encourage you to apply yourself!

Arsalyn will be inviting 120 young people ages 16-20 to the conference to learn the art of political deliberation. They are providing food, lodging, conference materials and a travel award to help defray travel expenses, so finances shouldn’t be an issue. The conference will take place August 9-12, 2007 at the Westin Washington City Center Hotel in Washington DC.

This event is part of a series of conferences geared toward helping young people – especially politically active youth – develop skills that will help them communicate effectively with those of opposing views or with more lukewarm potential allies without alienating them or poisoning the wells of deliberation and common action. The aim of these conferences is to explore of the art of political deliberation and to apply this art in “bridging the partisan divide.”


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Announcing a New Scholarship Program for Nonprofit Leaders

The American Management Association (www.amanet.org) and the Leader to Leader Institute (www.leadertoleader.org) have established the AMA Scholarship Program to assist social sector nonprofit organizations in developing “the strong leaders today who will lead the organizations of the future.” AMA has allocated funding for seventy-five scholarships to be administered by the Leader to Leader Institute. Scholarship benefits include one management education and professional development seminar offered by AMA; one year of individual member benefits, including access to members-only Web site, subscriptions to e-newsletters and journals, and discount pricing on all other AMA products and services; and a one-year membership with the Leader to Leader Institute, including subscription to Leader to Leader Journal and discounts on the institute’s publications and services. (more…)

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Do Something Offering Weekly Grants for Young Social Entrepreneurs

Do Something ( www.dosomething.org) is a not-for-profit organization that works to inspire, support, and celebrate young social entrepreneurs and community activists. The organization is accepting applications for the following grant programs:

  • Do Something and GameStop (www.gamestop.com) are offering grants of $500 each to young people, age 25 and younger, in the United States or Canada who have a great idea for a community-action project and need support to turn their idea into reality. GameStop grants are given out weekly.
  • Do Something and Plum TV (www.plumtv.com) are offering grants of $500 each to social entrepreneurs, age 25 and younger, in the U.S. who have recently created a sustainable project, program, or organization and need funding to further the growth and success of their program. Plum TV grants are given out weekly.

Visit the Do Something Web site for complete program information and application forms. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

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Public Agenda Seeking Public Engagement Project Manager

Public Agenda, a non-profit, non-partisan public opinion research and civic engagement organization (www.publicagenda.org) in New York City is seeking a project manager/researcher for its Public Engagement department. Public Agenda is at the forefront of the exciting and fast growing field of civic engagement and dialogue and deliberation, and is looking for a confident, motivated professional to fill this entrepreneurial position. (more…)