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SoL Academy on Wheels Coming up in Detroit

The Society for Organziational Learning (SoL) is gearing up for its “Academy on Wheels:” a week of capacity-building workshops showcasing the applications of organizational learning. The workshops will take place September 17 – 21, 2007 at the DTE Energy Southfield Campus in Southfield (Detroit), Michigan. Workshops topics include “Introduction to Organizational Learning,” “Managing your Time as a Leader,” and “Fundamentals of Insight.”

Participants can sign up for as little as a half-day module and up to 4 days worth of workshops. For a full listing of workshops visit: www.solonline.org/academyonwheels. Space is limited to 25 participants per workshop. To register, call Tatiana Lewis at 1-617-300-9528. If you have any questions regarding this event, contact Judy Hodge at 1-617-365-3461 or email judy@solonline.org for more information.

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ISCT Announces Affiliate Program

The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation (ISCT) has just announced the creation of an Affiliate program. The program provides a connection between Affiliates and ISCT Fellows and Associates who are very knowledgeable about transformative mediation and closely connected to the Institute. The Affiliate status is open to anyone interested in or supportive of transformative practice, requests to become an Affiliate of the Institute, and pays the annual fee. Benefits of being an Affiliate include:

• 15 % discount on Institute material
• Discount on symposia and conference attendance
• Participate in a Practice Partnership – have regular conversations with other transformative mediators to support your practice – lead by ISCT Fellows & Associates
• Opportunities to get involved with ISCT activities
• Access to a web-site that connects transformative mediators
• Electronic Newsletter

The cost is $150 annually which will help support transformative practice ($85 if you join after July 1). Contact them if you have any questions by email: isct@und.nodak.edu, or by phone: 701.777.2022. You can also visit www.transformativemediation.org to view ISCT’s upcoming trainings and events.

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Register Now for Tools for Change 2007

Tools for Change is an exciting opportunity to learn from other community change agents and to hone your skills. Set in the Initiatives of Change international conference Center in Caux, Switzerland, from August 4-11, 2007, Tools for Change draws on the accumulated wisdom of the 60+ year history of the IofC network and the cutting edge of training in the fields of conflict transformation and leadership development. Tools for Change provides participants with tools to help them make change—in the world, in their relationships, and in themselves. Guided by an experienced, multicultural group of trainers and presenters, conference participants gain exposure to the core values and practices of the work of IofC and the key skills needed to be an agent of change. The international faculty is drawn from Australia, Taiwan, UK, France, USA, Nagaland (India), Burundi.

Participants choose from five learning tracks:

1. Peacebuilding: conflict, trauma and history
2. Honest conversation and dialogue facilitation
3. Mobilizing and maintaining networks for action
4. Communicating a vision, telling the story
5. Inner resources for change

To see the 10 minute video of last year’s program go to www.iofc.org/en/training/tfc/conference. For more information on the 2007 program and how to register go to www.iofc.org/en/training/tfc/upcomingconf/.

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By the People Kicks off Preparations for 2007 Dialogues

This year’s major By the People initiative is “Dialogues in Democracy: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” Conducted in partnership with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, it will involve a range of events, designed to remind citizens that the American experience is built on their shared ownership of the democratic values of the founders.

In late October, By the People—through its local public television and community organization partners– will host Citizen Deliberations in 11 communities around the country focused on the rights and responsibilities of citizens, as they relate to issues of local importance. Participating communities and local issues featured in 2007 By the People project are: Albuquerque, NM: Healthcare; Baton Rouge, LA: Healthcare; Bowling Green, OH: Higher Education; Cleveland, OH: Higher Education; Denver, CO: Education; Houston, TX: Environment; Kansas City, MO: Regionalism (Transportation and Taxes); New Haven, CT: Immigration; Omaha, NE: Immigration; Rochester, NY: Healthcare; Seattle, WA: Housing. (more…)

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Inspiring your Local PBS Channel to Host Dialogues – Do Try This at Home!

How’s this for initiative? Jacquelyn Pogue, a member of the D&D community based in Richmond, Virginia, noticed that her local PBS channel was about to air a nationwide series called “America at a Crossroads” for 6 consecutive evenings at 2 hours each and thought “What a great theme for a Conversation Cafe group!” She then called her local PBS station (she was already friendly with several staff there) and requested a meeting to propose that a community conversation about this series. They really loved the idea and decided that since they would need quite a few facilitators, Jacquelyn would do a Conversation Cafe training with some of their staff and others in the community. They also scheduled a second training as some could not make it the first time.

The station agreed to host the event on the Sunday afternoon following the series and invite selected members of the community since the series related to America’s role in the middle east. Participants were asked to watch at least one of the programs. This was viewed as an experiment so no publicity was given to the event, yet they had 3 groups of 8 people with 2 co-hosts for each group. After the groups met, they had a large group feedback session and people shared how surprised they were that everyone was so open and accepting of hearing very diverse views among those who were Muslims, Hindus, Jews, Christians and not religious….


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Upcoming Facilitation Training Based on Future Search Creators’ New Book

Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, creators of Future Search and co-founders of the Future Search Network, have just published a book entitled DON’T JUST DO SOMETHING, STAND THERE! Ten Principles for Leading Meetings that Matter. The book shares what Weisbord and Janoff have learned in 20 years of leading meetings together in cultures around the world. The principles in the book apply to all kinds of meetings. (You can order the book now at Amazon.com for only $13.57.)

They’re also holding an advanced facilitating training called Leading Meetings That Matter that’s based on the book.  The training will be held October 14-16, 2007 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia, PA). The training presents a philosophy, theory and method for transforming diverse work groups of all kinds. The seminar, which integrates system change and personal growth theories, is for experienced leaders who want to increase their capacity to help large, diverse groups stay task-focused and accomplish ambitious goals.

Tuition for the training is $995, although paid NCDD members receive a 30% discount, so they pay only $696.50. Click here to learn more, or contact Jennifer Neumer at fsn@futuresearch.net or 800-951-6333.

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CaliforniaSpeaks Event Seeking Facilitators

As some of you may know, AmericaSpeaks (www.americaspeaks.org) is convening CaliforniaSpeaks this August in California. CaliforniaSpeaks is a non-partisan discussion that will present to the public the major reforms that have been proposed by political leaders. Californians will learn about the different options and make choices about what the state should do. The product of the discussions will be presented to the Governor and legislative leadership to influence legislation that is being considered in Sacramento. For more information about CaliforniaSpeaks visit: www.californiaspeaks.org.

They are recruiting 400 – 500 volunteer facilitators for a statewide discussion on healthcare reform in California on August 11. It will be an interactive meeting for thousands of people in 8 different cities (San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside – San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Sacramento, Oakland – San Francisco, and Humboldt County). These conversations will be connected together by live satellite TV with the potential to impact the critical issue of healthcare in California, the largest state in the union. It will be an exciting opportunity for people to help with such a large-scale public involvement effort. (more…)

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Announcing the CitizenPost Blog

Last summer the Case Foundation published Citizens at the Center: A New Approach to Civic Engagement. The publication generated so much discussion and debate that the authors decided to launch CitizenPost blog (www.citizenpost.blogspot.com) to continue the discussion. Focused on all things “citizen-centered,” the blog attempts to dig down into how to make civic engagement, civic discourse, political involvement, volunteering, and other good practices part and parcel of everyday life rather than something people do in their spare time or occasionally. The blog is full of resources and is inviting interaction from its readers, so check it out!

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Centre For Humanitarian Dialogue Seeking Peace Consultants

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) is an independent and impartial organization whose purpose is to reduce human suffering in war by preventing and resolving armed conflicts. It is active in a number of conflict resolution projects around the world, promoting and facilitating dialogue among belligerents. The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue’s Arms Programme is seeking expressions of interest from Armed Violence and Peace Process consultants to take on assignments varying in length from one to four months. (more…)

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Socrates Cafe Serves Up Debate and Dialogue

Ken Cissna sent us a link to a fun story about the Socrates Cafe in Quincy, MO, which is part of a larger Socrates Cafe Movement. In 1996 Christopher Phillips started the Socrates Cafe Movement in Montclair, NJ. The movement organizes cafe discussions using a method of philosophical inquiry that anyone could embrace and take for her or his own. This initiative proved to be very popular and provided a model for the establishment of over 150 discussion clubs that gather people together for a couple of hours and, with the help of a facilitator, applying the Socratic method, in a non-technical way, to some question that troubles them such as: What is Truth? What is Justice? What is a Philosopher?

Christopher Phillips has since written two books called Socrates Cafe and Six Questions of Socrates about his approach to philosophical discussion.