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Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media

from the Foundation Center‘s RFP Bulletin

The Funding Exchange‘s (fex.org) Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media supports media activism and grassroots organizing by funding the pre-production and distribution of social issue film and video projects as well as the production and distribution of radio projects made by local, state, national, or international organizations and individual media producers. The fund invites applications for projects of all genres that address critical social and political issues, combine intellectual clarity with creative use of the medium, and demonstrate understanding of how the production will be used for progressive social justice organizing. The fund makes grants to radio projects in all production stages and to film and video projects in the pre-production or distribution stages only. The fund does not support production or post-production costs for film and video projects. The fund does not provide support to project budgets or projects of organizations with annual budgets of more than $500,000. The maximum grant award is $20,000; most grants range between $5,000 to $15,000. See the Funding Exchange web site to download complete program guidelines and an application form.

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Nonviolent Peaceforce featured in Christian Science Monitor

Nonviolent Peaceforce logo

“Recently a village on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines was under threat by two armed groups who had come within 200 meters of each other. The village elders called for help from the Nonviolent Peaceforce (nonviolentpeaceforce.org) stationed there, who intervened and by communicating with all sides persuaded the armed group to back away. Thanks to mediation, no violence erupted, no lives were lost.”

from Fight Violence with Nonviolence – Unarmed civilian peacekeepers are saving lives today, by Michael Nagler and Rolf Carriere, Christian Science Monitor, March 27, 2008.

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How Can We Address the Major Challenges Facing our Field?

Please Note:  The following refers to a program we offered in preparation for our 2008 national conference and has been saved for reference purposes.  Some links may no longer work.

For the next couple of months, members of the 2008 conference planning team and members of the greater dialogue and deliberation community are coming together at CivicEvolution.org to conduct an important experiment. We will be working together, using an online platform for dialogue, deliberation, and action planning, to determine how we can make progress on seven major challenges facing our community.

The seven challenges we’d like to address emerged from the first three NCDD conferences, and it is our hope that we will tackle these challenges in creative, collaborative ways – at, before, and after the fourth NCDD conference in Austin this October. The challenges focus on questions we face as a community, like “how can we talk about this work in a more accessible way?” and “how can we embed dialogue and deliberation in systems like schools, organizations and government?” Our online dialogue at CivicEvolution will help us decide how to best approach this daunting task, and we hope to see you there!

We will work together in three stages:

  1. Review and refine the 7 challenges and launch numerous new dialogues to further explore elements of each challenge. (Example: Ted initiates a new dialogue focused on what words and phrases appeal to young people under the “Framing this Work in an Accessible Way” challenge.)
  2. Participate in these new dialogues to explore the challenges in depth and develop common ground upon which we can propose ideas that can be further developed and incorporated into an action plan. (Example: After some online dialogue about language that is accessible to young people, Ted and Nancy decide to propose the idea to recruit 50 young people to attend NCDD Austin and engage them in dialogues and discussions on language throughout the conference.)
  3. Work together as teams to develop detailed proposals for accomplishing the team ideas. (Example: Ted, Nancy, and several others decide on the steps it will take to move from their idea to action.)

Below are more details about the three stages and some how-to info you can refer to as needed. (more…)

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Initiatives for the Reconciliation Between Israelis and Palestinians

from NCDD members Libby & Len Traubman‘s latest mailing…

The World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace (imamsrabbis.org) has declared 2008 the year of initiatives for the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians. The WCIR formally seeks to initiate rapprochement between Judaism and Islam. Two congresses – Brussels, January 2005, and Seville, March 2006 – were attended by religious leaders from 43 countries who are actively committed to the path of dialogue between their communities. Unfolding initiatives were inspired by the meetings and continue unfolding. Also, a historic first this March, 2008, was the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC) recommending to the collective Jewish community “Seek Peace and Pursue It: A Jewish Call to Muslim-Jewish Dialogue.” The IJCIC is a coalition of Jewish organizations representing world Jewry to other religions. Read the Jewish call. That statement welcomed, and was preceded on February 25, 2008 by, “A Call to Peace, Dialogue and Understanding between Muslims and Jewsissued by Muslim scholars.

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Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth

from www.mitpressjournals.org

Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth(pdf file), Pages 97-118
Using Participatory Media and Public Voice to Encourage Civic Engagement, Howard Rheingold, Stanford University, Communication Department

Teaching young people how to use digital media to convey their public voices could connect youthful interest in identity exploration and social interaction with direct experiences of civic engagement. Learning to use blogs (“web logs,” web pages that are regularly updated with links and opinion), wikis (web pages that non-programmers can edit easily), podcasts (digital radio productions distributed through the Internet), and digital video as media of self-expression, with an emphasis on “public voice,” should be considered a pillar—not just a component—of twenty-first-century civic curriculum. Participatory media that enable young people to create as well as consume media are popular among high school and college students. Introducing the use of these media in the context of the public sphere is an appropriate intervention for educators because the rhetoric of democratic participation is not necessarily learnable by self-guided point-and-click experimentation. The participatory characteristics of online digital media are described, examples briefly cited, the connection between individual expression and public opinion discussed, and specific exercises for developing a public voice through blogs, wikis, and podcasts are suggested. A companion wiki provides an open-ended collection of resources for educators: www.socialtext.net/medialiteracy.

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Art of Hosting: Tampa Bay

NCDD member, Peggy Holman and the Tampa Bay Art of Hosting invites you to join them at DaySpring Conference Center on the Manatee River in for a three-day series of conversations and training(pdf file), May 7–10, 2008 in Tampa Bay, FL. They invite everyone who wants to see a different perspective on leadership and to see better results and changes in their organizational or personal communication and potential. The Art of Hosting is for all who aspire to learn how to work with groups in more interactive, engaging and effective ways. They invite leaders, trainers, politicians, entrepreneurs and social innovators – anyone who wants to practice leadership that invites collective creativity and intelligence and achieves better cooperation and results. Full tuition: $1050, Non-profit tuition: $850, and Room and Accommodations: $350. Registration deadline is April 10, 2008.


NCDD Discounts Available for "Essential Skills for Guiding Groups" Program

If you lead meetings in any setting, whether at work or in your community, solid facilitation skills are critical for obtaining successful outcomes. The Competent Facilitator: Essential Skills for Guiding Groups (pdf file), a facilitation workshop, (May 14-16 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Facilitators: Myriam Laberge and Brenda Chaddock) is a three-day experiential program that will give you a practical foundation in facilitation theory and practice. As a competent facilitator, you will be able to use your skills and knowledge to achieve effective results in guiding and enabling groups to move towards their goals and find their own answers. You will know how to create participative environments, and use a variety of approaches to help groups achieve their objectives and desired outcomes. You will be able to honour and recognize diversity, support groups to higher performance and creativity, leverage different learning styles, and minimize tension and conflict. The regular registration rate for this program varies according to corporate or social profit sector, and paid NCDD members are eligible for a 10% discount.

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IAP2 International Conference: Call for Contributions

from an IAP2 press release…

The next IAP2 International Conference will take place at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK. The Conference title is: ‘Public Participation and Corporate Social Responsibility: from why to how’. The Conference will take place between the 27th and 29th August 2008. It will start early on the morning of the 27th and the last sessions for delegate presentations will end at approximately 4pm on the 29th. For those who are in Glasgow on the 26th August early registration will be made possible.

The Call for Contributions and criteria for submissions (PDF format) can be found here. There is also a Submission Form (Word format) that you should use to enter, edit and save and then send us your proposal as an email attachment. If you are unable to access the Word document, please complete the proposal form enclosed within the Call for Contributions brochure, and simply post or fax it to us.

Please ensure that you read the criteria for submission carefully before submitting your proposal. To facilitate the processing and review of your proposal, please complete all sections of the proposal form as fully as possible. On completion, send one copy only of your proposal form by e-mail to diane.coyle@strath.ac.uk by the submission deadline of 9th April 2008. No late proposals will be considered.

We look forward to receiving your submission for the IAP2 international conference and to welcoming you to Glasgow. If you have any problems with your proposal submission, please contact the Conference Administrator, Diane Coyle (diane.coyle@strath.ac.uk). Should you be interested in taking part in IAP2 Public Participation Certificate Training at the University of Strathclyde, in late April and May this year please visit our website for more details.)

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AACJP Institute of Evidence-Based & Best Practices

from a VOMA (voma.org) press release…

The American Association of Community Justice Professionals (AACJP) announces its 2008 Third Annual Institute of Evidence-Based & Best Practices, May 31- June 4, 2008 — Hyatt Regency Hotel Miami, sponsored by the Victim Offender Mediation Association (VOMA). This event will have a marked emphasis on bridging gaps and exploring strategies and interventions that impact both offenders and victims. All-day pre-conference trainings will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, May 31 – June 1, 2008. Conference workshops begin Monday, June 2 and conclude Wednesday, June  4, 2008. Check our web page www.advocateprogram.com/aacjp/ for more information.

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A National Report on Deliberative Forums about the Energy Problem

Public Agenda

Available now for download from Public Agenda: Public Thinking about the Energy Problem: Choices for an Uncertain Future (available as a free pdf) a 46-page report prepared for the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forums Institute based on outcomes of deliberative public forums that were held in 42 states and the District of Columbia in 2007.