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School for International Training Invites Applications for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Programs

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The Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Summer Institute (www.sit.edu/contact/institute/index.html) has opened the application process for its 2007 programs. The Summer Institute is a three-week, three-credit professional development and graduate training program in conflict transformation. It is specifically designed for field workers and managers of development and community-based organizations who serve communities in often-volatile environments. Participants in the Summer Institute will develop a full range of skills using participatory and experiential learning methods. Learning takes place both in the classroom and as participants live and socialize together in both structured and unstructured activities. (more…)

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Echoing Green Accepting Applications for Fellowship Program

Echoing Green (www.echoinggreen.org) provides first-stage funding and support to visionary leaders with bold ideas for social change. Echoing Green seeks to identify, fund, and support the world’s most exceptional emerging leaders and the organizations they launch. Through a two-year fellowship program, Echoing Green helps social entrepreneurs develop new solutions to some of society’s most difficult problems. (more…)

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Americans for the Arts issues request for proposals for 2007 convention

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Americans for the Arts has announced a call for session proposals for its 2007 annual convention, Risk & Reward: Balancing Acts in Arts and Community, in Las Vegas, NV, June 1-3, 2007. Animating Democracy (www.artsusa.org/animatingdemocracy/) is requesting proposals for a track of civic engagement sessions, which will explore how the arts offer fresh sparks, welcoming invitations, needed spaces, and new forms of civic participation. From volunteering to voting, from community building to community healing, from issue awareness to social action—the arts can facilitate participation in community and political life and, by doing so, help people express their citizenship. What are best practices for artists, arts organizations, and arts councils working in the civic realm? How can we focus our civic intent for maximum civic impact? Americans for the Arts seeks session proposals that take chances with topics, perspectives, and formats. The submission deadline is December 1, 2006. For more details on how to submit, visit the convention homepage at www.AmericansForTheArts.org/convention.

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What's Your Favorite D&D Blog?

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I just added a blogroll. That’s blogger-speak for a list of links to other blogs, usually found in a blog’s sidebar (you’ll find ours near the bottom of the left sidebar). I want to fill our blogroll up with links to blogs which feature information relevant to dialogue & deliberation practioners… especially blogs run by NCDD members.

If you have a favorite, or know of one or more good blogs that other members of the D&D community might value, or even run one yourself, please leave a comment about it so we can add it to NCDD’s blogroll and share it with all our visitors.

Thanks!

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Taylor Willingham Blogs the Texas Forums

NCDD Steering Committee member Taylor Willingham has been blogging the Texas Forums and National Issues Forums recently, and wrote us to tell us how much fun she was having. We thought Taylor’s blog was a great example of how to incorporate online technology into D&D work, so we include her entire message here. She begins, “I have had a blast blogging news from Texas Forums and National Issues Forums the past couple of weeks. It’s been a great way to organize and share all information about resources, publicize events, and let people know what is going on in the network. Here are just some examples of what people can find… (more…)

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Tolerance.org Invites Teens to "Mix it Up" on November 14

Tolernace.org has announced the sixth annual “Mix it Up at Lunch” Day this November 14, 2006. The group invites youth across the nation to cross social divisions at their school on Nov. 14 – by mixing up who they sit with in the cafeteria, for example. The group provides resources like a game plan, suggested activities and materials to publicize this event. For more information, visit www.tolerance.org/teens/lunch.jsp.

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Headwaters Foundation for Justice Accepting Applications for Social Change Fund

Working on collaborative action or social change in Minnesota? Read on… The Minneapolis-based Headwaters Foundation for Justice (www.headwatersfoundation.org) supports grassroots groups working to address the root causes of injustice. The Social Change Fund, Headwaters’ broadest fund, awards grants to organizations and groups that operate with a long-term vision for social justice, are committed to the leadership of community members affected by injustice, and use grassroots organizing to build power and effect social change. The fund will support a wide range of activities and is committed to the broad and inclusive advancement of disenfranchised consistencies (low-income, people of color, women, LGBT, people with disabilities, etc.). (more…)

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NIF Meets Online to Discuss Results of Democracy's Challenge

The National Issues Forums (www.nifi.org) is sponsoring an open online meeting to discuss the outcomes of their recent project “Democracy’s Challenge.” The meeting will discuss what happens to all of the information that comes out of a National Issues Forum, where does the information go, and what did people in other forums have to say about the Democracy’s Challenge project. Anyone can hear about these results by joining the meeting on November 15, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 Central, 11:00 Mountain, 10:00 Pacific. (more…)

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Nonviolent Communication Training Coming up in Florida in February 2007

Suncoast Network for Compassionate Communication sent us a message about a training with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, educator, mediator, author and founder of CNVC. The workshop will include three days of training for introductory and intermediate levels. Topics include “Speaking Peace,” “Life-Enriching Relationships” and “The Gift of Anger.” Florida facilitators offer several other NVC courses in the principles and practice of Nonviolent Communication. For information about the NVC process, date, location and tuition, visit SNCC’s website for information and to register: www.nvcsarasota.com.

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Mediators Call for Negotiation in International Conflicts

We recently recieved word of an initiative of concerned US mediators who are calling on elected officials to negotiate (rather than prosecute war) in international conflicts. The group’s statement is: “Given that the world is confronted with real and perceived threats from several international arenas we, the undersigned, urge that citizens of our nations insist their elected and appointed government officials immediately engage in honest, direct and unconditional negotiations with all authorities and powers who can resolve these pending crises in ways that are equitable and practical for all concerned without sacrifice to national sovereignty or security. As citizens of the world and as professional negotiators and mediators we urge that proven conflict resolution processes be employed now.” To add your name in support of this statement and/or to get more information, visit www.concernedmediators.org.

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