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New Opportunity to Study Public Participation

IAP2 and the Kettering Foundation have embarked on a joint research project that will explore the question “What is the cultural context of public participation?” in four regions of the world. They are seeking interviewers for these regions. The possible regions are: Latin America, the United Kingdom/Western Europe, South Africa, Australasia or Southeast Asia.and for the one region that’s already been chosen, the United States/Canada, too. The identification of interviewers will in a large part drive selection of the remaining three regions chosen for this project. Interested individuals are asked to submit an expression of interest, with a sentence or two describing their capabilities/experience based on the criteria listed below. Copies of the project overview are available upon request. To read the criteria and contact information, click on the linnk below.
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Participate in the September Project

The September Project is a grassroots effort to encourage public events on freedom, democracy, and citizenship in libraries on or around September 11. Libraries around the world are organizing public and campus events, such as displays about human rights and historical documents; talks and performances about freedom and cultural difference; and film screenings about issues that matter. Although primarily organized for September 11, events will take place all throughout the month of September. A list of events is available at: www.theseptemberproject.org/events.htm. To see a map of all the countries taking part, visit www.drizzle.com/%7Eklockner/cgi-bin/tsp/2005/map.cgi. And to read about the September Project in the Chronicle of Higher Education, visit here:chronicle.com/free/2005/09/2005090801t.htm.

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News on Dynamic Facilitation

We just received the latest Dynamic Facilitation Newsletter and thought we would post the contents for all our blog readers. This month’s letter contains news about Dynamic Facilitation & the Wisdom Council on Tour in Australia, a Calendar of Upcoming Events, an Invitation to Contribute and Wisdom Council Updates as well. To subscribe to the newsletter, email Dfnews@tobe.net with “Subscribe” in the subject line. To read the news, click on the link below.
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Fullbright Peace and Conflict Resolution Scholar Awards Available for 2006-2007

There are still some Fulbright Scholar opportunities to lecture or conduct research abroad during the 2006-2007 academic year including awards in conflict resolution or peace studies in Korea, Nicaragua, Tunisia, Ukraine and Venezuela. Conflict Resolution is also a priority field for some “All Disciplines” awards for which applications continue to be accepted, for example in Bosnia, Cyprus, Georgia, and Guatemala. Awards for both faculty and professionals range from two months to an academic year. Foreign language skills are needed in some countries, but most Fulbright lecturing assignments are in English. U.S. citizenship is required for all awards; university teaching experience is required for all lecturing awards. For available awards, other eligibility requirements, and online application, visit the Fullbright Web site at www.cies.org. Some deadlines have passed, so consult the relevant program officer before applying.

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News from C2D2: Many Different Ways to Participate

C2D2 has just sent out the latest update on the upcoming inaugural Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation to be held in Ottawa from Oct. 27-30, 2005. In this bulletin, they describe the many ways to participate in the conference, including pre-conference training, exhibits, advertising and of course, the many workshops offered at the conference itself! To learn more about C2D2 or to register (receive a discount if you register by Sept. 15), visit www.c2d2.ca. Got questions? Contact Sandra Zagon, szagon@ascentum.ca or (613) 565-1500 or Miriam Wyman, miriam.wyman@utoronto.ca or (416) 413-0347. And to read the C2D2 bulletin in full, click on the link below.
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EPA Adds New Engagement Resources to Website

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s public involvement web pages (www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement) have recently been expanded to include new materials and links to useful information about tools and techniques in use all over the world. The site also includes a new Feedback section with ready-to-use surveys for activities such as hearings, meetings, listening sessions, FACA groups, community advisory groups, small group discussions and stakeholder negotiations. (Visit www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement/feedback). In addition, the Public Involvement Resources and Training (PIRT) database, previously on EPA’s intranet, is now publicly available. Check it out at www.epa.gov/publicinvolvement/pirtdatabase. Not only can you use the information it contains, you can suggest additional resources, conferences and trainings.

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Public Agenda To Lead National Community College Engagement Effort

Public Agenda, the New York-based opinion research and citizen engagement organization, has received a grant to support its work in a national effort to boost achievement of community college students. The $480,000 grant, funded by Lumina Foundation for Education, will support Public Agenda’s participation in ¬ďAchieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count,¬Ē a multi-year initiative to increase the success of community college students, particularly those who face the greatest obstacles to success. The project will bring together community members, government, local schools and employers, and students themselves to talk seriously and honestly about what kinds of changes will really work to improve student outcomes. For more information on Public Agenda’s work, visit www.publicagenda.org.

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News From the Community Building Institute

The Community Building Institute (www.cbuilding.org) has just inaugurated a monthly e-newsletter. This month’s edition contains stories about land use disputes, management change within the organization, and globalization. To check out these stories in full, click on the link below.
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New PBS Series Invites Study Circle Participants

The PBS series NOW is looking for participants in a pilot project that will encourage active discussion and engaged citizenship. The Twin Cities will be one of two sites (the other is San Diego) to host the pilot “Program Clubs,” which will be run on the study circle model. The study circles will be organized in September and October. If you’re interested in participating as a member or a facilitator of a group, please contact the Twin Cities Program Club coordinator, David McCarthy at davidlmccarthy@gmail.com. To read more about the program, click on the link below.
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Grant Available for Community-Based GLBT Initiatives

The Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation ( http://mainecf.org/) is seeking grant proposals for projects related to supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) programs in Maine. The mission of the fund is to strengthen GLBT organizations in Maine and promote community-based initiatives that address GLBT issues and needs. Project grants and capacity-building grants are both encouraged. A total of $15,000 is available this year. Applicants must be nonprofit, 501(c)(3), tax-exempt organizations, public schools, public agencies working for the State of Maine, or Indian tribal governments (and their political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior, or have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)(3) organization, public school, or public agency. Applications are due September 15, 2005. For information on applying, check the Maine Community Foundation website above.

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