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Pilot Teleconferencing Dialogue Project a Success

A new project called Solis, directed by Liza Chambers, is a unique cross-cultural education program that enables college students in the United States and the Middle East to collaboratively explore the relationship between the two countries through dialogue. Solis’ pilot Connect Program, which ran this winter, was a great success. Participating students from 5 colleges were divided into units, with each unit consisting of three students from universities in the U.S. and three students from universities in the Middle East. The units “met” twice a week for an hour and a half for six weeks for live sessions via Solis’ customized online collaboration application. The online application used is very intimate, allowing participants to see one another’s facial expressions, hear tone of voice, and even share jokes. Students were also able to communicate asynchronously via websites that were created for each unit. There they could post messages and exchange ideas, via both video and text. Click below to read more.
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New Report Released on Youth Civic Engagement

Someone forwarded an email to me today from Barbara Gottlieb, in which she announced a just-released research report called “Youth as E-Citizens: Engaging the Digital Generation.” This study, by Kathryn Montgomery, Gary Larson and Barbara, is the first to “map” and analyze the rich but little-known terrain of websites that promote youth civic engagement. According to Barbara, the study “brings to light an online youth civic culture, largely unnoticed by the general public, that has taken hold on the Internet and is fostering Generation Y’s participation in U.S. politics and community affairs.” Click below for Barbara’s entire announcement.
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New Resource for NVC Research

With the help of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), Tom Caruso has created a resource that includes files of interest to anyone wanting to do research with NVC. Click here to see this resource of files. Within this file you will find links to the actual files described. Tom welcomes folks to send him anything they would like included in this resource for Nonviolent Communication researchers. This includes the reference for any relevant journal, book, or other media that could be referred to in a research paper. Tom is the Director of Research Initiatives at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech. His phone number is 540-231-6771 and his email is tcaruso@vt.edu.

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California Gathering of Dialogue & Deliberation Leaders to be Held in June

On Friday, Katie Howard of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center announced that the much-anticipated (by me) First Annual Northern California Dialogue and Deliberation Conference will take place on Friday, June 11 at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, California. This one-day gathering will bring together Northern California’s leaders, facilitators, practitioners and participants in the growing dialogue and deliberation community. Click below for Katie’s full announcement, or email Katie at khoward@mail.pcrcweb.org. NCDD hopes to see many more such regional networking events popping up like this one!
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A New Form of Online Deliberation – Meaning Map is Now Online

Meaning Map is a new, web-based form of discussion designed to make collective decision-making more democratic and efficient by democratizing framing and agenda setting, emphasizing reasons and principles, and removing the need for any stable group of elites to act as gatekeepers. Meaning Map creator Ray Pingree encourages you to experiment with Meaning Map at www.meaningmap.com (click on “Try Meaning Map now!”). Ray also says that groups of 50 to 500 who want their own Meaning Map should contact him at ray_pingree@hotmail.com. He may be able to host it on his server for you for free. Also email Ray if you have constructive feedback on the tool.

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New Rogue Valley Wisdom Council Video Available Online

You know that amazing picture that’s posted on NCDD’s main page right now? The one with the people holding up a banner that says “We the People”? Well, that’s the Rogue Valley Wisdom Coucil, an important democratic experiment that’s been going on in Oregon. I just received an email letting me know that the video footage of the first Rogue Valley Wisdom Council, which took place in November, has been incorporated into a 22-minute video. If you’re curious about Wisdom Councils or Dynamic Facilitation, this video allows you to watch the process unfold, as the panelists grapple with issues and find common ground. Click below for more info.
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Michigan Making Inroads in Interreligious Dialogue & Peacebuilding

I received an inspiring email from my friends Libby and Len Traubman today. The message talks about the media attention that some peace activists, artists and dialogue practitioners in Michigan have been getting for their phenomenal programs. “A handful of people in Michigan are causing Muslims, Jews, and Christians to open their hearts and minds,” say Len and Libby. Read the full email by clicking below. To get on the Traubman’s mailing list, email them at LTraubman@igc.org. The Traubmans are hubs in the Jewish/Palestinian dialogue community.
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Game Used to Increase Citizen Engagement in Queens Spurs Query

An email from Harvard Ph.D. candidate Alexandra Samuel to the Do-Consult discussion list today asked: “The Community Board in Queens, NY has developed a cell phone-enabled game that is intended to boost awareness and use of its citizen engagement web site (www.cb3qn.nyc.gov/). Has anyone else used games to promote an online engagement process?” Click below for a description of the game used in Queens. Email Alexandra at samuel@fas.harvard.edu if you have any info to share.
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CIVICUS Announces Results of Study on Resisting Repression

In a March 23 press release, CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organizations, announced the release of a study on the legislative frameworks and country practices governing civil space in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. The study relates specifically to freedom of association, expression and assembly in these four countries, with a focus on the grave and worsening situation in Zimbabwe.
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Resource Binder Available from ADI's National Exchange

The fabulous resource/program binder that Animating Democracy compiled for participants in their October 2003 National Exchange on Art & Civic Dialogue is now available for purchase. Drawing together participants from across disciplines, this 2003 conference offered a lively exploration of the philosophical, practical, and aesthetic aspects of arts and humanities activities that seek to stimulate civic dialogue on important contemporary issues. This resource includes session notes and descriptions, participant biographies, essays and case studies about arts-based civic dialogue work, and a list of resources (including some great stuff taken directly from NCDD’s website, with permission of course). The binder is $25. Go to www.AmericansForTheArts.org and click on the bookstore icon.

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