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Asian Museum in Seattle Fosters Dialogue About Race

An art exhibit at the Wing Luke Asian Museum in Seattle, Washington, inspired a June 4 article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called “Wing Luke exhibit fosters dialogue about racial differences.” Author Regina Hackett writes: “‘Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race’ at the Wing Luke Museum features 12 different approaches to race. In spite of the title, it’s successful because of the talk it generates. This exhibit manages a feat rare in the museum world: It encourages dialogue without patronizing the audience.” Click below to read the full article.
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Online Dialogue on Issues Facing the Nation's Charter Schools

Laurie Maak sent me this announcement the other day: Next week, June 7-10, USCharterschools.org is hosting an online dialogue about key issues facing the nation’s charter schools. This is a good venue for school leaders and faculty, parents, policymakers, researchers, and other interested community members to share their thoughts, concerns, and experiences about topics related to Growing the Charter School Movement, Federal Policies, Resources & Responsibilities, and Teaching & Learning.

Joining the dialogue are seasoned, knowledgeable and enthusiastic panelists who will help frame the conversation each day. USCharterschools.org hopes that you will take this opportunity to contribute your experiences and perspectives as well as ask questions on any topics that interest you. To learn more about the invited panelists, the Dialogue Agenda, and to register, visit www.uscharterschools.org/dialogue.

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Quotas, Fines and Yes-No Votes: An Update on British Columbia's Citizens' Assembly

I just received a press release from the groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. The Assembly is an independent, representative, non-partisan group of 160 randomly selected British Columbians. They must decide by December 15 whether to propose a change to BC’s electoral system. If they recommend a change, it will be the subject of a referendum for all voters in the May 2005 provincial election. Click below to read the entire press release about last week’s public hearings in Port McNeill, Courtenay, Nanaimo and Vancouver.
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Tom Atlee Shares Some Thoughts on Knowledge Mapping and Deliberation

I received an email from my NCDD Steering Committee member Tom Atlee yesterday that I wanted to share on the Happenings blog. After reading a speech by Bob Horn yesterday, Tom posted the following on NCDD’s Wiki (at www.wiki-thataway.org/index.php?page=KnowledgeMapping) and the Collective Intelligence blog. Tom believes that Bob Horn’s work became the seed crystal for making sense of a lot of other cognitive mapping technologies, he feels that this is a key area to add to our understanding of tools for high-quality deliberation and collective intelligence. Click below for Tom’s message.
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Motivate Citizen Participation: New essay by Grace Lee Boggs Available Online

In October 2003, Detroit-based activist, cultural worker, and octogenarian Grace Lee Boggs energized and inspired a national gathering of artists, arts organization and community leaders, and activists with her speech at Animating Democracy’s National Exchange on Art & Civic Dialogue. Describing a United States that is becoming increasingly jobless; jeopardizing its youth in a problem-wrought education system; and resented for its economic, military, and cultural domination, she implored, “Can we create a new paradigm of our selfhood and our nationhood?” In Boggs’ subsequent essay, she expands on ideas seeded at that gathering. Boggs’ message is timely and inspiring as communities seek to motivate citizen participation in upcoming elections and other critical civic concerns.

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Update from Taylor Willingham on Forums in Texas

Here’s an update from Kettering’s Friday Letter written by Taylor Willingham (taylor@austin-pacific.com), an NCDD member who’s doing incredible work in Texas. Taylor, a longtime National Issues Forum activist had this to say about her recent work:

I’m way behind on reporting the activities of Texas Forums, but that’s only because we’ve been so busy! On March 27, Texas Forums moderators convened three simultaneous forums on race relations. These forums followed a two-day Civil Rights symposium organized by Dr. Ed Dorn, Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Kettering Board Member. We conducted these forums in partnership with Future Forum, an organization founded by Catherine Robb, LBJ’s granddaughter and my office mate at the LBJ Library…..
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Managing Diversity eCoach Book

Dr. Billy Vaughn’s Managing Diversity eCoach Book is available at www.globalsoftskills.net – the first 500 to purchase this ebook will receive a 69% discount. According to Vaughn, the book provides you with everything you need to avoid mistakes and disastrous interpersonal situations, develop high impact newsletters and training, offer expert consultation, manage both a national and international workforce, and learn the secrets that separate those who walk the walk from those who merely talk the talk. Click below for his full message.
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New Book by Harry Boyt to be Published in September

Harry Boyte recently sent me some info about his forthcoming book, “Everyday Politics: Reconnecting Citizens and Public Life.” A pioneer in our field, Boyte is founder and co-director of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship at the University of Minnesota (www.publicwork.org). In Everyday Politics, Boyte transcends partisan politics to offer an alternative. He demonstrates how community-rooted activities reconnect citizens to engaged, responsible public life, not just on election day but throughout the year. Boyte demonstrates that this type of activism has a rich history and strong philosophical foundations. It rests on the stubborn faith that the talents and insights of ordinary citizens—from nursery school to nursing home—are crucial elements in public life and everyday politics. Click below for the full announcement.
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New Book on "Civic Revolutionaries"

I received an email this morning from Senator Les Ihara, Hawaii State Senator, NCDD member and Board member of the National Issues Forums Institute. He attached an interesting article entitled “The Rise of the New Civic
Revolutionaries: Answering the Call to Stewardship in Our Times,” which was published recently in the National Civic Review. This article, by Douglas Menton, John Melville and Kim Walesh, is adapted from their recently-published book, Civic Revolutionaries: Igniting the Passion for Change in America’s Communities.

Here’s a compelling quote from the article: “A new grassroots movement is underway in the regions of the United States today. Once again, a movement is beginning in communities across the nation, urged ahead by leaders who see the need for fundamental change in how their regions define and solve problems and ultimately how they are governed. They represent a new kind of regional civic leadership attuned to the economic and social realities of our times. Traditional top-down leadership styles and stovepipe government models simply do not work in the fast-paced, global economy and diverse societies of today.” Email me (sandy@thataway.org) if you’d like a copy of the article.

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Public Agenda Offers Discussion Guide on Same-Sex Marriage

A choicework guide about same-sex marriage, titled Gay Rights: Which Way to the Altar? is available on the Public Agenda First Choice 2004 website. The guide presents three approaches: 1. Extend equal rights to all our citizens, including gay people; 2. Let states and communities choose their own solutions; 3. Protect traditional institutions and values. Each approach is accompanied by arguments for and against the approach. The guide also includes a section titled Status Report: Where are we Now? and a listing of additional resources.

In addition to the downloadable issue guide, there is a link to “create your own choicework” that allows users to modify a framework of the issue by selecting from a list of actions under three broad approaches, or adding other actions. Other issue guides in Public Agenda’s First Choice 2004 program include: Terrorism, Health Care, Race and Affirmative Action, Paying for College, The Environment, Jobs and the Economy, Taxes and the Deficit, and Immigration.

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