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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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Report Emphasizes Need for Public Involvement in World's Water Problems

Pat Bonner of the EPA forwarded this interesting press release to me the other day. On World Water Day 2004, a new report was released from the Geneva-based Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council WSSCC. The report emphasized that the world’s severe water and sanitation problems will not be solved by “business as usual” – delivering solutions from the outside to communities who have had no involvement in, or ownership of, the process. An important report in its implications for public involvement. Click below for the full press release.
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New Network of Scholars Interested in Collaborative Policy

The Center for Collaborative Policy (one of NCDD’s newest members) is developing a network of international, multi-disciplinary scholars in collaborative planning, public administration, and political science to explore how collaborative policy can enhance democratic governance. Scholars from the disciplines of collaborative policy/planning, public administration, and political science are included. Panels and round tables are planned for various upcoming conferences. Contact CCP Research Director Dr. William Leach (bleach@ccp.csus.edu) for details about how you can get involved.

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CIRCLE Releases Indicators of Civic Engagement

What does being “civically engaged” mean? What types of behavior should civic egagement programs look to encourage? A team of leading researchers, in collaboration with CIRCLE, have developed Indicators of Civic Engagement to help identify different dimensions of civic behavior. The indicators, which include community problem solving, regular volunteering, and active membership in a group, can be found at www.civicyouth.org/practitioners/Core_Indicators_Page.htm.
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Grants for K-12 Teachers who Emphasize Cultural Connections

This year’s National Geographic Society Education Foundation is awarding $100,000 in grants (up to $5,000 each) to K-12 teachers in the U.S. or Canada who prepare children to embrace a diverse world, succeed in a global economy, and act as stewards of the planet’s resources. This year’s program emphasizes “cultural connections” – projects that promote understanding of and respect for differences between cultures, as well as explorations of students’ own heritage. Application deadline is June 10, 2004. Click below for full announcement.
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Fulbright Scholar Grants Available in 47 Disciplines

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers faculty and professionals numerous opportunities for lecturing and/or research during the 2005-2006 academic year in 140 countries and all regions of the world. Awards range from two months to an academic year. Grants are in 47 disciplines and several interdisciplinary fields. Also, many countries offer “All Disciplines” grants, which allow applicants to design their own award. The application deadline for Fulbright traditional lecturing and research grants worldwide is August 1, 2004. For information, eligibility requirements, and online application, go to www.cies.org.

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New Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation

The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation was formed in July of 2003 as a non-profit association based in Adelaide, South Australia. Its specific mission is to document, support, develop and present peace-building possibilities based upon storytelling processes to communities both locally and internationally, connecting via the Internet with the purpose of bringing adults and children together to share in the peace-building process.
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New Monograph on Public Art

Public Art: An Essential Component of Creating Communities, a new Monograph by Jack Becker, is a must-read for advocacy tool everyone involved in public art – from elected officials and community members to artists and arts administrators. This Monograph provides a comprehensive overview of the field and presents responses to important questions: What is public art? Why is public art beneficial to the health of a community? What are the critical issues in the field? $9.25. Go to www.AmericansForTheArts.org and click on the bookstore icon.

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