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Kellogg Foundation Accepting Applications for Rural People, Rural Policy Initiative

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s (www.wkkf.org) Rural People, Rural Policy (www.wkkf.org/rprp/) is a new multi-year national initiative designed to energize and equip rural organizations and networks to shape policy that will improve the lives of rural people and the vitality of rural communities. Complete program information, an FAQ, and application instructions are available from the WKKF Rural People, Rural Policy Web site. The deadline for applications is February 20, 2006. Or to read more about this grant, click on the link below.
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New Student Arts and Civic Engagement Opportunities in Boston

Students seeking for-credit opportunities that involve meaningful citizenship, community service and service-learning, should check out the new Institute for Art and Civic Engagement at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Located in SFMA’s Artist’s Resource Center and founded in partnership with Tufts University College of Citizenship and Public Service, the Institute fosters development of partnerships with art, culture, research, education, healthcare, social service, business and entrepreneurial ventures. There are community-based learning projects in teaching/mentoring young people, arts and medicine, public art, international projects and internships embracing role of art in public life. Opportunities include participation in the award-winning Youth Art-in-Action program and a chance to work at Boston Arts Academy, an innovative school within the Boston Public School system. For more information, visit smfa.edu/Student_Life/Professional_Development/Institute_for_Art_Civic_Engagement.asp

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IAP2 Wild Rose Chapter Event and Training Coming Up

The IAP2 Wild Rose (Alberta) Chapter will be holding a signature event this Feb, 2-3, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta. The event’s theme is “Keeping Ahead of the Curve: Innovation and Diversity in Public Participation” It will be a day and a half of engaging and thought provoking participatory presentations and sessions, and a World Café on the topic of the Wild Rose Centennial Project. In addition, Wild Rose will be offering two of the IAP2 training modules, Planning for Public Participation and Communication for Effective Public Participation, January 30 – February 1, 2006. For information on the upcoming event or trainings, or to register, download the registration form: www.iap2.org/associations/4748/files/WildRoseEventReg_02.05.pdf

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Peacebuilding and Mediation Training Coming Up in Ottawa

The Canadian International Institute of Applied Negotiation (CIIAN) in Ottawa will be offering several courses on Peacebuilding and Mediation this spring. Courses include “The Power Clinic for Mediators,” “Negotiating Agreements In Conflict Settings” and “Violence Prevention: Theory-Informed Practice.” Dr. Ben Hoffman, President of CIIAN, will lead all three courses. For more info or to register please visit the “Special Programs” page on the CIIAN website at www.ciian.org/special1.shtml

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Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry Workshop Coming Up in Boulder, CO

Join Amanda Trosten-Bloom and Jim Ludema, leading authors and consultants, for their Foundations in Appreciative Inquiry Workshop, February 6-9 in Boulder, Colorado. Recognized as one of the strongest foundations-level trainings available, this workshop attracts an international contingent of positive change consultants and leaders. Learn how businesses and communities around the globe have transformed their organizations in partnership with CPC’s premier consultants. Develop your skills to lead key steps in the Appreciative Inquiry process: select affirmative topics, craft and conduct appreciative interviews, envision positive futures, design provocative propositions and create sustainable appreciative organization cultures. Begin designing Appreciative Inquiry initiatives in your own and others’ organizations. This 4-day workshop is the first and foundational workshop in the Corporation for Positive Change’s Certificate Program in Appreciative Inquiry and the Practice of Positive Change. For more information or to register, visit the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) website (www.positivechange.org) or e-mail office@positivechange.org or phone 505.751.1232 (x2).

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Contributers Sought for Violence Prevention E-Book

The International Peace and Prosperity Project (IPPP) and the International Academy for the Reduction of Political Violence are looking for volunteer authors and collaborators to to write short non-academic articles or provide editorial feedback for a new violence prevention book scheduled for release in the Spring of 2006. For more info or to participate please visit the online blog at iarpv.blogspirit.com or contact Ben Hoffman at hoffmanben@hotmail.com

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New Resource on White Privilege and Community Building Available Online

Flipping the Script is a monograph designed for people who work in communities to identify and address issues of white privilege, oppression, racism and power as they play out in this work. It is for community builders, grant makers, technical assistance providers and others who are trying to develop more equitable and thoughtful partnerships with community residents and organizations. The monograph is in four major sections. The first section defines key terms, reviews the monograph’s premises, and analyzes early responses to Hurricane Katrina to illustrate white privilege and racism in action at multiple levels. The second section goes into depth about four key concepts: community building, racism, internalized racism, and white privilege. The third section applies these concepts to community/foundations partnerships specifically. It addresses interventions, evaluation, and multiracial coalitions and partnerships. The fourth section includes a chapter about doing one’s own work on white privilege, written primarily for white people, and a summary chapter with recommendations for the field.

Flipping the Script is written by Maggie Potapchuk – MP Associates, Sally Leiderman- Center for Assessment and Policy Development and with Donna Bivens – Women’s Theological Center and Barbara Major – St. Thomas Health Clinic. An analysis of community building through the lens of white privilege suggests many places in which we might do our work differently. It also questions the most basic premises of this work. This monograph is available at www.capd.org. Please feel free to contact the authors to discuss the ideas in their monograph!

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News from Hope in the Cities

Don Cowles and Rob Corcoran have been appointed to serve as joint leaders of Initiatives of Change USA, the parent body of Hope in the Cities. As National Director Rob will have primary responsibility for national program development, public outreach and communications. Don, as Executive Director, will oversee the legal, financial and human resource aspects of the organization. The new leadership arrangement provides an opportunity for Hope in the Cities to contribute even more actively to the development of a vibrant national network. Initiatives of Change connects change in individual lives with social change and draws on the best of all faith traditions to enable communities to heal historic wounds and move towards reconciliation. Don and Rob will continue to be based in Richmond. However, in the coming months you will receive communications from them from the IofC Washington office as well as from Richmond. Breakthroughs, the bi-monthly newsletter will carry news of Hope in the Cities and all of IofC’s local, national and international activities. You can continue to find news of their activities on www.hopeinthecities.org as well as www.us.iofc.org

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Proceedings on "Learning from the Citizens Assembly" Available Online

At a November 21, 2005 public dialogue, Jack Blaney, SFU President Emeritus and Chair of the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, discussed the workings of the Assembly and the applicability of this model to future public initiatives. “Nowhere else in the world, ever, have voters themselves designed the voting system,” noted Blaney. He highlighted two major causes for the Assembly’s success: focus and ownership. View the proceedings from this event here: www.sfu.ca/dialogue/Learning_CitizensAssembly_proceedings.pdf

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IAP2 Spring Training Schedule Released

IAP2 has realeased its Spring Training calendar with plenty of opportunities to learn public participation skills in trainings across North America and Australia. Courses include “Communications for Effective Public Participation,” “Techniques for Effective Public Participation,” and “Planning for Effective Public Participation. To see a full list of courses, dates and locations, click on the link below. Or visit IAP2’s website: www. iap2.org.
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