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Tom Atlee Reports on the Innovation in Community Engagement Conference

Tom Atlee just sent us the story of his recent trip to a groundbreaking conference on Innovation in Community Engagement in Perth, Australia (www.dpi.wa.gov.au/dialogue/comengage/). Because this conference was so innovative and interesting, we’re including Tom’s entire report in our blog, as well as his links to different resources and pictures of the conference. To read Tom’s account, click on the link below.
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New Article Asks "Does Deliberative Democracy Work?"

In his recent work, “Does Deliberative Democracy Work” (Annual Review of Political Science; Volume 8, 2005: pp. 49-71) professor David Ryfe argues that the growing literature on deliberative democratic practice finds that deliberation is a difficult and relatively rare form of communication. Many of the obstacles to deliberative democracy raise questions about key theoretical constructs closely associated with deliberative democratic theory, including equality, legitimacy, autonomy, and reason. The author concludes by suggesting that deliberative practitioners, empirical scholars, and theorists might gain from greater interaction. Access the paper online at Annual Review Journals.

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Memphis 21st Century Town Meeting Will Address Youth Obesity

Memphis will be the site of the nation’s first interactive town meeting to gather grassroots community input on how to address improving the nutrition and physical activity of the nation’s children. The Shaping America’s Youth (SAY) 21st Century Town Meeting™ will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at FedEx Forum in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. SAY is an initiative of the new national health organization, Shaping America’s Health: Association for Weight Management and Obesity Prevention. They will be using the very successful 21st Century Town Meeting format developed by AmericaSpeaks. For more information, visit SAY online at www.shapingamericasyouth.com.

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National Dialogue Will Engage Canadian Youth this November

This Fall Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) will hold a National Dialogue and Summit in Ottawa with young Canadians. This signature project for CPRN’s 10th anniversary will welcome 160 young Canadians, ages 18-25, to have a dialogue – first with each other and then with about 40 decision makers from the public, community and private sectors. From November 25-27, 2005 they will discuss the policy implications of their dialogue and develop concrete actions that can be taken across the country. The results of the summit will be broadly disseminated: to young people and organizations working with youth, through the CPRN web site, as well as broadcast and print media; and via outreach by CPRN and its project partners to engage broader communities. For further information about the project visit www.cprn.org.

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New Community Resource Management Grants Available

Sand County Foundation’s Community Based Conservation Network has just announced a new grant program. Scholars, practitioners and landholder communities are invited to submit proposals to test and assess innovative ways to overcome constraints associated with land rights and resource values. SCF is offering grants in the range of $10,000 – $20,000 to demonstrate and assess Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) innovations. Awards will be available from September 2005. Individuals or organizations working in CBNRM in North America or eastern and southern Africa are invited to apply; special consideration will be given to proposals submitted by or on behalf of Lake Associations in 2005. To read the complete request for proposals visit www.sandcounty.net/programs/cbcn/search/. Send your proposal to Kevin McAleese at KMcAleese@sandcounty.net by 31 August 2005.

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Roundtable To Focus On Using Dialogue in Neighborhood Revitalization Projects

NeighborWorks Training Institute® and the Study Circles Resource Center are offering a full-day roundtable on Aug. 24 in Washington, D.C., on “Issues and Problem-Solving: Community-wide Dialogue as Part of Your Revitalization Strategy.” Matt Leighninger and Sally Campbell of the Study Circles Resource Center will lead the roundtable discussion, which will focus on the challenges and opportunities that arise when you are recruiting participants and supporting action efforts at the neighborhood level. They invite participation from anyone who has organized study circles or any other dialogue & deliberation process as part of neighborhood revitalization projects (or even in venues other than neighborhoods). Register at www.nw.org and sign up for course number NR248 ROUNDTABLE.

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Methanphetamine Consensus Panel Report Available Online

Last year, the Western Canadian Summit on Methamphetamine met at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver BC. The summit brought together international experts, health practitioners, academics, policy makers, law enforcement officials and drug users from November 15-17, 2004. Using a consensus process, the group produced a report that more clearly maps out the dimensions of drug use and promising areas of prevention, treatment, research and health promotion. This report was the guiding document for the June Western Premiers’ on Methamphetamine conference held in Regina. To view the April 2005 Consensus Panel Report: Bringing Together Practitioners, Policy Makers and Researchers visit www.sfu.ca/dialogue/proceedings.

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Community Foundation Creates Website for Civic Engagement Grant Applications

The Community Foundation Silicon Valley (www.cfsv.org) has just revised its community grants program to include grants for Civic Engagement proposals, and all the information is now available online. CFSV will now provide general operating support to Silicon Valley grantees through its renamed Community Investment Grants program. The program will provide one-year general support grant awards of up to $20,000 to nonprofits working in the area of Neighbourhood and Civic Engagement. Other granting areas are: Arts and Cultural Participation; Education and Lifelong Learning; and Self-Reliant Individuals and Families. Visit the CFSV Web site and click on “Grants & Nonprofit Resources” for complete program guidelines, criteria, and application procedures, as well as information on other CFSV funding programs.

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The Dialogue Forum Publications Now Available

Guided by Research Associate and Fellow Glenn Sigurdson, Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue Forum (www.sfu.ca/dialogue/forum) project has gathered participants who have been exploring the use of dialogue-based approaches in dealing with challenging conversations in a continuing dialogue about dialogue. Their exploration has recently culminated in a set of publications-The Dialogue Series: Knowing Dialogue Through Dialogue. For more information about purchasing these publications, please phone 604.268.7925, email dialogue-info@sfu.ca or go to www.sfu.ca/dialogue/publications

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Leading Civic Organizations (Including NCDD!) To Present Workshops at SCRC's National Conference

SCRC has just announced that it will hold a series of pre-conference workshops at its “Telling the Story of Democracy” national conference on Oct.7 in Northbrook, Ill. The workshops will offer introductions to the work of AmericaSpeaks, The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, The Aspen Roundtable Project on Race and Community Revitalization, The Deliberative Democracy Consortium and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation, National Issues Forums, and NeighborWorks America®. To learn more about the workshops, or to register for the conference, visit www.studycircles.org/scrcconference/.

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