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YouthActionNet to Help Fund Youth-Led Social Change

YouthActionNet (www.youthactionnet.org) will present awards to youth leaders and emerging projects that promote social change and connect youth with local communities. The YouthActionNet Awards are supported by Make a Connection, a global initiative of the International Youth Foundation (www.iyfnet.org)and Nokia (www.nokia.com). To be eligible for an award, youth-led projects should have clearly defined goals and the potential for growth or further replication. Final selections are made following a peer-review process in which previous award winners select the next round of awardees. Award recipients will receive $500 and are eligible to participate in an international capacity-building workshop. The program is open to all young people between the ages of 18 and 29. Individuals applying must have a leadership role in a youth-led initiative that works to create positive change in their community, and applications must be written in English. The YouthActionNet Awards will be held once a year. This year’s deadline is April 15, 2006, with winners to be announced July 30, 2006. Visit the YouthActionNet Web site for complete program guidelines, application procedures, and information on previous award winners.

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AACU Announces Greater Expectations Institute

The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) has just announced the dates for its Greater Expectations Institute. The Institute will be held from June 21 – 25, 2006 in Snowbird, Utah. The Institute is an intensive program designed for campus teams working on ways to increase student engagement, inclusion, and high achievement. Teams will align institutional purposes, structures, and practices as well as advance and assess the kinds of liberal education outcomes outlined in AAC&U’s Greater Expectations report. The Institute provides a resource-rich setting that offers significant team time; framing plenaries; workshops; consultations with expert faculty; interaction with other teams; and the opportunity to develop a concrete action plan for departmental, divisional, or campus-wide action. The application deadline is March 17, 2006. For information or to apply online, visit aacu.org/meetings/gexinstitute. Or email or call Misha Charles with questions: Charles@aacu.org; tel. 202.387.3760 x407.

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Nonviolent Communication Workshops Coming Up in Ottawa

Rachelle Lamb, president of Mindful Communication and author of Steps to Conscious Living and NVC Communications Basics, will be offering training sessions in Ottawa at the end of January. She has taught Nonviolent Communication (NVC) to thousands of couples, parents, educators, counselors, managers, employees, health professionals, and others seeking ways to communicate more effectively and improve their personal and professional lives. She has also co-trained with Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the originator of the Nonviolent Communication process. Rachelle’s Ottawa workshops include “Relationships: Up Close and Personal” on January 21 & 22, 2006; “Getting to the Core of Workplace Conflict” on January 23, 2006; and the Intermediate Workshop NVC Deepening: The Listening Heart on January 27 & 28, 2006. The price per Workshop is $200.00. $170.00 Early Bird Price if paid by January 10, 2006. There is a 15% discount for couples. Call 1-866-480-7122 to register, or visit www.rachellelamb.com/scheduled-events.htm for information on this and other events.

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School For International Training Announces 2006 Conflict Transformation Training Programs

The School for International Training (www.sit.edu) in Vermont has just announced its 2006 lineup of professional development programs in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT). Started in 1997, CONTACT offers professional development, skills and practical training to professionals working around the world in diverse fields such as education, human services, humanitarian aid, psychology and social work, human rights, and sustainable development. Some skills addressed are: Conflict analysis and intervention; Non-violent action; Intercommunal dialogue; Peace and development; Reconciliation and forgiveness; Training design; Intercultural negotiation and mediation; and Grant writing and fundraising. Programs include their Summer Institute (May 29-June 16, 2006), a three-week, three-credit professional development and graduate training program in conflict transformation; their Graduate Certificate Program, a one-year part-time 14-credit graduate and professional development program. It is designed with two short phases of face-to-face instruction coupled with distance learning in order to accommodate the schedule of full-time working professionals (SIT also offers MA programs in conflict transformation); and site-, organization-, and region-specific programs tailored to meet the needs of a particular organization or community in a conflict or post-conflict situation. Applications are available now and are due by April 15 (or as soon as possible if you are applying for financial aid or need a visa). The School offers a 25% discount on tuition for non-profits. For more infomration about fees, funding, scholarships, and applying to CONTACT, please visit the program website www.sit.edu/contact or contact them at contact@sit.edu.

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Coming Soon: Changemakers Award Competition on "How to Improve Health for All"

Beginning March 1, the Ashoka Changemakers program (www.changemakers.net) will host a global competition for the best solutions on “How to Improve Health for All” that emphasize collaborative partnerships between citizen-sector, business, and government organizations. Participants will be encouraged to submit the most innovative and cost-effective solutions that can be widely replicated and are financially sustainable. The Changemakers Innovation Awards series is based on a unique “open source” format where participants compete by entering the best solutions to pressing social issues while collaborating to advance current initiatives. For 25 years Ashoka (www.ashoka.org) has invested in some 1,700 leading social entrepreneurs with systems-changing ideas from 62 countries on five continents. These Ashoka Fellows are selected for their innovative and practical ideas to address social needs in fields such as economic development, health, environment, learning, human rights, and civic participation. For details on the Changemakers award, visit the Changemakers website.

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Presidio Dialogues Event Coming Up January 24

The Presidio Dialogues (www.thepresidiodialogues.org), a group that organizes “conversations for conscious business” in California is sponsoring an event this January 24 at 7pm in San Francisco. The discussion will focus on the theme “The Feminine and Leadership: Not Just Reserved For Women.” The discussion starts from the premise that leadership is sorely needed in the world today, but that there’s already too much of the traditional masculine, intimidating and forceful variety. Whether instilled in men or women, what is needed now is the more systemic, enduring, longer-term, holistic variety — what we normally think of as the feminine aspect of leadership. This dialogue will explore how men as well as women can feel comfortable embracing the feminine in leadership, not simply in style, but in context as well. The conversation starters include Paula Goldman, from the International Museum of Women; Rhoda Nussbaum, MD, Founder of Women Physicians in Leadership for the Permanente Medical Group; and Marilyn Steele, Ph.D., a Jungian psychologist. Registration for this event begins at 7pm and the conversation starts at 7:15 pm. The meeting takes place at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, 747 Front St. (@ Broadway) 3rd Floor, San Francisco. Admission is $20 in advance by registering online; $25 in advance (by email, phone or check); $30 at the door. To register online, visit www.thepresidiodialogues.org/register.html. For more information, email register@thepresidiodialogues.org or call 415/249-1380.

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Heartful Communication Four Week Series Coming Up in California

Starting Monday January 23, Sharda Miller of The Listening Path (www.thelisteningpath.com) will be offering a four week course in Heartful Communication. The course treats a series of listening skills and processes with an emphasis on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication (NVC). The series offers specific skills that lead to heartful, honest and authentic communication without blame or judgment. The class will be small and intimate in order to allow plenty of time for sharing and practice. Course dates are on 1:30-4 pm Jan 23, 30, Feb 6 & 13, 2006 in the East Bay area of San Francisco. The series cost is $120. For more information or to register, call Sharda at 510-435-2327 or email thelisteningpath@aol.com.

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SFU Centre for Dialogue to Offer Workshop on Facilitating Emotionally Charged Groups

Simon Fraser University’s Centre For Dialogue will offer the workshop “Giving the Steam a Tea Kettle: Facilitating emotionally charged group sessions” on Friday, January 27, 2006, from 8:30 am-4:30 pm. This innovative and dynamic workshop will focus on four central themes and practices for responding to emotionally charged group sessions. Through highly interactive discussions, experiential small group exercises and PACT’s drama-based simulation training exercises, and Structured Improvisations, this workshop will introduce you to Understanding emotional dynamics and group process; Connecting emotional intelligence models to facilitate emotionally charged group sessions; Understanding defensiveness and resistance within groups and; Using PACT’s SAFE model to manage emotionally charged group sessions. Cost for the training is $325, and refreshments will be provided. The training will take place at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Rm 320-580 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. For more information, visit www.sfu.ca/dialogue/teakettle_flyer.pdf

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Public Conversations Project Profiled in O, the Oprah Magazine

Public Conversations Project (www.publicconversations.org) was recently featured in the November 2005 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine in the article Us & Them (p.264). PCP Executive Director Laura Chasin speaks candidly with writer Aimee Lee Ball about the fiery national abortion debate which gave birth to new dialogue. “What PCP has developed, Chasin says, is most useful in bridging deeply polarized issues.” Read on at: www.oprah.com/omagazine/200511/omag_200511_understanding.jhtml

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News and Resources on Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting, or the process by which citizens deliberate and negotiate over the allocation of public resources, is growing into a world-wide movement. PB programs are implemented at the behest of governments, citizens, NGOs, and civil society, organizations to give citizens a direct role in deciding how and where public resources should be spent. Most citizens who participate in PB are low-income and have low levels of formal education. Historically, these groups have been excluded from budget decisions, but PB programs enable them to make choices that affect how their government acts. Participatory Budgeting was initially implemented in twelve Brazilian cities in 1989/1990. By 2005 it had spread to well over 300 municipalities in more than 40 countries, including China, Dominican Republic (see article below), Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, and Uruguay. To share information and resources on participatory budgeting projects around the world, the International Bugeting Project (www.internationalbudget.org) has put together a website full of resources on participatory budgeting and a monthly newsletter. This month’s newsletter includes stories about new trends in budgeting, the impact of participatory budgeting on health outcomes and the relation of budgeting to the Paris riots, among other stories. To read this newsletter (and past issues), visit www.internationalbudget.org/resources/newsletter30.htm

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