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What’s Race Got to Do with It? (Video)

The 49-minute video, What’s Race Got to Do with It?, published by California Newsreel in 2006, shows the journey of a diverse group of 16 UC Berkeley students who participated in a semester-long intergroup dialogue program sponsored by University of California, Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department and Stiles Hall. The students were part of the class, “FACING YOU, FACING ME: Race, Class & Gender Among UCB Student Leaders”, led by David Stark and co-facilitator, Jerlena Griffin-Destaco. An online facilitator’s guide is available on PDF here. Below is a six minute clip from […] (continue)

Rethinking Complexity Blog

We live in a time of growing complexity, a time that calls for new thinking, new conversations, new ways of working together and new forms of organization that support continuous learning and innovation. Finding new ways to work within and across organizations and communities is critical to address current needs for climate change, resource use, social innovation and social justice. Rethinking Complexity is a forum to explore these issues, examine best practices, and share critical research at the cutting edge of how organizations behave, systems […] (continue)

The End of Rude: Did the Year of Civil Discourse make it easier to talk about Israel?

This article examines the results of the Year of Civil Discourse, a program dedicated to engaging nearly 1,000 people in grassroots trainings in civility at four Bay Area synagogues over the course of 2011. From the article… “The purpose was not to have people check their opinions at the door,” Porth added. “We wanted people to bring their passionately held views into the room, and give them the skills to have meaningful conversations about Israel. There was no political litmus test. The institutions all said […] (continue)

Collaborative Democracy: Beth Noveck on Reengineering Civic Life

The following are remixed highlights of Beth Noveck’s talk “Transparent Government” that she gave as part of the Long Now Foundation‘s Seminars about Long-Term Thinking. As with Noveck’s original talk, these highlights, as remixed by Hassan Masum and posted on August 11, 2010 here on worldchanging.com, are made available under a Creative Commons by-nc-sa 2.5 license. Noveck talks about the three pilars of the Open Government Directive:  transparency, participation and collaboration.  About deliberative democracy, she emphasizes the importance of focusing on action in addition to […] (continue)

Democracy Campaign and Democracy in America Conferences

Republican politician turned "transpartisan" pioneer Joseph McCormick founded the Democracy in America Project (DIAP) in 2003 with community builder Pat Spino. In their quest to find or create "We the People"--a unified whole that includes, respects, and values all American points of view--Joseph and Pat decided to work toward a three-day national civic dialogue event called a We the People National Convention. (continue)

NCDD Commentary: The First Day of Global Arab Jewish Dialogue

This commentary was submitted by Libby and Len Traubman for the NCDD website on July 31, 2003. It begins "The First Day of Global Arab Jewish Dialogue -- Sunday, July 20, 2003 -- was marked in our area when Palestinians and Jews attended the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival to see two documentaries about Hebron -- one about Palestinian women, the other about Jewish women.... (continue)

Fabulous Facilitators Network, Breakfasts and Listserv

Lisa Heft hosts a "Fabulous Facilitators Breakfast" each month in Berkeley, California for a dynamic, growing group of facilitators. This casual breakfast group brings facilitators in the region together for mutual support, learning, interaction and community. Over breakfast, facilitators who specialize in a variety of methods share challenges, questions, news and mutual appreciation in about a 2-hour time span without an agenda. (continue)

Trikone: A South Asian GLBT Organization

Trikone is a non-profit organization for LGBT people of South Asian descent. Founded in 1986 in the San Francisco Bay Area, Trikone is the oldest group of its kind in the world. South Asians affiliated with Trikone trace their ethnicities to one of the following places: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Tibet. Through social and political activities, Trikone offers a supportive, empowering, and non-judgmental environment, where queer South Asians can meet, make connections, and proudly promote awareness and acceptance of their sexuality in society. Trikone actively works against all forms of oppression based on race, gender, class, and other identities. (continue)

Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC)

BayNVC's mission is to help create a world where everyone's needs are met peacefully and people have the skills for making peace. BayNVC facilitates workshops, series, intensive retreats, and practice groups throughout the U.S. We offer NVC trainings to local organizations like churches, businesses, schools, and healthcare institutions as well as counseling for individuals, couples and families. Our Leadership Program offers a yearlong, community-based opportunity for those interested in teaching NVC. Graduates of the Leadership Program are now teaching in diverse locales such as Sri Lanka and Thailand. (continue)

San Francisco State University – Institute For Civic and Community Engagement

The Institute For Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) provides opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development at San Francisco State University for students, faculty and community members. Through innovative courses, experiential learning, political engagement, participatory action research and direct services, we partner the resources and expertise of the urban university with the needs of diverse communities. Working locally, statewide and internationally, we cultivate strong leaders who will effectively advocate for full social, economic and educational inclusion and fully participate in the civic life and political processes of their communities. (continue)

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