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The “collaborative action” stream is focused on empowering people and groups to focus on their own role in solving complicated problems, and helping them self-organize to take responsibility for the solution. Study Circles, Future Search, and Appreciative Inquiry are considered part of this stream.

New Discussion Guide On Poverty Available Onlinne

The Study Circles Resource Center and the Northwest Area Foundation have produced a new discussion guide called Thriving Communities¬óWorking together to move from poverty to prosperity for all. The guide is designed to help communities involve people in conversations that lead to community change. Field tested in 16 communities by more than 500 participants, the five-session discussion guide helps people look at poverty in their community and discuss what it looks like, why it exists, and what can and should be done about it. Jackson, […] (continue)

Patagonia Offers Support for Environmental Work

Patagonia (www.patagonia.com), the outdoor clothing and gear company, provides support for environmental work through grants to nonprofit organizations. Patagonia funds only environmental work, and is most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. The company funds work that is action-oriented; builds public involvement and support; is strategic in its targeting and goals; focuses on root causes; accomplishes specific goals and objectives that can be effectively measured; […] (continue)

PCI Meets with Civic Leaders in New Orleans, Participates in Emergency Preparedness Analysis in California

Policy Consensus Initiative (www.policyconsensus.org) recently invited a group of civic leaders from New Orleans to meet with PCI to share their perspectives on what is needed to begin the recovery and restoration process. In addition to an extensive catalogue of resource needs, they cited the need for collaboration. To PCI’s question about what has to occur to bring about collaboration they answered: Collaboration can begin when the necessary parties are willing to come to the table to establish a common goal and begin working together […] (continue)

National MultiCultural Institute Announces Leading Lights Diversity Awards

Once again the National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) is considering recipients of the 2006 Leading Lights Diversity Awards. The Leading Lights Diversity Awards celebrate exemplary leaders in the nonprofit sector whose demonstrated courage, innovation and commitment to diversity light a path to a more inclusive society. Founded in 1983, the National MultiCultural Institute (NMCI) is proud to be one of the first organizations to have recognized the nation’s need for new services, knowledge, and skills in the growing field of multiculturalism and diversity. We believe non-profits […] (continue)

Research Center for Leadership in Action Accepting Applications for New York City Social Justice Fellowship

The Research Center for Leadership in Action (www.nyu.edu/wagner/leadership) at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University has announced its newest program, the New York City Social Justice Fellowship. The fellowship originates from the NYC Community Fellows Program that was founded by the Open Society Institute (www.soros.org) in 1998. At the end of last year, OSI chose RCLA to carry on the legacy of this program. In the tradition of the original OSI program, the New York City Social Justice […] (continue)

AmericaSpeaks Seeking Agency Managers for Dialogue on Public Participation

AmericaSpeaks is looking to bring together agency managers who have been working to improve the level and quality of public participation within federal government. They are looking to put together a list of agency managers who can contribute their experiences and insights during a working “retreat” style meeting headed by Carolyn Lukensmeyer sometime in late May or early June. The goal of the meeting is to develop a compelling set of instructive stories from participants’ experiences, develop a set of recommendations for embedding high-quality citizen […] (continue)

Tools for Change Conference Coming Up in July

This year’s Tools for Change Conference will be held July 14-21 in Caux, Switzerland. Tools for Change is a six-day exploration of the inner qualities and practical skills needed for any individual to become an effective agent of change in their community. Tools for Change draws on the experience of Initiatives of Change training programs on different continents. The conference is designed to fully engage all participants in an interactive learning experience. For more information or to register, go to the website www.caux.ch/. (continue)

Three Dialogue Mapping Workshops Coming Up

Three Dialogue Mapping Workshops, lead by Dr. Jeff Conklin, will be held this April 18-19 in Redwood City, California (SF Bay Area); May 23-24 in Birmingham, England; and July 18-19 in Washington, DC. This 2-day workshop is highly engaging and interactive and teaches the core skills of a new facilitation technique. As with any art form, dialogue mapping is challenging to describe but easy to comprehend experientially. This technique gets away from herding the group through a series of steps, focusing the participants instead on […] (continue)

Herb Block Foundation Invites Letters of Inquiry for Encouraging Citizen Involvement Grant Program

The Herb Block Foundation (www.herbblockfoundation.org)is committed to defending the basic freedoms guaranteed all Americans, combating all forms of discrimination and prejudice, and improving the conditions of the poor and underprivileged through the creation or support of charitable and educational programs with the same goals. Through its Encouraging Citizen Involvement grant program, the foundation seeks to help ensure a responsible, responsive democratic government through citizen involvement. Proposals for this program may focus on citizen education, greater voter participation in the electoral process, or citizen oversight of […] (continue)

Fund for Wild Nature Invites Proposals

The Fund for Wild Nature ( http://fundwildnature.org/ ) provides money for campaigns to save and restore native species and wild ecosystems, including actions to defend wilderness and biological diversity. The fund supports advocacy, litigation, public policy work, development of citizen science, and similar endeavors. It does not support basic scientific research, private land acquisition, individual action or study, or conferences. The fund will only support media projects that have a clear strategic value and a concrete plan for dissemination of the final product. The fund […] (continue)