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Perspectives Group Offering IAP2 Certificate Training in 2007

The Perspectives Group will offer the International Association for Public Participation Certificate training four times in 2007. This course provides beginner through advanced practitioners with a broad-based learning experience covering all of the foundations of public participation. The Perspectives Group is one of the nation’s foremost experts in public participation and works throughout the world to establish and run advisory boards, communicate risk and technical information, develop cooperative decision-making programs, and enhance organizational effectiveness through team-building, visioning, and effective communications. The instructor for the course […] (continue)

Art of Hosting Retreat Coming Up in Ottawa, Canada

The Canadian Institute of Public Engagement in the Ottawa, Canada area is organizing a practice retreat on the Art of Hosting and Convening Conversations in March 2007. The Art of Hosting pattern and practice is based on the assumption that it is common sense to bring stakeholders together in conversation when you seek new solutions for the common good. The CIPE invites participants to explore the practise of hosting conversations that matter, to enhance their own practices of inviting, designing, opening and holding inspired and […] (continue)

IAP2 Certificate Training offered across Canada in 2007

The “Canadian Training Collective,” a group of licensed IAP2 trainers, has joined together to offer the IAP2 certificate training in cities across Canada in 2007. The entire certificate, made up of three courses – Planning for Effective Public Participation, Communications for Effective Public Participation and Tools and Techniques for Public Participation – will be offered 6 times in 2007, in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Halifax, Toronto, Whitehorse and Vancouver. The brochure and registration form are posted on the IAP2 website at www.iap2.org. (continue)

WJCF Announces Fellowships and Internships for Winter 2007

The Western Justice Center Foundation (WJCF) has just announced internships and volunteer opportunities for Winter 2007. WJCF strives to create a more civil society through a process of engagement and education that will enable individuals and institutions to become partners in peace-building. WJCF is non-partisan and non-ideological. It nurtures collaboration among diverse groups and creates cost-effective partnerships among organizations to accomplish more than each organization could achieve alone. WJCF is both a local and national resource, providing services and testing new ideas in the greater […] (continue)

Diversity Explorations Group Starting in January in Oakland, CA

Roberto Almanzán, MS and Nancy C. Grant, MSW are offering a new group for up to fifteen individuals who want to develop their cultural competency by addressing their experiences, perceptions, questions, joys and difficulties in working with race, ethnicity, other dimensions of diversity, and oppression and privilege. This group is designed for people working in human services (human resources, healthcare, mental health, social services, education, and other related fields), in direct service, supervision, or administration. People of all racial/ethnic backgrounds are welcome (white, people of […] (continue)

Deliberative Forums Training Session Coming Up at Princeton Public Library

The Princeton Public Library has received a grant from The Nathan Cummings Foundation for a series called “Deliberative Community Forums @ your Library”. The library will host a workshop on December 4 (1:00 p.m.– 8:30 p.m.) and December 5 (1:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.) for librarians and community members interested in learning how to moderate and convene deliberative forums using the National Issues materials. The Princeton Public Library is generously extending its offer of this free training to people outside of the Princeton, NJ area. (continue)

Dialogue Processes Online Grad Course Begins in February

The Critical and Creative Thinking Program at The University of Massachusetts (Boston) will host a Dialogue Processes Online Graduate course beginning February 2007 through till May 2007. Structured as an online learning community, the core objective of CrCrTh 616 is to cultivate practical know-how and theoretical knowledge of Dialogue Processes with a focus on Otto Scharmer’s model of Generative Dialogue, which follows from William Isaacs work with the MIT Dialogue Project and David Bohm’s understanding of dialogue. The course offers a range of learning spaces […] (continue)

Georgetown Announces MA in Democracy Studies

Georgetown University has announced a new Master of Arts Program in Democracy Studies. The Center for Democracy and Civil Society has established a two-year Master of Arts Program in Democracy Studies through the Department of Government. Intended to meet the diverse needs of all those who seek a deeper understanding of democracy and processes of democratization, the ground-breaking program will be of special interest for those seeking to develop careers working on behalf of democratic change in a wide range of professional and academic settings, […] (continue)

Technology of Participation Facilitation Course Coming Up in December

The Center for Strategic Facilitation will offer a Group Facilitation Methods Course, December 7th and 8th, in Oakland, CA. Using the Technology of Participation (ToP®), the Group Facilitation course provides three tools that will enhance the effectiveness and productivity of meetings. The course will benefit anyone involved in leading, facilitating or participating in teams, such as executive directors, team leaders, organization development and training professionals, human resources practitioners, and professional consultants. (continue)

School for International Training Invites Applications for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Programs

The Conflict Transformation Across Cultures Summer Institute (www.sit.edu/contact/institute/index.html) has opened the application process for its 2007 programs. The Summer Institute is a three-week, three-credit professional development and graduate training program in conflict transformation. It is specifically designed for field workers and managers of development and community-based organizations who serve communities in often-volatile environments. Participants in the Summer Institute will develop a full range of skills using participatory and experiential learning methods. Learning takes place both in the classroom and as participants live and socialize together […] (continue)