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Upcoming educational and training opportunities.

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)

Bubel/Aiken Foundation and Youth Service America Offer Able-to-Serve Grants

Here’s an interesting grant for anyone involved in youth D&D: The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (www.thebubelaikenfoundation.org) and Youth Service America (www.ysa.org) have announced grants of up to $1,000 each to support youth-led and -driven service projects in which youth with and without disabilities serve their communities together. Grants will support youth between the ages of 5 and 25, teachers, youth-leaders, youth-serving organizations, and/or organizations that serve people with disabilities in implementing service projects for National and Global Youth Service Day, April 20-22, 2007 (www.ysa.org/nysd/index.cfm). Projects must be […] (continue)

LaGuardia Offering NVC Course This Month

In conjunction with the LaGuardia Community College, the LaGuardia Center for Complementary and Alternative Health and Healing will offer a course in Non Violent Communication starting November 6 called Enjoying Difficult People. In the course, participants will learn how to connect with even the most difficult people at work and home. Participants will learn how to really listen to what’s going on, resulting in greater understanding, effectiveness, harmony, and ease. $20 materials fee for purchase of text book on first day of class. You can […] (continue)

Announcing Wise Democracy Victoria

Wise Democracy Victoria (http://wisedemocracyvictoria.com/) is a new organization in Victoria, British Columbia, devoted to developing a system that lets ordinary people discuss problems creatively and collaboratively, to reach conclusions and to be heard by elected officials. They have organized three kickoff events for the next coming weeks, culminating in a November 10 workshop with NCDD friends Tom Atlee and Jim Rough in Victoria, BC. Jim and Tom will discuss Dynamic Facilitation and Wisdom Council methods of collaboration and problem-solving. For information on these and other […] (continue)

NCI Announces New Certificate Program

The National Charrette Institute has just announced the creation of a certificate program called the NCI Complete Charrette Manager™. This certificate program provides participants with the full toolkit contained in The Charrette Handbook for planning, orchestrating, and managing a multiple day charrette. Visit NCI’s programs page for more information on these November 6-10th trainings in Portland, Oregon and to register now: http://charretteinstitute.org/programs.html. (continue)