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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)

CPC Announces 2007 Appreciative Inquiry Workshops

The Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) has just released its 2007 workshop lineup with plenty of exciting new offerings. Workshop topics include Foundations of Appreciative Inquiry, Appreciative Leadership, and workshops on the relationship between spirituality and creativity and AI. These workshops can be credited towards the CPC Certificate Program, a program of four (4) workshops to develop the knowledge and skills needed to lead, design and facilitate positive change in organizations and communities using Appreciative Inquiry. To learn more or to register, visit www.positivechange.org. Or […] (continue)

Dynamic Facilitation Seminar Coming Up in VA

Jim Rough, author of “Society’s Breakthrough: Releasing Essential Wisdom and Virtue in All the People” will be leading a Dynamic Facilitation Seminar October 31st – November 2, 2006, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the Comfort Inn in Springfield, VA. Dynamic Facilitation is a new way of helping people think collaboratively and creatively together, where they build trust and achieve breakthroughs to seemingly impossible issues. The seminar is often a transformational experience for participants, both professionally and personally. Dynamic Facilitation offers new possibilities for conflict […] (continue)

Grant Writing Workshop Coming Up In DC

The Grant Institute’s Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held at the Kellogg Conference Hotel at Gallaudet University, October 25 – 27, 2006. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute. For more information call (888) 824 – 4424 or visit The Grant Institute website at www.thegrantinstitute.com. (continue)

Fellowship Opportunities with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation

This is a great opportunity for anyone studying deliberation and decision-making! Administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (www.woodrow.org), the Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences, and particularly to help Ph.D. candidates in these fields complete their dissertation work in a timely manner. In addition to topics in religious studies or in ethics (philosophical or religious), dissertations appropriate to the Newcombe Fellowship […] (continue)

3-Day Dialogue Workshop in Boston this November

Alison at the Public Conversations Project asked us to share an announcement with you about their upcoming workshop “The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues” this November 9-11 in Watertown, MA.  I know from experience that PCP’s trainings are some of the best in the field, so don’t hesitate to sign up.  The sliding scale fee is $375 to $600 for three full days, including catered lunch, light breakfast, and snacks. To register for the workshop, call 617-923-1216 or 888-727-8326 x13. (continue)