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Upcoming educational and training opportunities.

PhD Position Available in Urban Planning

The Program in Urban Affairs and Planning, School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech has an open position in “Improving Collaborative Decision-making Through Learning Networks.” Faculty in the Program in Urban Affairs and Planning and in the College of Natural Resources at Virginia Tech are seeking qualified doctoral applicants for the PhD in Environmental Design and Planning program who are interested in pursuing research on learning networks, an innovative collaborative approach to restoring ecological health at the landscape scale. Specifically, we are partnering […] (continue)

Bohmian Dialogue Training Coming up In MT

Lee Nichol, editor of David Bohm’s books On Dialogue and On Creativity will be hosting an intensive workshop of inquiry and focused intention from May 18th – 21st in Helena, MT. Bohmian dialogue is an arena in which collective learning takes place and out of which a sense of increased harmony, fellowship and creativity can arise. Participants will gain a greater understanding of inner mental, emotional and spiritual proccesses and experience the deeper meaning of collective communication. The cost of the workshop is $150 and […] (continue)

Open Space Practice Retreat Coming Up on Bowen Island, British Columbia

Chris Corrigan and Michael Herman will be offiring a three-day Open Space Practice Retreat at Rivendell, a beautiful retreat centre on Bowen Island, BC from April 18-20. The retreat will be an opportunity for deep and intensive learning about leadership and change. It is an opportunity for new and current practitioners, leaders, managers, consultants, facilitators, community activists and anyone else who wants to open more space for renewal, visioning, learning and productivity — in business and community organizations. If you would like to know more, […] (continue)

ACT to Offer Summer Institute on Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (IPCR) 2006

The Alliance for Conflict Transformation (ACT) has just announced the Summer Institute on Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (IPCR). IPCR is an intensive 3-week residential program intended to build the capacity of current and future professionals in a variety of fields to make a critical difference in furthering peaceful relations in the world. The course is offered in two locations Santa Cruz, Bolivia: June 10 – July 1, 2006; Jakarta, Indonesia: July 22 – August 12, 2006. They are currently accepting applications for participation from English […] (continue)

Perspectives Group to Offer IAP2 Certified Training

The Perspectives Group will offer a five-day IAP2 Certificate Program in Public Participation six times in 2006. This training is designed for professionals working in the fields of community development, nonprofit and government public services, and public understanding and outreach. It is also designed for industry communications and public affairs or public relations, advocacy and lobbying organizations, private and government groups, and any individual/organization required to deal with the public about complex or potentially contentious issues. Upon completion of the full week of training, participants […] (continue)

Update on SFU's Dialogue Activities

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue has announced a new training session and a video. First, the workshop Learning to Listen, Learning to Teach is an intensive, interactive four-day workshop that will transform your approach to teaching. The goal of the workshop is to learn a structured and accountable method of organizing, designing and facilitating and to create engaging and participatory learning events. Opportunities to design and teach short lessons and receive feedback and coaching will unlock the power of dialogue in educating adult learners. […] (continue)

One World Training in Deliberative Dialogue Coming Up

On March 20 and 21, 2006, One World Inc. (OWI) will offer a training workshop on Deliberative Dialogue in Ottawa, Canada. The Deliberative Dialogue methodology is an innovative, proven approach to engage citizens and stakeholders in productive discussions on public policy. It delves into the core of key social issues by accessing people’s wisdom and expertise through a facilitation technique that helps people thoughtfully examine various realistic but often divergent perspectives. These discussions are values-based dialogues as opposed to agenda-driven debates. During this two-day workshop, […] (continue)

Art of Facilitation Workshop Coming Up in Boulder, CO

The Institute on the Common Good and Regis University are sponsoring “The Art of Facilitation” Workshop with Leilani Rashida Henry March 9-10, 2006 in Boulder, CO. The workshop teaches the skills for dialogue facilitation. Advanced facilitation requires a multitude of subtle skills such as self awareness, balancing divergent with convergent thinking and the ability to be effortlessly present. The Art of Facilitation enhances the skill to innovate and execute in the moment, to ‘think on your feet’. It teaches facilitators to become flexible and adaptable, […] (continue)

Intercultural Communication Courses Offered in Davis, California

As part of the University of California, Davis Extension, Common Ground: Center for Cooperative Solutions helps government entities, agencies and private- and public-sector organizations come together to find unique solutions to challenging and complex issues. This spring, Common Ground will be offering 2 two-day courses on Intercultural Relations, designed for those who want to better understand the dynamics of intercultural communication and conflict. Intercultural relations specialist Linda Ziegahn, Ph.D., will be conducting both courses. For more information, call 800-752-0881 x4414 go to www.extension.ucdavis.edu/commonground/. (continue)

Vicki Robin to Host Workshop on Freedom in America

Vicki Robin, inventor of the Conversation Cafe and co-author of Your Money or Your Life, will be hosting a weekend retreat titled “If This is a Free Country, Why Don’t I Feel Free?” The workshop will draw on all of Vicki’s core teachings to address questions like, What is freedom for? What are limits for? When I’m tied up in knots, how do I cut through? When I lose my sense of freedom, how do I get it back? Can I feel free sexually and […] (continue)

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