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Upcoming educational and training opportunities.

Seminar on Large Group Facilitation Coming up in November

Nancy Aronson and Gil Steil have just announced an exciting three-day workshop on custom designing large group interventions called “Large Group Design and Facilitation: What To Do When Your Whole System Gets Together.” The workshop is coming up this November 1-3, 2006 at the Gregg Conference Center, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA. The workshop is aimed at consultants and organization leaders, and will cover large group design principles, group dynamics, facilitation methodologies and practice designing large group sessions tailored to participants needs. Cost is $1490 (includes, […] (continue)

Applications Invited for Bush Leadership Fellows Program

A program of the Bush Foundation (www.bushfoundation.org), the Bush Leadership Fellows Program seeks accomplished, motivated individuals from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or northwestern Wisconsin who are eager to prepare themselves for greater leadership responsibilities within their communities and professions. Applicants are invited to propose academic or self-designed learning experiences that will help them attain goals that they set for themselves. The program encourages applications that will expand fellows’ experiences beyond the familiar to learning environments that might be inaccessible without a fellowship. Fellowships support […] (continue)

Dialogue Mapping Workshop Coming Up in Washington, DC

This July 19-20, 2006 Dr. Jeff Conklin will hold a workshop on Dialogue Mapping in Washington DC. This facilitation technique gets away from herding the group through a series of steps, focusing the participants instead on listening carefully, speaking clearly, and learning together about the issues and concerns they bring to the table. The facilitator/dialogue mapper engages the group with a map of their comments that he or she builds on the fly. The map is a shared display — paper taped to the wall […] (continue)

Non Violent Communication Workshop Coming Up in Brooklyn, NY

This July, Brooklyn Nonviolent Communication and New Yorkers for a Department of Peace will be offer the “Zen and the Art of Conflict” a course in Nonviolent Communication. Taking place four consecutive Sundays starting July 9, the course will meet from 1-6 pm with child care available (for those who request it in advance). This popular course gives a new way to view conflict, as an opportunity for connection and authenticity. The course fee is on a sliding scale (from $275-$400) and some work exchange […] (continue)

Perspectives Group to Offer IAP2 Certificate Course in Virginia

The Perspectives Group (www.theperspectivesgroup.com) has just announced they only have three remaining training dates for their IAP2 Certificate Program in Public Participation. Spaces in the five-day course are still available for all the training dates in Alexandria, VA on July 10 – 14, September 18 – 22, and December 4 – 8. The full week of training is $1,475, or $295 per day. The Course is broken up into 3 sections: Planning for Effective Public Participation (two days), Effective Communication for Public Participation (one day), […] (continue)

Training in Performance-Based Youth Decision-Making Coming Up in Nevada

ZIPoPo is an interactive performance program that combines scriptwriting, acting, directing and facilitating to teach ethical decision making skills through audience participation. ZIPoPo was developed in Russia, was shown on 22 television stations there and is now in 62 countries around the world. Shamil Fattakhov, the program creator, will be here from Russia to do the training. The program is ideal for teachers, counselors and youth programs. The program could be presented as part of school activities or after school programs. The manual includes the […] (continue)

Nonviolent Communication Training Coming Up in New York

Rita Herzog and Roberta Wall will lead a week-long workshop called “Nonviolent Communication: Learning the Language of Compassion” from July 10-16 at the Elat Chayyim retreat center in Accord NY. In this week-long workshop participants will learn and practice the art of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as developed by Marshall Rosenberg. Nonviolent Communication is seen as a powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional, and political levels. These skills have been successfully applied to parents and families, health care, educational, and work settings, social […] (continue)

Rich Harwood Announces Fall Public Innovators Lab

With the Spring 2006 Harwood Public Innovators Lab only a week away, now is the time to register for the Fall Lab, scheduled for Sept. 11-15 at the Pier 5 Hotel in Baltimore, MD. By signing up and paying your tuition, you will secure your seat – or your team’s seats – in the space. The folks at the Harwood Institute anticipate that the Lab will fill up fast, so securing your slot as early as possible is important. Register at www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=83146 (continue)

Registration Deadline Approaching for Diversity Practitioner Certificate Program

Matt Minahan send us a reminder that the May 15th application deadline is approaching for the NTL Institute’s Diversity Practitioner’s Certificate Program. NTL’s Diversity Practitioner Certificate Program builds on the skills of both beginning and experienced diversity practitioners seeking a life changing development experience. This 18-month program offers participants more than 35 days of facilitated face-to-face interaction. During the program, participants will examine diversity theory and practice from multiple perspectives and explore eliminating systems of oppression based on race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religion, age, […] (continue)

Fielding Graduate University Announces the Third Graduate level certificate program in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement

Fielding Graduate University (www.fielding.edu) is offering its third innovative certificate course and has expanded the program to the University of Sydney, Australia. This year’s program dates are August 21, 2006 to January 15, 2007. This distinctive program focuses on recent innovations in dialogue, deliberation, and public engagement featuring faculty who have played key roles in developing these approaches. It strives for the development of “virtuosity” in our practice of dialogue and deliberation. Designed and delivered in collaboration with The International Institute for Sustained Dialogue and […] (continue)