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Nominations Sought for James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

Those of you in California may be interested in the following award: The James Irvine Foundation ( http://irvine.org/ ) is accepting nominations for the 2008 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. The awards recognize individual leaders and leadership groups that are advancing innovative and effective solutions to some of the challenging issues facing California, as well as making a demonstrable difference to California’s future. Nominees may be working within any sector — nonprofit, public, or private — and within any field (e.g., education, health, housing, economic […] (continue)

DDC Publishes Draft Report on Four Years of Research

Our friends and colleagues over at the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (www.deliberative-democracy.net) have just annnounced a draft report on the first four years of research on deliberation. The report “Where is Democracy Headed? Four years of DDC research and practice” is coauthored by Peter Levine and Lars Hasselblad Torres who describe the findings, publications, and other products of the 2003 and 2005 DDC Researcher and Practitioner meetings, and incorporated those ideas in an insightful essay on the future of deliberative democracy. They make twelve key observations […] (continue)

Back From C2D2

We went to Vancouver, we conferred and now we’re back in our home communities with plenty to think about. By all accounts the second conference of the Canadian Community for Dialogue and Deliberation (C2D2) was a great successs. For me the most important takeaways were: Keynote speaker Adam Kahane’s argument that as a community of practice, we need to work with power – think about it, grapple with those who have it, and try to generate it – as much as we work with compassion […] (continue)

10Questions.com Connects Voters to Presidential Candidates

Steven Clift of E-Democracy.org recently posted about “10Questions.com” – a tool for uploading video questions that will be posed to presidential candidates in the 2008 election. You simply tag your question “10questions” and it will show up on the 10Questions site for people to vote on. The top 10 questions will get video answers from the presidential candidates. This tool is generating a lot of buzz, and will likely be used by many political candidates to connect with voters. If you are interested in this […] (continue)

Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program Open for Applications

If any of you are graduate students in New England or California working on dialogue around environmental issues, then this fellowship is for you! The Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program (www.switzernetwork.org), supports graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field. The foundation seeks to select a diversity of students from different schools, programs, disciplines, and career tracks in each fellowship class. Awards have been made to students pursuing environmental […] (continue)

Civil Rights Education Fund Invites Applications for Development Fellowship

Here’s a fellowship that may be of interest to those of you leading nonprofit organizations: The Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship was established by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (www.civilrights.org/about/lccref/) to develop the capacity of social justice organizations to raise funds necessary to serve their respective missions and further the civil rights community’s goals of equality, equal opportunity, and mutual respect. The fellowship program will identify and support persons of color who are aspiring development professionals, who have demonstrated a commitment to […] (continue)

Ontario Citizens' Assembly Proposal Down But Not Out

I’ve been busy this month doing the final edits on my dissertation, so I’ve put off posting some personal observations about the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly’s recently defeated proposal for electoral reform. For those of you who don’t know, the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly gathered randomly selected voters from around the province of Ontario to meet for eight months to learn about different electoral systems, consult with the public and decide whether Ontario needed a new voting system. After months of hard work, the Assembly members recommended […] (continue)

Civics and Civility Summit Coming Up Nov. 2 at Kansas State University

Erika Imbody at Kansas State University wrote to tell us about an upcoming forum that may be of interest to you all. On November 2nd, The Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy at Kansas State University is co-sponsoring the event: “Civics and Civility Summit: Voices of the Kansas People.” This summit is bringing together political, educational, and community leaders to: Better understand the current state of civic understanding and civility by identifying the civic knowledge, skills, and dispositions of Kansans Build an awareness of civic […] (continue)

Involve Launches New Web Resource

People and Participation.net, a new radical resource to help people across the country influence Government decision-making, was launched last week by Involve (www.involve.org.uk), the UK organization devoted to increasing public participation in decision-making. People and Participation.net features: An interactive tool which helps those seeking to engage with the public to select participatory methods based on their specific circumstances. A comprehensive methods database, covering over 30 traditional and innovative approaches to public participation from around the world. A selection of case studies, showcasing good practice and […] (continue)

Echoing Green Opens Social Innovator Fellowship Application Process

Echoing Green (www.echoinggreen.org) annually awards two-year fellowships to emerging social innovators creating innovative new organizations. These social entrepreneurs and their organizations work to close deeply-rooted social, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help all individuals reach his/her potential. The fellowships offer them the opportunity to develop and test their ideas. Fellows work in the community to launch, manage, and grow organizations that implement and continually expand their ideas for creating lasting social change. During the two-year fellowship, Echoing Green provides both […] (continue)