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Journal for Public Deliberation Vol. 3(1) Available Online

The online Journal for Public Deliberation (http://services.bepress.com/jpd/) has just published its Volume 3, Issue 1 (2007) edition. This edition of the journal includes articles on “Activist Views of Deliberation” by Peter Levine and Rose Marie Nierras, on the “Sociology of Deliberation” by David Ryfe, on “Deliberation and the Problem of Power” by Alison Kadlec and Will Friedman, as well as several other essays and reviews. David Ryfe has posted a short summary of his article over at The Democracy Movement blog (http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/blog/?p=217), about the difficulties […] (continue)

Journal for Civic Commitment Accepting Article Submissions

The Journal for Civic Commitment, a twice-yearly, online journal dedicated to service learning and civic engagement, is currently accepting articles for possible publication in its Fall 2007 issue. The publishers welcome articles discussing civic engagement, service learning, service learning projects, and community-based research. Articles will be reviewed from academic faculty, community volunteers, community partners, and students. (For complete Authors’ guidelines, visit www.mc.maricopa.edu/engagement/Journal). The deadline for submission for the Fall 2007 issue is July 31st. If you have any questions, feel free to email the journal’s […] (continue)

Arsalyn Invites Young NCDDers to Apply for Upcoming Gathering

This year’s theme for Arsalyn’s annual youth conference is “Bridging the Partisan Divide: Rediscovering Deliberation,” and Arsalyn would like to encourage everyone in the NCDD network to think about who they work with between the ages of 16 and 20 who may benefit from attending. And if you’re one of our younger members, we strongly encourage you to apply yourself! Arsalyn will be inviting 120 young people ages 16-20 to the conference to learn the art of political deliberation. They are providing food, lodging, conference […] (continue)

Do Something Offering Weekly Grants for Young Social Entrepreneurs

Do Something ( www.dosomething.org) is a not-for-profit organization that works to inspire, support, and celebrate young social entrepreneurs and community activists. The organization is accepting applications for the following grant programs: Do Something and GameStop (www.gamestop.com) are offering grants of $500 each to young people, age 25 and younger, in the United States or Canada who have a great idea for a community-action project and need support to turn their idea into reality. GameStop grants are given out weekly. Do Something and Plum TV (www.plumtv.com) […] (continue)

Public Agenda Seeking Public Engagement Project Manager

Public Agenda, a non-profit, non-partisan public opinion research and civic engagement organization (www.publicagenda.org) in New York City is seeking a project manager/researcher for its Public Engagement department. Public Agenda is at the forefront of the exciting and fast growing field of civic engagement and dialogue and deliberation, and is looking for a confident, motivated professional to fill this entrepreneurial position. (continue)

Venezuelan Communal Councils

NCDD member, Jason Diceman, is working in Cumanà, Venezuela and has recently added an article to Wikipedia about Venezuelan Communal Councils (with special thanks to Josh Lerner for his research and contributions). Here’s an excerpt: In April 2006 the Venezuelan government passed The Law of Communal Councils (consejo comunales) which empowers citizens to assemble, deliberate and vote on the creation of neighbourhood development plans and to elect local spokespersons to oversee their implementation. Meetings regularly include 50 to 150 citizens and are often convened on […] (continue)

Al Gore’s New Book on Democratic Discourse

It’s been out for two days and it’s already #3 on Amazon.com. Al Gore’s new book “The Assault on Reason” focuses on the way we debate and decide on the critical issues of the day. This a major opportunity for our field…are we ready to respond? Here’s an excerpt from Gore’s note to Amazon readers: Reasoned, focused discourse is vital to our democracy to ensure a well-informed citizenry. But this is difficult in an environment in which we are experiencing a new pattern of serial obsessions […] (continue)

Paid NCDD Members Get 15% Discount on IAP2 Training

The Perspectives Group is presenting the IAP2 Course in Public Participation three more times this year in Alexandria, VA. 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 […] (continue)

CIES Now Accepting Applications for Research Award in Germany

Those of you studying dialogue and deliberation at the level of international politics may be interested in the Fulbright-Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Research Award in International Politics in Germany, sponsored by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. (This is CIES Award #8259). The award will be offered to one junior or senior scholar in the field of international politics to spend 2 to 10 months performing research and occasional lectures in Berlin in the areas of European integration and enlargement, European and Atlantic […] (continue)

Colombe Foundation Seeks to Support Peace Programs

A program of the Proteus Fund (www.proteusfund.org), the Colombe Foundation seeks to create a peaceful world through changes in American policy. The fund support efforts working toward the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, a shift from war to conflict prevention and resolution, and a shift from military spending to investments in programs addressing poverty, environmental degradation, and other root causes of violence. The foundation currently makes grants to organizations in the United States that share its mission and use the following strategies: grassroots organizations […] (continue)