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Opportunity to apply for Bush Fellowships

Just saw a tweet about these Bush Fellowships with the Bush Foundation, and wanted to encourage some NCDDers to apply!  The Foundation was established in 1953 by 3M executive Archibald Bush and his wife, Edyth, and its mission is “to be a catalyst for the courageous leadership necessary to create sustainable solutions to tough public problems and ensure community vitality.”

A couple of important requirements:  Must have lived for one continuous year immediately prior to the application deadline in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, or one of the 23 sovereign nations that shares the same geographic area with these states.  The application deadline is May 4. Reference Letter deadline is April 27.

Here are some more details:

The Bush Fellowship is an opportunity for individuals to increase their capacity for and improve their practice of leadership while working with others to solve tough problems in their communities.

The Bush Fellowship Program is based on four core principles:

  • Knowing yourself first – because effective leadership builds effective relationships that improve a community. Without clarity about your own values and beliefs, it is impossible to be effective working with others.
  • Knowing your community deeply – active listening and learning to access the community’s knowledge and resources.
  • Fostering community action to solve a tough public problem.
  • Managing conflict – searching for answers in the differences among people.

We believe each of these principles needs to be present if solutions to the many tough problems that exist in our communities are to be solved.

Who should apply for a Bush Fellowship?

  • Anyone who cares deeply about their community and is committed to making it a better place for all.
  • Anyone who has a desire to work with others in their community, including those with whom they disagree, to find solutions to a tough problem affecting their community.
  • Anyone who understands that change needs to happen if solutions to a tough problem are to be found and that the change needs to start with them.
  • Anyone who is passionate about learning and is committed to improving their leadership in order to work with others to solve a tough problem.
  • Anyone who understands that risk, failure and conflict are not to be feared when working to find solutions to a tough problem but are necessary in order to make progress.
  • Anyone who understands that the solutions to their community’s tough problems are to be found within the collective wisdom of the community.

Learn more about the fellowship program at www.bushfoundation.org/solutions/building-leadership-capacity/bush_fellowship.

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Sandy Heierbacher
Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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