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From the CommunityAuthor Archives: Amy Lang

Blogger Bio:  Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

Citizen Engagement Conference Coming Up May 1-2 in Vancouver, BC

I’ve been busy these past few months working at the new Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. So I’m very happy to announce what we’ve been working on: the upcoming conference “When Citizens Decide: The Challenges of Large Scale Public Engagement,” to be held Thursday May 1 and Friday May 2, 2008 in Vancouver, BC. The conference will bring together outstanding researchers and practitioners from North America and Europe to explore the challenges of large […] (continue)

National Initiative Seeks to Build Cadre of Community-Engaged Faculty

We’re pleased to help spread the word about Faculty for the Engaged Campus, a new national initiative of Community-Campus Partnerships for Health in partnership with the University of Minnesota and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The initiative aims to strengthen community-engaged career paths in the academy by developing innovative competency-based models of faculty development, facilitating peer review and dissemination of products of community-engaged scholarship, and supporting community-engaged faculty through the promotion and tenure process. The initiative, supported by a three grant from […] (continue)

Harwood Institute Offers Two Learning Opportunities for NCDD Members

The Harwood Institute will be offering its next Harwood Public Innovators Lab March 17-20, 2008 in Baltimore, MD. The Lab is an intensive, three-day experience that will help you create new pathways to accelerate change and engender authentic hope. The aim of the Lab is to engage people in thinking about and applying the Harwood Institute’s key ideas, frameworks, and tools developed over the last eighteen years to their own context and goals. They offer alumni access to webinars and starting in February a website […] (continue)

Public Decisions Announces Winter 2008 Training Schedule

PublicDecisions.com – a worldwide leader in online training for public participation – has announced its upcoming schedule of nearly two dozen specialized classes for the first quarter of 2008. PublicDecisions provides practically oriented training for persons who work with stakeholders and the public to solve problems, craft policies/programs or achieve social change. The company’s offerings are suitable for working professionals and officials who are constrained from participating in professional development activities by geographic distances and limited budgets. Classes are conducted live, and quality is ensured […] (continue)

Compassionate Listening Project Project in the Gulf Coast

Barb Lehner, Sarita Lief and Nancy Arthur, all participants in the 2006 Compassionate Listening Advanced Training, traveled to Louisiana this past April. The purpose of the trip was to follow up with people they had met with earlier in the year and to lay the ground for the first Compassionate Listening delegations to the Gulf Coast, planned for April 2008. They spent two days in Lake Charles in Southwest Louisiana, an area spared by Hurricane Katrina but hit head-on a month later by Hurricane Rita. […] (continue)

EPA Opens CARE Proposal Application Process

The 2008 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency CARE Cooperative Agreement Request for Proposals (RFP) is now available on-line at: www.epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html#0802. Around $3 million will be available in 2008 to support community-based partnerships to reduce pollution at the local level through the Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program. Eligible applicants include county and local governments, tribes, non-profit organizations and universities. This year the application time line has been extended to 3 months and the deadline is March 17, 2008. EPA will conduct three conference calls, […] (continue)

Conflict Resolution MA Program Accepting Applications

Georgetown University is currently accepting applications for the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution. The innovative and academically rigorous program is housed in the Department of Government, with multidisciplinary core and elective course offerings. Students study with leading faculty from across the university, and take courses such as Conflict Resolution Theory and Skills, Intergroup Relations, Cross-Cultural Negotiation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. For more information, please see their website (http://conflictresolution.georgetown.edu/), or email conflictresolution@georgetown.edu. Applications will be accepted through February 15, 2008 for the fall 2008. All […] (continue)

Registration Open for John O'Donohue Workshop

Poet-Philosopher John O’Donohue teaches seminars throughout North America and Europe, encouraging leaders to become artists of their own deepest possibility. John’s work brings people to a new frontier where they can become imaginative leaders of change, gain new perspectives to illuminate pathways toward vision, and take action that is transformative. Participants learn how interdependence, imagination, and integration build your capacity to respond effectively in your leadership context. The workshop The Intense Threshold:Maintaining Integrity in the System takes place March 31 & April 1, 2008 in […] (continue)

Graduate Fellowship on US and Politics Now Accepting Applications

The Miller Center Fellowship is a competitive program for individuals completing their dissertations on American politics, foreign policy and world politics, or the impact of global affairs on the United States. It provides up to eight $20,000 grants to support one year of research and writing and pairs each fellow with a senior scholar as fellowship “mentor.” Applicants must be either 1) a Ph.D. candidate who is expecting to complete his or her dissertation by the conclusion of the fellowship year; or 2) an independent […] (continue)

Stakeholder Engagement Workshop Set for June 9-10 in Vancouver

Announcing the 2008 Co-Creative Stakeholder Engagement Workshop: If you are interested in building a network of trust-based stakeholder relationships, and are looking for new ways to engage stakeholders to resolve complex issues, this two-day executive workshop is for you. Stakeholder engagement is a critical 21st century competency in today’s complex, dynamic, and interconnected world, yet companies, government agencies, and community/civil society organizations often find it difficult to work with diverse and conflicting stakeholder needs. Led by Ann Svendsen and Myriam Laberge, participants will learn knowledge […] (continue)