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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.

Public Service Award Open to Applications

Here’s an award for graduating college seniors: The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for a year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. The award was created in honor of the late president and chief executive officer of the former New England Electric System, now National Grid (www.nationalgridus.com). Applicants should develop […] (continue)

Western Justice Center in the News!

The Western Justice Center (www.westernjustice.org) has recently been featured in the Downtown Daily News (Los Angeles) for their work on a complex multi-party facilitation process related to Chinatown and Arroyo Seco Development. WJC designed the workshops that gathered community leaders, political leaders and design professionals and provided neutral facilitators. To read the wonderful public recognition of WJC’s work in Los Angeles and their new program, Collaborations on the Urban Environment, click on: http://downtownnews.com/articles/2007/12/10/news/opinion/edit03.txt. (continue)

Nominations Open for 2008 Purpose Prize

Civic Ventures (www.civicventures.org) has opened nominations for the 2008 Purpose Prize, a major initiative that invests in people over 60 who are leading a new age of social innovation. The Prize provides five $100,000 and ten $10,000 awards to U.S. residents over 60 who are creating innovation solutions to address society’s most pressing problems – domestically and abroad. Civic Ventures believes that adults in the second half of life are leading a new wave of social innovation. Social entrepreneurs include people like Gary Maxworthy, a […] (continue)

Dynamic Facilitation Seminar Set for February

Deanna Martin wrote to let us know about an upcoming Dynamic Facilitation learning opportunity. Jim and Jean Rough will teach a special 1-day Advanced Workshop on Friday, February 8, 2008 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM in Port Townsend, WA / Fort Worden State Park. This workshop is an opportunity to share and network with others who have been using Dynamic Facilitation in a variety of ways; build your skills; and further ground yourself in the theory behind the practice. The workshop will be tailored […] (continue)

Independent Sector Invites Nominations for Nonprofit Leadership Award

The award opportunities just keep coming: Independent Sector presents the award each year to an individual whose leadership in or with the nonprofit community has been transformative and who has mobilized and unified people, institutions, or causes that improve people’s lives. The John W. Gardner Leadership Award was established to honor outstanding Americans who exemplify the leadership and the ideals of John W. Gardner (1912-2002), American statesman and founding chair of Independent Sector (www.independentsector.org). Anyone may nominate an individual for the award. Nominations should be […] (continue)

Dialogue Explores Frontline Healthcare Challenges for Canada

Last year, the Canadian Policy Research Networks (www.cprn.org) convened a group of doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, policy-makers, nonprofit leaders and academics in Ottawa for the first of a series of dialogues to discuss the issues and challenges in delivering frontline healthcare in Canada. This groundbreaking national roundtable asked the question: What will it take to make Canada the best in the world at meeting the healthcare needs of unserved and underserved populations? Their reports from this dialogue are now available online. Their discussion was […] (continue)

Southern Research Fellows Program Invites Applicants

Here’s a grant opportunity for students who are interested in youth engagement – applications are due soon on January 11, 2008! The Southern Growth Policies Board (www.southern.org), a nonpartisan public policy think tank, seeks student applicants for its new Southern Research Fellows Program, which promotes student research relating to economic development and quality of life in thirteen Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The focus of the 2008 Southern Research Fellows Program […] (continue)

WJCF Seeking Director of Programs

The Western Justice Center Foundation(www.westernjustice.org), located in Pasadena CA, designs, implements, evaluates and promotes innovative methods of conflict prevention and resolution for children, communities and courts.They are currently looking for a Director of Programs. The ideal candidate would be someone with significant non profit management experience with at least 3 years of management level background. WJCF utilizes a team approach to management. The Director of Programs reports to the Executive Director and also works with the Director of Operations and Director of Development to oversee […] (continue)

North Carolina Arts Agencies & Animating Democracy Launch New Initiative

On November 12, Barbara Schaffer Bacon and Pam Korza of Animating Democracy (www.AmericansForTheArts.org/AnimatingDemocracy) offered an Arts & Civic Engagement workshop for 60 representatives of arts and community organizations in Greensboro, High Point, and Winston-Salem, NC. The day-long forum launched the Piedmont Triad Initiative for Community Arts, a two-year initiative jointly sponsored by Salem College, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the High Point Area Arts Council, and the United Arts Council of Greater Greensboro. The Initiative for Community Arts aims to “create communities […] (continue)

Upcoming Workshops at the CogNexus Institute

The CogNexus Institute will be offering a workshop titled “The Fundamentals of Dialogue Mapping” on January 15-16, 2008 in Redwood City, California. This newly revised workshop brings participants into the workshop already familiar with Compendium and the IBIS notation. This allows us to move fast ether practicing the hard, productive and satisfying work of Dialogue Mapping. Participants will experience a fierce commitment to listening and shared understanding as well as the willingness to engage in sustained concentration and to learn in public. For more information […] (continue)