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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.

CPRN Seeks Project Manager

The Canadian Policy Research Networks (www.cprn.org) is seeking a bilingual (English and French) Project Manager. The two Project Managers at CPRN share responsibility for the coordination and administration of research projects from the initial planning to closure. They are assigned projects by the Vice-President, Research. The Project Managers assist with the preparation of detailed budgets, are responsible for monitoring contracts and project deliverables which includes preparation of detailed monthly reports through to final publication of research reports. The position also entails the preparation and overall […] (continue)

AID Offers Support for Campus Human Rights Campaigns

Here’s a grant opportunity for those of you on university campuses – but the deadline, January 10, 2008, is coming up soon! Americans for Informed Democracy (www.aidemocracy.org) is accepting proposals for its “Rights Camera Action” program from campus groups interested in organizing a human rights campaign at their university. Campus groups will propose innovative campaigns around a global human rights issues and prepare to document their experiences on film. Proposals will be evaluated on their potential to create substantive change at their university and to […] (continue)

USIP Opens National Peace Essay Contest

The United States Institute of Peace (www.usip.org) is inviting high school students to enter a national essay contest. The topic for the 2007-08 competition is “Natural Resources and Conflict.” Participants are asked to write a 1,500-word essay stating what they believe are the necessary elements for the development of fair, peaceful, or effective use of natural resources after a conflict. Students are eligible to participate if they are in grades nine through twelve in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or a […] (continue)

EPA Calls for Award Nominations

Here’s a great award to kick off the new year: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominations for their Achievement in Environmental Justice Awards. The deadline is coming up soon – nominations must be postmarked by January 11, 2008. Organizations should be nominated for their achievement in addressing environmental justice issues or achieving the goals of environmental justice in a manner that results in positive impacts to a community. The award competition will be open to all organizations within the United States. The nominated […] (continue)

Louise Diamond Offering Change Agent Master Class in 2008

Louise Diamond will be offering a year-long master class for social change agents called How to Change the World. Beginning in January, this course covers the Four Wisdom Ways, or four areas of knowledge and skill essential to effective change leadership. Each Wisdom Way is explored in a three-month session that combines a 4-day intensive workshop with distance learning. You can take any session separately, or all of them for an integrated program. The fee for this first session of How to Change the World […] (continue)

Early Registration Open for Tools For Participation Conference

Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and the UC Berkeley School of Information have opened up early bird registration for their upcoming conference on online deliberation, with the theme of “Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support, Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing Symposium” (www.publicsphereproject.org/events/diac08/). The conference will be held June 26 – 29, 2008. DIAC-08 combines CPSR’s 11th DIAC symposium with the third Conference on Online Deliberation. The joint conference is intended to provide a platform and a forum for highlighting socio-technological opportunities, challenges, […] (continue)

Young Scholars Invited to Apply for Youth Purpose Research Awards

Here’s another grant opportunity that aims to fund research on youth and “purpose,” which sounds a lot like civic engagement to me: The Stanford Center on Adolescence supports young scholars pursuing research related to youth purpose. The program defines “purpose” as “a stable and generalized intention to accomplish something that is at once meaningful to the self and of intended consequence beyond the self.” Up to four awards of no more than $10,000 each will be given in 2008 and 2009 for dissertation, postdoctoral, and […] (continue)

Applications Open for Phillips Fund Grant for Native American Research

Here’s a small research grant opportunity for younger scholars doing work with Native Americans: Based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society ( http://www.amphilsoc.org/ ) provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental United States and Canada. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, psycholinguistics, or for the preparation of pedagogical materials. The committee distinguishes ethnohistory from contemporary ethnography as the study […] (continue)

California Council for the Humanities Announces Guidelines for Story Fund

Here’s a grant that aims to promote public storytelling and reflection – what a lovely idea! The California Story Fund is an ongoing grant program of the California Council for the Humanities (www.calhum.org). The council will award competitive grants to public humanities programs that bring to light compelling stories from California’s diverse communities and provide opportunities for collective reflection and public discussion. The Story Fund is intended to encourage Californians from many communities to share their stories, thus promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the […] (continue)

Call for Conference Proposals on Service Learning and Civic Engagement

The Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) is now inviting proposal submissions to present at its 17th national annual conference, Recipes for Student Retention through Service Learning and Civic Engagement, to be held on May 21-23, 2008. The deadline for submitting proposals is February 4th, 2008. Conference presentations are 1-hour or 90-minute sessions, which should be designed to be highly interactive. Proposals to present at the conference must be submitted in electronic form. In keeping with the conference theme, some of the issues […] (continue)