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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.

SCRC and League of Women Voters Organizes National Discussion on Civil Liberties and Homeland Security

With Congress preparing to debate provisions of the PATRIOT Act this fall, many people are thinking about what they can do locally to strike a balance between civil liberties and homeland security. To aid in the process, the Study Circles Resource Center and the League of Women Voters Education Fund are launching a national initiative this month called Local Voices: Citizen Conversations on Civil Liberties and Secure Communities. The three-part discussion series gives everyday people a chance to talk about ways they can keep their […] (continue)

News From the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

The Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (www.sustaineddialogue.org) is a network of 16 colleges and universities across the nation focusing on communication that addresses deep-seated social issues such as racism, religion, sexual orientation, and class. In addition to on-campus activities, the SDCN recently organized its 2nd National Conference that took place April 9-10, attracting about 130 students and administrators from 18 colleges and high schools around the country. By all accounts, the conference was a great success, generating much networking and problem-solving. The SDCN also produces a […] (continue)

New Information Society Law and Policy Journal Available Online

We just heard about the launch of the new journal I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society. I/S is an interdisciplinary journal of research and commentary concentrating on the intersection of law, policy, and information technology. The first issue features a symposium on electronic rule-making, book reviews and an article on HIV/AIDS, Information and Communication in Africa. The journal is jointly produced by Carnegie Mellon’s InSITeS and the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at The Ohio State University’s Moritz […] (continue)

Conference on Water Sustainability Will Use Assembly Dialogue Method

Helen Spector asked us to announce the upcoming conference on water sustainability in Berkeley, CA on June 19. The conference will focus on both the San Francisco Watershed and the global water crisis. They will be using the the methodology that Helen presented at the NCDD conference last fall – the Assembly methodology developed for the Barcelona Parliament of the World’s Religions that promotes reflection, dialogue and movement to action. The conference is also part of the United Nations 60th Anniversary events. For more information […] (continue)

Corporation for Positive Change Reports Success in Longmont, CO

The Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) has just announced its success using Appreciative Inquiry to engage in participatory planning in Longmont, CO. The initial stages of the project included over 80 one-on-one interviews, community conversations, and a one day community summit. These events brought in many residents who had not participated previously in city-sponsored activities. In the next few months, the CPC will begin the third stage of the Longmont project: incorporating the discoveries from the Discovery and Dreaming phases into Designing plans for Longmont’s […] (continue)

Democracy Lab Offers New Online Deliberation Opportunities

Democracy Lab has recently announced three new opportunities to incorporate online deliberation into your classroom. First, From June 29 to July 1, they’re holding a workshop on Using Deliberation in the High School Classroom in State College, PA. Inquire regarding online possibilities, including enrolling in the workshop for graduate credit, at demlab@lhup.edu. Second, it’s time to reserve space for your classes in Democracy Lab’s Fall 2005 online issues forums. Details are here. Third, Democracy Lab is now conducting a second round of Request for Proposals […] (continue)

Video Captures Quiet Revolution in Haiti

We recently heard about an intriguing new video documentary Circles of Change: a quiet revolution in Haiti – a 20 minute DVD/VHS video about the grassroots movement that is transforming notions and practices in education and leadership in Haiti and beyond. To learn more about it go to www.circlesofchange.com. (continue)

SF Listens Engages Hundreds of San Francisco Residents on Budget Priorities

We just receieved a report from AmericaSpeaks about its recent project “San Francisco Listens.” In April 2005 AmericaSpeaks assisted Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco to hold three meetings around the city that engaged 500 residents in discussions on budget priorities. The meetings addressed the current San Francisco budget crisis and offered participants the opprtunity to prioritize key issues, provide feedback on strategies to address these issues, and suggest additional strategies. The prioritization of policy issues varied by community, but several emerged as issues of […] (continue)

Shambhala Institute Newsletter Available Online

The Shambhala Institute is now posting its newsletter Fieldnotes online. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, The Shambhala Institute is dedicated to promoting positive change through leadership courses, partnerships and community-building, using principles of the Shambhala wisdom tradition. Check out their most recent newsletters at www.shambhalainstitute.org/Fieldnotes. (continue)

Taos Institute Publishes Two New Books on Appreciative Inquiry

Taos Institute (www.taosinstitute.net), a longtime supporter of Appreciative Inquiry techniques, has announced the publication of two new books that will be of interest to Happenings readers. Experiential Learning Exercises In Social Construction: A Field Book for Creating Change (2004) presents exercises that have been organized into Learning Labs that will invite innovative thinking and practice with those familiar with social construction theory as well as those who are newcomers to constructionist thinking. In Appreciative Sharing of Knowledge: Leveraging Knowledge Management for Strategic Change (2005) Tojo […] (continue)

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