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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.

Seeking Center Director for the Downtown Education Collaborative

The Downtown Education Collaborative (DEC)—a community education partnership between Andover College, Bates College, Central Maine Community College, and University of Southern Maine, Lewiston-Auburn—seeks an experienced, creative, dynamic leader to coordinate a unique initiative: the launch of a storefront center dedicated to joint, community-based educational work in and with Lewiston’s downtown residential neighborhood. The ideal candidate will be a skilled collaborator, an able organizer, and a social entrepreneur with an ability to work comfortably in both academic and community settings. S/he will be skilled and knowledgeable […] (continue)

Call for Papers on the Global Convergence of Civil and Human Rights

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (www.bcri.org) has put out a call for papers on the theme of “A Single Struggle: The Global Convergence of Civil and Human Rights” for its upcoming conference May 1-2, 2008 in Birmingham Alabama. If you are interested in presenting, submit a 1-2 page abstract and curriculum vita to Dr. Horace Huntley at hhuntley@bcri.org by December 15, 2007. Papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length. You can expect a response to your submission no later than January 15, […] (continue)

Registration Now Open for Authentic Leadership Institute

The Shambhala Institute has just announced that registration is now open for the eighth annual Authentic Leadership Summer Institute, June 22-28 2008 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Institute features ten parallel modules led by internationally recognized thought leaders, researchers, and practitioners working at the edge of emerging new fields. Participants can choose one module as a five-day focus and learn practical skills for creating a culture of authenticity while navigating complex challenges. Participants will also strengthen their leadership presence and capacity through meditation and creative […] (continue)

CPRN Reports Highlight Contributions of Citizens to Fiscal Balance Policy

Despite recent funding cuts, the Canadian Policy Research Networks (www.cprn.org) continues to produce important research on the impact that citizen engagement can have on public policy processes. In the presentation “Complexity, Politics, Policy and People,” former CPRN Civic Engagement Director Mary Pat MacKinnon offers insights on how a process of deliberative dialogue was used by the Canadian Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance as part of its consultative process on how to better share funds between governments. I saw Mary Pat present this very interesting work […] (continue)

New Report: Citizenship as Wealth

NCDD member Cynthia Gibson sent us a link to a new online study that argues we should think of a country’s wealth in terms of social capital and citizenship practices. The study called “Where is the Wealth of Nations? Measuring Capital in the 21st Century” reports that the true wealth of a nation is not its natural resources or its built capital but instead is its intangible capital: trust among people, an efficient judicial system, clear property rights, and effective government. For developed countries, 80% […] (continue)

Obama Tech Plan Aims for Connected Democracy

NCDD member Beth Noveck wrote to us recently about the Obama Technology Plan, announced in mid November. In addition to taking a stand on such issues as net neutrality, media cross-ownership and patent reform, the plan contains an extensive proposal to create a “transparent and connected democracy” and includes a commitment to establish “pilot programs to open up government decision-making and involve the public in the work of agencies, not simply by soliciting opinions, but by tapping into the vast and distributed expertise of the […] (continue)

Online Resources for Dialogue

NCDD Member Juli Fellows wrote to us recently with some amazing resources to inspire our own conversations about media, technology, science and other pressing issues and concerns of the day. These video excerpts come from conferences on these issues and are available free online. The list was compiled by Denise Lalonde of Lalonde Consulting and Coaching. 1) TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever […] (continue)

Network for Peace Through Dialogue Seeks Program Director, Web Manager

The Network for Peace through Dialogue (www.networkforpeace.com) is a small non-profit organization which was incorporated in 1990. It is dedicated toward promoting dialogue, a necessary step in bringing about a peaceful society. The Network is currently seeking to fill two positions: a part-time Web Manager and a half-time Program Director to manage three of its dialogue programs beginning early in 2008. The Web Manager would work approximately 5 hours/week at a salary of $20-25/hr, maintaining the Network For Peace website using Dreamweaver. For more information […] (continue)

Civic Engagement Center Seeks Founding Director

Drew University (www.drew.edu), a highly selective liberal arts college located 30 miles outside New York City, seeks applications for the position of Founding Director for its new Center for Civic Engagement, with appointment to begin summer/fall 2008. The position will involve program development, administrative and teaching responsibilities, and the Director will interact regularly with practitioners and their organizations in the community. The Director will also have an appointment in a department, though rank and academic discipline are open. The Center aspires to build on Drew’s […] (continue)

Call for Papers on Deliberative Democracy in Higher Education

The Democracy Imperative has issued a call for short proposals to write Catalyst Papers on critical issues relating to advancing deliberative democracy in and through higher education. The deadline is quickly approaching on December 10, but these proposals are supposed to be short (less than a page). Writers will work in teams, so even the work load will be spread out. You can propose a team. Mini-grants are $1000 for the writing team organizer and $500 for each member. Teams are capped at five people. […] (continue)