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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.

Ashoka's Changemakers Announces Competition to Help Young Men Succeed

Those of you working with youth may be interested in this grant: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (www.rwjf.org) andAshoka’s Changemakers (www.changemakers.net) havelaunched a new global competition challenging organizations to submit their most innovative approaches to addressing the societal problems facing young men. Young Men at Risk: Transforming the Power of a Generation invites organizations working with 15- to 25-year-old males to submit their unique approaches to helping disadvantaged young men. The competition is aimed at identifying the most innovative approaches to helping a generation of […] (continue)

Nominations Sought for James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards

Those of you in California may be interested in the following award: The James Irvine Foundation ( http://irvine.org/ ) is accepting nominations for the 2008 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. The awards recognize individual leaders and leadership groups that are advancing innovative and effective solutions to some of the challenging issues facing California, as well as making a demonstrable difference to California’s future. Nominees may be working within any sector — nonprofit, public, or private — and within any field (e.g., education, health, housing, economic […] (continue)

NCDD Members Finalists in Make It Your Own Awards™

We’re thrilled to pass along the news that two of NCDD’s members have been selected as finalists in the Case Foundation’s Make it Your Own Awards civic engagement grants program. Jim Rough (Dynamic Facilitation) and Sara Read (American Values Are, LLC) were selected for the top 100 finalists out of a pool of nearly 5,000 applications. The Top 100 breakthrough ideas that will now compete for 20 $10,000 grants and four $25,000 grants. View the Top 100 here: http://miyo.casefoundation.org/top100?NLC-Monthly&ID=Top100list. You can read project diaries, offer […] (continue)

Peace Tiles Project Seeking Feedback and Collaboration

Sandy blogged recently about the many activities that Lars Torres has organized with his Peace Tiles project (www.peacetiles.net). For World Aids Day, coming up December 1st, Lars wrote to us to ask for help and feedback on three parts of the Peace Tiles project. Lars writes: 1) Would you have a look at our AIDS discussion guide, “A Triumph of the Spirit” and provide some feedback? The aim here is to use the Peace Tiles created by children as an entry-point into discussions that illuminate […] (continue)

City Hall Fellows Program Seeks Academics for Board

City Hall Fellows (www.cityhallfellows.org) – a new, nationwide, non-partisan, nonprofit organization formed to develop a new cadre of enlightened local government leaders from recent college graduates, is building a National Academic Advisory Board to provide advice and guidance on the development, content and implementation of the training program, “Civic Leadership Development Program.” Visit http://icma.org/documents/Civic_Leadership_Development_Program_Overview.pdf for a detailed summary of the program. City Hall Fellows places outstanding recent college graduates within the highest levels of local governments around the country in cohorts of 10 or more. […] (continue)

DDC Publishes Draft Report on Four Years of Research

Our friends and colleagues over at the Deliberative Democracy Consortium (www.deliberative-democracy.net) have just annnounced a draft report on the first four years of research on deliberation. The report “Where is Democracy Headed? Four years of DDC research and practice” is coauthored by Peter Levine and Lars Hasselblad Torres who describe the findings, publications, and other products of the 2003 and 2005 DDC Researcher and Practitioner meetings, and incorporated those ideas in an insightful essay on the future of deliberative democracy. They make twelve key observations […] (continue)

Latest Utne Publishes Two Articles on Dialogue

The Utne Reader (www.utne.com) has two articles in its latest issue on promoting dialogue across social divides. One article titled The Great Divide interviews Stephen Miller, author of Conversation: A History of a Declining Art (Yale University Press, 2006). The interview covers Miller’s argument about why conversation has declined, and what we can do to revive this lost art around the dinner table and in public. A second article titled Dish it Up interviews the hosts of Minneapolis community dinner events that are designed to […] (continue)

Debate Association Launches Debatepedia.org

The International Debate Education Association (www.idebate.org) has just launched Debatepedia.org, a wiki with the ambitious mission of becoming the world’s “Wikipedia of debate and reason”. On Debatepedia, people can help edit and co-create an encyclopedia of debates by adding pro and con arguments and compiling bodies of supporting evidence within a unique pro/con “logic tree” structure. Debatepedia is also a place for documenting the positions of leaders and organizations. The potential range of debates on Debatepedia is limitless and includes topics that are international, national, […] (continue)

International Day for Sharing Life Stories Set for May 2008

The Center for Digital Storytelling is joining with the Museum of the Person International Network (Brazil, Portugal, USA and Canada) in a joint call for Listen! – International Day of Sharing Life Stories, on May 16th 2008. The day will be an opportunity for people around the world to gather in community halls, classrooms, public parks, theaters, auditoriums, as well websites, email exchanges, and virtual environments to hear each other’s stories. We want this day to be especially dedicated to celebrating and promoting Life Story […] (continue)

USM Students Help Fight Crime in New Orleans

We heard recently from facilitators Maribeth Love and Paul Saputo about how they guided one New Orleans community on behalf of the Southern Mississippi Council of Conversations for Change to develop its first ever community impact statement. This document, created through a deliberative process, addresses the community-wide impact of what New Orleans Police Sergeant Doug Eckert called a “one-man crime wave.” (continue)