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Blogger Bio:  Andy Fluke is the co-founder of NCDD and currently provides creative support to many of NCDD's publications and events. He also works with a handful of other NCDD members on a variety of projects as consultant and designer. More about his work can be found at www.andyfluke.com.

Case Foundation Giving Challenges

Kristen Cambell, of the Case Foundation, emailed us over the holiday break to let us know about a pair of “giving” challenges they have initiated for the 2007 holiday season which will continue until the end of this month. The first, the America’s Giving Challenge is in partnership with Parade Magazine (parade.com) and they’ll be giving away 108 awards totaling $500,000! Anyone who wants to advocate on behalf of a cause they care about can participate in one of two ways: by championing a cause […] (continue)

Search for Common Ground's US-Muslim Engagement

Here’ a short blurb from the Search for Common Ground‘s winter newsletter we thought you might be interested in… In partnership with the Consensus Building Institute, we are carrying out a project, called US-Muslim Engagement: Reversing the Downward Spiral. The goal is to improve US relations with the Muslim world. At the project’s core is a Leadership Group that includes former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Imam Feisal Rauf, Shamil Idriss of the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations, Vali Nasr of the Council on Foreign Relations, […] (continue)

Public Agenda Press Release Touts Public Dialogue

With the primary election season getting underway and bringing issues to the headlines, the nonpartisan policy research and civic engagement organization Public Agenda’s president, Ruth Wooden, has released a statement calling for Washington insiders to engage citizens as part of the decision-making process. From their press release dated January 3rd… “Until leaders invest trust in the American people, create more opportunities for average citizens to explore issues from multiple points of view and help them confront the facts of our nation’s greatest challenges through dialogue, […] (continue)

NCDD Discount Available for January 8th Online Training

How do you distinguish prospective clients who want to conduct a true public participation process from those who really want a marketing campaign? This question and other techniques and approaches for screening and qualifying clients in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors are examined in Consultant’s Corner: Qualifying Prospects Who Want to Engage You, a training presented online by PublicDecisions.com. Participants will learn key insights for making a go/no go decision from a panel of p2 consultants with extensive experience in all three sectors. Guest […] (continue)

"Art of Hosting" Training Later This Month

Chris Corrigan, of the Parking Lot blog, has sent us an announcement for an upcoming 4-day experiential learning program which uses PeerSpirit Circle, World Cafe, Open Space Technology and Appreciative Inquiry to explore designing, convening, hosting and harvesting conversations that matter. The Art of Hosting, a pattern language for working with conversational leadership in living systems, will be held at the Whidbey Institute near Seattle, USA, January 24-27, 2008. You can learn more about this gathering here. (continue)

Leadership Training Program for Colorado's Young Professionals

Here’s an opportunity for younger members of the D&D community from Colorado to look into. Graduates of a four-year university or college who have a Colorado connection (e.g., be a state resident, have attended an in-state college/university, or have family who are current or past residents) are invited to apply for the El Pomar Fellowship, a post-graduate program of the Colorado Springs-based El Pomar Foundation (www.elpomar.org). Fellows have the opportunity to pursue personal and professional growth through direct program and project management, community development, and grantmaking. The […] (continue)

J-Lab Project to Fund 10 Community News Initiatives

J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism (www.j-lab.org) has announced an invitation to U.S. nonprofit groups and education organizations to apply for funding to launch community news ventures in 2008 and to share best practices and lessons learned from their efforts. The New Voices Project will help fund the start-up of ten innovative local news initiatives next year. Each project may receive as much as $17,000 in grants over two years. Of the ten projects to be funded in 2008, at least three will target former Knight newspaper communities. Grant […] (continue)

Learning Democracy by Doing Conference Calls for Proposals

We have just received a reminder from Melissa Abramovitz that the call for workshop proposals for the Learning Democracy by Doing conference closes at the end of this month. This international conference organized by the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC) Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) focuses on alternative practices in citizenship learning and participatory democracy and will be held October 16-18, 2008 at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. From the Transformative Learning Centre website: We are […] (continue)

Planning Team for the 2008 NCDD Conference

NCDD’s biennial conferences are unique experiments in collaborative planning, and we have managed dynamic mostly-volunteer planning teams of about 60 people for each of our three previous conferences. This year, over 100 people joined the planning team (!) which, as always, was open to anyone who wanted to get involved. Learn more about the planning process. People to contact if you have questions (about what’s in the parentheses): Andy Fluke – NCDD Creative Director (website, publications, blog and other technology) Joy Garman – NCDD Office […] (continue)

Venezuelan Communal Councils

NCDD member, Jason Diceman, is working in Cumanà, Venezuela and has recently added an article to Wikipedia about Venezuelan Communal Councils (with special thanks to Josh Lerner for his research and contributions). Here’s an excerpt: In April 2006 the Venezuelan government passed The Law of Communal Councils (consejo comunales) which empowers citizens to assemble, deliberate and vote on the creation of neighbourhood development plans and to elect local spokespersons to oversee their implementation. Meetings regularly include 50 to 150 citizens and are often convened on […] (continue)