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The “collaborative action” stream is focused on empowering people and groups to focus on their own role in solving complicated problems, and helping them self-organize to take responsibility for the solution. Study Circles, Future Search, and Appreciative Inquiry are considered part of this stream.

Harwood Public Innovators Labs Announced for May and September

The Harwood Public Innovators Lab is designed for people who do public work and are interested in deepening their understanding of how to make an impact in that work. This is not a “skills-building” program but rather a chance to reflect on and assess your work through a unique set of frameworks. The Harwood Institute will be offering two Labs this year: a Spring Lab from May 21 – 25, 2006 and a Fall Lab from September 11 – September 15, 2006. Both will be […] (continue)

Grassroots Exchange Fund Accepting Applications for 2006

The Common Counsel Foundation’s (commoncounsel.org) Grassroots Exchange Fund (formerly the Grantee Exchange Fund) provides discretionary small grants to build bridges between grassroots organizations throughout the United States. The fund was established to encourage social change organizations to seek technical assistance from one another, and to help build regional and national networks among organizations. GXF prioritizes grants to small community- based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities. GXF awards grants averaging $300-$800 […] (continue)

Coming Soon: Changemakers Award Competition on "How to Improve Health for All"

Beginning March 1, the Ashoka Changemakers program (www.changemakers.net) will host a global competition for the best solutions on “How to Improve Health for All” that emphasize collaborative partnerships between citizen-sector, business, and government organizations. Participants will be encouraged to submit the most innovative and cost-effective solutions that can be widely replicated and are financially sustainable. The Changemakers Innovation Awards series is based on a unique “open source” format where participants compete by entering the best solutions to pressing social issues while collaborating to advance current […] (continue)

New Civic Engagement Opportunity: Join the Potluck Action Network

The Potluck Action Network (www.potluckactionnetwork.org), is building a network of thousands of potluck groups across Canada and the US, meeting in each other’s homes on a regular basis for the long term, to plan and experience active civic engagement. Each person in each potluck group of twelve commits to doing one progressive action of their own choosing per month, while discussing it and getting feedback from the other members of the group at the potlucks. Designed for members of every age, from ten through college […] (continue)

EPA Announces Air Innovations Grant

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has just posted a series of Air Innovations Grant announcements on their website at epa.gov/air/grants_funding.html. In particular, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) is seeking applications from states, territories, Indian Tribes, and possessions of the U.S., including the District of Columbia, international organizations, public and private universities and colleges, hospitals, laboratories, other public or private nonprofit institutions, which propose projects with significant technical merit and relevance to EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation’s mission. For certain competitive […] (continue)

World Citizens To Debate Urban Sustainability Online, Dec. 1-3, 2005

Habitat JAM, an unprecedented online global dialogue on urban sustainability, will be held for 72 hours from 1-3 December, 2005. Sponsored by the Government of Canada, in partnership with UN-HABITAT and IBM, the Habitat JAM promises to engage, empower and stimulate tens of thousands of global citizens, rich and less fortunate alike, with the ultimate goal of turning ideas into action on critical issues related to urban sustainability. The Habitat JAM is a preparatory event to the third session of the World Urban Forum being […] (continue)

Institute for Community Research Announces 2007 Conference

The Institute for Community Research has just announced it will be holding the 2nd International Community-Based Research Conference from June 7 – 9, 2007 in Connecticut, USA. Witht he theme of Beyond the Crossroads: Transformations in Community-Based Research, the conference will bring together those who are committed to using research for social change. Transformations will build on the themes from our 2004 Crossroads conference addressing critical issues in community-based research partnerships, theory, methodology, methods of dissemination and ethics. (2004 conference program at: www.incommunityresearch.org/news/documents/crossroadsprogram.pdf) The conference […] (continue)

White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation Focuses on "Shared Governance"

Federal officials working for environmental, land-management, and wildlife agencies gathered in August with state, local, and tribal officials; nonprofit conservation organizations; and private landowners and businesses for the fourth-ever White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation. The first such conference was convened by Teddy Roosevelt in 1908 and set a 40-year course for conservation in the United States. This year’s theme, “Strengthening shared governance and citizen stewardship,” sought to celebrate what Interior Secretary Gail Norton called a new chapter built on “communication, consultation, and cooperation, in […] (continue)

PCI and NPCC Launching a "Public Solutions System"

For the past several years, the Policy Consensus Initiative (PCI) and the National Policy Consensus Center (NPCC) have been developing an approach to collaborative governance for states that can be adapted and applied to complex policy issues in which multiple sectors have a stake in the outcomes, and no single entity can produce a solution on its own. The model is based on lessons from the past 30 years about what makes collaborative processes legitimate and effective. This “Public Solutions System” is not intended to […] (continue)

Fetzer Institute Sponsoring Conference on Democracy

The Fetzer Institute (www.fetzer.org) will be sponsoring the Second Conference on Democracy in America, this December 1-4, 2005 in Colorado. The conference is co-sponsored by the Christian Coalition of America, Moveon.org and the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation. Facilitators include Mark Gerzon, President, Mediators Foundation (Chief Facilitator, Bi-Partisan Congressional Retreats) and William Ury, Director, Global Negotiation Project, Harvard Law School (co-author, “Getting to Yes”). Three day facilitated dialogue among 20-24 leaders of national political/civil associations, 1/3 generally perceived left, 1/3 generally perceived right, 1/3 […] (continue)

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