John Boik: Principled Societies Project – Local Economic Direct Democracy Association (LEDDA) Framework

John Boik

John Boik

Communities worldwide want economies that are stronger, greener, fairer, more resilient, more democratic, and more diverse. Jobs must be created, climate change addressed, infrastructure repaired, schools upgraded, and more. The LEDDA economic direct democracy framework, now under development, offers a bold yet practical solution.

The LEDDA framework provides greater organization to a local economy, one hard-wired for cooperation and steeped in democratic decision-making processes. A complete description is given in the book Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being.

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Jean Lievens: Revolutionize Corporate (All?) Learning — Beyond Formal to Informal, Mobile, Social Dichotomies

Jean Lievens

Jean Lievens

Revolutionize Corporate Learning: Beyond Formal, Informal, Mobile, Social Dichotomies

by on May 10, 2013

A report for business decision makers interested in abolishing traditional corporate training functions, creating instead vibrant modern collaborative cultures. Why? The corporate learning field is in dire need of bravery, insight, creativity and boldness. It has been stuck in an antiquated rut for too long. Full classrooms and smile-sheet summaries only indicate employees can successfully sit through training, not that these strategies demonstrate value or engender growth in competitive organizations. With a nod toward early twentieth-century innovations, moving the art world toward natural forms, the corporate education function should aim to become learning nouveau. The people responsible for fostering education throughout organizations ought to consider becoming artists. Here’s how. [Additional information at http://www.marciaconner.com/learning-nouveau/]

2012 Robert Steele: Addressing the Seven Sins of Foreign Policy — Why Defense, Not State, Is the Linch Pin for Global Engagement

Short Persistent URL: http://tinyurl.com/Kerry-Flournoy

John Kerry

I wrote this with John Kerry and Michele Flourney in mind, but regardless of who is eventually made Secretary of Defense, the core concept remains: the center of gravity for massive change in the US Government and in the nature of how the US Government ineracts with the rest of the world, lies within the Department of Defense, not the Department of State.

John Kerry, Global Engagement, and National Integrity

It troubles me that John Kerry is resisting going to Defense when he can do a thousand times more good there instead of sitting at State being, as Madeline Albright so famously put it, a “gerbil on a wheel.”  Defense is the center of gravity for the second Obama Administration, and the one place where John Kerry can truly make a difference.  Appoint Michele Flournoy as Deputy and his obvious replacement down the road, and you have an almost instant substantive make-over of Defense.  Regardless of who ends up being confirmed, what follows is a gameplan for moving DoD away from decades of doing the wrong things righter, and toward a future of doing the right things affordably, scalably, and admirably.

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Event: 12-14 Oct Seattle National Conference on Dialog & Deliberation

Sandy Heierbacher

Special announcement from NCDD…

Registration is live for the 2012 National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation, at www.ncddseattle.eventbrite.com.  Be sure to register soon to take advantage of the $350 early bird rate.
We’re so excited about NCDD Seattle!  We’re coming together October 12-14 (Fri through Sun) at the beautiful Hyatt at Olive 8 in downtown Seattle for a great event that will bring together hundreds of the most active, thoughtful, and influential people involved in public engagement and group process work across the U.S. and Canada.
After organizing 5 regional events in 2010, we’re going back to holding our biennial national gathering.  Spending three days with some of the most amazing people in our field and exploring together how we can shape the future of this important movement… there’s really nothing like it.  I hope you plan to join us.
Learn more at www.ncdd.org/events or register today at www.ncddseattle.eventbrite.com.  And please share this announcement widely!
Sandy Heierbacher
Director, National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD.org)
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  • Check out our FAQs page for lots of details about registration fees, conference venue, and much more.
  • Complete our Interest Form for NCDD Seattle to let us know if you’re interested in getting involved in the planning process, helping out at the event, sponsoring, publicizing the conference, presenting a workshop, etc.
  • Consider supporting this important convening by becoming an All-Star Sponsor, Co-Sponsor or Partner of NCDD Seattle. Learn more about sponsorship options and benefits.
  • Learn more about NCDD’s events and why we think you’ll enjoy NCDD Seattle.