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E-PARCC Competition for Teaching Cases Development in Transition and Conflict Societies: Effective Use of Collaborative Methods in International Development

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Parcc LogoAre you an international development academic, researcher, or practitioner, with a range of experiences in development management in transition and conflict countries? If so, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at the Maxwell School is hosting a new E-PARCC competition for teaching cases: the Gelndal E. and Alice D. Wright Prize Fund for Conflict and Collaboration Case Studies in International Development. The best teaching case will win a $5,000 prize, and runner up will win a $1000 honorable mention. The competition is open to academics, researchers, and practitioners that are or have been actively involved in development projects through international multilateral and bilateral donor organizations, national and local governments in transition and conflict countries, and international and national civil society organizations. All cases must be original and not yet published elsewhere. Winning cases are published online and downloadable free of charge on the E-PARCC website, with full credit given to authors. Click here for more information.

Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change

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The Harvard Kennedy Schools Executive Education Program is offering an engaging online community organizing course that specializes in the development of leadership in civic associations, advocacy groups, and social movements. Over a 14-week period, the program supports participants in identifying, recruiting, and developing leadership; building community around that leadership; and enabling that community to translate its resources into the power it needs to achieve its goals. The course, which begins on February 5th and runs through May 20th, is accepting applications until December 5th, 2017. To apply, or for more information on program dates, tuition, and curriculum, visit the Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change website here.

This NGO Thinks We Can Abolish Nuclear Weapons, and Won the Nobel Peace Prize for It

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“People think nuclear weapons are like a natural disaster or an asteroid hitting Earth, because the consequences are so awful. But we need to see them as just weapons; we can control them. They’re just really giant, expensive, dirty bombs that could end us all. We built them; we can take them apart.” Click here to learn how Beatrice Finn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) won the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

Presentation Slides, Amnesty International’s Efforts to ‘Move Closer to the Ground’: the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Its Global Transition Program

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Screenshot MinarMinar Pimple, Senior Director for Global Operations at Amnesty International, spent two weeks as a visiting TNGO Moynihan Fellow during which he gave a very engaging public talk titled: Amnesty International’s Efforts to ‘Move Closer to the Ground’: the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of Its Global Transition Program. He discussed the current context and catalysts prompting these change, lessons learned, and the critical need for changes in the areas of culture and behaviors during Amnestys next strategic phase, called ‘Fuerza’ (Spanish for ‘force’). View the presentation slides here.

Interview: TNGO Initiative at the 2017 Global Perspectives Conference

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TNGO logoIn this live interview at the 2017 Global Perspectives conference hosted in Mexico City, Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken, Director of the TNGO Initiative addresses some of the issues concerning the future relevance of CSOs and the need for organizational change in an "overcrowded" sector. Organized by the International Civil Society Centre, the conference brought together CEOs from key national and leading international civil society organizations with high level representatives from politics, the corporate sector and academia to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges and how they impact international CSOs.

How Twitter Killed the First Amendment

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Is more speech always better? Twitter and Facebook are beginning to change the public sphere, allowing for the perversion and weaponization of speech and debate in ways we have not dealt with before. From cyberstalking and harassment of journalists to accusations of foreign states intervening in our elections, America's 'marketplace for ideas' has never seemed so prone to manipulation. This confronting article questions the First Amendments relevance and protection in this cyber era.

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