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Mountain View/Los Altos High School District

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The PDC trained a group of students and teachers in a high school district in California to design and facilitate public dialogues at their schools. This effort was part of a program called, “Keepin’ It Real.”

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Community Connections: A Forum for Community Leaders

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The PDC designed and facilitated a conference for 40 leaders in Washington State. During the three-day event participants discussed visions to improve their community and they developed action plans to achieve their visions. Local residents were trained in PDC methods and later facilitated subsequent annual events.

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Alive and Loving Life: Youth – Adult Conversation (March, 2007)

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The PDC assisted the Town of Los Gatos to design and facilitate a program designed to enhance awareness and develop solutions to at-risk youth behavior. The purpose of the Youth – Adult Conversation, one of the key events of the Alive and Loving Life program, was to foster inter-generational understanding. As part of the design, youth who attended the event were empowered to lead discussions and to openly discuss at-risk behavior with adult Town leaders.

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Improving the Quality of Public Discourse: Sharing Hopes, Histories, and Ways of Working

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The PDC organized an international conference in the San Francisco bay area to explore ways in which communication, conflict and dialogue can be managed creatively, systematically and justly. Participants brainstormed unique ways of working and shared best practices during the four-day conference.

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Anne Frank Dialogue Project

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The PDC designed a dialogue process for community members interested in discussing historical and contemporary implications of the Holocaust and the Anne Frank experience. Dialogue guides were mailed to 50 community members who hosted dialogue groups in their homes, schools, churches and workplaces.

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Alternative Communication Skills for Conflict Resolution

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The PDC designed and participated in a live, interactive national video conference to explore better forms of communication in conflict situations. The PDC partnered with KCC International (London) for this event.

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Kaleidoscope Sessions on Affirmative Action and Multi-Culturalism

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The PDC sponsored two events utilizing an innovative method called Kaleidoscope. The events focused on controversial social issues and engaged participants in alternative forms of communication for managing conflict. Participants in the Kaleidoscope sessions were “interviewed” using dialogue question-asking techniques, and received feedback and additional questions from participants who worked in small dialogue groups and reflecting team.

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Interfaith Peacebuilding Institute for Maluku Tengah, Indonesia

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The PDC led a five-day dialogue with participants in Indonesia to create a common vision for community restoration and reconciliation. Prompted by a four-year conflict between Christian and Muslim communities in Maluku, Indonesia, forty enemies – religious leaders from the province – took part in this transformative dialogue.

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A Time to Talk: A Cupertino Community Forum

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The PDC designed and facilitated a community forum on demographic and diversity issues in the community, part of a follow-up effort to the Cupertino Voices and Visions Project. The Forum provided an opportunity for open and honest communication, allowing residents to be candid in their views without being judged.

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Cupertino Community Project: Voices and Visions

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The PDC flagship civic engagement project developed over a five-year period involving close to 100 community events with residents, elected official and city staff. Divided into four phases, the first phase focused on identifying issues that were important to community members. After a series of interviews, facilitated group dialogue meetings, and large community forums, the final phase focused on institutionalizing dialogic forms of communication between and among City government, residents and demographic groups in the community.

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