Moving My University Class Online – Where do I start?

In our new reality, this is a very challenging time in higher education with information changing hourly. Suddenly, many colleges and universities have been thrust into teaching online whether they are prepared or not. Here are few tips to survive this semester and mitigate this abrupt transition to virtual learning. Assume this is the first […]

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Emotion-based Data Collection Used for Sichuan HIV Case Study

The Situation:  The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) collaborated with the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) to support important HIV and AIDS prevention projects in China. Together they worked with the high-risk group of Intravenous Drug Users (IDUs) in Deyang, as well as Commercial Sex Workers (CSWs) and University students/volunteers (UVs) in Nanchong, all in […]

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Co-Designing and Facilitating High-Level Meetings

The Situation: Global Learning Partners, (GLP) Inc. was invited to support and fortify meetings among leadership and front-line staff of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) for many years.  The Journey: Over a hundred staff across the organization participated in GLP’s SURE-Fire Meetings courses. Each time we facilitated the course, […]

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Courage and Bravery in Addition to Safety and Respect

During the first day of the Foundations of Dialogue Education course and many other Global Learning Partners learning events, we ask participants to identify guidelines that will support each other’s learning. The generated lists usually include expectations about cellphone use, side conversations, handling disagreements, and listening to each other. In addition, the core concepts of […]

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What Jane is Reading: Parker Palmer’s Newest Book

by Jane Vella with Valerie Uccellani On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old  by Parker Palmer, 2019 From Jane:  I found this a delightful, informative, funny, inspiring and honest book. Parker is a contemporary of mine (I’m his older sister!) so I discovered that his themes, his laughter, his stories and mine […]

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Onboarding is a Dialogue Too

Onboarding is usually the first time someone is truly exposed to an organization. Hopefully, first on the training list are the values, mission and cultural expectations—these will set the foundation for employee conduct, collaboration and work expectations. Onboarding is also the first and best time to engage in dialogue and mutual learning. Curiosity about a […]

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