Monthly Archives: July 2011

Structured Dialogic Design training with FWC 25-27 July

Cypriot NGO and CCMC member Future Worlds Center and the US-based Institute for 21st Century Agoras of California, USA, are organising the third International School for Structured Dialogue in Cyprus next week. If you are interested in becoming an active Structured Dialogic Design Facilitator or Mediator, you are invited to attend the training due to take place in Nicosia from 25-27 July 2011. More information is available here: http://www.sddp-international.org. Structured Dialogic Design (SDD) is a democratic approach to facilitation and mediation where all participants have an equal opportunity to voice their ideas and opinions. The training will include theoretical foundations exploration, practical applications, rediscovering the science of structured dialogue, role-playing, lectures, and virtual lectures (webinars). 

 

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Latest POST Research Institute newsletter

lgbtflagCCMC member the POST Research Institute has released its latest bi-monthly newsletter covering the activities of POST Research Institute (POST RI) during the months of May and June 2011. This edition of their newsletter also covers the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) rights both in Cyprus and internationally. POST RI will be taking a summer break during July and August, but will be back with a series of activities and projects by September. Stay ‘posted’ for the winter newsletter for more announcements in due course!
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6th Lemesos International Documentary Festival 3-10 August 2011

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CCMC is proud to announce it is partnering with the prestigious 6th Lemesos International Documentary Festival this year, taking place between 3-10 August 2011. There is an excellent selection of documentaries this year to choose from, including Lucy Walker’s ‘Waste Land’, Banksy’s ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’, Anna Tsiarta’s ‘In This Waiting’ and more. All films will be screened in their original language with English and Greek subtitles and entrance is free. Also, don’t miss the selection of masterclasses and seminars, and the opportunity to apply for a one-on-one meeting with acclaimed director, festival programmer and lecturer Rada Sesic. CCMC will have the opportunity to show some of its work too, so stay tuned for more details shortly. Download the poster and the full programme. 

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CCMC training goes ‘On the Road’

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CCMC is taking its training ‘On the Road’ this summer with a series of workshops around the island. After its successful video training in Lefke in 2010, CCMC member the Environmental Society of Lefke were able to shoot their own videos and disseminate them through the social networking sites that CCMC helped to create. As a follow-up to the first workshop, CCMC has already provided stills photography training in Lefke on Thursday 30 June 2011. The training focused on basic photography and editing as well as using photos as a tool for online activism. Coming next will be social media workshops for our members in Limassol. Stay tuned for more announcements about CCMC training ‘On the Road’.

New inter-communal public poll by Cyprus 2015 announced

A recent public opinion poll, conducted in both communities by the Cyprus 2015 initiative, reveals that Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots remain open to a federal settlement but have opposing viewpoints as to how the Security, Territory and Citizenship dossiers should be solved. Despite these differences, limited common ground can be found in each of these three critical dossiers of the peace talks, while there is also strong support in both communities, for the implementation of confidence building measures. Most respondents do not wish to prejudge the outcome and are undecided on how they might vote in a future referendum. However, the negative political climate that predominates in this protracted process is leading to public discontent, which is reflected as a trend for undecided voters in the Greek Cypriot community to shift towards a ‘No’, while Turkish Cypriots are expressing increased ambivalence over what they will vote. View the findings of the Cyprus 2015 poll here or download the full press release here.

Two years since the inception of the ENGAGE project – has enough been achieved in the peace talks?

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ENGAGE Statement marking two years since the inception of the ENGAGE – Do Your Part for Peace Project:  Two years ago, on 7 July 2009, the “ENGAGE – Do your part for peace” project, was officially launched under the United Nations Development Programme – Action for Cooperation and Trust (UNDP-ACT).  The main objective of the project was to strengthen the peace-building role played by civil society through increased collaborations, joint initiatives and policy positions, bringing the two communities closer together. The NGOs and Civil Society Initiatives for Peace from both communities of the island, strongly support the peace process in   Cyprus  .  However Civil Society recognises that more could have been achieved, while its role in supporting the process could also have been more significant in the interim interval. Today, on 7 July 2011, precisely two years after the programme’s inception, our two leaders meet again in Geneva with the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon. Both leaders should use this opportunity to achieve more convergence on core issues. The Management Centre and the NGO Support Centre, two civil society organisations from both communities, supporting the development of a vibrant civil society in Cyprus, are presently bringing the ENGAGE project to fruition after two years of diligent effort. Download also the Press Release here related to the statement.

‘One Message to Encourage’ workshops with CCMC

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CCMC is working with UNDP-ACT Project Partner Future Together to provide a schedule of training in strategic communications and video production over the coming months. Forming part of the ‘One Message to Encourage’ initiative of Future Together, the workshops are designed to build the media capacity of community-driven cultural or natural heritage conservation projects. The first training session with the successful applicants from these projects will take place at the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) on 8 July, followed by on location video shoots made by the trainees throughout July and August at their selected locations. Participants will also receive training in how to develop and disseminate various media products and to enhance their communications and advocacy capacity. The videos created through these hands-on workshops will be screened to the public in September, so watch this space!

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Don’t miss Wonder Women on CCMC’s biweekly radio show today!

Don’t miss our biweekly show on Radio Mayis today Monday 4 July from 16:00 – 17:15. The show is a special edition all about the recent Wonder Women artists residency which took place in Nicosia and will feature guests Ozgul Ezgin and Maria Petrides. Tune in to 96.0FM and 103.1FM or listen online at www.radyomayis.com.

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