Here is an excellent opportunity for which we will
have some North American funding. Oikosnet Global is offering a
Courses for Leadership in Lay Training (CLLT) in Chiang Mai, Thailand,
October 5–24, 2008. The program and application details are
contained in the message from Wolfgang Lenz below. Please make
your application directly to
or fax 519.442.3444, sending the information
Applications must be received by May 8th. Our annual conference is from May 12th to the 15th at which time we will determine funding allocation.
Dear Oikosnet colleagues around the world!
A trademark of Oikosnet programmes since a long time are global
Courses for Leadership in Lay Training (CLLT). CLLTs serve the
purpose to equip participants with crucial knowledge and practical
skills in a global learning community, thus also offering a prime
opportunity to develop links and relationships far beyond the course
itself. Oikosnet—as the global network of Christian lay centres,
academies and movements of social concern—has made a commitment
to offer a global CLLT ever other year.
I am very excited to announce and invite for the upcoming global CLLT 2008:
Theme: “OTHER WORLDS ARE POSSIBLE”
Date: October 5th to 24th, 2008
Venue: Crystal Spring House, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Course fee: $1,800 US Dollars (plus travel costs)
Maximum number of participants: 24 (plus up to six resource persons)
The main theme “Other Worlds Are Possible” gives the direction: We are all working for a different, a better world than the dominant world model that we live in today. The main theme plays with the well known motto of the World Social Forum “ Another world is possible”, only that its puts “world” in plural in order to underline that the future always holds a plurality of options, never just one. “Future” is indeed the second important catch word for the course. How can we prepare in a methodological and systematic way for the future in our own context? What can know? So we are talking about change, change towards a better future. And “change” is the third important notion for the course. How can we foster change in a peaceful and constructive way? How can we facilitate communication and collaboration in situations of conflict, dispute, and diversity? The global CLLT will offer practical advice and training around these key concepts. As people of faith, we will use some of our time together also for theological reflection and sharing our different approaches. All this will happen in a truly global community of colleagues from around the world. This in itself will create a unique opportunity for learning, for sharing and for future collaboration. Last not least we will immerse in the challenging realities of Thailand’s present situation and get a chance to meet people from a wide variety of contexts.
Participants will receive a certificate of participation for the CLLT as a whole as well as a separate certificate for the DPC facilitator training part. The latter is valid if some of the participants wish to continue DPC training in order to become a certified DPC trainer.
In a beautiful, natural green setting, Payap University has created the Crystal Spring House which serves as a training centre for students majoring in Hotel and Tourism Management and International Hospitality Management. This facility has 28 rooms in two buildings. All rooms have a private bath and air-conditioning. Crystal Spring House is about 10 minutes away from the downtown area of Chiang Mai by car. Chiang Mai is a 90 minute flight North of Bangkok, offering a mild and dry climate in a gorgeous natural environment. As a university city, as the seat of the Christian Conference for Asia (CCA) and many other organizations is has a rich intellectual scene as well as a vibrant cultural life. Air travel in most cases will have to go via Bangkok.
Participants for the course should fulfill the following criteria:
The course fee is $1,800 USD and covers board & lodging, programme costs, excursions and Visiting Community trips, as well as transfer from and to the airport in Chiang Mai. Travel costs to and from Thailand are not included. Participants can apply for financial assistance to the secretariats of their respective Oikosnet regions (conditions may vary from region to region). But we do also expect participants to make their own efforts to raise funds for their participation in the course.
Send an email to or fax 519.442.3444 including this information:
City, postal code:
Issued by, in:
Do you have international coverage in your health insurance:
Organisation you work for:
Working there since when:
Your task in that organization:
Training, professional education:
Name and contact details of reference person:
Please include or attach a one-page description of who you are, where you are presently working, what your professional training/background is and how you envision to apply the learnings of the course in the future. Your message should also contain the name and contact details (including email and/or phone number) of a senior person in your context who can give a reference statement for supporting your participation.
The Oikosnet coordinator in collaboration with the Oikosnet regions
will select the participants and notify them by mid-June. For
registered participants there will be access to a special website
whith further information, preparation material, communication
among the participants and with the course leaders, etc.
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Oikosnet global coordinator German Zijlstra or me.
German Zijlstra, Oikosnet Global Coordinator, at or fax +54 2223 444 673
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