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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 5th FEBRUARY 2013

EVENTS

GLOBAL LABOUR SPEAKERS SERIES, WINTER 2013: NURSING LABOUR PROCESS AND THE DEMAND FOR TEMPORARY FOREIGN NURSES IN NORTH AMERICA

Tuesday, February 5th
York University, Toronto
Ross Bldg., S701
2:30-4:30pm

Speaker: Salimah Valiani, Economist and Policy Analyst, Ontario Nurses’ Association

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE WORKSHOP – LEGAL ISSUES FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Friday, Feb. 15
9:30-4:00
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
University of Toronto
252 Bloor Street West, Toronto (St. George subway station)

Instructor: Brian Iler, Iler & Campbell

Cost: $140 + HST; each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available.

To register: complete the online registration form at: https://socialeconomy.wufoo.eu/forms/the-social-economy-centre-sec-workshop-option-2/ or contact Keita Demming at: secworkshops@gmail.com or at  416-978-0022

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CONFERENCE – BRIDGING EAST WITH WEST: ENGAGING DIALOGUE IN ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Call for Papers and Presentations

The Fifth Asian Diaspora Pre-Conference
University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
May 30, 2013

The Fifth Asian Diaspora Adult Education Pre-conference, in conjunction with 2013 Annual Adult Education Research Conference, will be held at University of Missouri-St. Louis on May 30, 2013. This year’s theme is: Bridging East with West: Engaging Dialogue in Adult Education Research and Practice in the Global Context. The purpose of this pre-conference is to provide an opportunity in which individuals from both Asian ancestry and internationally can engage in dialogue about Eastern and Western perspectives on issues, concerns, and problems relevant to the adult education research and practice in the global context. This is an annual conference (now being restored from the 4th one held in 2008) that offers a forum for faculty and graduate students who are interested in researching, contributing to and learning about East and West to present their scholarship and research.

For more information:
Qi Sun, Associate Professor,
Adult and Postsecondary Education Program
Professional Studies Department
College of Education
University of Wyoming
Email: qsun@uwyo.edu
Tel: (307) 766-5517    

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NEWS & VIEWS

THE RISE OF THE PERMANENT TEMP ECONOMY

by Erin Hatton, New York Times

Politicians across the political spectrum herald “job creation,” but frightfully few of them talk about what kinds of jobs are being created. Yet this clearly matters: According to the Census Bureau, one-third of adults who live in poverty are working but do not earn enough to support themselves and their families.

Read more: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/26/the-rise-of-the-permanent-temp-economy/?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

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IN WALMART AND FAST FOOD, UNIONS SCALING UP A STRIKE-FIRST STRATEGY

by Jenny Brown, The Bullet

Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labour movement abuzz and gained new respect for organizing methods once regarded skeptically.

What’s the strategy behind the latest surprising wave of activism? Like most new organizing in the private sector, decades of attempts to unionize Walmart stores in the U.S. and Canada have been met with firings, outsourcing, and even closings.

So retail workers who staff the stores, warehouse workers who move Walmart’s goods, and even guest workers who peel crawfish for a supplier are ignoring the path laid out by U.S. labour law, in which workers sign a petition asking to vote on a union. Instead, they’re exercising their rights to redress grievances together, whether a majority can be rallied to support the effort or not.

Read more: http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/766.php

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ONTARIO ELEMENTARY TEACHERS CAN STRIKE WITH REPEAL OF BILL 115, THEIR LAWYER ARGUES

by Caroline Alphonso and Kate Hammer, Globe and Mail

There’s nothing stopping Ontario’s elementary teachers from going on strike now that a controversial piece of legislation has been repealed, according to lawyers for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario.

Speaking before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, ETFO lawyer Howard Goldblatt, said now that the provincial government repealed Bill 115 – the legislation that imposed the terms of teachers’ contracts – negotiations can resume and the union is in a legal strike position.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/education/ontario-elementary-teachers-free-to-strike-with-repeal-of-bill-115-their-lawyer-argues/article7855973/

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UNION DENSITY: WHAT’S LITERATURE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

by Nick Coles, Working-Class Perspectives

So union density in United States has declined yet again. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 11.3% of American workers now belong to unions…In times like these, it is useful to be reminded of what unions can be good for.  A labor history like From the Folks Who Brought You the Weekend (2001) explains in readable style what it took to establish unions in the first place, while New York Times reporter Steven Greenhouse makes clear in The Big Squeeze: Hard Times for the American Worker (2008) why we need them now more than ever. Novels, too, can make the case for working people’s rights, through compelling fictional narratives that engage us with characters we care about. 

Read more: http://workingclassstudies.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/union-density-whats-literature-got-to-do-with-it/

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SENSE PUBLISHERS SERIES SPOTLIGHT – THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY AND EDUCATION

Series Editors:

– D.W. Livingstone, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada
– David Guile, Faculty of Policy and Society, Institute of Education, University of London

The aim of this series is to provide a focus for writers and readers interested in exploring the relation between the knowledge economy and education or an aspect of that relation, for example, vocational and professional education theorised critically.

The series includes the following books that were generated by the Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) completed WALL project (http://www.wallnetwork.ca).

The Future of Lifelong Learning and Work: Critical Perspectives, Peter Sawchuk (University of Toronto, Canada), D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and Kiran Mirchandani OISE/University of Toronto, Canada) (Eds.)

Challenging Transitions in Learning and Work: Reflections on Policy and Practice, Peter Sawchuk (University of Toronto, Canada) and Alison Taylor (University of Alberta, Canada) (Eds.)

The Learning Challenge of the Knowledge Economy David Guile (University of London, UK)

The Knowledge Economy and Lifelong Learning: A Critical Reader, D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and David Guile (University of London, UK) (Eds.)

Teacher Learning and Power in the Knowledge Society, Rosemary Clark (Ontario Teachers’ Federation, Canada), D.W. Livingstone (University of Toronto, Canada) and Harry Smaller (York University, Canada) (Eds.)

For more information: https://www.sensepublishers.com/catalogs/bookseries/the-knowledge-economy-and-education/

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JOBS

JOB POSTING – EDITOR/PUBLISHER, BRIARPATCH MAGAZINE

Are you passionate about independent media and social change? Are you a talented communicator with an entrepreneurial spirit, ready to take the reins of a respected Canadian magazine?

Briarpatch seeks a crackerjack Editor/Publisher to jointly oversee all aspects of producing a bi-monthly magazine. As one of two full-time staff in a horizontal, unionized workplace, the successful candidate and the current Editor/Publisher will be jointly responsible for dividing core editorial, organizational, and administrative tasks, and will report directly to a volunteer board of directors. How these tasks are divided will depend on the skills, experience, and interests of the successful candidate.

Application deadline is February 25, 2013.

For more information: http://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/job-posting-editor-publisher1

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HEQCO (HIGHER EDUCATION QUALITY COUNCIL OF ONTARIO) – SUMMER INTERN

HEQCO seeks skilled policy/education/social science students or graduates to join our small and dynamic research team. We are looking forward to the opportunity to help you enhance and develop knowledge and skills that will be useful for your career success; familiarize you with the opportunities that exist for careers in public policy research; and provide you with extensive knowledge in higher education and the post-secondary sector in Ontario. At the end of this opportunity you should be well placed to advance in your career.

As the Summer Research Intern, you will be involved in a number of research activities, in particular on a research project of your choice with a senior research member where you will be exposed to a variety of research techniques and problems in public policy research.

For more information: http://www.heqco.ca/en-CA/About%20Us/Career_Opportunities/Pages/Home.aspx

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

 

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‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY AND LIFELONG LEARNING: A CRITICAL READER

Edited by

D.W. Livingstone
University of Toronto, Canada
and
David Guile
University of London, UK

 

The Knowledge Economy and Education volume 4

ISBN 978-94-6091-914-5 hardback USD99/EUR90

ISBN 978-94-6091-913-8 paperback USD49/EUR45

April 2012, 382 pages

 

This book presents some of the most trenchant critical analyses of the widespread claims for the recent emergence of a knowledge economy and the attendant need for greater lifelong learning.

The book contains two sections: first, general critiques of the limits of current notions of a knowledge economy and required adult learning, in terms of historical comparisons, socio-political construction and current empirical evidence; secondly, specific challenges to presumed relations between work requirements and learning through case studies in diverse current workplaces that document richer learning processes than knowledge economy advocates intimate. Many of the leading authors in the field are represented.

There are no other books to date that both critically assess the limits of the notion of the knowledge economy and examine closely the relation of workplace restructuring to lifelong learning beyond the confines of formal higher education and related educational policies. This reader provides a distinctive overview for future studies of relations between work and learning in contemporary societies beyond caricatures of the knowledge economy.  

The book should be of interest to students following undergraduate or postgraduate courses in most social sciences and education, business and labour studies departments, as well as to policy makers and the general public concerned about economic change and lifelong learning issues.

D. W. Livingstone is Canada Research Chair in Lifelong Learning and Work and Professor Emeritus  at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

David Guile is Professor of Education and Work at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘Stagnant’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkP_Mi5ideo  

‘Cheerful Sin’ – a song by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIbX5aKUjO8

 

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Learning at Work

Learning at Work

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK – UPDATE 26th AUGUST 2009

 

OUR MANDATE: The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

To change your subscriptions settings, visit: http://listserv.oise.utoronto.ca/mailman/listinfo/csewbroadcast

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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RESOURCE AVAILABLE FROM CSEW – THE EDUCATION-JOBS GAP: UNDEREMPLOYMENT OR ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY

by D.W. Livingstone

“In a scorching and informative critique of the growing discrepancy between knowledge and human capacity and the available opportunities for decent work, D.W. Livingstone has written one of the most important books of the decade. This is a book that breathes new life into the much over-looked relationship between education and economic reform.”
(Henry A. Giroux)

Garamond Press or-Percheron Press, 2004 (2nd edition with New Introduction)

Available online from publisher, UTP http://www.utppublishing.com/pubstore, or by phone 416.978.2239 or from http://www.amazon.ca

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VOLUNTEER WITH CLIFF – CANADA ’S ONLY NATIONAL FILM FEST!

The Canadian Labour International Film Festival (CLiFF) is now accepting volunteer applicants to help out with our inaugural festival. Our not-for-profit festival celebrates films about workers, for workers and by workers.

Volunteers can be involved in many aspects of the festival from suggesting recent films for inclusion to helping throw media-related events like the one we are planning for Labour Day! As our festival launch draws closer we will also need people to help distribute leaflets, assemble media kits, as well as helping manage other volunteers. During the festival itself we’ll also need help taking tickets and individuals to act us ushers. There’s a place for everyone.

Upon request, volunteers will receive a letter reflecting their commitment and involvement in the festival.  Don’t pass up this unique opportunity to see the inner workings of a festival in its first year!

All volunteers should be:

* 18 years of age or older
* willing to attend a mandatory volunteer orientation session
* committed, friendly, team players

The festival launches November 22nd in Toronto and runs until November 29th.  It launches country-wide November 28th. We will be holding volunteer orientations sessions in August through the start of November.

Please e-mail us at festival@labourfilms.ca and with the word “Volunteer” in the subject line.

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THIRD CANADIAN CONFERENCE ON SOCIAL ENTERPRISE – REGISTRATION OPEN!
November 18-20, 2009

Living Our Values: Social Enterprise in Action 

Join hundreds of existing and prospective social enterprise operators from every region in Canada at the Third Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise taking place in Toronto, November 18-20, 2009.

The conference will consist of three days of training and work sessions toward a national policy agenda and action plan.

Register now at http://www.secouncil.ca

Hosting the Third Canadian Conference on Social Enterprise is the Social Enterprise Council of Canada (http://www.enterprisingnonprofits.ca/resources/secouncil).

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“UNION STRATEGIES FOR HARD TIMES” PUBLISHED

A new book outlining how unions can help their laid off members, protect those still working, and prevent the gutting of their hard-won contracts – and their very unions themselves – has been published by Union Communication Services, Inc. (UCS).

Union Strategies for Hard Times: Helping Your Members and Building Your Union in the Great Recession, offers how-to counsel for unions as the continuing economic crisis ravages workers and threatens to destroy decades of collective bargaining gains. Urging leaders to avoid falling into a strictly defensive posture, it outlines how unions can seize the time and turn crisis into opportunity.

The author is Bill Barry, director of labor studies at the Community College of Baltimore County and a 40-year veteran of the movement. Barry calls on his long history of activism and years of “what works, what doesn’t” discussions with other leaders to come up with strategies to survive these terrible times and even use the crisis to build a better future.

Union Strategies for Hard Times outlines a frank and systematic program for union leaders, stewards and activists who want to respond aggressively to those employers and financial interests that would have working people and their institutions just shut up, be nice and accept what’s given them.

Topics in the book include:

* Hanging Tough at the Table
* New Tactics on Grievances
* Aiding and Mobilizing Members on Layoff
* Confronting Financial Strains
* Effective Communications for a New Day
* Where We are and How We Got Here

The book describes today’s challenges to unions representing workers in every sector of the economy and offers concrete, Organizing Model tactics to deal with them. No union activists who want to help their members — working or laid off — while defending and even growing their unions should be without this important book.

Barry is the author of I Just Got Elected – Now What: A New Union Officer’s Handbook. Both books are offered by Union Communication Services, Inc., publishers of The Union Steward’s Complete Guide, Steward Update newsletter and other tools for union activists. Union Strategies for Hard Times is available for $15 plus $3 shipping and handling from http://www.unionist.com, 800-321-2545, or UCS Inc., 165 Conduit St., Annapolis MD 21401.

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IFWEA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – WORKERS’ EDUCATION AS A GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Thursday 8 –Friday 9 October 2009

* What are the values and traditions of workers’ education and how did they evolve?
* Why is internationalism so important for workers’ education?
* What are the similarities and differences between various models of workers’ education as practised by IFWEA affiliates in different countries?
* Are any of these workers’ education models appropriate for dealing with rising social exclusion and extremism that characterises 21st century societies?
* How do these models address political education and the building of social organisation and mobilisation?
* Should workers’ education focus on individual or systemic change? Can it do both, and if so, how?

These are some of the questions that will be discussed at the Workers’ Education as a Global Challenge international conference, which will be run in partnership with the School of Management and Labour Relations at Rutgers State University of New Jersey, and the Workers’ Education Association (ABF) of Sweden.

For further details, click here: http://www.ifwea.org/conference/register.html

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CALL FOR PAPERS ON “LABOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT”

For The Labor Studies Journal Conference Issue and Presentation at the United Association for Labor Education Conference
San Diego, CA
March 24-27, 2010

The Labor Studies Journal invites submission of papers on the theme of labor and environment. Best papers will be selected for presentation at the 2010 UALE Conference and afterwards will undergo the peer-review process for possible publication in the Labor Studies Journal Special Issue.

We welcome papers address issues including but not limited to the following:

* Coalition building between labor, environmental group, and other organizations in reversing climate change
* Organized labor’s effort in protecting workers or/and community from environmental harms
* Unions and workforce development for green jobs
* Unions’ role in creating a sustainable economy
* Unions’ political action in protecting the environment
* Labor and the environment in other countries
* International comparison on labor and the environment

Please send electronic copies of manuscript draft of 5 to 8 pages by December 10, 2009 to one of the guest editors, listed below. Full-length manuscripts are expected at the time of presentation at the conference in March.

Julie Martinez Ortega   
American Rights at Work
JMartinez@americanrightsatwork.org   

Tracy Chang
University of Alabama at Birmingham
tracyc@uab.edu

The Labor Studies Journal is the official journal of the United Association for Labor Education (http://www.uale.org) and is a peer-reviewed journal. It publishes multidisciplinary research on work, workers, labor organizations, and labor studies and worker education in the United States and internationally.

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PUBLIC SERVICE ALLIANCE OF CANADA (PSAC) – REGIONAL NEGOTIATOR

Position Number 5610-0015
Closing Date: August 28, 2009 at 3:30 p.m

Job Description: Under the direction of the Coordinator of Negotiations, the Negotiator acts as chief spokesperson and chair of PSAC negotiating teams for bargaining units in the federal public and private sectors, and in provincial and territorial jurisdictions and represents the PSAC in third party dispute resolution processes such as conciliation, arbitration and mediation, in the context of federal and provincial labour legislation and the PSAC Constitution, regulations and policies. The Negotiator also provides advice and guidance to PSAC collective bargaining committees, elected officers and members on issues related to collective bargaining, including strike strategy and collective agreement interpretation.

A detailed job description is available on our website: http://www.psac.com/careers/selectjob-e.cfm or upon request. Closing Date: August 28, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. Please submit your résumé stating how your knowledge, skills and abilities relate to the qualifications of the position by mail to: Human Resources Section, PSAC, 233 Gilmour Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 0P1. By fax: (613) 248-4885, by e-mail: HRACTION@psac.com  If you apply by e-mail, do not send a duplicate by fax or regular mail.

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CONFERENCE – INFORMING PUBLIC POLICY:  SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES ON LABOUR IN NEW BRUNSWICK

1-2 September 2009

Understanding New Brunswick’s present by knowing about its past is the theme of a two-day bilingual conference on public policy and labour history to be held 1-2 September 2009 at the Wu Centre on UNB’s Fredericton campus.
The conference, Informing Public Policy:  Socio-economic and Historical Perspectives on Labour in New Brunswick, brings together researchers and community leaders from all parts of the province and also features keynote speakers from Laval, Harvard and Concordia universities.

Sessions include “ The Crisis in the Forest Industry”, “The Making of Labour Law and Public Policy”, “The Ongoing Crisis in Nursing”, “What Workers Need to Know: A Labour Education” and “L’Acadie at Work: The Survival and Development of Acadian Communities”.

Other highlights of the conference include the official launch of the New Brunswick Museum Nursing History Exhibition, a labour and business documents display by the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, and multimedia and research poster displays by graduate students. 

The conference is a major event associated with “Re-Connecting with the History of Labour in New Brunswick:  Historical Perspectives on Contemporary Issues,” a Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and led by researchers at the University of New Brunswick and the Université de Moncton. To learn more about the CURA visit http://www.lhtnb.ca

Speakers will present in both English and French, and simultaneous translation is provided.
Register at http://www.informingpublicpolicy.ca

For more information contact 453-4599 or email lkealey@unb.ca or dave.steele@unb.ca

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“TELLING STORIES; CREATING CHANGE”: REGISTER NOW FOR 2009 MAYTREE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Registration is now open for the 2009 Maytree Leadership Conference on Thursday, October 1, 2009, 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 89 Chestnut Street, Toronto.

Join Toronto’s leaders and explore the universal power of storytelling, the art of creating compelling stories and how to use individual and organizational narratives as powerful tools for change. This year’s theme is Telling Stories; Creating Change. Keynote speaker is John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star. He’s followed by former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Tim Murphy, in conversation with Deena Ladd of the Workers’ Action Centre, moderated by CBC Radio’s Mary Wiens.

Workshops will include Online Communities and Offline Action, Building Your Public Narrative, Pitching Your Story to the Media and The New Front Page: Telling Your Organization’s Stories Online.

The day will end with a tenth-year celebration of Maytree’s scholarship program along with the release of an anniversary publication telling the students’ stories. The publication will also include policy insights on Canada’s refugee policies and programs.

Click here for full conference program and registration: http://www.maytree.com/training/2009-maytree-leadership-conference

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