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According to Aali Shafi point of view, the first and foremost issue in Pakistan is education. It is what differentiates us from the so-called first world. It gives us the power to think and the ability to differentiate the right from the wrong. Our thoughts get reflected in our actions. Just take a minute to visualize the difference that will impact our lives if 200 million plus Pakistani were doing this on a daily basis. Education here is not only being referred to as advanced technical knowledge but to vocational and character building one.

The problems facing Pakistan while seemingly complex and enormous are actually simpler then they seem. What we have been looking at are the symptoms, what we need to focus on are the root causes and work on them so as to bring in the change required to set the correction momentum rolling. This by no means is a quick solutions, but the only one to correct the disarray we find ourselves in.

This is important to me for many reasons. I have 2 disabilities that I know of and they are bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. I notice it has a problem as a child. During grade school I was picked on because of my height and I developed breasts before many of the other children. I can't remember being hated until I attended parochial school. They laughed at me. Then did not want to talk to me. How does a child grow up in an environment where the other children do not wish to talk to them? That causes schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, which is a form of depression.

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Hi all,
I'm interested in getting a group together to practice facilitating on CGA. I imagine it happening separately from the #cgafridays events, but would be like 6-8 people who rotate facilitator biweekly. If you're interested we can work out dates, times, topics, etc. Email me: kndillard [at] alaska [dot] edu.

Kara

Community Conversation, Hosted by the Ashland University Center for Civic Life on June 16, 2014.

Hello,

Anyone know what to use for the 9 digit number Forum ID?

Trying to join Bullying forum on CGA whicg began at 3:15pm

Thanks!

Zan

Below are ideas that came out of our May and July moderator prep workshops for stimulating *deeper* deliberation in CGA forums. Do you have other tips or examples you've discovered in your use of CGA? Let us know!

Explain purpose of deliberation or “what the group is supposed to do,” either in Lobby at the beginning, or right before option deliberation begins. Be explicit!

Spend more time on ground rules, buy-in to process.

Use individual responses to provoke deliberation throughout the group.

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