The Whistler Forum

The Whistler Forum

April 03, 2007 13:08 ET

Whistler Forum for Leadership and Dialogue Expands Its Global Reach by Joining the IGLOO™ Network

Whistler Forum launches an online community to further its mandate and broaden its dialogue and collaborative leadership initiatives

WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 3, 2007) - The Whistler Forum for Leadership & Dialogue, a charitable, non-profit civil society think tank, is joining CIGI's IGLOO network (International Governance Leaders and Organizations Online) in order to better serve its mission and engage its members and partners worldwide.

Empowered with an online community, The Whistler Forum promotes the power of dialogue and collaborative leadership in government, business and civil society. By joining IGLOO, The Whistler Forum becomes a member of the largest online knowledge network focused on global issues.

Formed in 2003 by a group of visionaries, The Whistler Forum has become a leading civil society think tank in Canada, with a mission to improve civic engagement and collaborative leadership. In just four years, the organization has successfully organized 45 Dialogue Cafes, three cohorts of Leadership Sea to Sky, a North American and an Asia Pacific Summit on Collaborative Governance and numerous seminars and events.

William Roberts, founder and president of The Whistler Forum says, "At the Whistler Forum we foster the culture of dialogue and deepen the experiences of collaborative governance as we convene local citizens and emerging leaders from around the world. Joining the IGLOO network takes the Forum to a new level of networked leadership. We look forward to adding our growing online community to the voices and choices of those with hope for a more sustainable world."

"We're pleased to be helping organizations like The Whistler Forum to achieve its goals," says Dan Latendre, IGLOO's chief information and technology officer. "Within the IGLOO network, the Forum can focus on building existing connections and developing new ones-at a global level."

In addition to building new connections within the IGLOO network, The Whistler Forum connects its members with other NGOs (non-governmental organizations) such as the Aspen Institute, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, the Tamarack Institute and National Centre for First Nations Governance who all share similar goals in this growing movement.

About The Whistler Forum for Leadership & Dialogue

The Whistler Forum for Leadership & Dialogue is a charitable, not-for-profit organization based in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada that focuses on improving civic engagement and collaborative leadership. The organization works locally and globally with grassroots and online communities contributing to a growing network of dialogue and deliberation influencing government, business and civil society. The Forum is funded by a variety of donors through grants, fees and sponsorships. To find out more about The Whistler Forum, please go to www.whistlerforum.com.

About IGLOO

IGLOO is an online network that facilitates knowledge exchange between individuals and organizations studying, working or advising on global issues. Thousands of researchers, practitioners, educators and students use IGLOO to connect, share and exchange knowledge, experience and ideas regardless of social, political and geographical boundaries. IGLOO membership includes free access to a comprehensive library, communities, forums, blogs, organizational directories and a personal workspace. With close to 10,000 members in over 300 online communities worldwide, the IGLOO network is powered by patent pending technology developed by CIGI (Centre for International Governance Innovation). For more information on IGLOO visit www.insideigloo.org.

About CIGI

CIGI, located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is a not-for-profit, non-partisan think tank founded in 2002 that conducts research and advises on issues of international governance, focusing on international relations and economic policy research. CIGI builds ideas for global change through research, conferences and publications working with government leaders, public officials, civil society, academic researchers, post-secondary students, opinion leaders, the media and the interested public. Visit CIGI at www.cigionline.org.

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