Tokunbo (Tokz) Awoshakin is a writer, researcher and public engagement specialist. Tokunbo has worked in the United Nations and in Washington D.C as a journalist. Tokunbo has also worked with the Ketteringâ€™s Foundation research group on Community politics and leadership study and he is deeply steeped in blending indigenous African methods with contemporary deliberative approaches for strategic planning,community organizing and collaborative problem solving. As the executive director of Civic Life International (www.civiclifeint.org) Tokunbo has a proven track record of initiating and managing to completion projects and its dissemination to target audiences He has strong organizational and project management skills and understanding of conceptual and strategic thinking. He has excellent communication and language skills, including fluency in English, Spanish and African languages. Tokunbo is the co-founder of the African Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (ACDD) Tokunbo Awoshakin has successfully used dialogue and deliberative methods to engage diverse people and policy issues, including the use of oil revenue in the restive Nigerian Delta; HIV-AIDS among Youth in Africa; Race relations and Violence in United States.. Tokunbo leads the group that formed the African Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (ACDD) Tokunbo holds B.A in English and Educational Psychology, M.A in Int.l Development, Security &Conflict resolution and he is a cohort in Antioch Universityâ€™s distinctive PhD program in Leadership & Change with focus on Democracy ,Culture and Public Policy.
Tokunbo has been working on forming an African Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (ACDD).
Civic Life International is an organization dedicated to using dialogue, deliberation and media strategies to uncover emerging issues facing people and communities and strengthening the competencies of citizen, institutions and governments to respond to these challenges. We work in local communities in Africa and United States. We believe that an educated, engaged and deliberative citizenry is not only vital to a healthy democracy but also to a peaceful, healthy and vibrant community. We know a bit about convening dialogue and deliberation events. Rather than use one method, we weave multiple Indigenous and contemporary approaches into more holistic programs that meet a variety of needs, serve many community-building functions, and feed into each other in creative and useful ways.
This group was formed to help NCDD members in the Midwest to network and share region-specific info and opportunities. The Midwestern U.S. consists of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.