I hope to see many NCDDers at the Network for Peace through Dialogue conference this summer in New York City. I’ll be there, speaking during the opening evening plenary (along with Geraldine Ferraro!) and giving a workshop the next day on moving from dialogue to action.
The conference, which takes place June 12th and 13th at Marymount Manhattan College, is designed for community groups, peace workers, practitioners, researchers, teachers, students and anyone who struggles to bring people with different viewpoints together. Registration is now open, and there is a special $150 registration rate for NCDD members (the regular rate is $200). Students with valid ID’s pay only $75.
Click here for more info on the conference or to register. You can also call 212-426-5818 or email if you have questions.
This year’s conference theme is “Dialogue In/As Action,” and the event will focus on the rich intersections of the methods, processes, and actions of dialogue that lead to change. The 2009 conference will explore the ground rules for practicing good dialogue, as well as the parameters for putting constructive dialogue into action. The goals of the 2009 conference are to provide a forum for addressing and discussing the following issues:
- Change generated through dialogue
- The preconditions of dialogue and how they can be fostered
- Cases of dialogue IN ACTION, AS ACTION
- Cases of dialogue across ethnicities, nationalities, and religious beliefs
- Using technology to facilitate dialogue
- Voices of youth making change (presentations by youth)
Let me know if you plan to attend! We’ll plan a little NCDD gathering if a good number of members plan to be there.