Hope in the Cities' First Fellowship Program a Success
I received an email today from Rob Corcoran, National Director of Hope in the Cities, announcing HITC's new Connecting Communities Fellowship Program, which graduated its first class this year. This five-part residential program grew out of HITC's experience with racial reconciliation in Richmond and in their consultations with communities throughout the U.S. over the past ten years. The next class in Richmond begins in January 2005, and the application deadline is October 1. Click below to read the full announcement.
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220 Israeli and Palestinian Educators Are Preparing a Revolution in the Education System
Leah Green of the Compassionate Listening Project forwarded this July 23 message to her Reconciliation List, and I thought I'd share it with you folks. The message begins...
In a demonstration of strength in the belief that ?there is someone on the other side to talk to? more than 220 teachers and educators from Israel and from Palestine met this past week for an encounter and teacher training seminar. These teachers are taking part in the Peace Education Program of IPCRI - the Israel/Palestine Center for Research and Information - which is being run in more than 50 high schools in Israel and more than 30 in the West Bank....
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Host or Attend a Peace Party on Nationwide Dept. of Peace Day
The Campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace is spearheading a Nationwide Department of Peace Day for this September 12, and you are encouraged to host or attend a peace party in your community.
The Dept. of Peace was introduced into the House of Representatives by Congressman Dennis Kucinich and currently has 49 congressional co-sponsors. This bill establishes nonviolence as an organizing principle of American society, providing the U.S. President with an array of peace-building policy options for domestic and international use. From international conflicts to domestic issues such as gang, school and domestic violence, the Department of Peace would systematically root out the underlying causes of violence in our culture...
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Opportunity to Share Your Stories of Peace-Building
Ann Mason of the Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation wanted the D&D community to know about an opportunity for folks to share their stories about peace-building on their newsletter webpage. Read Ann's entire message below, or email her with your peace-building story at .
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Basic Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Programme
Click below to read more about Virginia Swain's quality certificate program called "The Basic Reconciliation Leadership? Certificate Programme for Professional, Community, Institutional, Religious and International Change in a Time of Great Challenge." Or just go to www.global-leader.org and click on upcoming.
Added July 25, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Update on Jewish/Islam/Christian Dialogue from the Israeli-Based Interfaith Encounter Association
I don't usually post these announcements to the blog, but I thought this one would provide a good example of the kinds of updates you can receive from the Interfaith Encounter Association. If your work is related to Jewish/Palestian dialogue, you may want to subscribe to this announcement list by emailing .
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PRASI Calls for Papers By and About Conflict Resolution Practitioners & Thinkers of Color
The Practitioners Research and Scholarship Institute (PRASI) is in the final stages of compiling an Anthology of works by and about conflict resolution practitioners and thinkers of color, as well as all others whose voices have been marginalized by politics of knowledge. Final selections will be made in August, 2004. Send submissions, whether completed or in draft, as soon as possible, no later than July 15. Click below for more details.
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Online Peace University to be Held this Fall
from TRANSCEND Global Centre in Romania asked us to annnounce Transcend Peace University (TPU), which begins in September. Practitioners and students from around the world will come together online to participate in TPU this fall. Since 1996, over 300 on-site skills institutes have been offered for over 6,000 participants around the world, using the TRANSCEND manual "Conflict Transformation By Peaceful Means," published by the United Nations...
Added July 01, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Public Conversations Project Announces Two Job Openings
The highly-respected Public Conversations Project seeks to fill two job openings, one for an Information and Office Coordinator, and one for an Outreach and Fundraising Coordinator. PCP's offices are in Waterbury, Massachusetts (outside Boston). FYI: I received this announcement on June 29, 2004. Click below to read about these positions.
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First U.S. Truth & Reconciliation Commission Launched in Greensboro, NC
John Stephens, of the Public Dispute Resolution Program at the University of North Carolina, posted a message on our Thataway Forum this weekend about the Greensboro Truth & Community Reconciliation Commission. Since we haven't yet seeded and launched the Forum, I thought I'd share his message via the blog so more people see it.
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PeaceWeb to Hold Summer Workshop Series in Tucson
PeaceWeb's summer workshop series, "Building Peace From the Inside Out," will take place this July and August in Tucson, Arizona. The registration fee for each of the five workshops is $99. PeaceWeb has a 22-year history as The National Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution (NCPCR), which produced 11 international gatherings of adult and youth peacemakers.
PeaceWeb's southwest region is sponsoring this summer workshop series, which includes workshops with these compelling titles: Acting for a Change; Being Your Centerpiece: Creating Peace By Honoring Yourself First And Foremost; Visioning: Utilizing Tribal Practices For Dispute Resolution; Untangling The Knot: Overcoming Obstacles To Agreement; and Exploring the Enneagram: Seeing Into the Heart of Conflict. Click below for more details.
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Calling the Question Project Seeks Director
Those of you on the NCDD Discussion list know all about this exciting new project and this career opportunity. But for those of you who aren't (yet) on the list (go to www.edgateway.net/ncdd to subscribe), Calling the Question is a joint initiative of the Mainstream Media Project and the Harvard Global Negotiation Project which seeks to shift the national conversation from partisanship to problem-solving by engaging a broad spectrum of the public in calling in to talk radio, querying candidates in media and live appearances, and reframing policy debates by asking open, breakthrough, ?third side? questions that blame no one but encourage us to think in practical terms about what we can do together to resolve the challenges that confront us all. Click below to read more about the project and to look over the Program Director job description.
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AFCC Seeks Associate Editor for Family Court Review
I received this announcement yesterday from Peter Salem, Director of the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts. AFCC is looking for an Associate Editor for the quarterly academic and research journal Family Court Review. They are looking for someone with a social and/or behaviorial science background, preferably affiliated with an academic institution...
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Marshall Rosenberg Receives Man of Peace Award
Marshall Rosenberg, creator of Nonviolent Communication, received the 2004 Man of Peace Award today. The award was given by the Peace Prayer Organization in New Mexico, and the award interview can be heard at www.transradio.com (Show #1059). To learn more about Nonviolent Communication, go to the website of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC).
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Peacemaking in the 21st Century: Inner Peace, Outer Action
There's still time to register for "Peacemaking in the 21st Century: Inner Peace, Outer Action," June 17-20, 2004, at the University of Maine in Orono, ME. It's the first of an annual series co-sponsored by the University's Peace Studies Program and the Maine Humanities Council and is meant to create a forum for those interested in peace issues throughout the world. The conference will include six speakers and 24 sessions on such topics as Moving from the Contemplative to Action, Poets and Writers for Peace, Restorative Justice, Peace and Reconciliation, and Native Rights and Human Rights. Speakers include Colman McCarthy, former Washington Post columnist who directs the Center for Teaching Peace in Washington, D.C.; Kathy Kelly, who joined the Iraq Peace Team in Baghdad in 2002; and Hope magazine publisher Jon Wilson. To find out more about the content of the conference, call (207) 581-2609 or visit http://dll.umaine.edu/peace/. For registration information, call (207) 581-4094, or visit www.umaine.edu/conferences.
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PCP Invited to Participate in Conference on Communication about Climate Change
The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO has invited the Public Conversations Project to participate in an interdisciplinary conference on climate change communication. Sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation, the June conference seeks to: 1) take stock of what different disciplines know about climate change communication and identify connections among them; 2) foster communication across disciplinary lines to improve communication; and 3) develop a research and action agenda to enable people to act on what they know. Kathy Regan, PCP's Program Coordinator, will bring a dialogic perspective to a panel exploring the question: "How Can Climate Change Communication Be Improved?"
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CONTACT Summer Institute Offers Four Week-Long Electives
The School for International Training's CONTACT program - Conflict Transformation Across Cultures - is a professional development program designed to strengthen and support the community-building, coexistence and conflict intervention and resolution efforts of peacebuilders from the United States and around the world. Participants can enroll in a 2-3 week residential Summer Institute at SIT?s Vermont campus (this year taking place from May 31 to June 18, 2004), or the Graduate Certificate program, which includes the Summer Institute, an additional week in residence at SIT's Vermont campus (this year from June 19 - June 23) followed by a practicum, coursework delivered through interactive distance learning, and a seminar, held either at a regional field site or at SIT. As part of the June Summer Institute, CONTACT is offering several electives that can be taken independently. These electives offer an opportunity to learn new skills and to study with their international community of peacebuilders. The electives are five-day courses, June 14-18, each of which costs $600. Scholarships or special rates may apply for non-profits and students. Email for more details or click below to read about the electives.
Added May 24, 2004??-??Link to this entry
International Day of Open Homes, Listening Hearts Coming Up Fast
Initiatives of Change's annual International "Day" of Open Homes, Listening Hearts will take place June 4-6, 2004. Around the world during the first weekend in June, individuals will join to counter violence and injustice. But this is not a global protest against something; it is a united action for something: building community. During this June weekend, people will reach out to others with whom they wouldn't normally interact - usually those of a different race, ethnicity, or religion - and invite those people to share a meal and stories in their homes or communities. For more info, go to www.ohlh.org or email .
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Fall 2004 Peace Studies Program in South Africa
People to People Ambassador Programs is coordinating a delegation of professionals specializing in peacemaking and conflict resolution who will travel to South Africa October 16-27, 2004. Delegates will visit professionally related sites and meet with those specializing in conflict transformation, reconciliation, peace studies, restorative justice, and other related areas. The exchange will include extensive discussions on the application of diverse conflict resolution and peacebuilding strategies to address critical social issues, e.g. racism and the residual effects of slavery and apartheid, domestic violence, the AIDS epidemic, gangs....
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Compassionate Listening Project Fosters Jewish-German Reconciliation
The Compassionate Listening Project will offer a unique training in the Washington DC area October 10-18, 2004. The project, which fosters reconciliation among Jews and Germans, was held in Germany in 2002 and 2003, and this will be the first time it is offered in the U.S. Jewish and German participants ? from all nations ? are welcome to participate. Participants will learn the skills of Compassionate Listening and begin to explore and heal the Jewish-German wound. For more details, contact co-directors Brian Berman at (360/297-3358) or Andrea Cohen at (206/523-6018). Click below to read the full announcement.
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"Peaceworker Bootcamp" to be Held this Summer in Canada
A bootcamp of sorts for peaceworkers and potential peaceworkers will be held this summer in an old mountain range two hours west of Ottawa, Canada. The camp will be offered four times: May 30 - June 4, June 24-29, July 18-23, and August 8-13. The Peaceworker Bootcamp is an intensive 6-day hands-on learning experience in the Canadian wilderness for people who are or wish to become peaceworkers. The Peaceworker Bootcamp will introduce participants to the knowledge and skills necessary in preparing for voluntary or paid work in the fields of humanitarian, peacebuilding, and development assistance. Read the full announcement below, or contact Evan Hoffman (613-754-5283; ) for more info.
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Online Summer School on Conflict Transformation
The Network University is offering an Online Summer School on Conflict Transformation. This summer three award-winning, interactive courses on conflict transformation will be run online as part of an unique web-based program. The courses cover Youth Transforming Conflict (July 5-30), Transforming Civil Conflicts (August 9 - Sept. 3), and Gender and Conflict Transformation (Sept. 20 ? October 15). For further info, go to www.netuni.nl or contact Ditta Dolejsiova () - or click below to read more.
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Summer Schedule for Reconciliation Leadership Certificate Program
Virginia Swain sent me an announcement today about the Institute for Global Leadership's summer schedule for their UN-affiliated Basic Reconciliation Leadership? Certificate Program. Click below to read about the individual modules, which are held in June, July and August.
Added April 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Update and Call for Support for the U.S. Consensus Council
I received an email on April 23 from Rob Fersh, Director of the vital National Consensus Initiative. As Rob says, "there is no natural constituency for the USCC or any special interests who can put muscle behind it. Our main constituency is people, many from the field of conflict resolution, who understand the promise of the USCC to serve the nation in developing potentially wiser, more broadly supportable policy options to address important national problems. The goal of the USCC is to synthesize the insight and experience of people with differing points of view into policy proposals that reflect 'highest common denominator' solutions.
Rob needs all of us to fax the Congressmembers who have the power to move forward. Click below for contact info and instructions for doing this.
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Eight Jewish-Palestinian Peace Camps to be Held in North America this Summer
An email I received today from my friends Libby and Len Traubman outlined the growth of Jewish-Palestinian Peace Camps in the U.S. and Canada. As Len and Libby write, "Most Palestinians and Jews have never had an in-depth, sustained relationship, in the Middle East and worldwide. This "big disconnect" allows them to maintain stereotypes and dehumanize each other -- staying at a distance, doing what they're doing to one another at this moment. Thus the urgent need for a greatly enlarged public peace process to discover the "other" equally human, equally excellent persons -- expand our identification to include each other. Click below to learn about the 8 camps.
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If Gandhi and Bin Ladin Were to Engage in Dialogue...
If he were alive today, how might Mahatma Gandhi, the greatest apostle of non-violence, challenge Osama bin Laden's worldview? A piece by Bhikhu Parekh, a professor of political philosophy and author of three books on Gandhi, featured in this month's issue of Prospect Magazine answers this question through a bold fictional dialogue between these two figures. This unique and fascinating effort at "translating" and giving Gandhi a contemporary relevance is based on a lecture first delivered at Boston University. A longer version will appear later this year in "The Stranger's Religion: Fascination and Fear" edited by Anna Lannstrom (University of Notre Dame Press). Click here for the piece, called "Why Terror?", or click below to read the author's preface.
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Pilot Teleconferencing Dialogue Project a Success
A new project called Solis, directed by Liza Chambers, is a unique cross-cultural education program that enables college students in the United States and the Middle East to collaboratively explore the relationship between the two countries through dialogue. Solis' pilot Connect Program, which ran this winter, was a great success. Participating students from 5 colleges were divided into units, with each unit consisting of three students from universities in the U.S. and three students from universities in the Middle East. The units ?met? twice a week for an hour and a half for six weeks for live sessions via Solis' customized online collaboration application. The online application used is very intimate, allowing participants to see one another's facial expressions, hear tone of voice, and even share jokes. Students were also able to communicate asynchronously via websites that were created for each unit. There they could post messages and exchange ideas, via both video and text. Click below to read more.
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Michigan Making Inroads in Interreligious Dialogue & Peacebuilding
I received an inspiring email from my friends Libby and Len Traubman today. The message talks about the media attention that some peace activists, artists and dialogue practitioners in Michigan have been getting for their phenomenal programs. ?A handful of people in Michigan are causing Muslims, Jews, and Christians to open their hearts and minds,? say Len and Libby. Read the full email by clicking below. To get on the Traubman's mailing list, email them at . The Traubmans are hubs in the Jewish/Palestinian dialogue community.
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Presentation and Workshop on Jewish-German Reconciliation this June
Join Compassionate Listening Project facilitators in Washington, D.C. for a presentation and non-residential experiential workshop focused on the Jewish-German wounds related to WW II and the Holocaust. The presentation will take place on Friday evening, June 11, and the workshop will be held on June 12 and 13.
Added March 28, 2004??-??Link to this entry
New Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation
The Teaching and Learning for Peace Foundation was formed in July of 2003 as a non-profit association based in Adelaide, South Australia. Its specific mission is to document, support, develop and present peace-building possibilities based upon storytelling processes to communities both locally and internationally, connecting via the Internet with the purpose of bringing adults and children together to share in the peace-building process.
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Upcoming Trainings in Reconciliation Leadership
The Institute for Global Leadership is providing a new leadership and development certificate training program called ?Reconciliation Leadership.? Reconciliation Leadership arises from the leader?s vocational calling, skill building and a philosophy of life to be at peace in oneself and be of service to others. The Program purpose is to activate the best of our humanity and reconcile the leadership crises of communities, institutions, nations and global entities for the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (2001-2010).
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Peaceforce Collecting Stories on the Power of Nonviolent Conflict Transformation
Mel Duncan, the Executive Director of the Nonviolent Peaceforce, invites you to send in your stories and experiences in the power of nonviolent conflict transformation. Your stories will be published in future issues of the Peaceforce?s e-newsletter. According to Mel, ?by sharing your wisdom and your perspective, you will enrich our growing network of people who are working together to build the Nonviolent Peaceforce and alternatives to military intervention.? Email your stories to . The Nonviolent Peaceforce is an international organization dedicated to creating a large-scale peace army of trained, paid civilians from every continent to intervene in conflict situations.
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NVC/Restorative Justice Conference in Helsinki this June
A conference called ?Nonviolent Communication (NVC) as a Process in Victim-Offender Mediation and Other Conflict Situations? will be held June 5-6, 2004 in Helsinki, Finland. The head trainer will be Dr. Marshall Rosenberg, the founder of Nonviolent Communication. Participants will hear how NVC-based mediation is used in prisons, in police work and in schools in different countries.
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Opportunity to Attend AU?s Summer Peacebuilding & Development Institute 2004
American University?s Peacebuilding and Development Summer Institute provides knowledge, practical experience and skills for practitioners, teachers and students involved in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and development. Held on AU's campus in Washington, DC, the Summer Institute will focus on various approaches to mediation, negotiation, facilitation, reconciliation and dialogue, particularly in conflict-torn and developing regions.
Added February 19, 2004??-??Link to this entry
Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Facilitates Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue in New York
The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, in partnership with the Dialogue Project, hosted a series of dialogues among Jewish-Palestinian groups in New York through their presentation of the John Adams opera ?The Death of Klinghoffer.? The Klinghoffer Dialogue Project, led by Ted Wiprud--Animating Democracy veteran through the American Composers Orchestra project ?Coming to America?--consisted of three pre-production dialogue sessions, each focusing on one aspect of the production: the words, the staging, and the music of the opera; and one postproduction dialogue offering an opportunity for participants to reflect and discuss related issues. In addition, as part of the ongoing Open Rehearsal Initiative, classes at three diverse Brooklyn high schools studied ?The Death of Klinghoffer.? Animating Democracy supported this project; a profile of the project is being developed for our website. www.brooklynphilharmonic.org/2003_2004/KlinghofferDP.htm
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ACR?s 2004 Conference to be Held September 29 ? October 2
The Association for Conflict Resolution will hold its large annual conference this year in Sacramento, California, Sept. 29 ? Oct. 2, 2004. The conference theme will be ?Valuing Peace in the 21st Century: Expanding the Art and Practice of Conflict Resolution.? www.acrnet.org
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Update on the U.S. Consensus Council
Rob Fersh sent us an update on the USCC on January 8, 2004. Despite Congress' approval of a $1 million appropriation for establishment of the USCC, we are still waiting for the authorizing legislation to pass. When legislation is passed - and I'm confident that it will be! - the USCC will serve Congress in promoting consensus-based solutions to important national legislative policy issues. The USCC's role will be to convene diverse stakeholders on a particular issue and build agreements among them that reflect "win/win", highest common denominator solutions. Click the link below for Rob's full email.
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PCP & Beliefnet.com to Hold Online Dialogues on Passion of Christ Film
The Public Conversations Project is working with Beliefnet.com to host a series of closed online dialogues about Mel Gibson?s controversial new film, The Passion of Christ. PCP is currently looking identifying volunteers who 1) have taken PCP's Power of Dialogue training, 2) have significant experience facilitating face to face dialogue, 3) could facilitate a balanced and respectful conversation about the issues likely to be raised by the film, 4) are comfortable and clear online writers, and 5) have the time and energy to make the significant time investment involved. Facilitators will follow the guidelines Beliefnet developed in comparable dialogues following 9/11 and at the start of the war on Iraq. Meenakshi Chakraverti () is coordinating PCP's participation in this pilot project. Connect with her before February 6 if you are interested in this learning opportunity and meet the qualifications.
Added February 01, 2004??-??Link to this entry
The Peace Company Celebrates the Season for Nonviolence
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi are the 20th century saints of nonviolence. They showed us that the moral force of love is indeed stronger than the coercive force of oppression. Every year, for 64 days between the anniversaries of the deaths of these two great men (January 30 and April 4), we celebrate the Season for Nonviolence, when individuals and groups all over the world are encouraged to re-commit themselves to nonviolence as a way of life and as a road to peace and social change.
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PCP offers Power of Dialogue training in Vancouver this March
The Public Conversations Project will offer its training ?The Power of Dialogue: Constructive Conversations on Divisive Issues? March 25-27, 2004 in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). During this hands-on workshop, participants will explore ways to promote the type of meaningful dialogue that has the power to shift communication and relationships. Through the process of designing and facilitating an extended dialogue simulation, participants will learn the key elements of PCP dialogues. For a full description and registration information, visit: www.publicconversations.org/pcp/index.asp?page_id=123