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International Conference on "Engaging the Other" Coming Up in October

“Engaging the Other: The Power of Compassion” is an international, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference examining concepts of “The Other” from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about images of “Us and Them.” The conference features a pool of leading experts from around the world to address the roots of negative stereotyping and prejudice, and how to move past artificial barriers of misunderstanding and distrust to cultivate our capacity for appreciation of diversity, reconciliation, and peace. These experts include NCDD’s own Sandy Heirbacher, who will be be presenting a workshop on Navigating the Continuum of D&D Methods using NCDD’s new framework for thinking about when to use which D&D method. The converence takes place from October 26-29, 2006 in Kalamazoo, Michigan USA. For more information visit the conference website at www.cbiworld.org, or click on the link below.

The conference will involve:

— Examining dimensions and dynamics of “The OTHER” on individual and group levels, and considering how enemy identity is formed, perpetuated, and manipulated, including fear-based belief systems, negative stereotypes, projection, prejudice, and scapegoating. Concepts are explored through psychological (intra-personal and inter-personal), sociological, cultural, anthropological, historical, philosophical, and spiritual perspectives.

— Identifying and compiling fundamental questions, dilemmas, and implications for further deep inquiry and examination in an expanding public dialogue.

— Tapping our shared wisdom and compassion as a community – from the local to the global – in developing practical applications.

— Formulating findings to make available to all – through publications, media, training programs, Internet networks, dialogue groups, etc

– 5 Keynote Speakers. – 5 Plenary Panels. – 26 Sessions of lectures, workshops, and panels. – 3 Daily Conference-wide Facilitated Dialogue Groups. – Evening Performances, Social-Cultural programs, and Community activities. – In-Process Expressive Arts Interpretation of the conference as it evolves. – E-conference links to universities and institutes in the US and various countries to expand an inclusive global dialogue. – E-dialogues and E-working groups, created during the conference as themes emerge, to continue the dialogue process beyond the conference and lead into future events. – Media Exhibits and Displays. – Rich Networking opportunities. – Crosscultural Intentional Community. – A web-based Archive of event content.

Huston Smith, Sam Keen, Marianne Williamson, Archbishop Elias Chacour, Maureen O’Hara, James O’Dea, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Abdul Aziz Said, Eyad El Sarraj, Ruchama Marton, Sen. John Vasconcellos, Jamal Dajani, David Michaelis, Lee Mun Wah, Geshe Gendun Gyatso, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Don Edward Beck, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Joseph Montville, Dan Bar On, Aftab Omer, Aisha Gray Henry, Jeffrey Mishlove, Stanley Krippner, Paul VonWard, Sharif Abdullah, Gorka Espiau, Ihsan Alkhatib, Satsuki Ina, Ahmad Hijazi, Ohad Bar Shalom, Steve Olweean, Alexander Badkhen, Mark Pevzner, Gay Barfield, Marvelene Hughes, Deborah Koff-Chapman, Mukti Khanna, Marilyn Youngbird, Josh White Jr., Steve Fabick, Bruce Gibb, Elza Maalouf, David Schoem, A T Miller, Robert Oppenheimer, James Macsay, Lewis Gover, Anna Rodina, Hana Hasan, Alvaro Cedeno, Diane Perlman, Wendy Woods, Charles Behling, LaRon Williams, Elizabeth Barton, Ilham Al-Sarraf, Anna Badkhen, Sandy Heierbacher, Brenda Rosenberg, Kate Runyon, Sharon Lowe, Jane Dutton, Margaret Warner, Silvia Dubovoy, Gemma Bulos, Shadia Kanaan, Laurie White. Mushtaq Luqmani, Paul Clements, David Juarez, Robert Small.

This conference is an international, multicultural event bringing together key presenters and participants from various cultures, including developing societies, regions of conflict, and communities seen by each as the “Other.” It is intended to co-create a diverse, intentional learning community to explore conference themes and build a common ground of reference essential to engaging and integrating formal learning.

Registration is Also Open To The Public

Dates: October 26-29, 2006 (Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon)
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA – Radisson Plaza Hotel
Program: Posted on-line, and also available by Email on request.
Registration: On-line, or contact CBI directly
CEC: Continuing Education Credits available

FOR FULL INFORMATION on Fees, Program, Registration, Accommodations, and Site CONTACT:
Common Bond Institute
Steve Olweean, Director, Conference Coordinator
12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034 USA
Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393 E-mail: SOlweean@aol.com
Full Details at Website: www.cbiworld.org

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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