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Association for Conflict Resolution Seeking Conference Proposals on Deliberative Democracy

Deliberative Democracy: New Directions in Public Policy Dispute Resolution is the theme for the annual conference of the Environment and Public Policy Section (EPP) of the Association for Conflict Resolution. The conference will be held on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts from Wednesday, June 28 through Friday, June 30, 2006. They are seeking proposals by March 24th on one of three themes: Deliberative Democracy; Intractable, Values-Based Public Policy Disputes; International, Cross-Cultural Comparative Analysis of dispute resolution outside the United States. Please submit your proposal by email to Carri Hulet, Conference Manager, at carrihulet@gmail.com. If you have any questions prior to submitting your proposal, please contact Carri at the same address. If you would like more information about the Environment and Public Policy Section of the Association for Conflict Resolution, please contact Co-Chair Cindy Cook at ccook@adamantaccord.com. For general information about the conference, contact Anne Mansfield at 802-831-1338 or eppinfo@vermontlaw.edu, or see www.vermontlaw.edu/elc/index.cfm?doc_id=1199. To read more about proposal submission guidelines, click on the link below.

[Excerpted from the Request for Proposals]

Proposal Requirements:

Please format your proposal using the following sub-headings or categories so we can easily evaluate and compare proposals. We encourage both individuals and collaborative groups to submit proposals. While evaluating proposals, if the conference planners feel that two or more proposals could be combined into one session, we may suggest the idea and give you a chance to
consider it before making our final decisions.
– Contact Information: Name, Title, Email, Phone(s), Mailing Address
– Theme you wish to focus on: Indicate whether your proposal relates to the theme of Deliberative Democracy, Values-Based Disputes, Comparative Cross-Cultural Analysis, or another topic of your choice
– Who: Identify all individuals who are contributing to your proposal and indicate their roles (panelist, moderator, co-leader, etc.). Please also note the presenters’ experience in presenting at professional conferences.
– What: What do you propose to present? What question(s) will you be trying to answer?
– Why: Please describe why you propose offering this session, and why you think conference attendees would be interested in participating in it.
– How: Do you want to do a presentation, organize a panel, facilitate a round table discussion, have the group break into smaller groups, do a simulation, etc? Describe what the session will look and feel like.

Committee Criteria for Evaluation

– Potential to add significant value to conference participants’ experience (i.e. uniqueness,substantively compelling, extremely useful/practical, etc.)
– Likelihood that the session will be interactive


– Deadline for submission: Friday, March 24, 2006
– Committee review period: March 24 – April 14, 2006
– Notice of decision by April 17, 2006

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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