Call for workshop proposals: The 11th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education

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The 11th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (CRE)
Regional Conference (Latin America)
Building Stronger Peaceful Communities Through Education, Social Enterprise, Justice and Security

Seminar for Colleges and Universities Developing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs: The Social, Historical, Political and Environmental Implications of Peace in Costa Rica
June 19 – 24, 2017, San José, Costa Rica


(Deadline for submissions,  January 14, 2017)
Download the workshop proposals here

Hosted by The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Centro ETHOS Costa Rica and FUSAI Costa Rica

Main Conference (Keynotes and Workshops):  Building Stronger Peaceful Communities Through Education, Social Enterprise, Justice and Security
Monday – Tuesday, June 19 – 20, 2017 (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Cost:  $220 for general attendees and $150 for presenters and students (If you register by March 5th); costs are $300 for general attendees and students after March 5th.

Seminar for Colleges and Universities Developing Peace and Conflict Studies Programs:  The Social, Historical, Political and Environmental Implications of Peace in Costa Rica
(Includes the first 2 days of the regional conference as part of the seminar, for more information on this seminar, please visit the conference web site).
Monday – Friday, June 19 – 24, 2017 (San Jose, Costa Rica)
Cost:  $490 for the 5 days, including internal transportation, all visits and lectures and a farewell dinner (the price does not include hotel accommodations or meals), $375 for the five days for those selected as presenters (If you register by March 5th).  After March 5th the cost is $650 plus meals and accommodation.).

This regional conference, builds upon prior conferences in 2004 – 2016 in the USA which brought together government representatives from around the globe and their non-governmental organization partners, who have legislation or policies in place on topics such as conflict management, human rights, social and emotional learning, peace education, democracy education, civics education, and multi-cultural/global education in traditional and non-traditional education settings.  Conference and meeting publications from past conferences are available by clicking on the options on the right side of the web page

The Regional International Conference on CRE is an opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and research. Presentations will focus on innovations in the fields that are making broad impacts in local, state, national, and international communities.  Participants will exchange best practices, evaluation methodology, creation of policy implementation structures, consideration of obstacles to success, and new and innovative use of training, resources and technology.

Audience: Conference participants will be drawn from the national and international community. The conference is intended for primary, secondary and higher education students, faculty, staff and administrators, members of the business community, policy makers at all levels, researchers, media groups, philanthropists, and anyone wishing to make positive change in their communities.

The Conference Theme - Building Stronger Peaceful Communities Through Education, Social Enterprise, Justice, and Security

While there are a wide range of definitions of each of these themes for the conference, the planning committee is reviewing proposals using the following lens:

Peace - “A condition of active cooperation and goodwill in conducting the normal activities of the society, in dealing with existing problems, and in improving social, economic, and political conditions” (Gene Sharp). This definition emphasizes the meeting of individual and collective needs within a just and secure society. Peace in this context is associated with the presence of hope, participation, right relationships and opportunity.

Justice – It is frequently understood as promoting and applying fair and equitable treatment of individuals and groups in the local or global community.  Based upon an understanding of rule of law, the application of justice in this context must not only be transparent, equal for all and impartial, but it must also meet higher goals, such as those enshrined within the United Nations declaration on human rights.

Security - Security for this conference refers mainly to ‘human security’. As such it encompasses the environmental, political, economic, humanitarian, social and military aspects of human existence. Security in this sense emphasizes the ability of people to meet their needs and achieve their potential today and in the future. A secure environment is one in which vulnerability is reduced to a reasonable minimum and avoidable threats to security are neutralized. Consequently, the quest for human security deals with both internal and global/transnational threats and consequences.

Social Enterprise - At its most fundamental violence is equated with unmet needs. Deprivation is violent in its own right, and leads to direct violence and disruptive conflict. Social enterprise applies methods and ideas from the business world to solve human problems, whether these be social problems like poverty, and lack of access to education, or environmental problems like desertification. In this conference we will focus on the role of social enterprise in addressing conflict at the local to global level. We will consider direct methods such as those enterprises and initiatives that seek to bring disparate communities together. We will also look at the role of social enterprise in addressing the underlying causes of conflict like poverty, uneven life chances, discrimination and marginalization. Trainings and workshops will bring together leaders from all sectors of society to share ideas, coordinate approaches and build knowledge.

Education - In addition to K-12 and higher education, this track will also include workshops, training programs and continuing education for all age groups in non-formal and community education settings. Examples of topics include conflict resolution as social entrepreneurship, teaching business and entrepreneurial skills to students from underserved communities, schools as social enterprises, universities as social enterprises, conflict resolution education within the business sector, and using college internships to support community social enterprise, etc. Trainings and workshops will be led by leaders in the field of conflict resolution and social enterprise, including, but not limited to skill building.

Proposal Topics:
A. Topics may include Tools for Preparing the Change Leaders of the Future, such as through Social Enterprise (SE), Education and Innovation or closely related topics including, but not limited to:

  • Civic Responsibility
  • Prevention of bullying
  • Circles of Peace
  • Restorative Justice
  • Social entrepreneurship and community engagement
  • Addressing community violence or issues of social justice
  • Mediation
  • Socially aware business models
  • The future of social entrepreneurship
  • Community policing and human rights
  • Peacebuilding processes in conflict zones
  • Environmental justice
  • Marketing social enterprise
  • Gender violence prevention
  • Human trafficking
  • The Northern Triangle: maras and gangs, legal and illegal activities
  • Environmental enterprises
  • Empowerment through mindfulness
  • Nonprofit business models supporting social justice issues
  • The role of the CICIG in the reconstruction of the democratic process in Guatemala
  • Social Labs in Costa Rica
  • Education projects led by faith based institutions
  • Community engagement led by local governments
  • Communities programming to address crime – community policing
  • Government social programs
  • Colombia: the challenges for a lasting peace
  • Peace as a fundamental human right
  • Policies for prevention and combatting organized crime in Central America
  • Gang prevention
  • Innovation in local governments
  • Social and emotional learning
  • Collaborative entrepreneurship
  • Building capacity in civil society
  • Empathy-based innovations
  • Empowering solutions

DEADLINES: All proposals are due by January 14, 2017.  Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail by January 15 and all presenters will be notified as to whether they have been selected by January 20, 2017.

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