ACR INTERNATIONAL DAY 2013
The ACR International Section is gearing up for an exciting International Day this year at the ACR national conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. International Day will be folded into the main conference this year, at no additional cost. It will be on the first day of the conference, Wednesday October 9, 2013. As in years past, the International Section will present two International Outstanding Leadership Awards, and both awardees will also present about their work. Dr. Hal Saunders, the individual recipient, is the founder and president of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, and longtime diplomat who was instrumental in Arab-Israeli dialogues and the Iran hostage crisis. Ba Futuru, the organizational awardee, is an NGO in Timor-Leste working with children and adults to teach conflict resolution skills and help them heal from the effects of violent conflict. Ba Futuru’s founder and director, Sierra James, will receive the award on behalf of the organization. In addition to the awardees, Nonviolent Peaceforce, a civilian peacekeeping entity that fosters dialogue among parties in violent conflict, will also be present. Finally, we will be very lucky to have Mark Umbreit, well-known Restorative Justice pioneer from Minnesota, and Gina Barbieri, IFC Compliance Advisor Ombudsman. All speakers will share in relation to the theme of this year’s International Day: “Teaching Conflict Resolution Locally and Globally.” For the International Day agenda, click here. Please join us!
Individuals outside the United States who wish to be affiliated with ACR may do so as International Virtual Members for $63.00 per year. For further information, click here.
ACR's INTERNATIONAL SECTION, IN COOPERATION WITH CONSULTORA EQUIPO I.M.C.A. AND THE UNIVERSIDAD DE CIENCIAS EMPRESARIALES Y SOCIALES, SPONSORED A SECOND CONFERENCE IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA ON AUGUST 29-30, 2013. ABOUT NINETY PEOPLE ATTENDED FROM ARGENTINA, OTHER LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES, THE UNITED STATES AND ITALY. TO SEE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE CONFERENCE, CLICK HERE.
DID YOU MISS ONE OR MORE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SECTION'S WEBINARS THAT ROCHELLE ARMS FACILITATED WITH GEORGE GACHARA, ASHOK PANIKKAR, SISTER PAULINE ACAYO AND REMO MOOMIAIE-QAJAR? TO LISTEN TO THEIR WEBINARS, CLICK HERE.
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. Based in the United States, ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 6,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making.
The ACR International Section is one of 18 ACR’s professional interest/topical Sections that provide members with a way to meet other professionals in their special areas of interest. It is made up of hundreds of ACR members from countries around the world and is one of the fastest growing ACR Sections. The Section is committed to honoring and building understanding of the differences in cultures, language and approaches to effective conflict resolution and building peaceful coexistence. more
GREETINGS FROM ROCHELLE ARMS, CHAIR
Dear Members and Friends of the International Section,
It’s been a great year so far in the International Section. As my time as Chair is nearing its end, I wanted to give a little recap of where we are. Overall, we’ve done well with our goals!
1) Plan and carry out International Day 2013! -- International Day on October 9th, 2013 is well on its way, promising some wonderful speakers, including the Nonviolent Peaceforce, Mark Umbreit, and our two International Outstanding Leadership Awardees: Ba Futuru and Dr. Hal Saunders.
2) Work with ACR and our section’s membership to diversify and expand our membership to different parts of the world and to universities -- We’ve expanded our global networking, and especially with the help of Hriday Sarma, our friend in India, we have connected with other like-minded organizations and individuals in different parts of the world. Two of our student members – Marcos and Elyse – are leading a student/academia-outreach project, and I’ve personally conducted outreach meetings to student groups about ACR and the section.
For the complete text of the Chair's message, click here.
MESSAGE FROM MARY DAMIANAKIS, CHAIR-ELECT
Welcome to all our International Section Members!
My background is with family mediation, but throughout the years I have learned that mediation skills can extend far beyond family disputes. They are applicable to our communities, schools, and workplaces, and they stretch beyond borders. Let us be mindful that mediation skills can also be practiced amongst us. This point is important as our section continues to grow. We are all ambassadors for change, peace building, and conflict resolution. We in the International Section are here, available to share our experiences with you. Sharing our work, our journeys, and our hopes is important to our profession and our learning. The benefits of mediation, conflict resolution, and peace building reach far beyond our own backyard because we are all part of a much larger movement. Our backgrounds, experiences, countries, and languages may differ, yet we all share similar values, hopes, and aspirations. The International Section communicates well, and celebrates diversity with insightful compassion. We want conflict resolution and peace building to grow and flourish internationally with a spirit of cooperation.
Throughout the years, I have come to admire the members of this section. It is an inclusive, diverse group, with members from all over the world, working with collegiality, respect, humility, and passion. The International Section continues to welcome new members, acknowledge team work, and is grateful to all members for their contributions. This group's dedication to mediation, peace building, and conflict resolution is huge, and it reaches all corners of the globe. Additionally, the International Section is an excellent example of how people choose to work respectfully, with consensus building, and to continue to spread the word of mediation, conflict resolution, and peace building. I continue to learn from all of you, and I am thrilled to be part of the group.
The photo accompanying this message is of me with my friend an neighbor Zara-Bella.
MESSAGE FROM WALTER WRIGHT, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
It was my pleasure to serve all of you as Chair during the 2011-2012 term. We had a great time and a successful International Day in New Orleans. It was great to see those of you who could attend in person.
Rochelle Arms is now our fearless leader, and I am sure she will do wonderful things for our Section. I plan to give her my full support, and I trust all of you will do the same.
If you believe there is anything I can do for you, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.