The 2015 International Day Program was held on the Saturday of the ACR Conference. There were 40 people in attendance, including visiting legal professionals from Morocco and an international delegation of teachers. We honored our International Award Recipient, heard from a prior recipient, learned about a local international visitors program, held a World Cafe discussion about the relationship between culture and conflict, and conducted our annual business meeting.
Mohamed Faizal was presented the International Development Award from the Section for his work in promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution in Singapore. He gave an excellent presentation on the Impact of Culture in Conflict.
Shamil Fattakhov, 2008 International Award Recipient, spoke about work he has been doing in Northern Sudan and the impact of using interactive theater in resolving intractable community conflict.
Carina Black, Executive Director of the Northern Nevada International Center, offered an overview of the work she has led at the University of Nevada-based program. The Center works with over 50 delegations and 1000 international visitors each year.
Our World Cafe considered the relationship between culture and conflict. We considered 3 questions and ended with many words of wisdom from the tables.
Bill Davis, founder of DPK Consulting, closed our program with his thoughts around the international work he has done in promoting the rule of law in programs of justice.
Several attendees met over lunch to close out our time together. Below are some photographs of the activities.
Our informal meeting of Section members developed the following mission and values statement:
ACR-IS is a professional international network of conflict resolution neutrals whose mission is to promote and connect peacemakers around the world because we believe that mankind is a diverse tapestry of a single fabric.