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2nd Annual
International Conference on
Transgenerational Trauma
     October 16-19, 2013

     Amman, Jordan

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8th Annual
International Conference on
Engaging The OTHER
     Spring, 2014
     Michigan USA

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~ Press Room


5th Annual
International Conference on
Religion, Conflict, & Peace
      Spring, 2013
Dearborn, Michigan USA

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~ Previous 2012 Program



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7th Annual International Conference on
"Engaging The Other:"

The Power of Compassion

May 4-5, 2013 ~ Dearborn, Michigan USA

Co-sponsored by:
  Common Bond Institute (CBI),
People's Peace Fund (PPF), Michigan State University (MSU),
  International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)
Endorsed by:
 An international list of over 100 cooperating organizations and universities
Official Partner and Event of
 Charter For Compassion
and Parliament of World's Religions

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 ETO Program Overview 

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 Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue
The ETO Conference strives to promote an inclusive, compassionate dialogue that honors different personal experiences, perspectives, and narratives, while allowing for better expressing and listening to each other as we work together toward understanding and harmony. Our intention is to create an open venue where we can engage meaningfully and invite in a public dialogue that brings our joint wisdom to bear in exploring sometimes difficult issues that effect us all. This is based on the premise that it does not require that we be the same to be appreciate of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us.
We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.

NonViolent Communication Guidelines: (adapted from Marshall Rosenberg)

Unique Assumptions—NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. It also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.

While NVC is much more than a communication model, the components below provide a structural concept of the process that leads to giving and receiving from the heart.

Honestly Expressing how I am and what I would like without using blame, criticism or demands

Empathically Receiving how another is and what he/she would like without hearing blame, criticism or demands  

Whether expressing or receiving, NVC focuses our attention on four pieces of information:

1) Observations —Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis
2) Feelings —Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame
3) Needs —The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings
4) Requests —Clear request for actions that can meet needs     

2013 ETO Conference Information

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Main ETO Conference Page

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Program Overview and Guidelines
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2006 - 2011 Proceedings & Outcomes

2011 ETO Conf. Information:
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2010 ETO Conf. Information:
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