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2012 TC Program

2nd Annual International Conference on
"Transforming Conflict:"

Sharing Tools for Dialogue and Engagement

June 20-23, 2012
Sadeen Hotel ~ Amman, Jordan


Wednesday, June 20

TC CONFERENCE OPENING and EVENTS 
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Greeting, Mission, Overview, and Announcements
   Steve Olweean
, MA, Director, Common Bond Institute
                                         President, International Humanistic Psychology Association

Keynotes:  John Marks,  PhD, President, Search For Common Ground
                    William Ury, PhD, Co-founded Harvard's Program on Negotiation

Charter for Compassion:  
                    Muna Awad
, BA, Program Director, Charter For Compassion-Jordan

8:00 - 9:00 pm
All Conference Community and Dialogue Experience

Thursday, June 21

PLENARY WORKSHOP SESSION A

Workshop
Morning  9:00 - 10:30 am

 "Getting to YES: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In"
Like it or not, we are all negotiators everyday whether with our families, our colleagues, our partners or our opponents. In this plenary workshop, William Ury will offer some practical empowering strategies for resolving disputes and reaching agreements of all kinds
William Ury, PhD


PLENARY WORKSHOP SESSION B

Workshop
Morning  10:45 am - 12:15 pm

"Discovering And Practicing NonViolent Communications (NVC) On The Way To Conflict Resolution" ( 1 )
Active and interactive workshop, where we start by defining communication (feelings, needs, process, verbal, non-verbal), followed by NVC practice(does and don'ts, active listening, understanding the way I see facts...), NVC during conflict, the four ways of conflict resolution, understanding the conflict circle. All done in an active way, with over five "games" or exercises to be used by participants in their fields.
Tanya Awad Ghorra
, MBA

~ Lunch ~
12:15 - 2:00 pm

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS C

Workshops
Morning  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

C 1:  "Ambassadors For Dialogue"
A workshop of practical activities on dialog skills and what it mean to have an effective dialog
-Introduction of the Ambassadors For Dialog Project
-Definition of Dialog (a brainstorm)
-At least two practical activities addressing assumptions, what should a dialog practically look like, how to be a good listener and what it means to put yourself in someone else's shoe. ( all depending on our Ambassadors For Dialog Practical handbook
- Open dialog (giving people an opportunity to exchange feelings and thoughts on the workshop)
Ambassador's For Dialogue team:
Suzan Said, Firas Al Farr, Tareq Sadi, Zeid Kilani

____________________________________________

C 2:  "Healing Our Collective Trauma Vortices: MediationProcess""
This interactive workshop offers a simple process that facilitates tolerance and conflict resolution, combining cutting-edge, self-regulation techniques with conflict resolution principles. The emotional foundation behind conflicts is an essential component for successful dialogue/collaboration among adversarial groups, from the individual/spousal/family levels to the community/national/religious levels.
Gina Ross, MFCT

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS D

Afternoon  3:45 pm - 4:45 pm
F
acilitated Dialogue Groups
Conference-wide break-out groups
(All participants self-select one of the concurrent dialogue groups)

Opportunity for all participants to engage in open agenda dialogues to process the conference, share learning, explore concepts and related issues, network, and brainstorm practical applications and collaboration. Dialogue groups are viewed as the engines of the conference experience where collaboration and application most emerge. The information from these groups is also included in conference proceedings and outcomes, and utilized for future cooperation and planning.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Afternoon  5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Farah Pandith
, MA
Special Representative to Muslim Communities for the US State Department

~ Dinner ~
5:30 - 7:30 pm


Evening Social-Cultural Event
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Friday, June 22

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS E

Workshops
Morning  9:00 am - 10:30 am

E-1:  "Discovering And Practicing NonViolent Communications (NVC) On The Way To Conflict Resolution" ( 2 )
Active and interactive workshop, where we start by defining communication (feelings, needs, process, verbal, non-verbal), followed by NVC practice(does and don'ts, active listening, understanding the way I see facts...), NVC during conflict, the four ways of conflict resolution, understanding the conflict circle. All done in an active way, with over five "games" or exercises to be used by participants in their fields.
Tanya Awad Ghorra
, MBA
____________________________________________

E-2  "Emotional First Aid and Collective Trauma Healing: Resilience Tolerance and Conflict Resolution," (part 1 of 2 sessions)
This interactive workshop offers a simple process to help people work through emotional obstacles to self-regulation and build resilience. Somatic Experiencing - Emotional First Aid is a cutting-edge technique that draws on the inherent wisdom of the body/mind connection. Negotiation skills/conflict resolution strategies are also featured
Gina Ross, MFCT

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS F

Workshops
Morning  10:45 am - 12:15 pm

F-1:  "Using Business for Sustainable Social Impact"
Learn how to connect business people and skills to make change. During this session you will learn abouta strategy of engagement called Global Impact Groups. Presenter will discuss the different applications of the strategy she has designed. We invite you to come and learn about this new type of structured outreach and lend your opinions on how this may help the Jordanian economy.
Romy Gingras Kochan
, BS
____________________________________________

F-2:   "Emotional First Aid and Collective Trauma Healing: Resilience Tolerance and Conflict Resolution," (part 2 of 2 sessions)
This interactive workshop offers a simple process to help people work through emotional obstacles to self-regulation and build resilience. Somatic Experiencing - Emotional First Aid is a cutting-edge technique that draws on the inherent wisdom of the body/mind connection. Negotiation skills/conflict resolution strategies are also featured
Gina Ross, MFCT
____________________________________________

F-3:   "Community Dialogue: Discourse in Conflict Resolution Grounded in Restorative Justice Practices"
This presentation will present and promote some of the newest techniques in conflict resolution utilizing the ideals of restorative justice. The skills presented provide a path for individuals to manage conflict in a safe community environment with the goals of restoring the other's dignity, creating of a learning system, and engaging interpersonally.
Louis Boynton, MA, LPC

~ Lunch ~
12:15 - 1:45 pm

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS G

Workshops
Afternoon 1:45 pm - 3:15 pm

G-1:  "Experience Wounded Xrossing Borders"
The members of Wounded Xrossing Borders will present personal stories of change and transformation from difficult beginnings and conditions, and share the process and stages they have gone through and are still going through, within themselves and between themselves.
Sulaiman Khatib, Mohammed Takrouri, Ahmed Helou, Baderal deen abu Al Rop, with other members of Wounded Xrossing Borders.

____________________________________________

G-2:  "Fundamental Communication and Decision Making for Mental Health Wellness: The MHF Program."
The facilitators will present a description of the NBCC International Mental Health Facilitator program and will train participants in communication and problem solving skills included in the program curriculum. The presentation will include time for participants to practice the skills taught.
Thomas Clawson, EdD, and Wendi Schweiger, PhD

 PLENARY ROUNDTABLESESSION H
Afternoon  3:30 - 5:30 pm

"Engaging The Other, Difficult Dialogues,
and the Power of Compassion"

A dialogue about the benefits, necessity, and challenges of being present with and directly Engaging The Other to move past negative stereotypes, polarization, animosity, and impasse to discover new possibilities for genuine and sustainable reconciliation and healing. The tools and skills needed to accomplish this by personally and effectively dialoguing and genuinely engaging with those we feel different from and even opposed to will be discussed.
The 1st 45 minutes will be a conversation among roundtable members, and the remaining time will be devoted to inviting the rest of the conference participants to interact for a full room dialogue and sharing about the topic.
Sulaman Khatib, Tanya Awad Ghorra, Steve Olweean

~ Dinner ~
5:30 - 7:30 pm


Evening Social-Cultural Event
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 23

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS I

Workshops
Morning  9:30 am - 11:00 am

I-1 "Discovering And Practicing NonViolent Communications (NVC) On The Way To Conflict Resolution" ( 3 )
Active and interactive workshop, where we start by defining communication (feelings, needs, process, verbal, non-verbal), followed by NVC practice(does and don'ts, active listening, understanding the way I see facts...), NVC during conflict, the four ways of conflict resolution, understanding the conflict circle. All done in an active way, with over five "games" or exercises to be used by participants in their fields.
Tanya Awad Ghorra
, MBA
____________________________________________

I-2:  "Dialogue Through Art. Painting the Street"
Dialog through art is a method developed by the bask artist and activist Alex Carrascosa. It is a method of nonviolent and imaginative transformation of conflicts. At this workshop the participants come together besides a big sheet of paper to paint. Dialog through arts is an experiment about individual and common spaces, about borders and cooperations
Nora Baroci
, MA
____________________________________________

I-3:  "The Power of Perspective: View Points of the Arab-Israeli Conflict"
Understanding conflicts from the position of the other side is an important tool to resolving differences. Using one of the longest running and contentious conflicts in the world as an example, this presentation will attempt to reveal the power of perspective and how it can skew out perceptions of reality
Moamer Khalayleh

ALL-CONFERENCE SESSION J

Dialogue and Action Planning Group (Part 1)
Morning  11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Utilizing skills learned over the days of the progam, the full conference community gathers to process the conference experience, assess for future skills training needs, brainstorm for practical applications in our communities, action plan and network for cooperation beyond conference, feedback, and recommendations
Facilitator: Steve Olweean

~ Lunch ~
12:45 - 2:15 pm

ALL-CONFERENCE SESSION K

Final Dialogue and Action Planning Group (Part 2)
Afternoon   2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Utilizing skills learned over the days of the progam, the full conference community gathers to process the conference experience, assess for future skills training needs, brainstorm for practical applications in our communities, action plan and network for cooperation beyond conference, feedback, and recommendations
Facilitator: Steve Olweean


CONFERENCE CLOSING 
3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Final community experience, affirmations of positive action beyond the conference, reflection, insight, transition, and farewell
Facilitator: Steve Olweean
 

~ Farewell Dinner Party ~
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
(a final time to break bread together)

FACILITATORS and MEDIATORS

                                Tanya Ghorra           Aseel Zahran
                                
Steve Olweean
      Rasha Salib

Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue

The TC 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



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Other Conferences by CBI in 2012:
      International Conference on Transgenerational Trauma (Jordan)
      International Conference on Engaging The Other (Canada)
      International Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peace (USA) (2013)



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