San Mateo Pilot Project to Host “Action Summit 2018”

On January 12 and 13 the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center convenes Action Summit 2018, a cross-sector conference designed to “inspire innovation, design the communities in which they would like to live and take action to bring about that change.”

The first day of the Action Summit

“bring[s] together community partners to engage with others through civil discourse to INSPIRE deeper understanding across barriers, to DESIGN innovative strategies that promote empathy and respect in our families, schools and communities and to commit to action to create CHANGE.”

Day two focuses on “youth talking with youth, inspiring one another, designing innovative solutions and committing to change to improve their communities.”

Featured speakers include

  • Wade Davis, a former NFL player and thought leader, writer, public speaker, and educator on gender, race, and orientation equality.
  • Long-time bay area radio personality Chuy Gomez.
  • KALW news director Ben Trefny.

More information about the Action Summit is pulled from PCRC’s website:

WHY: Silicon Valley is one of the most, diverse, exciting, and lively regions on earth, with seemingly abundant opportunities for achieving a high quality of life. Despite these unique characteristics, there are stark social and economic divides among us that sometimes lead to interpersonal misunderstandings and feelings of disconnectedness and disenfranchisement.

Recent events across our nation involving racial tensions between communities of color and law enforcement, greater political divides and acts of violence have lowered the level of civility and discourse, thereby amplifying ideological and political differences, raising tensions within our communities.

WHAT: PCRC has over 30 years of providing conflict resolution, mediation, violence prevention and community building services. Our mission is to partner with individuals, groups and institutions to empower people, build relationships and reduce violence through collaborative and innovative processes. We build networks of leaders in areas such as youth, faith, business, education, law enforcement, and community, so that stakeholders can address the issues that lead to divisions and polarization. Through positive activities that open lines of communication, strengthen race, community and law enforcement relations, we can help rebuild trust where it has been broken. Our goal is to bring together community partners to engage with others through civil discourse to INSPIRE deeper understanding across barriers, to DESIGN innovative strategies that promote empathy and respect in our families, schools and communities and to commit to action to create CHANGE.

Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center is one of the Divided Community Project’s Pilot sites.  Currently DCP works in San Mateo, Columbus, Orlando and Rochester.

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