Academy Initiative Webinar

We, the People: Strengthening Democratic Engagement to Address Local Civil Unrest

The Academy application and webinar are available here!

The Divided Community Project (DCP) in partnership with the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution is developing an Academy Training Initiative to prepare communities to deal with polarizing issues. The Initiative will feature nationally recognized Dispute Resolution experts including mediators, facilitators, authors, interveners, and process designers. The Academy includes on-going support from DCP before, during, and after the program.

  • Dates: March 3 – March 5 2019
  • Application Deadline: Sept 14, 2018
  • Costs: Fully funded by the AAA-ICDR Foundation
  • Location: Chicago, IL

Academy Program Goals: The Academy has 3 main goals for participants.

  • Strengthen: Overall the objective is to strengthen the ability of communities to engage in conflict resolution-related planning.
  • Support: Develop a local “core” leadership convener group for five communities that can serve as a reliable source of information, collaborative planning, and engagement.
  • Provide appropriate community conveners and stakeholders from each community materials that will enable groups to shape and advance community-specific initiatives.

Academy Curriculum

  • Learning from Past Experiences with Civil Unrest: Police officers, city government officials and local leaders will share their experiences in a constructive way in order to facilitate a conversation participants can learn from.
  • Skills for Crisis Intervention: Groups will learn dispute resolution skills that enable community leaders to respond constructively to deal with the dynamics of a polarizing event.
  • Strategies and Challenges for Building Local Capacity to Provide and Sustain Problem-Solving Services: Participants will discover how a convener group (of local leaders) can plan and anticipate events that may impact their community.

For more information on the Academy click here to watch the informational webinar.

Click here to apply for the Academy.

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