Exploring Relational Practices in Peacebuilding, Mediation and Conflict Transformation: From the Intimate to the International
November 14-17, 2012
San Diego, California at the Bahia Resort and Conference Center, Mission Bay
Over 150 practitioners, academics and community members from 14 countries came together to share and create new forms of practice for peacebuilding informed by social construction. We focused on relational, collaborative, and appreciative practices for conflict transformation and mediation in families, organizations, communities, and the world.
There could not have been a more important moment for this gathering. As inequality, interpersonal violence, community conflict, environmental demise, political unrest, terrorism, and general global unease proliferate, it becomes increasingly important for us to share and expand our relational resources to create peacebuilding opportunities among people, communities, and nations.
Participants developed and shared ways of moving from conflict-saturated relations to collaborations across divides of meaning. Our time together was both educational and inspirational as we explored innovative ways of going on together.
At the opening keynote, Kenneth Gergen challenged us with 5 provocative
propositions on Peacebuilding from a Social Constructionist Standpoint.