Defining our Field and Work – Continuation of the Point of View Sessions, Association for Conflict Resolution 2017 Conference, Dallas, 10/11 and 10/14/17

By: David J. Smith, September 18, 2017

If you are attending the Association for Conflict Resolution Conference in Dallas in October, you might want to attend these two sessions.  They will be continuations of the discussions on the field that took place at Point of View Retreat Center last June.  If you attended the Point of View meeting and will be at ACR, please join us to help the process. And if you did not attend Point of View, please join us!

There will be two sessions, one on Wednesday, 10/11 at 7 p.m.  and  a second one on Saturday, 10/14 at 9:30 p.m.  If you have questions, please let me know.  Email me at

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Room: Maple

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Defining Our Field and Work in Challenging Times

Participants will learn about the Point of View Initiative and gathering that took place in June in Virginia that was hosted by George Mason University. This meeting is a continuation of that process. For this session, participants will engage in a facilitative discussion on the changing nature of our work and the field.   Specific questions will be addressed including: 1. How do we define the field (including practice, research, activism, policy and other forms of engagement) today? 2. What inspires us to do our work or activities? 3.What are some of the challenges we face in doing our work? 4.    What are some of the opportunities that are present?

Saturday, October 14, 2017

9:30 AM – 12:15 PM              ACR Open Space Discussions

Is there a burning issue that is not addressed in the program? A challenge with all large conferences is the ability to engage in conversation concerning current and emerging issues. ACR is providing an opportunity to leverage the collective wisdom of our conference attendees to address these issues by setting aside Saturday morning for engaging in dialogue. The dialogue process will resemble an open space format. Conference attendees are invited to propose conversations throughout the conference. You will be free to engage deeply in the conversation that resonates best with you, or branch off to other conversations as the morning continues.

Italicized sessions are continuations of the Point of View discussion

Time Room Topic
9:30 AM – 11:45 AM Pecan Sanctuary Cities
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM Maple Open Carry Law
9:30 AM – 11:45 AM Trinity 7 Transgender Bathrooms
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Pin How to Become an ACR Advanced Practitioner
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Trinity 8 Open Space
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Elm Open Space
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Dogwood Open Space
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Trinity 8 Ethical Standards Discussion
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Dogwood Legislative and Public Policy: How to re-start the committee
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Elm Open Space
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Pin Open Space
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Red Open Space

Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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