POC Conflict Transformation Learning Lab for Practitioners of Color

The POC Conflict Transformation Learning Lab seeks to provide space for practitioners of color to connect and share their experiences, de-center White normative conflict transformation processes, and co-create and try out ideas and approaches that center equity and social justice while receiving input from peers in a supportive space.  It is formed out of a recognition that often the frameworks and approaches in which we are trained are steeped in White normative ways of being, and there is a need to center and learn from the wisdom and experiences of practitioners of color to create anti-oppression, equity-centered practices and strategies.

This space is for you if:

·         You identify as a conflict transformation practitioner of color (such as a mediator, restorative justice practitioner, conflict coach, dialogue facilitator, community organizer, consultant, educator, etc.)

·         Are looking for tangible anti-oppressive, equity-centered practices in your conflict transformation work

·         Want to be part of a supportive community of practice with other practitioners to share experiences and insights, co-learn, and try out new approaches

·         Are currently working in conflict transformation and are positioned to test/try out new approaches in your work (working within organizations or in community)

The program will take place over 9 weeks through 1.5 hour live calls via Zoom every other week + individual asynchronous work in between live calls:

February 17 – April 14

10:00 – 11:30am Pacific/1:00 – 2:30pm Eastern

For more information please visit www.ripplecollective.org/poc-learning-lab.  (The deadline to apply is Feb. 10 but we encourage you to apply early as we are intentionally keeping the group small for deeper learning and practice.)

We hope you’ll consider joining us, and sincerely appreciate your support in spreading the word among any conflict transformation practitioners of color that you think may resonate with this space!  I am happy to answer any questions.


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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