Monday, October 02, 2006

Power of Compassion Conference Oct. 26-29

International Conference on"ENGAGING THE OTHER" The Power of Compassion

An international, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conferenceexamining concepts of "The OTHER" from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about images of "Us and Them"October 26-29, 2006 Kalamazoo, Michigan USASponsored by Common Bond InstituteCo-sponsored by HARMONY Institute, the International Humanistic Psychology Association,the Fetzer Institute, and Western Michigan UniversitySupported by a growing international list of over 75 cooperating universities and organizations
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~ Registration is Open To The Public ~
JOIN an extraordinary pool of leading experts from around the world to address the roots of negative stereotyping and prejudice, and how to move past artificial barriers of misunderstanding and distrust to cultivate our capacity for appreciation of diversity, reconciliation, and peace.

BE PART OF AN IMPORTANT, TIMELY DIALOGUE:-- Examining dimensions and dynamics of "The OTHER" on individual and group levels, and considering how enemy identity is formed, perpetuated, and manipulated, including fear-based belief systems, negative stereotypes, projection, prejudice, and scapegoating. Concepts are explored through psychological, sociological, cultural, anthropological, historical, philosophical, and spiritual perspectives. -- Identifying and compiling fundamental questions, dilemmas, and implications for further deep inquiry and examination in an expanding public dialogue.-- Tapping our shared wisdom and compassion as a community - from the local to the global - in developing practical applications.-- Formulating findings to make available to all for personal empowerment - through publications, media, training programs, Internet networks, dialogue groups, etc

DURING 3 1/2 DAYS EXPERIENCE:- 5 Keynote Speakers. - 5 Plenary Panels. - 26 Sessions of lectures, workshops, and panels. - 3 Daily Conference-wide Facilitated Dialogue Groups. - Evening Performances, Social-Cultural programs, and Community activities. - In-Process Expressive Arts Interpretation of the conference as it evolves. - E-conference links to universities and institutes in the US and various countries to expand an inclusive global dialogue. - E-dialogues and E-working groups, created during the conference as themes emerge, to continue the dialogue process beyond the conference and lead into future events. - Media Exhibits and Displays. - Rich Networking opportunities. - Crosscultural Intentional Community. - A web-based Archive of event content.


Huston Smith, Sam Keen, Marianne Williamson, Archbishop Elias Chacour, Maureen O'Hara, James O'Dea, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Imam Hassan Qazwini, Rabbi Tirzah Firestone, Abdul Aziz Said, Eyad El Sarraj, Ruchama Marton, Sen. John Vasconcellos, Jamal Dajani, David Michaelis, Lee Mun Wah, Geshe Gendun Gyatso, Don Edward Beck, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Joseph Montville, Dan Bar On, Aftab Omer, Aisha Gray Henry, Jeffrey Mishlove, Stanley Krippner, Paul VonWard, Sharif Abdullah, Gorka Espiau, Ihsan Alkhatib, Satsuki Ina, Ahmad Hijazi, Ohad Bar Shalom, Steve Olweean, Alexander Badkhen, Mark Pevzner, Gay Barfield, Marvalene Hughes, Deborah Koff-Chapin, Mukti Khanna, Marilyn Youngbird, Josh White Jr., Steve Fabick, Bruce Gibb, Elza Maalouf, David Schoem, A T Miller, Robert Oppenheimer, James Macsay, Lewis Gover, Anna Rodina, Hana Hasan, Alvaro Cedeno, Diane Perlman, Wendy Woods, Charles Behling, LaRon Williams, Elizabeth Barton, Ilham Al-Sarraf, Anna Badkhen, Sandy Heierbacher, Brenda Rosenberg, Kate Runyon, Sharon Lowe, Jane Dutton, Margaret Warner, Silvia Dubovoy, Gemma Bulos, Shadia Kanaan, Laurie White. Mushtaq Luqmani, Paul Clements, David Juarez, Robert Small.

GLOBAL REPRESENTATION AND COMMUNITY:This conference is an international, multicultural event bringing together key presenters and participants from various cultures, including developing societies, regions of conflict, and communities seen by each as the "Other." It is intended to co-create a diverse, intentional learning community to explore conference themes and build a common ground of reference essential to engaging and integrating formal learning.

Registration is Also Open To The Public

Dates: October 26-29, 2006 (Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon)Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - Radisson Plaza Hotel
Program: Posted on-line, and also available by Email on request. Registration: On-line, or contact CBI directly CEU: Continuing Education Units available

FOR FULL INFORMATION on Fees, Program, Registration, Accommodations, or Exhibiting CONTACT:Common Bond InstituteSteve Olweean, Director, Conference Coordinator12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034 USA
Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393
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