Post-Conference Letter from Director
Dubrovnik 2002 conference, "The Alchemy of Peacebuilding"
June 4-11, 2002
August 17, 2002
Three weeks ago I returned from the magnificent Adriatic coast
where I stayed for two months after the conference. I rented an
apartment high on a hill above the old walled city of Dubrovnik.
The view was magnificent and the climb back from town was my daily
workout. So, I have returned to Sonoma with strengthened leg muscles.
But I have also returned with a stronger sense of what it will take
to create real peace in the world. The vision is humbling and daunting,
but because there are so many of us, I believe it is possible to
attain a more peaceful world in our lifetimes.
I have spoken to many people since the conference and have read
through all the evaluation forms. Most participants have praised
the speakers and the sequencing of presentations. The gradual connecting
of information presented a body of learning that built upon each
presentation. Good suggestions included restructuring the cafe groups,
more workshop formats, and a complete list and bios of all participants
to be included in the registration packets.
One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation by
Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D. Ohio) and the lengthy question and
answer period that followed. Our participants asked probing and
critically-relevant questions. Video and audio tapes of this session
and most of the other presentations are available through Conference
Richard Page and Paloma Pavel of Conference Recording Services
did a magnificent job of capturing the conference on tape. They
made video and audio cassettes of all the presentations (see order
form below). They also did short interviews with some participants
and all of the speakers. The latter will be edited into a special
Praxis Peace Institute video.
The speakers and participants of the Dubrovnik Conference 2002
are socially committed, thoughtful, spiritually connected and receptive
to new ideas. The information we shared seems to have inspired many
of us to further action, continued study, and linking with other
people and organizations. Our reading list will expand this fall,
incorporating many of the suggestions from our participants. Study
groups and study-action groups will also be forming this fall.
We have tentatively booked the same hotel in Dubrovnik for a third
peacebuilding conference June 14 - 21, 2004. On our evaluation forms,
the largest number of people indicated that they would return to
Dubrovnik for a next-step conference. We will be examining ideas
for a new conference structure over the next year. The later dates
are to make participation easier for teachers and students.
A full report on the Dubrovnik Conference 2002 will be on our website
in the fall.
To all those who participated in the Dubrovnik Conferences 2000
and 2002, I am deeply grateful for your support, ideas, and inspiration.
We look forward to hearing from you and others who are interested
in systemic peacebuilding.
Video and Audio Tapes available from Conference
Unless otherwise marked, audio cassettes are $10. and video cassettes
1. Opening Program
Music by Nadja Halilbegovic (young singer and author from Bosnia)
Invocation by Angeles Arrien Historical sketch of Dubrovnik as a
city of peace by Berta Dragicevic Conference Purpose and Overview
by Director Georgia Kelly
2. Angeles Arrien - Essential Peace Practices (this is a
5-hour workshop). Audio tapes are $30.00; Video tapes are $90.00
3. Lessons from War; Lessons from Peacebuilding - Presentation
by the Youth Forum and moderated by Levana Saxon and Filip Pavlovic.
Speakers include: Aqeela Sherrills (Watts), Jejuna Johnson (Watts),
Ereblir Kadriu (Kosovo), Igor Gostev (Croatia), Filip Pavlovic (Serbia),
Nadja Halilbegovic (Bosnia), and Erion Veliaj (Albania). This is
a 3-hour session - audio tapes are $20.00 - video tapes are $60.00.
4. Riane Eisler - "Partnership and Dominator Model in Systemic
5. Sam Keen - "The Enemy Face to Face" - 2 audio tapes are
$20.00; 2 video tapes are $60.00
6. Will Keepin ad Molly Dwyer - "The Alchemy of Gender Reconciliation"
(Confidential witnessing exercise omitted)
7. Riane Eisler and David Loye - "Gender and Cultural Transformation"
8. Paul Ray - "The New Political Compass: Good News for
the Peace Movement"
9. Larry Robinson - "Politics as Spiritual Practice"
10. Vesna Pusic (Member of Croatian Parliament) and Zarko
Puhovski (president of Croatian Helsinki Committee for Human
11. Chris Bache - "What if we Fail? Exploring the Deep Structure
of War and Hate"
12.Congressman Dennis Kucinich - Special Keynote Address
and Excellent Question and Answer session.
13. Economic Forum:
a) Bernard Lietaer - "Money: Its Role in War and Peace"
b) Patrice Flynn - "Global Capitalism: 21st Century Style"
- unfortunately, tapes of this session are not available. Excerpts
will appear in a later Praxis newsletter.
14. Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra - the sound quality is
not even or particularly good. This tape is offered more as a souvenir
and reminder of the beautiful music we experienced at the conference.
CD is $15.00; Video is $30.00
A complete set of all 20 video tapes are offered for $500.00
You may order from Conference Recording Service, 1308 Gilman
St., Berkeley, CA 94706
You can order by FAX: 510-527-8404, or Tel: 510-527-3600. Or, you
can e-mail an your order through their website: www.ConferenceRecording.com.
Please allow 3 to 4 weeks for duplication and delivery. Specify
that this order is for "The Alchemy of Peacebuilding"
conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2002.
For CA orders, please include 8.2% sales tax., and for shipping/handling,
include $2.00 per audio tape and $4.00 per video tape.
From Praxis Peace Institute:
A packet of the five (5) newsletters, The Praxis Axis that was
produced before, during, and after the conference is available from
Praxis Peace Institute. For non-participants of the Dubrovnik Conference
2002, the cost is $12.00, including postage. Conference Participants
will receive the 5th newsletter for free through the mail in October
and still have the opportunity to receive back issues for free.
Copyright 2004 © Praxis Peace Institute.
All rights reserved.
Statement | Praxis Conference '07
| Praxis Events | Links | Suggested Reading |
Membership Information | Board
of Directors | Past Conferences
| Donations | Contact