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here is the complete program for the Dubrovnik Conference,
From Empire to Global Community." Times are
subject to change, but this is the general conference
plan. Additional program-related information is also printed
in the program. Every conference participant will receive
a printed program in their Registration packets. We regret
to inform participants that George Lakoff will not be
able to be with us in Dubrovnik.
Conference focus areas:
Culture and Mythos
Praxis Peace Institute has conducted a 2-year series on
culture and mythos. We have explored the depths of cultural
roots, belief systems, and social cyclic patterns.
At the Dubrovnik Conference, we will take another look
at the role of culture in our lives by examining the belief
systems and patterns that often predetermine outcome.
How do we create a cultural intervention that breaks the
trance and prevents the automatic response from reverting
to default mode? What does systemic change require? What
do we need to know? What do we need to do?
the culture and mythos series, we also tracked the emerging
stories that offer guiding principles for partnership,
hope, and wisdom. Presenters and some participants will
offer their stories and experiences. In small group sessions,
participants will work with both the pitfalls and the
possibilities, the demons and the angels, the cynic and
the empowered citizen.
What is Transforming Culture Today?
spite of the lack of transformative stories in our media,
there are numerous projects that are transforming culture
right now. Learning about these projects is not only empowering
but it offers "how-to" instruction. Since the
2007 Praxis conference will be held in Europe, we will
highlight some of the most advanced examples of cultural
transformation and sustainability that are being practiced
and developed in Europe today. From the Mondragon Cooperatives
in Spain to alternative energy in Denmark, we will showcase
projects that demonstrate seventh-generation, life-affirming
values. Other areas showcased include education, healthcare,
gender and ethnic relations, sustainable businesess models,
and multi-party democracies.
Conflict Transformation and Respectful Communication
The Praxis Conference will offer a day-long workshop in
Conflict Transformation for all conference participants.
This workshop will be led by internationally-acclaimed
peace negotiator and peace studies professor, Johan Galtung,
Ph.D. Dr. Galtung founded the International Peace Research
Institute in Oslo, Norway and co-founded the Peace University
in Austria. Galtung deals with the personal and social
aspects of peacebuilding, the positive and negative types
of peace, the role of structural violence in preventing
peace, and he teaches Peace by Peaceful means. In being
the change we wish to create, this workshop offers a foundation
and tools for systemic change --- both personally and
socially --- and will provide a framework for the conference
presentations and meetings.
Cafe Discussion Groups
In June 2000, Praxis created the idea of cafe discussion
groups as a way to deepen the experience and share ideas.
Since it is a tradition in the Balkans to have lengthy,
meaningful discussions in outdoor cafes, we happily adopted
the custom of our conference location. Our small groups
meet in actual cafe settings, so serious ideas, shared
stories, or collaborative projects are stimulated by cappuccinos,
teas, juices, or even ice cream and cake.
of the Dubrovnik Conference:
• The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
• New College of California
• YES! Magazine
• DESA (Dubrovnik)
• The Institute of Imaginal Studies
• What is Enlightenment? Magazine
• Quantum Seminars (Denmark)
• Adriatic Sunshine Travel