Agenda for On Line Meeting 2023
6:30 PM PDT
- Welcome from President Julie Boswell and call to order
- Roll call and Introductions
- Current Announcements and News
- Comments and Questions
12 December 2023
Mary Ann Dickinson, A Discussion of Global Water Issues
Mary Ann Dickinson was the Founder and President/CEO for 15 years for the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the efficient and sustainable use of water in the United States and Canada. She now heads up a consulting firm as the CEO of Dickinson Associates specializing in water efficiency programs, and also serves as the Executive Director of the California Irrigation Institute and the Co-Chair of the American Planning Association’s Water and Planning Network. Mary Ann has over 50 years of professional experience in the water field and is an active member of the International Water Association (IWA) Water Loss Specialist Group as well as past Chair of the IWA Efficient Urban Water Management Specialist Group. She has also served as the President of the Board of her own local water utility.
19 December 2023
Wise woman and practical visionary, Libby Hoffman has worked for more than 30 years at the nexus of international peacebuilding, organizational development, spirituality, and social transformation. She is the president of Catalyst for Peace, a private foundation she established in 2003 to grow a new architecture for peace — one that works from the inside out, where those most impacted by violence and war lead in building peace and restoring social wholeness.
For over 15 years, Libby has focused her work in Sierra Leone, as co-founder, funder, and ongoing program partner of Fambul Tok (Family Talk), a community-led post-war reconciliation program rooted in local culture and tradition. In response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic, she helped adapt the Fambul Tok approach into a groundbreaking national policy framework for people- and community-led planning and development. The framework has become a model for transformative partnerships between international donors, national governments, and civil society.
Libby produced the award-winning documentary film Fambul Tok and co-authored a companion book of the same name. A former political science professor at Principia College, she has degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Williams College. The mother of three grown children, she divides her time between southern Maine and Washington, DC.
26 December 2023
2 January 2024
9 January 2024
Kenneth Cloke, Mediation Creating Peace in the World
Ken Cloke is a world-recognized mediator, dialogue facilitator, conflict resolution systems designer, teacher, public speaker, author of numerous books and articles, and a pioneer and leader in the field of mediation and conflict resolution for the last 37 years.
In 1980 I became a mediator, and in 1983, created the Center for Dispute Resolution in Santa Monica, CA, where I have been a mediator, arbitrator, facilitator, coach, consultant and trainer, specializing in communication, collaborative negotiation, dialogue facilitation, and resolving complex multi-party disputes, including thousands of marital, divorce, family, community, grievance and workplace disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, organizational and school conflicts, sexual harassment, discrimination, and public policy disputes; and designing preventative conflict resolution systems for public and private sector organizations.
For an independent review of review of my mediation skills and experience by the International Mediation Institute (IMI), click here.
In 2006, I co-founded Mediators Beyond Borders, based in Washington D.C. MBB is an organization that mobilizes mediators around the world to support individuals, organizations, communities, and governments in building conflict-resolution literacy and capacity in under-served communities.
The countries in which I have taught and mediated include Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, England, Georgia, Greece, India, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Slovenia, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USSR, and Zimbabwe.