Starting in March 2021 to November 2021

Location: Zoom Meetings 


2021 Conference Theme:

Sankofa: Learning From Our Past to Transform Our Future


Proposal Deadline:

March 31, 2021


About Conflict Resolution Minnesota: 


Conflict Resolution Minnesota is a non-profit organization of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) professionals based primarily in Minnesota. Our members practice in all facets of ADR; including mediation, community mediation, education mediation, restorative justice, court-sponsored mediation, and arbitration. We are a chapter of the International Association for Conflict Resolution.

OUR MISSION:

To advance the profession of conflict resolution to more effectively help individuals, organizations, and communities manage and resolve conflict.

OUR VISION:

  • Foster a multidisciplinary approach to conflict resolution.

  • Focus on Minnesota.

  • Collaborate with related associations and community based organizations throughout Minnesota and in nearby states.

  • Represent a broad cross-section of conflict resolution professionals, trained and experienced in a variety of conflict resolution practices

  • Through our members, serve the diverse conflict resolution needs of people, business, government and the larger community.



About Our 2021 Theme


Sankofa: Learning From Our Past to Transform Our Future


At the 2019 Conference we began taking a fresh look at the field of Conflict Resolution in Minnesota. Listening Sessions with our community highlighted divisions between the community, the field of conflict resolution, and the work in addressing human rights issues that threaten peaceful relations. At the conference, we began exploring and redefining the relationship between conflict resolution and equity. The 2019 keynote speaker and practitioner panel shared insights from their unique and diverse perspectives. Workshops provided opportunities for participants to explore the theme as it relates to their context.

The 2020 CRM Annual Conference Webinar Series expanded on this work with a collaborative and participatory approach. In addition to a diverse array of keynote speakers and workshops, we were invited to conversations in our sectors of the community to reflect on what we take away from the conference and imagine next steps. In a wrap-up reflection and action participatory webinar session we learned from each other across our sectors and began planning action steps forward to Heal the Divide. The new sankofa theme symbolizes the Akan people's quest for knowledge among the Akan with the implication that the quest is based on critical examination, and intelligent and patient investigation. ... To the Akan, it is this wisdom in learning from the past which ensures a strong future. “Sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward.






*Presenters will be notified of acceptance in March 2021


Sankofa: Learning from our past to transform our future

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