6-8 May 2015
The first joint workshop “Finding Future Visions of our World: A Sustainable Japan and the World--Dialogue Methodology for Social Change for A Sustainable Future” was held on 8-10 May 2013. That workshop had two axes (1) sustainability (持続可能性) and (2) conflict transformation/consensus building, exploring conflict situations for social change towards a sustainable world. There was significant focus on the situation after the 3.11 Great Eastern Earthquake.
We had a workshop to learn several different methodologies for dialogue which are potentially applicable to the situation after the earthquake. Especially in the affected areas by the TEPCO Fukushima nuclear plant disaster, community members are divided by the different positions of risk perceptions, compensation status, and political opinions. People have made efforts to transform the situations using the methods we learned in the last workshop in May 2013.
This year, two years later, we would like to further consider the challenges for sustainability, and also include evaluation of our challenges over these two years to transform the conflict situation after the 311 earthquake in order to move forward to a more sustainable future. We would like to invite community leaders, political and administrative leaders, peace and conflict researchers and practitioners from academia and NGOs, government and industry persons who have worked to change the society into sustainable future over these two years. UNU-IAS community will also be important members for this meeting and we also will welcome all, such as graduate students who study sustainability issues and peace/conflict issues, as well as researchers who have worked on different strategies.
On the first day and the morning of the second day, there will be presentations and dialogue sessions presenting cases of challenges of both moving forward to sustainable future by dialogues after 311, and also of transforming conflicts after 311. We will focus on the situation after 311; however we open to any issues for a sustainable and peaceful world, and open to partiicpants experiences from other cases in Japan and abroad.
Kumamoto University team will use the methodology of conflict transformation and peacebuilding analysis which was developed by the center for justice and peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University, USA, as modified by Prof. Akiko Ishihara.
On the third day 8th, from 8:30am to 2pm, we will have a dialogue and supervision sessions facilitated by Dr. Arnold and Amy Mindell. After some case reports of our challenge of applying process work to the Fukushima disaster contexts,
Prof. Darryl Macer (American University of Sovereign Nations); Dr. Jose Puppim de Oliveira (United Nations University); Prof. Akiko Ishihara (Kumamoto Univerity)
Expected Participants: Community leaders, peace and conflict researchers an