The mission of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation is to study and promote the understanding of conflict processes and intervention from the transformative framework. ~ ~ Affiliated with the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

Transformative Dialogue: Principles and Practice

ISCT and the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue are offering Transformative Dialogue: Principles and Practice from January 28 through February 1, 2013 in Lillehammer, Norway.

The training will introduce the process of Transformative Dialogue and the skills needed to successfully apply relational principles to community interventions. It is designed for people who deal with group conflict, particularly ethno-political conflict, where identity issues are important factors and political forces must be taken into account.

The trainers, Erik Cleven, Vesna Matovic and Judy Saul, are firmly grounded in transformative theory and have extensive experience in intervening in group conflict in the US, Africa, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union.
The workshop will be limited to 25 people.


Trainings in Slovenia

The RAKMO Institute in Slovenia is offering two trainings in transformative mediation in March 2013. Joe Folger will be doing a master class in transformative mediation on March 11-12th for practitioners who have had the basic training in transformative mediation. He will also be teaching the introductory training course in transformative mediation on March 14,15,16,17th. Both trainings will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The RAKMO Institute is dedicated to the advancement of transformative practice in Europe and was the host for the first European conference on transformative practice two years ago. For further information about these trainings go the RAKMO website or email at:

Erik Cleven gives presentation at annual Friends General Conference

On July 2nd Erik Cleven gave a plenary presentation at the 2012 annual gathering of Friends General Conference a nationwide Quaker organization. The presentation was called "The Spirit of Mediation: Conflict Transformation in Divided Societies" and examined the basis for a transformative approach in Quaker faith. A short version of the talk will be published in the September issue of Friends Journal. Erik is a member of the board of the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and currently a PhD candidate in Political Science at Purdue University.

New Transformative Mediation Campus Program

Northwest College, Powell, Wyoming has developed a campus dispute resolution program and will practice transformative mediation. Thirty individuals participated in a three-day training - Transformative Mediation: Principles and Practice presented by Winnie Backlund, ISCT Fellow. Participants included faculty, support staff, administrators, a member of the Board of Trustees, and community members. Training was offered in March and May. In May, ten participants from the March group participated in a one day advanced mediation training.

Joe Folger was the keynote speaker at the VIII World Congress of Mediation in Brazil

Joe Folger was the keynote speaker at the VIII World Congress of Mediation in Bello Horizonte, Minais Gerais, Brazil the week of August 28th. Folger provided a four hour overview of transformative mediation and also spoke on a plenary panel that addressed the current state of mediation theory and practice. Folger has spoken three other times at this conference when it has been held in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico.

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