In this issue: interview on the AC4 Sustainable Human Development Project; reflections on the 2015 CMM Learning Exchange; and more!
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Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) - Earth Institute, Columbia University
October 9, 2015

Happy Fall!

We have so much to share about our faculty, current projects and upcoming happenings around the university in this newsletter: there was our fall kick-off event last Thursday night; fellows' work and participation at the 2015 Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) Learning Exchange; an upcoming special guest lecturer; and a new program being launched. We also have our latest interview for Conversations from the Leading Edge that you don’t want to miss. Keep reading for all that’s new with AC4!

Snapshot from the Fall Kick-

Off Event

Thank you to all who joined us at our Fall 2015 Kick-Off Event on October 1! Josh Fisher, Director of AC4, welcomed students, alumni, professors and others within Columbia's conflict community before screening the documentary The Trials of Spring. Following the screening, Professor Peter Coleman, Co-Chair of AC4 and Director of MD-ICCCR, moderated a panel discussion with Gini Reticker, Executive Producer and Director of the film, and Hend Nafea, one of the activist featured in the film.

Cosmopolitan Communication and AC4 Fellows at the 2015 CMM Learning Exchange

The CMM learning exchange convenes educators, trainers, and researchers in the field of conflict resolution and social development in a forum that focuses on communications. This year, they came together in Munich, Germany, during September 17-20, to share new techniques, engage in reflective practice and participate in discussions aimed at advancing communication techniques focusing particularly on cosmopolitan communication – a method that incorporates diverse internal and external processes influencing interactions between people. (More on cosmopolitan communication can be found here.)

Five AC4 Fellows were awarded the CMM Learning Exchange Scholarship for the use of CMM in their projects. Projects included wide ranging topics, such as Aesthetic Experience in Leadership Learning and Women’s Strategies for Protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

One of the fellows, Kelly Tenzek shared about her experience at the Learning Exchange; "the connections I have made with people across the globe are invaluable, both professionally in doing the work of CMM but also personally in being able to connect to people with different experience which I think is part of cosmopolitan community.” Feeling a renewed sense of how powerful CMM is and the role of communications in general, she shared that, “What I am taking away is the importance of dialogue, and that this involves first treating people as human beings versus what you bring to the table.  Start with being human and then start a conversation.”

Read more about the fellows and the 2015 CMM Learning Exchange: here.

Interview with some of AC4 Sustainable Human Development (SHD) Team


What does sustainable human development look like? How does science inform our understanding about this? What does the Basque Country have to do with it? Give a listen to our recent interview with AC4 Project Coordinator, Kristen Rucki, and Dr. Armando Geller of Scensei, LLC, who is leading the Basque Peace Processes Scenario (BPPS) Project.  The interview is the most recent from our radio show, Conversations from the Leading Edge, hosted in collaboration with WKCR (89.9FM) - 
  Don't forget to subscribe to our AC4 Conversations from the Leading Edge on Soundcloud and to see other recent episodes and the archives on the webpage

Columbia University has launched a new certificate program with the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, the Earth Institute, and the Center for International Earth Science Information Network. The Environment, Peace, and Security Certification of Professional Achievement will prepare students to understand the rapidly changing connections between environment and security dynamics, and will equip them to apply best-practice tools for managing the risks that arise from such linkages.

Check out more information here.
Learn about AC4 Fellowship Opportunities!

Application for the Graduate Student Fellowship will be available in December 2015. Application deadline: February 2016

TOMORROW - Oct 10!
9:00am - 5:00pm

The 2015 Annual International Conference on Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding

 11 W. Prospect Ave, 3rd Fl.
Mount Vernon, New York 10550

Professor Peter Coleman will speak at noon!

Monday, October 19
6:00 - 7:30pm

The Negotiator: A Conversation with Senator George Mitchell
moderated by Professor Aldo Civico

Cowin Auditorium
Teachers College
This is a unique opportunity to meet and learn from a giant in the field: Sen. George Mitchell, the mediator who ended the conflict in Northern Ireland and who was President Obama's Special Envoy to the Middle East. Sen. Mitchell will discuss his memoir and respond to questions from the audience.
Join the event on FB: here.
Columbia Seminar on Defense and Security
Tuesday, October 13
12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Columbia University International Affairs Building, Saltzman Seminar Rm 1302

Sean R. Liedman, U.S. Navy

The Columbia University Seminar on Defense and Security (CSDS) advances understanding of global military issues through sustained analysis. The seminar addresses the most urgent problems of our time; assesses strategies to resolve, mitigate, and meet these challenges; and initiates specific courses of action.
AC4-Link is a web-based information hub that highlights all people, centers, and programs conducting research, practice, and teaching activities related to conflict resolution, peace, violence prevention, and sustainable development throughout Columbia University and beyond. If you are looking for a person, program, or center conducting specific work under these areas, this is a great place to start.

Contact: Nick Redding

The AC4 Monthly Newsletter and interviews are organized by Research Coordinator, Meredith Smith. Please direct any comments, inquiries, and/or suggestions to:

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