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Conference to focus on Sept. 11

Posted: Friday, September 06, 2002

The Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue in cooperation with the Alaska Dispute Settlement Association will host an "Open Space Conference" this weekend.

"We hope it will attract a diverse group of people and make for fruitful discussions," said Heidi Chay, member of the governing body of CMCD.

The conference will help connect global interaction, in this case issues pertaining to Sept. 11, with what happens in the community, households and work places.

This conference will use what is called "open space technology."

This happens when the facilitator gives a statement to a group sitting in a circle, no matter the size of the group. Participants are then given time to come up with topics in connection to the theme. Then, they write their topic on a piece of paper and propose it to the group. It can be any issue -- local, regional or global. The topic then is placed on a wall. With this structure people can discuss the topics at different times.

This weekend's conference is not on a specific issue. The theme is intentionally broad because it will deal with issues surrounding Sept. 11.

"This is an energizing way to bring people together," Chay said. "We are interested in where their creativity and interests will take them."

The conference will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Skyview High School. Participants should bring their own sack lunches. If it is convenient, participants also can bring a potluck snack to share with others. There is no charge to attend.

For more information call 283-9227 or e-mail Chay@alaska.com. The Web site www.adsa.ws might also be helpful.



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