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In cooperation with Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the 2011 Bologna Symposium will bring together the globe’s brightest young minds from top graduate institutions, international organizations, grassroots peace movements, and the armed services. Over a four-week period, participants will undergo intensive training by the field’s premier political leaders, academic experts, practitioners, and advocates in the practical skills necessary to foster peace and security in their communities and the world. In addition, participants may apply to earn graduate-level course credit from SAIS, one of the world’s top graduate schools for international affairs.

The curriculum of the Bologna Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation is designed and managed by IPSI in coordination with Academic Coordinators Dr. P. Terrence Hopmann, Director of the SAIS Conflict Management Program, and Dr. William Zartman, prolific conflict resolution theoretician. The course work includes modules on conflict prevention, conflict management and resolution, and post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction. Participants graduate from the program with the knowledge to effectively confront violent conflict – be it ethnic, social, political, religious, or economic – through learned mediation, negotiation, facilitation, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and societal transformation techniques and a clearer understanding of the dynamics of contemporary conflicts.

Mediation & Negotiation: Training in the art of mediation and negotiation is not only useful when at the negotiating table, it has the capability to transform the way people think about the world and how they approach communication in all their interactions. Upon completion of an IPSI Symposium, you will be equipped with the tools to break down complex conflicts into their individual pieces and then confront each piece separately. You will understand how to differentiate between interests and needs and find common ground where none appeared to previously exist.

Social Entrepreneurship: Social entrepreneurship models provide innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to take new leaps. At the Bologna Symposium, you will undergo instruction on social entrepreneurship theory and techniques from some of the world’s current leading social entrepreneurs.

Peace & Security Labs: One the most exciting aspects of IPSI symposiums are the Peace & Security Labs. A select number of innovative participant projects sparked by the Bologna Symposium and developed under our expert guidance are supported by IPSI and used to test new and pioneering approaches to peacebuilding. IPSI then utilizes the lessons-learned from the Labs to drive the evolution of our training curriculum.
IPSI has already funded one social entrepreneurial student project from the 2010 Bologna Symposium through the Peace & Security Labs competition. Inspired by an IPSI training on Social Entrepreneurship, a participant designed a proposal for an innovative microfinance project in rural southern Uganda focusing on microloans for graduates of vocational institutes to begin their own businesses. He is currently in-country, working on making his dream a reality and in the process is empowering an entire community.

PROGRAM DETAILS: The Bologna, Italy Symposium on Conflict Prevention, Resolution, and Reconciliation will take place from June 26 – July 22, 2011. You will arrive on June 25 and depart July 23. Classes will be held at the SAIS Bologna Center, with accommodations nearby at the Aemelia Hotel. Your tuition includes all educational materials, shared double room, meals (breakfast seven-days-a-week and lunch Mon-Fri), and special events. Your classes will be held from 9:00 to 18:00 Monday-Friday. Tuition does not include travel to or from Bologna.

Your weekends are free for the exploration of Bologna’s cobblestone streets and Italy’s treasures. In addition, IPSI will arrange optional group trips to vineyards, museums, cathedrals, and other attractions to learn about Italian culture, food, wine, architecture, and history.

LIMITED SCHOLARSHIPS: IPSI will carefully select a number of participants from conflict and post-conflict countries to receive partial-to-full scholarships for the Bologna Symposium. To achieve a diverse and balanced group, IPSI will consult with embassies, universities, international organizations, NGOs, and other contacts on the ground to seek out participants that have the greatest ability to influence policy and/or impact the grassroots. IPSI will place special emphasis on recruiting participants that work for peace, understanding, and reconciliation on opposing sides of any given conflict.

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