Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

The mission of IMTD is to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict. IMTD'S 12 PRINCIPLES: Relationship, Long-Term Commitment, Cultural Synergy, Partnership, Multiple Technologies, Facilitation, Empowerment, Action Research, Invitation, Trust, Engagement, and Transformation.
Dec 4, 2014

Training for Tibetan Diplomats Coming Up

The Institute of Multi-Track is pleased to announce our new project for Tibetan diplomats. Conducting Tibetan Diplomacy Within a new Global Economic Order training will be conducted during the spring of 2015.  The objective of this project is to train a select group of Tibetan diplomats in the conduct of diplomacy. Given the lack of equivalent of foreign affairs service for the Tibetan Government-in-exile, this project will focus on training the diplomats in the conduct of diplomacy. The trainers for this project will include Ambassador (Retd.) John McDonald, Dr. Eileen Borris and Prof. Michael.  The training will be conducted over ten days in Washington, D.C. for 15 Tibetan diplomats from Europe, USA, Russia and South Asia. 

The training will consist of the following modules:

1) Introduction to Diplomacy

2) International Law and New Areas of International Relations

3) International Organizations

4) Defence and Security

5) Diplomatic Practice and Protocol

6) Special Diplomatic Skills

7) Representational Entertainment and Decor

8) Culture and Diplomacy

9) Diplomatic Exercises

10) Technical/Language Skills

The project is being conducted in collaboration with the Tibetan Government-in-exile with a budget of $120,000. IMTD has organized about $85000 for this project and requires an additional $40000. 

With respect to IMTD's Youth Leadership Training with the Tibetan community, the training is scheduled for the summer of 2015.  The project will be conducted in collaboration with the Native Youth Leadership Alliance at Dharamsala, India. We have the funds to take care of the travel and accommodation expenses of the participants but still need an additional $1500 to fly down a Native American youth leader who will serve as an example of youth leadership in other contexts of conflict.

Please donate generously to make our project a reality!!

Sep 5, 2014

Making Progress

The Institute for Mulit-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) is happy to say we have successfully conducted the training in conflict resolution for the Tibetan community in Bangalore. This training was conducted for 20 participants over five days at the Fantasy Golf Resort in Bangalore. This training was conducted from 19th May to 23rd May, 2014 by Dr. Eileen Borris who is a political psychologist and has provided her services to the Tibetan community in India for over 4 years.The training focused on the following:

Day 1 - Introduction to Peacebuilding
Welcome: Introduction and Overview of Training
What is Peacebuilding?
Peacebuilding in a Multi-Track World
What is conflict?
Resolving Conflict

Day 2 - Multi-Track Diplomacy
Northern Ireland Story
Reflections on Peacebuilding (Handout)What is Multi-Track Diplomacy and its relationship to Peacebuilding? Challenges for Multi-Track Diplomacy in the 21st Century                                                                           Guidelines for New Comers The Nine tracks                                                                                                     Wajir Story

Day 3 - Facilitation Skills
Cooperative Problem Solving                                                                                                                           Active Listening
Mediation Skills
Mediation Role Play
“A Force More Powerful”

Day 4 – Dialogue Facilitation, Forgiveness and Reconciliation in a Multi-Track World
Dialogue                                                                                                                                                             A Comparison of Dialogue and Debate What do we mean by forgiveness? How do we forgive? (the process)           “Irene Laure” “As We Forgive”                                                                                                               Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Multi-Track Diplomacy

Day 5 – Reconciliation
What is Reconciliation?                                                                                                                                   Role Play – Justice, Truth, Mercy and Peace. Truth and Reconciliation Commissions                                       “Confronting the Truth”
Final thoughts

With respect to IMTD's Youth Leadership Training with the Tibetan community, we have had a few personal meetings to work out the logistics in recruiting participants for the training, planning the location of the training, finalizing the modules and the trainers etc. A brief outline of the training modules has been provided in the previous report. IMTD has currently raised enough funds to cover the costs of the trainers and housing the participants. However, IMTD still needs an additional $1500 to fly down a Native American youth leader who will serve as an example of youth leadership in other contexts of conflict. The Native American community and the Tibetan community share common concerns of cultural preservation and this would be an excellent opportunity for both communities to exchange ideas on their work.

Please donate generously to make the project a reality!!!

Jul 28, 2014

Conflict Sensitive Journalism Phase 1

The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy is happy to announce that the first phase of the training for Nepalese journalists in Conflict Sensitive Journalism was conducted successfully from June 2 to June 6, 2014. The training was conducted for 15 journalists of the Nepali media in collaboration our local partners, Institute for Conflict Management Peace and Development. Participants were from both the print and broadcasting media. The training was conducted using a combination of lecture and group discussion formats.  This enabled us to deliver concepts as well as involve participants in applying the concepts learnt to the daily practise of journalism.

For the purpose of evaluation, samples of reporting were collected from the participants. Additionally, surveys were distributed at the end of the training and the participants opined that the training was useful in

1) developing a vision of what the role of the media might be in Nepal.

2) developing a basic understanding of the cycles of conflict and violence, and learn how conflict resolution fits into that cycle.

3) understanding framing and agenda setting to examine methods of story selection, information gathering andreporting.

4) examining the ways that media can effect the conflict/conflict resolution cycle both positively and negatively.

5) examining the political environment in Nepal to discover specific obstacles that Nepali news media faces in addressing conflict/conflict resolution.

6) developing a plan for Nepali journalists to use conflict sensitivity in their reporting.

 

Currently, we are trying to raise $ 5000 for the second phase of the training. The second phase of this training involves providing constructive feedback on samples of reporting through the use of video-conference technology. The participants and the trainers will meet once a month for 5 months to discuss how samples of reporting can be made more conflict sensitive. The samples of reporting submitted will be scored using a scale for conflict sensitivity. The use of a scoring scale will help show the extent to which the training has been effective. It will also ensure the participants put into practice the concepts learnt during the instructional phase. 

The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy requests your donations to raise the funds for acquiring the videoconferencing technology to conduct the second phase of the Training in Conflict Sensitive Journalism

Thank you.

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