During 2013 and 2014, the network of Innovation Lab members employed an experimental model of collaborating on efforts to further the field of complexity, conflict resolution and social change. Efforts during each of these two years culminated in a joint week-long meeting where scholarship, practice and learning were shared and the network of scholars and practitioners strengthened. Please see tabs Lab 2013 and Lab 2014 for further details.
Given the diversity of interests and needs of the group, Innovation Lab 2015 refocused efforts and embraced a range of activities and elements that move our work forward. These more targeted initiatives more closely align with individual and institutional needs. Areas of focus that have emerged in response to the articulated interests of Lab members include:
- Share the work of individuals and the group with fellow Lab members and the broader conflict resolution and peace communities
- Learn from others about their work in conflict, peace, social change and complexity
- Continue development of the network of scholars and practitioners working in this area; work toward a ‘systems movement’
- Pursue ongoing collaboration and work with on-the-ground partners to continue to explore approaches to practice and address the theory – practice gap.
Specific activities that Lab members are engaged in that embrace complexity, conflict, peace and social change include those described below.
Sustaining Peace: Systems Applications and Interventions, March 26, 2015, NYC
Columbia University/AC4 focused this year’s Sustaining Peace event on the theme of Systems, Applications and Interventions. The event provided a forum for Lab members to share their leading-edge ideas and practices on complexity and peace in a series of 10-minute keynote talks and 70-minute workshops. The March 26, 2015 no-fee conference was held at Columbia University in New York City. For more details, and to view videos of the talks, please visit the Sustaining Peace Event on the AC4 website.
AC4, the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity, is part of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. Its mission is to is to support, share and connect theory, research and practice at Columbia University and beyond related to conflict resolution, violence prevention, sustainable development, and peace.
Webinar Series: Frontiers of Systems and Peace
First, Glenda Eoyang has been hosting monthly webinars titled “Frontiers of Systems and Peace”. Click here for upcoming live webinars. Webinars have been led by Glenda, Larry Liebovitch, Armando Geller, Rob Ricigliano, Jay Rothman and Ricardo Wilson-Grau. Links to the individual archived webinars are available on the DST Innovation Lab website, Other Resources page. Please contact Glenda if you would like to participate in the series.
Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP)
The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is a diverse community of peacebuilding organizations and professional members. It aims to enhance the prospects for global change by amplifying the voices of its members and seeks to develop processes for change in the most complex, chaotic conflict environments around the world. AfP hosts the Systems and Complexity Affinity Group.
International Association of Conflict Management (IACM)
The International Association for Conflict Management (IACM) was founded to encourage scholars and practitioners to develop and disseminate theory, research, and experience that is useful for understanding and improving conflict management in family, organizational, societal, and international settings.
Work with Partners/Clients
The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee is exploring opportunities to continue the theory to practice or client work thread under the Innovation Lab umbrella.