This live and interactive national video conference was sponsored and developed by the PDC and produced at De Anza College. On the program, colleagues from KCC International in London and PDC consultants explored the ways in which conflict is often managed, presenting ideas for better forms of communication in conflict situations. Special PDC methods were featured, including systemic questioning, reframing and empathic listening skills.
The PDC sponsored two events, one at De Anza College in California and one at the San José State University onCalifornia, on affirmative action and multi-culturalism in higher education. These events were organized as Kaleidoscope sessions, an approach that involves various dialogue formats, including small dialogue groups and reflecting teams.
Following a devastating four-year conflict between Christian and Muslim communities in Maluku, Indonesia, the Institute brought together forty erstwhile enemies—religious leaders from the Province of Central Maluku—to begin a dialogue about community restoration. In a remarkable five-day session, the participants created a common vision for reconciliation and community restoration on the basis of shared religious values, strength through difference, tradition, and dialogue. Co-sponsored by the PDC; an international NGO, the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC); and the Institute for Social Transformation, a community-building agency based in Indonesia.
A few years after the Cupertino Project ended, a highly visible controversy erupted between members of the City Council over the naming of a room in the new City library. This event prompted City Manager Dave Knapp to ask the PDC to design and facilitate a community forum to address issues of diversity and demographic changes.
The PDC held a one-day training for a diverse group of local residents who then facilitated small group discussions during a community forum. Results of the forum included greater understanding of diverse perspectives of community members, as well as increased capacity for the community to address issues of diversity.
See the article in The Cupertino Courier