Global Majority engages both local and international communities in the promotion and adoption of nonviolent conflict resolution principles and practices. The organization uses three primary tools: training workshops, skills-building conferences, and academic training seminars. Since 2004, Global Majority has organized dozens of educational seminars, conferences and training events across five continents.
International Training Seminars
Our most frequent international programs are our academic training seminars where graduate students and senior undergraduate students travel abroad to learn first-hand current and historical conflicts and their origins. Through field research, conducted via interviews, storytelling, surveys, and other means, participants will study the 4 lenses of violence (people, perpetrators, instruments, and institutions) as well as learn nonviolent approaches to managing, resolving, and transforming such conflicts.
Chile: Transitional (In)justice is the longest running of Global Majority’s international programs and has been successfully delivered in partnership with the Middlebury Institute of International Studies a total of five times, in: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 (with plans for a sixth delivery in 2015).
Conflict Resolution Training Workshops
Global Majority has designed a robust curriculum focused on interest-based negotiation and non-violent conflict resolution. The typical Global Majority training curriculum is divided into three principle sessions:
- Session 1: Workshop participants are introduced to the concept of non-violent conflict management. Conflict is discussed to understand its meaning, the various sources and types of conflict, and effective ways to resolve conflict whether at the interpersonal level or the group or organizational level. Principles of interest-based negotiations are introduced, as well as necessary skills and techniques employed by effective negotiators.
- Session 2: Introduction of the mediation process. Mediation is a conflict resolution method that uses a trained, neutral third party who helps the conflicting parties to reach an agreement. Participants are introduced to how to become effective mediators, from pre-mediation preparations to drafting a final agreement.
- Session 3: Participants engage in a simulation exercise in which they are given an opportunity to apply the skills acquired during the workshop. Simulations range from simple neighbor-to-neighbor simulations to more complex multilateral international mediation processes.
Global Majority has held training workshops around the world, including four graduate seminars in Chile, three in the Middle East, and in Costa Rica, Nepal, South Africa, South Sudan and Korea.
To educate the wider public and promote awareness of international conflict management skills and techniques, Global Majority has held multiple international conferences in various places around the world. In August 2008, Global Majority hosted the “Middle East International Conference –Promoting Peace through Dialogue” in Amman, Jordan.
In partnership with the Monterey Institute and its Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Global Majority cosponsored an event with Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, 2005 Nobel peace prize laureate and director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency on Nuclear Proliferation Challenges and Nonproliferation Opportunities. In 2006, a coalition of Monterey peace organizations, MIIS, and Global Majority hosted Mr. Afif Safieh, head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization Mission in the United States and a peace advocate, on “Israel-Palestine: History Undecided.”