RPP Workshops

During the January Term 2018, RPP is pleased to host two intensive workshops—on Dialogue and Dignity—led by expert facilitators with extensive U.S. and international experience.

Open to current Harvard University students and fellows free of charge. If space permits, open to Harvard University alumni and the public with an RPP administrative fee. The workshops do not provide course credit.

Space is limited. The deadline to apply for both workshops is Sunday, December 10. Early application is encouraged. Contact rpp@hds.harvard.edu if you have questions.

Engaging Conflict: Reflective Structured Dialogue and the Inner Resources of the Facilitator

  • January 3-5 and 8-10 (9:00am-6:00pm) 
  • Led by Robert R. Stains Jr., M.Ed., Principal, Bob Stains and Associates, Conflict Transformation and Senior Associate, Essential Partners (fka Public Conversations Project)

This 6-day intensive workshop builds the facilitation skills of individuals active in religious contexts to enable communities to engage difference in constructive ways: proactively, not just reactively. It draws on the Reflective Structured Dialogue model developed by the Public Conversations Project (now Essential Partners) for individuals and communities seeking to overcome repetitive, destructive conflict. Initially based on family systems ideas and techniques, the model has been adapted across cultural, religious, and national borders in response to conflicts related to identity, values, and beliefs. Learn more about the workshop and apply.

Healing and Reconciling Relationships in Conflict: A Dignity Approach

  • January 16-18 (9:00am-4:30pm) and January 19 (8:30am-12:30pm and 2:30-4:30pm) 
  • Led by Dr. Donna Hicks, Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

This 4-day intensive workshop will introduce students to the Dignity Model. Drawing on decades of research and practice in conflict transformation around the globe, it will explain what dignity is (and how it differs from respect), the Ten Elements of Dignity (ways to honor dignity), the Ten Temptations to Violate Dignity (ways our evolutionary legacy sets us up to violate our own dignity), the role it plays in resolving conflict, and how to integrate dignity consciousness into leadership practice. The workshop will place emphasis on religious and spiritual communities, demonstrating the many ways dignity can enhance compassionate leadership as well as spiritual growth and development. Learn more about the workshop and apply.