The Center for Conservation Peacebuilding offers workshops designed to build the capacity of individuals and teams to collaboratively engage in the theory, principles, and practice of transforming complex conservation conflicts. Offered at both ‘fundamentals’ and ‘advanced’ levels, workshops are held in a variety of geographic locations and may be open to the public or privately contracted.
What can I expect from a workshop?
The objective of CPeace’s workshops is to improve the ability of leaders, practitioners, stakeholders, and teams to better understand conflict dynamics and establish more effective skills, processes, and strategies to address them. Participants will accomplish this by drawing on best practices in conflict transformation and related disciplines that are applicable to and proven in these deep-rooted conflict realities. As a result, participants will possess a broader set of capacities to ensure that institutional, team, community, and individual actions are more strategic, context-appropriate, and meet with higher social receptivity and less unintended collateral damage.
At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:
- Apply the theory, principles, skills, processes, and strategies of conservation conflict transformation (CCT) in their projects and programs
- Employ 1-2 analytical tools to investigate and monitor conflicts in their professional work
- Recognize individual reactions to conflict and develop strategies for effective responses
- Understand the complex, diverse, and deep-rooted conflicts impacting conservation agencies/organizations, programs, and projects
- Design and lead a range of conflict transformation processes
- Develop site- or context-specific Conservation Conflict Intervention Plans for transforming a current conflict (3-5 cases per workshop)
- Improve strategies to engage multiple sectors, stakeholders, and resources to address conservation needs and challenges
- Co-create an ongoing peer-to-peer network and community of practice with their cohort and course instructor
Benefits of Improved Professional Capacity to Analyze and Address Conflict:
- Improved team, stakeholder, and partner relations resulting in increased efficiency and durability of conservation or management actions
- Conservation ventures will yield a higher return on investment due to the positive changes in social conditions within the conservation or societal context
- Increased understanding of complex system dynamics that impact long-term change
- Improved ability of individual actors and teams to anticipate and quickly address any new conflicts or potential conflicts that may arise
- Improved ability to replicate effective processes and relationship dynamics across projects/sites/contexts
- Reduction in negative perceptions of an agency, organization, community, or group and their actions
- Less resources need to be diverted to address resistance or backlash tactics that may result from unpopular, untrusted, or misconstrued projects/actions
- Increased effectiveness and a higher likelihood of reaching project goals
- Improved internal and external communication, cooperation, and collaboration
- “This is the best investment I have ever made in conservation and my career!”
- “This is the most amazing course I have ever done…I cannot recommend it enough. It revolutionizes community work.”
- “What a great experience! I feel privileged to have been able to attend this workshop, which has positively and permanently changed the way I will work with people and deal with conflicts. I don’t remember the last time I was so interested and excited to learn. The process design helped to create a trusting environment between the participants. Both the content and the execution of the workshop was way beyond what I had expected coming into it.”
- “Francine Madden and CCT rocked my world! I came away feeling like I GET IT!”
- “The CPeace conservation conflict transformation workshop has truly changed my perception of conflict. I now feel empowered in these conflict situations, whereas before I felt frustrated and overwhelmed. With this training, I now have the tools and confidence to meet my conservation goals.”
During this time of physical distancing, we are providing more online and remote opportunities to engage with CPeace. Learn more here.
Online Fundamentals of Conservation Conflict Transformation (5 days)
For those who wish to build their capacity to collaboratively engage in the theory, principles, and practice of transforming complex conservation conflicts.
Dates: 8-12 February (SOLD OUT), 1-5 March 2021 (SOLD OUT), 20-24 September 2021 (Limited space available)
Location: Online, via Zoom
Time: TBD based on time zones of participants (6 hour blocks per day, with some outside of class work)
Fees: $2,500 USD per person
Please note: CPeace also offers private workshops for your organization or collaboration. We also have a “hybrid” option, in which you can reserve a number of seats for your team and we will schedule the workshop according to your needs. We will then fill the remaining seats on a first-come-first-serve basis with members of the public. Please contact us at email@example.com for additional information!
Online Web Session: Introduction to Conservation Conflict Transformation (2 hours)
For those who wish to learn more about CCT as an approach to turn conflict into opportunity. This session will introduce participants to analytical tools to understand conflict and explore conflict cases that demonstrate the impact of this approach.
Date: January 12, 2021 at 1:00pm Eastern Time
Location: via Zoom
Fees: $150 US
Register: We encourage early registration for the limited number of seats available.
We also offer these sessions privately for your team, organization, or agency. Contact us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Testimonials from past webinars:
“This workshop is a great way to open up dialogue for problem solving conflicts in the conservation space. It reveals paths to understanding projects with respects to other organizations, communities, and other collaborators.” – Dan Callahan
“Given the number and urgency of crises that face us now and the dysfunctionality of national politics, we need CPeace more than ever. Its conflict transformation model could be used on any issue you can think of, from conservation to race relations. This workshop is a great introduction to CPeace and will leave you wanting more. I highly recommend it.” – Amy Mayers
“This workshop provided a succinct and clear introduction to the thinking behind and need for conservation conflict transformation. The diversity of audience members also showed me just how many others in conservation are looking for ways to resolve long-standing conflicts in ways that benefit people and the planet.” – Brian Erickson
“The workshop once again reinforced the need for this type of work in order to deal with conservation social conflict. So many practical tips, backed in science and experience that I can apply in my work with fish and wildlife management.” -Dennis Zimmerman, Big Fish Little Fish Consultants
“Francine Madden and her team at CPeace managed to create a truly interactive and collaborative webinar to illuminate the complexity of human-wildlife conflict problems around the world. She facilitated interesting insights and overall exceeded my expectations of what I could learn from a short online intro session.” – Tara Rodkey
“This workshop does a really good job of opening your eyes, mind and heart to the underlying elements of conflict in conservation spaces. It introduces you to some key concepts and theories that you can use to start your journey of introspection as you analyse your own position in a conflict situation and start trying to understand how and why other parties in the conflict might behave as they do.” – Tuyeni Mwampamba, National Autonomous University of Mexico
“Francine Madden has clear understanding of the principles needed to tackle wicked problems, and did a great job clearly articulating her message. I found myself wanting to dig in more deeply than time allowed.” – Scott Anderson, NC Wildlife Resources Commission
“This workshop was a great introduction to the field of Conservation Conflict Transformation. Like all good introductions, it provided a good balance of background, context, and technical content while leaving me eager to learn more!” – Katrina Alger
“I immediately had the opportunity to apply one of the discussion points (about Needs) over dinner after the course. I love it when course material is relevant to multiple spheres in my life.” – Lisa Crampton, State of Hawai’i Division of Forestry and Wildlife
For more information on additional opportunities, options, and fees, please contact us.