Facilitating Breakthrough Strategies to Address the Global Climate Crisis (Online Session)
Climate change is an existential threat to human civilization as global warming and species extinction continue to accelerate, rapidly out-pacing present global security and the climate models calculating the risks to our living systems. “Integrative Peacebuilding” themes address the need to minimize human suffering in conflict zones, now increasingly facing the “multiplier” effects of extreme weather on food and health insecurity. Applying the “Comprehensive Approach” to these unprecedented problems challenges all levels of government, from Aboriginal Affairs to Agriculture, from Human Rights to Immigration, from Global Affairs to the Canadian Forces-- to transform from siloed policymaking to cooperative problem-solving.
This course is designed to train leaders to facilitate inclusive meetings (including civil society institutions and leaders) that navigate potential policy solutions addressing the future of international diplomacy and foreign policy in a present and future environment more uncertain than ever.
Dr. Merle Lefkoff, with decades of experience as an international mediator and facilitator introduces a new method for collective problem-solving called “the Adjacent Possible” or “TAP”. Drawn from Complexity science, the name is in reference to breakthrough ideas waiting in the wings to be uncovered in order to provide unprecedented and scalable ideas for how to anticipate and prepare for the unknown future. We learn how to turn the best new ideas into actionable policy initiatives to insure a peaceful adaptation to living with nature on an altered planet.
Combining mini-lectures, suggested readings, participatory exercises, and opportunities for practicing together on Zoom, we will dialogue deeply about the consequences for international stability from new trade wars, resource wars, mass migration, and if there is interest the heightened possibility of nuclear war resulting from the new arms race tied to climate-related events.
Understand the core principles of Complexity science and Integrative Peacebuilding.
Expand knowledge of the major risks to peace and national security from global warming.
Learn how to facilitate a “TAP” problem-solving meeting.
Discuss and practice the skills necessary to facilitate a comprehensive and systemic approach to the policies needed to secure a peaceful transition to living on future Earth.
- Heads of civil society organizations, policy-makers, national security experts, and emerging community leaders.
Merle Lefkoff, PhD is a teacher, writer, consultant, and mediator for governments, civil society organizations, universities, and private industry around the world. Her organization, the Center for Emergent Diplomacy, is a pioneer in testing and applying new processes for reaching sustainable agreements in those conflicts surrounding looming ecological catastrophe.