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Dispute Resolution: Citizen Cafe Facilitation Training
Start Date: 2/9/2018Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Date: 2/9/2018End Time: 5:00 PM
Event Description:

The Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College, Mediators Beyond Borders International – NYC Chapter, and The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York


are pleased to co-sponsor and invite all to Meta-Culture’s

Citizen Café Facilitation Training

February 9, 2018  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Room 520.28   Haaren Hall

Facilitation training for Citizen Café conversations. Learn how to

facilitate ways to strengthen and protect our democracy.



This event will be led by Ashok Panikkar, who has two decades of international experience working with polarized groups and is the founder of Citizen Demos, a critical initiative to strengthen our democracy.

Ashok is a conflict resolution professional who has extensive international experience in India and South Asia; the USA and parts of Europe; and the Middle East. He is the founder of Meta-Culture, a pioneering organization in Bangalore, India that helps communities and organizations improve their higher order thinking and relationship-building capabilities. Prior to this, he served as a Director of Training and Workplace Mediation with a conflict resolution center in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has conducted hundreds of workshops in communication, conflict resolution, critical thinking, and cross-cultural engagement. He has also successfully mediated disputes at every level- among Board members, between staff and management and at the community.

Ashok has designed and facilitated a pioneering, multi-year, multi-stakeholder dialogue in the garment and apparel sector in India called the Garment Sector Roundtable (GSR) which gave rise to two spin-off projects, the Joint Fact-Finding Commission on Labor Attrition, and the Women’s Supervisory Training Program. He also initiated and facilitated the Inter-Faith Meta-Dialogues a multi-year community dialogue between Hindus and Christians, and Hindus and Muslims. These were designed to build relationships and address contentious issues between influential members of religious communities in the city of Bangalore, India.

Meta–Culture was the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award of the International Committee of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR). Ashok is also actively involved in the global conflict resolution and peace-building community. He was a member of the board of the New England Association of Conflict Resolution (NE–ACR) from 2004–2005 and a member of the Board of Directors, Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) from 2010–2012. He is also a member of the Consensus Building Institute’s Global Facilitator's Network (Boston) and the Access Facility for Community, Business Conflict Resolution, World Legal Forum in The Hague, Netherlands. 

Interested participants are encouraged to attend the Citizen Cafe on Feb 6, 6pm - 9pm; contact 


Location Information:
899 Tenth Ave - Harren Hall
899 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
New York
Room: 520.28
Ashok Pannikar

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