As many of you know, ACR recently
announced two landmark developments.
First, following an extensive search
involving more than 100 candidates, ACR
is pleased to welcome Justin R. Corbett as
its new Executive Director. Justin is a longtime advocate for
our field with prior
ranging from local
programs to a
He brings a wealth
technical know-how, and a passion that
will help move ACR toward its more
expansive horizon. I invite you to connect
with and welcome Justin as ACR’s new
Second, ACR is commencing an informed
and reflective process of re-aligning
its organizational resources to better
support the development of resources
based on members’ interests and needs.
The administrative change noted above
represents the initial step in this realignment. Moving forward, there will be
further changes to enhance ACR’s ability
to cultivate the passion, practice, and
promise of our broad profession.
Over the coming year, ACR will work
closely with ACR’s regional Chapters,
topical Sections, thousands of members,
and partners in the field to transform ACR
into the professional home our members
expect and our field deserves. To assist
ACR in meeting expectations, member and
stakeholder engagement opportunities are
being prepared, including an ambitious
member survey and several in-depth
listening sessions. As practitioners, your
input will be sought on how ACR can
best support your professional journey
and from fellow institutions and other
collaborative groups, how ACR can become
a better partner in and for our field. More
information respecting these initiatives
and others will follow shortly.
In the meantime, as of January 1, 2015,
all Sections are open to members without
paying any additional fees. There is
a wealth of information and activity
within each Section which can now be
shared with all members. It represents
an opportunity for knowledge transfer
beyond your area of practice. It allows
for enriched learning about differing
approaches, concepts and contexts
thereby opening the potential to integrate
those into your own practice, work or
tool-kit. This is but one new vehicle in
expanding our ACR member opportunities
for professional knowledge exchanges.
In January we distributed a Stakeholder
Engagement Survey. Please take a moment
to participate. You can find the survey here.
Your feedback as members and stakeholders
is sought. Knowing what is important to
you, together with the developments you
would like to see as ACR moves forward in
new ways, is vital in ensuring responsive
future planning for ACR.
Planning is also well underway for
ACR Conference 2015 in Reno, Nevada,
October 7-10, 2015. Your 2015 team
of Tri-chairs with Bryan Hanson as
Lead Tri-chair, joined by Jeff Thompson
and Clare Fowler, are building on the
energy created at ACR Conference 2014
in Cincinnati. Look for the ACR 2015
Conference registration launch in April.
(See update from Bryan Hanson below.)
Overall, ACR is
on an important
being set for the
achievement of ACR’s new directions.
Fuelled by your support, it is an
ambition which can be undertaken
and achieved through hard work
and our collective efforts. Please be
part of setting that road-map for the
If you have ideas or would like to
speak with me please let me know at
All the best for 2015 and let’s meet
together in Reno!
Nancy Flatters, President, ACR
As 2015 sets in, we at ACR are very optimistic about
the future of the organization and the value we will
bring to the field of conflict resolution. Following a
successful conference in Cincinnati this past year, the
momentum has provided a foundation for an even
more engaging and meaningful Conference in 2015.
We will be convening the Conference in Reno, NV
from October 7-10, 2015. This has been mentioned
many times as the most beautiful time to be on the
eastern side of the Sierra Mountains.
The Tri-chair Committee organizing the Conference includes Clare Fowler, Jeff
Thompson, and me. We have been very busy developing the intentions, identifying
speakers for the main plenaries, and establishing a process for vetting the proposals
submitted for presentation at ACR 2015. The response to the Call for Proposals was
bountiful and the Tri-chairs will be working with the Section leadership to select the
most compelling and innovative sessions to develop a program that pays homage to Dr.
John Haynes and “thinking about our thinking”.
There has also been a great group of folks already hard at work setting the stage for
a wonderful Conference through their work on the Local Host Committee. This effort
is being led by Jeanette Belz, Christy Cumberland Walker, Joe Serpa, Lisa Schettler,
and Marya Kolman. They will be ensuring that everything progresses smoothly once
attendees arrive in Reno for the Conference. They are also looking for opportunities
to enhance the Conference with some local flavor through extra-curricular activities.
Please save the date for the Conference and stay tuned as updates roll out on what will
take place during ACR Conference 2015 as the plans unfold.
Bryan Hanson, Lead Tri-chair, ACR Conference 2015
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