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EXECUTIVE COMMI T TEE
President Bryan Hanson
President-Elect Sunny Gutierrez
Immediate Past President Donzell Robinson
Vice President Leslie Nelson
Treasurer Christy Cumberlander Walker
Vice Treasurer Kelly Riley
Secretary Lois Edmund
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We are living in a time where the
breakdown of civil discourse is well
publicized. However, we are also
living in a time where there are
many positive examples of creative,
constructive attempts to engage in
dialogue within our communities.
This issue provides the opportunity to
examine what public discourse might
entail when implemented effectively,
by exploring some of the efforts currently being taken within the framework of a few different contexts.
As conflict professionals we have a
challenge in navigating the complexity
that our unique communities provide.
We may resonate with the struggles
and strife of other communities.
However, we must accept that these
struggles look and feel different to
our community members. When we
prepare for the dialogue processes
necessary to address these issues in
our communities we must consider
the particular needs and interests of
the stakeholders we intend to bring
together. Like many challenges we
face, the challenge can lead to op-
portunity. In this case, the challenge
of customizing the processes for our
individual communities presents the
great opportunity to build connec-
tion with all of the relevant stake-
holder groups as we begin the initial
dialogue to understand the needs,
interests, and perspectives that each
stakeholder group may bring to the
conversation. This connection can
help us build trust in our capacities as
professionals to navigate the tension
of the points where values and mor-
The articles in this issue will provide
you with a framework to examine
different approaches taken to tackle
public conflict. The ability to connect,
learn, and adapt is what I find most
rewarding as a member of ACR. Our
collective wisdom, and the influence
our members have on their communities, both keep growing. At our
Annual Conference in Dallas we found
more reason than ever to focus on
how we as conflict professionals can
effect positive change in the way we
talk to one another.
In the coming months, you will
continue to hear more about the
conference's activities and about new
initiatives from ACR to play a part in
the public square.
Dear Colleagues: BRYAN HANSON President