Practical skills for just governance

One of the sessions each day will be devoted to taking participants on a more specific track through a series of training workshops that link the ideas with practical skills. These will draw on particularly on the experience of a number of experts, at the same time the wealth of experience amongst the participants themselves.

Training sessions will include:

The struggle to overcome corruption

This will be led by Katherine Marshall, Senior Fellow at Georgetown University, Washington DC. Professor Marshall was previously a senior advisor to the World Bank, and now writes regularly for the Huffington Post. She is part of the Advisory Group planning the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) to be held in Tunis in October this year. This conference will seek to mobilise networks to become active in national and global efforts to combat corruption. One focus of Marshall’s work is the mobilization of religious networks.

The Caux workshop will bring together people fighting corruption in numerous countries. Among them will be Prabhat Kumar, formerly Cabinet Secretary of the Indian Government, who heads the Initiatives of Change Centre for Governance in Delhi. He will tell of the struggle to implement legislation, developed by the Centre, for an Independent Commission against Corruption – legislation which is at the heart of the current Indian national elections.

Neil Buhne, Director of UNDP’s Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery, will outline UNDP initiatives which have proved effective in combating corruption. And a leader of Nahdlatul Ulama, Indonesia’s largest Islamic organization with 30 million members, will speak on their anti-corruption programmes.

The training will give the opportunity to learn from a wide range of people who are active in combatting corruption, and develop effective strategies to apply and to take to the Tunis conferences.

The heart of effective leadership

Led by Dr Ravindra Rao and Ms Peno Heika from India. This programme, developed by Initiatives of Change India, explores ethical foundations for policy decisions, and the personal qualities which enhance a change-maker’s work. Many leadership programmes focus on competency development - the skills needed to manage tasks and organisations. Although these skills are critical, the leader’s effectiveness depends a lot on another aspect of leadership – the leader as a persons. Our ability to know and manage ourselves is a critical primary skill through which effectively leading others and the organisation will happen.

The strength of the HEL-Europe training programme is learning from real practitioners who will be sharing their experiences and challenges. This provides the fuel for discussion between the participants, between the participants and practitioners, and most importantly, between the participants themselves.

Since 2005 more than 1000 participants have experienced the HEL programme from both private and public sector organisations in India, including Siemens, Forbes Marshall Group, Daimler-Benz, Tata Group, Indian Railways and BESCOM. 500 senior Siemens executives have been through the course over the last four years.

Red/Blue partnering exercise

Based on the ‘Prisoners’ Dilemma’, this is an exercise which has been facilitated with over 2,000 negotiators all over the world. It helps demonstrate whether people have a win-win (cooperative) or win-lose orientation (selfishly competitive) in a situation which offers the possibility of both. In a variety of contexts, the lessons have a broad application for communication and cooperation among multiple stakeholders who have seemingly divergent interests.

John Carlisle, who developed this version of the exercise, will facilitate and debrief each of these sessions. It has had a profound impact on all who experience it and without exception, everyone learns something about their own reactions to a given situation, and how the reactions of others can impact – either adversely or positively – on their own situation. They begin to discover ways that behaviours of others may be predictable and strategies may be pre-planned in order to facilitate positive outcomes for all in a negotiation.

An agenda for healing

Caux conferences have always focused on healing through trust-building and reconciliation. This conference will include people dealing with unresolved histories – between Turkey and Armenia, between East and West Ukraine, between racial groups in the USA, and other situations of tension and conflict. They will tell of their initiatives towards justice and healing.

Also speaking will be Joseph Montville, Director of the Program on Healing Historical Memory at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Washington DC. He writes: ‘Unhealed memory dominates issues of governance and cultural dialogue. Yet almost all international conferences, scholarly and otherwise, avoid dealing with the subject, such are its psychological challenges. Caux brings into the open the pain of ethnic and religious conflicts, a vital precursor to developing an agenda for healing.’

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