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2017 NEACR Biennial Conference/Against the Grain: Conflict Resolution in Challenging Times

  • 08 Sep 2017
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Waltham Woods Conference Center, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA 02451


  • Members who register after August 15.
  • Members who register on or prior to the early bird discount deadline of August 22.
  • Non-members who register after the early bird registration deadline of August 15.
  • Non-members who register on or prior to early bird registration deadline of August 22.
  • This registration type is reserved only for those who have submitted a conference workshop proposal and have been accepted by NEACR as a presenter.
  • This registration type is reserved for current students who would like to attend the conference.
  • This rate is reserved for volunteers who can dedicate four hours of their time to help with conference logistics before and/or during the event. The rate is also available to volunteer community mediators.

Registration is closed

NEACR is delighted to introduce Lawrence Susskind as the keynote speaker of the 2017 NEACR Biennial Conference. Professor Susskind, one of the founders of both the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Consensus Building Institute, will be giving a talk and leading a discussion on the theme Consensus Building in the Age of Trump: Strategies for the ADR Field. Professor Susskind’s argument is that it is actually easier to facilitate useful and productive conversations in more contentious times. ADR professionals should be clear though about the value we can add. Our goal should not be to change people. Instead, we should offer problem-solving assistance — even in the face of harsh disagreement. And, we must be absolutely diligent about maintaining our neutrality (no matter how strongly we feel about a particular subject).

Joining our keynote speaker will be a stellar roster of presenters and workshops. This year's lineup features a jam packed day of theory, discussion and conflict resolution excitement. Click here to view the complete agenda with individual workshop titles, descriptions and presenters. An abbreviated schedule of events:

9:00am to 9:30am - REGISTRATION & NETWORKING

9:30am to 11:00am - SESSION 1

11:00am to 11:15 - BREAK

11:15am to 12:45pm - KEYNOTE

12:45pm to 1:45pm - LUNCH & NETWORKING

1:45pm to 3:15pm - SESSION 2

3:15pm to 3:30pm - BREAK

3:30pm to 4:30pm - SESSION 3

Please note that each of the three sessions listed in the agenda above will feature different tracks:

  • Resilience: Community and Co-existence
  • Invention: Meeting Families Where They Are
  • Leadership: Responsive Mediation Practice

As always, NEACR is offering opportunities to sponsor this year's conference. This is a great way to spread the word about your own organizations or conflict resolution work. If you and/or your organization are interested in the opportunity to sponsor this year's biennial conference, click here

For those who have already registered, unfortunately refunds cannot be granted. If you are no longer able to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another person. Please send us an email to admin@neacr.org to let us know who you will be transferring your registration to.

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