2017 Biennial Conference

Against the Grain: Conflict Resolution in Challenging Times


Friday, September 8




Conference Center at Waltham Woods

860 Winter Street

Waltham, MA 02451


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Members - $160

Members (early bird) - $135

Non-members - $210

Non-members (early bird) - $185

Presenters - Free

Students - $60

Volunteers - $75

Perhaps the marquee event at NEACR, the Biennial Regional Conference has been attracting hundreds of conflict resolution practitioners over the past several years. Not only is the event well known for featuring a highly acclaimed key note speaker, it has become notorious for the plethora of workshops run by local practitioners, as well as networking opportunities for its attendees.

The 2017 NEACR Biennial Conference carries the theme, "Against the Grain: Conflict Resolution In Challenging Times" and will proudly feature key note speaker Professor Lawrence Susskind, one of the founders of both the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and the Consensus Building Institute. He will be 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 Professor Susskind in completing the conference agenda will be a handful of accomplished practitioners from around New England, volunteering their time to present on a variety of topics. The full roster of workshop presenters as well as other final logistics will be posted here when available.

Click here to read more about the themes, keynote presentations, workshops and presenters featured at NEACR Biennial Conferences past.

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