The Praxis Conference
linking theory and practice

November 2-3, 2018 | Arlington, Virginia

Innovation in Peacebuilding


2018 Theme
Innovation in Peace Building


A conference bridging the gap between scholars, practitioners, social entrepreneurs
& religious communities to develop effectiveness in peace building.

~ Presented by George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution,
the Dialogue & Difference Project, and NGO ForgottenSong. ~



Who's Coming?

We're inviting academics, NGO workers, Social Entrepreneurs & faith-based practitioners to discuss pathways to peace with some of the most experienced in our fields. 



How Does It Work?

from roundtable discussion to academic presentations 

Scholars, practitioners, social entrepreneurs, and leaders of religious communities will participate in a variety of panels that apply to many fields within the peacebuilding framework. 

The Praxis Conference creates a space for scholars, NGOs, businesses and social-justice minded individuals to connect and exchange knowledge and networks for the betterment of peacebuilding around the world.

When you attend, you'll get to choose from our variety of offerings in academic presentations, roundtable discussions, and focused small group discussions.

We're also developing our list of speakers! Stay tuned as updates roll in.




G.M.U. School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22201

(202) 491-8664



Conference Topics 

This year's theme is Innovation in Peace Building.

NGO, Academic and Social Entrepreneurship presentations will be categorized based on the following topics.  We will exploring conflict and peace through each of these broad groupings to build stronger theoretical frameworks for practice in both the NGO and social business worlds.





In what ways do the economy and finance lead to both conflict and conflict resolution, sustainable peace-building, and community growth?  Considerations of alternative economic systems and economic empowerment are welcome.




How do issues of society, culture, gender, religion, and other socio-cultural considerations impact innovations in peace building planning, practice, and sustainability?




In what ways is education utilized in pursuit of direct and indirect purposes or agendas in peace building?  Considerations of formal and informal education are welcome.




How do non-verbals, words, meanings, and understandings foster innovation and creativity in peacebuilding?  Other themes might include cross-cultural and multi-lingual explorations? 




How do issues surrounding the environment lead to conflict and in what ways are environmental resources utilized to mitigate conflict, grow community, and promote peace and understanding?


Additional Themes

Feel free to contact us with other ideas if you have any additions you feel would be relevant to our conference!

Without knowledge action is useless, and knowledge without action is futile.
— abu bakr


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thanks to G. Dubourthoumieu and Samuel Gray Art for the photos!