Colin Craig is currently a Director of Different Tracks Global. He has over 40 years of experience working locally and internationally, in the field of peace building and conflict management.
He was the Centre Director of the Corrymeela Community from 1990 though to 200. Corrymeela is Northern Ireland’s leading Peace and Reconciliation Organisation. He then founded and co-directed TIDES Training and Consultancy for 12 years. In 2014 he returned to Corrymeela as their new Executive Director retiring then in September 2017. From 2005 Colin has carried a lead role in the evolution and development of DPC and in 2019 -2020 Colin will be supporting the building of three DPC Training Hubs in Sweden, Brazil and Australia.
He remains passionate about our need to continue to explore how we can, locally and globally, face into the complexity and challenge of moving beyond those personal and cultural narratives that continue to fracture our social and ecological worlds.
In 1996, Colin was awarded a MBE for his contribution to peace and reconciliation and is a fellow of the Winston Churchill and British American Fellowships.
Stephen Law Nova scotia, canada
Stephen Law is an internationally certified mediation coach in Dialogue for Peaceful Change. Stephen has offered trainings in Northern Ireland, India and North America. Stephen was the past chair of Peace Brigades International and has trained international accompaniers in conflict areas around the world. Stephen has mediated conflicts in community-based organisations, family structures and cooperative social enterprises and offered programming which builds bridges between groups, communities and organisations.
Stephen was the Social Transformation Program Coordinator with the Tatamagouche Centre and is an Associate of the Coady International Institute where he has taught the Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding course at St. Francis Xavier University. He designed and delivered the Welcoming Ambassador Program to support the integration and inclusion of Syrian newcomers to Nova Scotia. He is also the author of the novel, Tailings of Warren Peace, which was shortlisted for in the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards. His latest novel is, Under Her Skin (Roseway, 2017).
Courtnae dunn usa/sweden
Courtnae Dunn is a certified Dialogue for Peaceful Change coach. As an educator and process facilitator, she is passionate about bridging the interdisciplinary field of leadership development with peacebuilding in order to deepen the effectiveness of conflict transformation practices.
Courtnae has spent over 15 years in peacebuilding efforts in the global north and south, with a majority of her work concentrated on supporting South East Asian peace processes. Based at the Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS) in Cambodia, she lead the design and facilitation of the organisation’s Transformative Peace Leadership Programme. The programme supported senior level leaders of key actors in the peace processes in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, The Philippines and Cambodia. She also served as faculty for CPCS’ Master’s Programme in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies.
Prior to CPCS, she worked with community mediation in Northern Ireland. While in Northern Ireland, she began her active work with the DPC methodology, and since then she has led DPC trainings in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Courtnae is now based in Stockholm Sweden and involved in the work of embedding DPC into local peacebuilding efforts through the work of Fryshuset, a Swedish NGO working with local conflict transformation efforts.
shona bell northern ireland
Shona Bell is the Programme Manager for Sectarianism for the Corrymeela Community in Northern Ireland. She has worked in the field of Peace and Reconciliation for over 20 years.
Shona initially qualified as a teacher in Scotland in the 1990’s and came to work in the field of education for the Corrymeela Community. In 2003, Shona joined TIDES Training and Consultancy in NI, and supported a range of key developments and training packages supporting the unfolding peace process in Northern Ireland.
In 2014 she returned to Corrymeela holding a number of key positions in relation to the strategic development of the organisation. Shona has a passion for collaborative approaches to peace building and an on-going commitment to communities and structures who want to find positive ways for dealing with conflict and change.
In 2005, Shona supported Colin Craig in the development of the initial DPC training methodology. She has worked internationally as a Coach and Trainer with Dialogue for Peaceful Change and has trained at home and in India, Pakistan, Israel/Palestine, the USA, Africa and Canada. She is currently part of the International Coaching and Coordination Team for DPC.
Jaap van der sar Wageningen, netherlands
Throughout his whole career, Jaap van der Sar has worked on the way people could effectively deal with their differences and hopes together. Dialogue was in general the most appropriate tool therefore.
Jaap worked in organisations, related to the national and international ecumenical movement. Initially the work was concentrated on new lifestyles – as a reaction on many challenges in society. Later on, he concentrated more on questions about justice and sustainability. From 2004, he initiated the international cooperation, now known as ‘Dialogue for Peaceful Change’. Many applications were found, both between organisations and between individuals. He also developed a methodology to indicate the importance of voluntary work. This ‘Social Return on Investment-method’ was applied for, among others, churches, mosques, organisations of elderly people and also for some practices of DPC. Jaap was the chair of local, national and international organisations and foundations.
Ishbel munro Nova scotia, canada
Ishbel Munro is a certified mediator trainer in Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC). She is also a certified mediator through Henson College, Dalhousie University. Ishbel has mediated conflicts in community based organizations, families, co-ops and across cultural groups. During her work with Coastal Communities Network, she utilized these skills to successfully bring together people from rural communities including fishermen, First Nations, African Nova Scotians, Municipal Councilors, women’s groups, religious organizations and many others.
Ishbel was the Program Director at the Tatamagouche Centre, working collaboratively to create programs that transformed people’s lives. She brings a range of experience working in community development, with First Nations, fishermen, youth and women. Ishbel is currently the Coordinator of Apji-wla’matulinej (Righting Relations) and Women of First Light. Both organizations work with Wabanaki women on healing, empowerment and restoring Clan Mother ways of being.
jim hyde california, usa
Jim Hyde has 31 years of law enforcement experience with four California police departments. He retired as the Police Chief for the city of Antioch.
During his career in law-enforcement, Jim always studied in fields related to the consequences of the work. How to deal with delinquency, how to support professionals with a trauma treatment program for emergency service, how to guide organisations with their critical incident management. He has taught and developed peer support programs for public safety agencies across the U.S and overseas. He was the lead trainer for the Peer To Peer Combat Stress Program for troops deploying to and returning from the Middle East. He is a recipient of the California National Guard’s Medal of Merit and the Association of the United States Army’s Patrick Henry Distinguished Service Award.
Jim was a board member and co-founder of Helping Hands Produce, a non-profit that raises and donates over 1 million pounds of produce annually to the food banks of Northern California. Approximately 220,000 hungry people per month benefit from this work.
Jim was a presenter at the past UN Peace Conference at The Hague, Netherlands where the application of DPC in Antioch, CA, USA was the subject. He is the lead U.S. Dialogue for Peaceful Change trainer/coach.