IMTD Launches John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic

    April 2016

    IMTD is formally launching the John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic as well as the Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Clinic within it and moving toward recruiting interns by specializations after a successful "soft" launch based on new programs this Spring, with budding partnerships in Kenya and Bolivia and research initiatives related to Syria and Iraq, among others.

    Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) offers interns a variety of levels and types of experience in the worlds of multi-track diplomacy, peacebuilding and conflict analysis and resolution. If you are prepared to seize opportunities, interns have options that include co-publishing, presenting at conferences, acting as organizational representatives and helping launch and grow programs. What you accomplish at IMTD depends on what you put in. We are not a big budget organization. However, we believe stewardship of our interns is central to our mission. You will not be asked to serve paid staff coffee at IMTD. Rather your team will be tasked with running the show. Senior, long-term interns are Program Managers who in turn guide Program Officers. And there are a host of professional development experiential education opportunities.

    Clinical program work is done in teams, based on a law school clinic model. That is to say, the work is client-focused and praxis-based. We mix experiential and intellectual learning in a variety of ways in order to promote holistic learning and growth in our clients and ourselves. Team members run their projects together and normally choose a primary focus of one of the following: 1) research; 2) evaluation; 3) grant writing and program development; or 4) organizational diplomacy/stakeholder work. 
    Our clients are treated as full partners and they learn "side-by-side" with us in a "developmental evaluation" style of organizaitonal partnership, even as we are often an ocean or two away. 

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    April 2016 Leaps Toward Client Goals in Kenya and Bolivia

    Children Peace Initiative –Kenya Project

    In the spring of 2016, IMTD began a partnership with a small NGO, Children's Peace Initiative, Kenya (CPIK).  It was the first “client” of the John W. McDonald Design, Monitoring and Evaluation Clinic.  CPIK educates and empowers children to become life-long peaceful problem solvers within conflict-affected communities; it provides them with conflict resolution tools, guides them in building friendships across ethnic divides, and helps them to develop strong leadership skills.

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    Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy Staff

    In the picture, starting from left upper line. Project Managers and Program Officers: Helen Thompson, Edoardo Severoni, Kiran Marfatia, Philip Yang, Rajit Das, Thomas Rogers, Chimalang Ngu, Sabrina Barton. Adam Zemans, Executive Director; Ambassador (ret.) John W. McDonald; Chairman and CEO Karen Dickman, Vice President. Not present: Sarah Fasano, Prince Owusu, Sabrina Chikhi, and Madeline O'Harra.

    The Louise Diamond Committee to Protect Next Generations

    To honor the memory of Dr. Louise Diamond, co-founder of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, this Committee has been established in Bristol, Vermont where she was a resident.  Its focus is the impacts of global warming on the State’s fragile ecosystem and how to encourage Vermonters to reduce energy use by investing in energy efficiency retrofits using aggressive State-funded incentives.

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    Top News can also be Good News

    I am tired of only reading about bad news and want to share some good news stories if reported are quickly overshadowed by bad news. I am an optimist, I am a doer, and I like news that give me hope, that make me smile, that show me that, yes, our world has many challenges, BUT there are a lot of positive things happening that could well contribute to some improvement around our globe.

    Here are a few news stories which, in my opinion, contain worthy positive aspect and which can lead to a more peaceful future for individuals or even for our globe.

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    IMTD’s continued cooperation with the Central Tibetan Administration and our Congratulations to Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay

    Sikyong Dr. Sangay with prestigious Presidents Medal
    On Tuesday, October 13, 2015, John W. McDonald, Ambassador ret., Chairman and CEO of IMTD, attended the award ceremony,   organized by IMTD’s President Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, to honor the Sikyong  (Prime Minister) of the Central  Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, with Salisbury University’s prestigious President’s  Medal. 

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