The Inaugural Northwest Collaborative Futures Conference: Deconstructing Artificial Borders

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The Inaugural Northwest Collaborative Futures Conference: Deconstructing Artificial Borders

Time: October 20, 2021 at 6pm to October 22, 2021 at 4pm
Location: online
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Event Type: conference
Organized By: Northwest Collaborative Futures Conference planning committee
Latest Activity: Oct 7, 2021

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The NW Collaborative Futures Conference is a future-focused, cross-border conflict resolution event taking place online Oct 21 & 22, 2021.  The conference will be a mix of practical skill-building workshops and explorations of the ways in which individuals, organizations, and nations create borders that lead to, intensify, and prolong conflict.

Presentations will build on the theme of deconstructing artificial borders in order to  deepen understanding of conflict resolution.  Both advocates and neutrals will share lessons from diverse practice areas and varied conflict resolution processes. 

Session topics include:

  • An examination of how jurisdictional borders have worsened the epidemic of extreme violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2-spirit people. 
  • COVID-19 false dichotomies
  • How Trump’s wall on the border with Mexico connects with the Chinese Exclusion laws of the 1880s, and the “Keep America American” nativism of the 1920s
  • The campaign against non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment settlements
  • How machine listening may improve A2J in British Columbia family law disputes
  • Often overlooked preparation steps for difficult conversations 

The conference will include two full days of dynamic and engaging speakers with 32+ hours of content. Session recordings will be available for two weeks.  The conference is anticipated to be approved for approximately 15 hours of CLE credit in Washington, Oregon and California.  Preceding the conference are two free evening events, a conflict resolution career panel on Tuesday, October 19 and a presentation and online reception on Wednesday, October 20. 

Registration and more information is available at

This conference is created by the ADR Section of the Washington State Bar Association, Mediate BC, the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia,CoRe Conflict Resolution Society and

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Comment by Emily Martin on October 7, 2021 at 8:35am

I really hope that everyone can join us for the conference and related free events. 

With the Tuesday night career panel, the Wednesday reception/mingle and guest speaker and the Friday night mini film fest- we created free events to broaden the reach of the conference to non conflict resolution pros. 

The conference itself has over 75 speakers, 32 hours of programing and a wide range of skill building sessions and explorations of the theme of deconstructing artificial borders. 

From immigration and refuges, to missing and murdered indigenous women, to the campaign against NDAs in sexual harassment cases, to police arbitration reform to Covid-19 false dichotomies- this conference has so much and should not be missed!

Visit for more info and to register. 

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