What We Are Doing
Community Dynamics in Clarkston: A Photovoice Project
Led by Birthe Reimers, members of the Clarkston community used Photovoice and took on the roles of photographers and researchers documenting life and relationships in their community, discussing impressions and experiences in a group setting, and developing action strategies.
Until the end of 2015, some of the Photovoice results are being shown at the David J. Sencer CDC Museum currently on display in the "Resettling in America: Georgia's Refugee Communities" exhibit. We strongly encourage you to visit!
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Projects in DevelopmentCase Study Development
TRENDS Global case studies are developed as interactive learning tools that “force” readers into the problem and make them wrestle with the complexities, and uncertainties confronted by the real or fictional decision-makers. A case tells a story and places readers at the center of difficult decisions to illustrate how theory can be useful in addressing real world policy and decision dilemmas. TRENDS Global offers a ran range of training workshops related to case writing, case teaching and simulation or role play exercise development.
The Clarkston Peacebuilding Project
We are working on establishing a Center for Peacebuilding in Clarkston, GA, a major refugee resettlement hub in metropolitan Atlanta.
Governance and Agricultural Leadership (GOAL) in Africa
We are working to design a program in Eastern Ghana that enables us to build a self-sufficient center teaching Governance and Leadership for the better long-term development of this agriculturally minded region in West Africa.
Refugees, Religion, and Resistance: A Mass Migration Crisis Simulation
We are currently developing a Refugee Simulation Model as a result of the world's major violent conflicts. The role play simulation is designed to develop an understanding of the complexities of global migration and the current refugee crisis enveloping Europe. The simulation encourages critical thinking about current policy dilemmas by placing participants in the roles of refugees, public officials, administrators, and concerned citizens. Participants will experience some of the strategic and tactical challenges involved in managing and resolving complex policy decisions with impact at the local, national and global levels.
Conflict Management Skills & Study Abroad Experiences
With the help of our Global Partnerships, we are working to build study abroad programs that instill the teachings of conflict management all over the world.
TRENDS Global Lecture Series and Symposiums
We invite experts from all specialties to engage in conversations on future conflicts and innovative methods to relieve big and small conflicts globally.
Conflict Management Skill Development
Workshops and training to help spread awareness about alternative dispute resolution and equipt groups with the skills to live and work peacefully.
Governance and Agricultural Leadership
Status: In Development
Principal Investigator: Dr. Volker Franke
Pilot Project for a Research and Training Center for Leadership in the nation of Ghana to strengthen democratic governance and economic self-sufficiency in rural communities in West Africa.
We hope that by funding this project, we can have an immediate impact in an under developed agricultural microeconomy and gain success that can be modeled for similar societies worldwide.