Seeking world leaders in dialogue

December 04, 2014

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is now accepting nominations for the 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue.

The award will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue to further the understanding of complex and profound public issues. Nominations are encouraged from the fields of international diplomacy and conflict resolution, climate solutions, intercultural interpretation and civic engagement.

In 2014, Chief Robert Joseph, ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, received the “Blaney” for his work in renewing and reconciling relationships among Canada’s Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.

The Centre hosted a series of five events to recognize this theme of reconciliation, including youth and community workshops, commissioned works of poetry and Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada, one of the most comprehensive dialogue events ever held in Canada to highlight the role of stakeholders in reconciling injustices.

Charter for Compassion founder Karen Armstrong, a TED prize recipient, and received the “Blaney” in 2012 and partnered with the Centre to host 12 Days of Compassion. The event served as a catalyst for a citywide conversation on compassion, creating 10 unique events that included the launch of the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network and a compassionate cities initiative. Armstrong returned to the Centre on Nov. 17, 2014 to launch and discuss her new book Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence.

Additional past “Blaney” recipients include former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson, choreographer and interdisciplinary artist Liz Lerman and former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations Maurice Strong

For more information on the award and the full nomination package:

The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is supported by an endowment fund established in September 2000 by friends and colleagues to honour Jack P. Blaney, SFU president emeritus. Blaney saw the need for a dedicated facility to promote and support dialogue among citizens with diverse views to find a path to positive action.