Creating space for transformative conversations

Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue

ABOUT THE AWARD

The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented every second year to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the use of dialogue to increase mutual understanding and advance complex public issues.

The award includes funds to cover recipient transportation and associated programming costs, as well as a CAD 10,000 cash award.

“There is something more important than information. Values are far more important, and it is by understanding common values that decisions are made. We come to understand values through dialogue.” 

—Dr. Jack P. Blaney, President Emeritus, Simon Fraser University

WHY NOMINATE

Far more than a simple ceremony, the Blaney Award includes a short programming residency in Canada that builds upon the recipient’s work. Past Blaney Award programs have engaged thousands of participants through the hosting of international announcements, book launches, capacity building workshops, participatory research and more.

Through the Award programming we hope to:

• Honour the recipients and their excellence in the use of dialogue.

• Provide platforms to support and further the recipient’s work.

• Communicate the role of dialogue in creating systemic change.

• Serve communities to leave legacies of relationships, networks and opportunities.

NOMINATION DETAILS

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

February 5, 2021

SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Demonstrated excellence in the use of dialogue to increase mutual understanding.
  • Global significance of their work in addressing complex and profound public issues.
  • Related programming opportunities.

For 2021/22 year, the selection committee encourages nominations for individuals* committed to systems change advancing anti-racism through dialogue.

* Although the award has been historically awarded to a single individual, nominators may suggest teams of individuals who’s collective work warrants recognition.

SELECTION COMMITTEE'S STATEMENT ON ANTI-RACISM

The Selection Committee commits to the continued learning that this moment in history demands of us. The committee will apply an anti-racist, justice and equity lens throughout the selection process, meaning that we will identify and challenge structures and practices that perpetuate harm. In reviewing nominations, the selection committee will use an intersectional lens to consider the layered social context through which nominations are submitted and positioned. All programming associated with the award will be structured to create reciprocity in relationships with the recipient(s) and participating communities.

SELECTION COMMITTEE

  • Ahmed Lelamo
  • Alice Muthoni Murage
  • Ann Cowan
  • Ellen Woodsworth
  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers
  • Jackie Wong
  • Lis Welch
  • Paola Ardiles
  • Robert Daum
  • Shaheen Nanji

HOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION

Complete a nomination form or send us the name of your nominee(s) via email to dialogue@sfu.ca

Contact dialogue@sfu.ca for questions. 

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SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue Selection Committee will consider public nominations for the 2020/21 recipient, in addition to internally identified nominees.

Completing a full nomination form is not mandatory to suggest potential recipients, but completion of the full nomination form will increase the likelihood the nominee will be fully considered. We welcome nominees from all geographic locations and backgrounds, including youth.

We ask that all nominations be succinct and provide links or references to secondary resources to help the Selection Committee evaluate the suitability of the candidate. The Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue reserves the right to perform independent research when evaluating nominations.

Submit your nominations by February 5th, 2021.

2019/20 RECIPIENT
 

PAST RECIPIENTS
 

HISTORY OF THE AWARD

The Jack P. Blaney Endowment Fund was established at Simon Fraser University in September 2000 by friends and colleagues to honour then-President Dr. Jack P. Blaney. Dr. Blaney’s leadership and vision that were pivotal to the conception and building of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, a unique physical space to convene dialogues on global issues and build consensus to resolve major conflicts. This international conference centre has helped to inspire a legacy of dialogue-based programming, both within the university and community-at-large.

The Endowment Fund supports the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue and provides operating expenses to fund the presentation of the award every second year. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize, international travel expenses for the recipient, an award presentation ceremony and acceptance speech, one or more public dialogue events organized by Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue in consultation with the award recipient, and related program costs. All award programming and events normally occur in Vancouver, Canada.

WHAT IS DIALOGUE?

Dialogue is a concentrated conversation among equals. It offers helpful ways to work together cooperatively, encourages mutual understanding between diverse perspectives, and leads to stable, resilient outcomes.

Dialogue involves engaging in collaborative inquiry into a central topic. Productive dialogue is entered with a spirit of curiosity, an interest in continually learning from and with others, and a willingness to be changed. Instead of arguing, convincing and advocating for what one already knows, dialogue encourages one to enter a space of the unknown: exploring diverse experiences and values, as well as points of agreement and disagreement.