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Call for Nominations: Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue, Due Jan 15

January 15, 2015

Deadline: January 15, 2015 at 4pm (Pacific Standard Time)

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue is now accepting nominations for the 2015/16 Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue. This award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated, internationally, 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 & conflict resolution, climate solutions, intercultural interpretation and civic engagement.

Far more than a simple ceremony, the Blaney Award supports SFU’s mandate to be Canada’s most community-engaged research university through the delivery of programming designed to achieve meaningful impact and tangible outcomes. The Centre for Dialogue establishes partnerships with organizations suitable to assist in the development and execution of programming, as well as to sustain involvement after the award. Past examples of award outcomes include staging workshops to build community capacity, engaging stakeholders to create participatory research and hosting global announcements.

Criteria used to select the recipient include the candidate’s demonstrated international excellence in the use of dialogue; the importance of his or her work in addressing complex and profound public issues; and related programming opportunities. Recent Blaney Awards have collectively generated over 7,000 participant hours of in-person programming and have attracted significant media attention.

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

For more information on the Blaney Award and the nomination package, please visit the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue page.