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June 6: Preconfence Training
June 7-8: Opening Space in our Practice and in our Communities
Main Conference June 7-8
ACR’s Environment and Public Policy Section will “open up” our annual conference by using the dynamic meeting method of Open Space Technology to actively involve all participants in sharing their knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm. We’ve always encouraged conference panels that involve attendees. This year we dig deeper and walk our talk.
On June 7-8 we’ll take what we all like best about conferences – the informal meet ups, hallway chats, and coffee conversations with interesting colleagues – and create that experience for the entire conference. Our keynote speaker, Howard Bellman, will provide an experience you won’t want to miss: Mediation and all that Jazz. Lori Lewis, EPA’s Open Space Technology trainer and facilitator will guide us through the process of Open Space and will teach us how to use it in our own work. Together we will be opening space for those deliberate and mindful discussions without having to slip away into the interstices of breaks and evenings.
You can learn more at the conference web page.
The conference is being held in conjunction with the University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, in the heart of Austin, TX and convenient to its great food, music, and outdoor activities.
Preconference Training June 6
Open Space Technology: Trainer Lori Lewis, US EPA
Open Space Technology (OST) is a simple way to run productive meetings, for five to 2000+ people, and a powerful approach to leadership in any kind of organization, Participants will learn experientially how to design, prepare and facilitate an Open Space event, which is the process we will use in this year’s EPP conference. Check out teh conference web page for more details.
Are meals provided? The conference will include a Tuesday night reception, as well as breakfast, lunch and snacks both days. Preconference workshops will include snacks and a boxed lunch.
Is my registration refundable? Refunds will be made through May 20, subject to a $25 processing charge.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event? Directions to the Thompson Conference Center and parking information. Free parking is available on a first-come basis in Lot 40. Overflow parking may use the Manor or San Jacinto garages (per day fee applies) or metered street parking. Do not park in spaces requiring a UT permit, or you may be ticketed.
What about lodging? We have not blocked rooms, but there is plentiful lodging nearby.
Can I update my registration information? Yes, you may update your registration information online, including changing your preconference workshop choice.