Here’s one of our favorites things about USIP — even if you don’t recognize the name, you probably know a whole lot about the work this amazing institution is doing. USIP is committed to transforming approaches to international conflict, not about getting their name in the news. And that inspires us.
Here’s some basic 411 on USIP:
- USIP is an independent, nonpartisan conflict management center created by Congress. In 1984 President Reagan signed legislation establishing the institution — but, the idea came out of a commission appointed by President Carter, demonstrating the early nonpartisan origin of USIP.
- Mission: to increase the nation’s capacity to manage international conflict without violence, transforming approaches to international conflict.
- Programs focus on the three phases of conflict: prevention, mediation and resolution, and post-conflict stabilization.
- Currently working on 20 countries and areas of the world – to prevent conflict in six, resolve conflict in nine and promote reconciliation and stability in another six. Countries include: Columbia, Egypt, Haiti and Iran.
That is the very, very tip of the iceberg – visit USIP’s comprehensive and user-friendly site for more information.
Our theme for TEDxWomen 2012 is The Space Between. And while there are many compelling interpretations of these three words and what they represent, USIP offers us a powerful one to consider: a commitment to bridging ideas and action, and moving from research into practice, in the pursuit of peace.
Bottom-line: We are very lucky to be hosting TEDxWomen from USIP this year and can’t wait for November 30 and December 1, 2012.
Check out the TEDxWomen website for more information on the big event, which will be hosted by the phenomenal Pat Mitchell and The Paley Center for Media, and live streamed to TEDxWomen communities all over the world. Last year over 120 TEDx communities participated, and we look forward to that number growing this year. If you haven’t already, register now to organize your TEDxWomen 2012 event, by clicking here for all you need to know.