Strengths Based Management of Social Change with Special Reference to Transition Countries (Sarajevo Conversatio)

Venue: Radon Plaza

Location: Sarjevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Event Date/Time: Sep 16, 2011 End Date/Time: Sep 18, 2011
Registration Date: Aug 01, 2011
Early Registration Date: Jul 01, 2011
Abstract Submission Date: May 30, 2011
Paper Submission Date: Jun 30, 2011
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Sarajevo the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina shares a common heritage and a common history of change within this European region that has affected the lives of the people in many ways. Coping with change has never been easy for individuals, groups, communities and nations. The societies and nations are expected to become resilient and meet the ever going needs, aspirations, expectations of its people while continuing to develop a future that is peaceful and hope fulfilling.

This conference for the first time pilots and urges the use of the metaphor of ‘the solution societies’ rather than ‘problem societies’ and offers a rather modest but robust agenda around which a number of papers, ideas and narratives from across the world are invited. What would be known as the ‘Sarajevo Conversations- 2011 will be the precursor for a progressive conversation of positive people, positive change and positive societies within the region and elsewhere in the world.

We invite you to take part and shape this event -
This first International Conference on Strengths Based Management of Social Change to be held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, envisions productive discourse and conversations around
• Role of youth in national development
• Entrepreneurship development
• Corporate Social Responsibility
• Governance and people strengthening practices
• Volunteers for development

The road that societies need to take to reach the ever growing demands of its people for peaceful and hope fulfilling, designs, structures, governance and institutions is bound to be a phenomenal challenge.
Cutting the ties with processes of central control in institutional politics, economics and people governance and to move into empowering of individuals, groups, communities, smaller organizations and businesses, the conference believes, is ripe with surmountable contests.
Successes stories and narrative accounts from around the world, how some societies fared well and continue to build supportive ethos to bring about attitudinal change in the context of massive changes that they have gone through, would be of great interest to this conference. We believe such accounts, papers academic and practiotioner perspectives will generate parallel thinking and assist in building a parallel processes for collaborative working around the world.
How has the world responded so far?
How has the region responded so far?

The world of Transition Societies:
What strengths based accounts exist of transitions around the world?
To understand best practice in transition, the conference invited case studies from countries that have transformed from previously distinctive political orientations.
For example Nepal, Sri Lanka and Malaysia in Asia, Turkey Middle East and parts of Africa have a boutique of ideas to showcase some important strides amidst the political changes and continuing social impacts. Similarly countries like India, Australia, to name a few have demonstrated experience of how they fared the global recession at individual and group levels as businesses did not give up but flourished even during the global recession. How do they do it?

The Conference believes that central to the process of development in all societies is its youth that takes pride in their nations and their immediate environment: A culture that allows for enterprising young adults to partake in the economic processes and a country and its leadership interested in empowering these processes.

Conference Sub themes
Given a variety of approaches to management of social change and nation building, papers around transformational change at the level of individuals, groups, and the collective psyche; moving from resilience to hope building and reviewing practicing skills to enhance in each of these areas are central to the themes of this conference.
This conference clearly is an opportunity for addressing them from a number of perspectives. Viewed from a Strengths based practices SbPs, presentations at the conference will focus on the inherent strengths of individuals, groups and organizations. We are looking for empowering alternatives to traditional methods with individuals, group or organizational work. We wish to see strategies that facilitate change by assisting to look at / what has worked? What does not work? And what might work presently making it important for those who facilitate and those desiring change to be integral to this process of change.
Some of the illustrative topics are listed below:
• Cross-cultural patterns of transformational change management building and working with resilience;
• Dealing trends and changes in demographics within regions due to transmigration; skilled migration; Alternate developments; consolidation of Human Resources for national development
• Entrepreneurship development; small and medium business leadership development
• Mentoring the youth; building tomorrows leadership in all spheres of nation building;
• Best practices in helping individuals in crisis; in empowering communities facing crisis and disasters; Asset-based community development
• Evidence based management of Public and Corporate Services;
• Indigenous people and heritage enterprises; strengthening resilience through e-communities and use of information technology

Who will be at the conference?
The range of applied, clinical, scientific, legal, social, managerial and practice and policy issues that will be addressed in the conference program make it directly relevant to a whole range of people that include managers, project managers, CEOs in the corporate and the government on one hand and the Management academies, Universities, management students, managers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, rehabilitation consultants, and psychotherapists, Health and medical specialists; cultural anthropologists, youth workers, NGO activists, community and humanitarian workers; spiritual leaders; emergency service and disaster workers, defense, police; justice and legal professionals, policy makers and finally media of Television and Print that as high potential for bringing about attitudinal change in the society.

Opportunities for sharing your ideas : strictly 250 worded abstracts, 50 worded biographies are a must with every enquiry.

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Radon Plaza
Sarajevo City

Additional Information

Please register early There are excellent skill based pre conferences. and post conference study tours.