Seven California Rotary Districts (5330, 5320, 5340, 5300, 5280 and 5240) hosted the Rotary World Peace Conference on January 15th and 16th of 2016 in Ontario California. The conference theme was “Connecting Leaders and Conflict Resolution Experts with Solutions to Create a Culture of Peace”. This conference was a great opportunity to learn from expert leaders in conflict prevention and resolution, become inspired and leave with immediate action plans to implement in your communities. The conference featured multiple tracks and breakout sessions led by leaders of conflict prevention and resolution. Some of the keynote speakers were K.R. Ravindran 2015-2016 Rotary International President, Sal Khan, founder and CEO of Khan Academy, Actress and humanitarian Sharon Stone, Father Greg Boyle, Executive Director of Homeboy Industries, and Steve Killelea founder of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
Dr. Manisha Javeri, Professor at California State University, Los Angeles and an LA5 Rotary Club member was one of the speakers for the International Trade and Economic Development track. The title of her presentation was “The Role of Technology in Creating a Peaceful and Sustainable Society”. Her presentation was focused on the complex inter-relationships between the field of Educational Technology, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and Environmental Studies and how they all play a role in designing practical solutions and creating peaceful societies. The presentation introduced for the first time the concept of measuring and quantifying impact of the rotary work in the form of “impact index”. To review her presentation, click here.
For more details about the conference visit their website at http://www.peaceconference2016.org/