4th Annual International Conference on "Engaging The Other:" The Power of Compassion


4th Annual International Conference on
The Power of Compassion

~ Registration is Open TO All ~
Continuing Education Credits (CECs) available.

Important Information:
If you wish an alternative to on-line registering:
A Hardcopy Registration form for Emailing, land mailing, or faxing is available on our website at:

- An Email Registration form is also available by request at: SOlweean@aol.com

-  Register On-Site: Registration opens Thursday, Nov. 12th at 4:00 pm

   1) FULL Conference Registrations
   2) HALF-Conference Registrations 
       (Note: Half Registrations are for EITHER
         Thursday and Friday -OR- Saturday and Sunday)
       Half-Conference Registrations must use hard copy
        or Email forms

 How to Register On-Line:

Select type of registration and any meals from list above. Confirm your selected items, then click "Order Now" and move to the 2nd page to complete registration information (Note: A full, detailed summary of fees selected will also be provided by PayPal at the final stage of registration payment to print and retain).

2) Complete and confirm information requested on 2nd page of this form, then confirm and click "Continue" to move on to PayPal website for payment.
You will receive a confirmation from Eventbrite of your registration and selections. P
lease PRINT THIS CONFIRMATION for your records and bring to conference check-in on-site.
Process your payment through PayPal - by credit card or E-check withdrawl. At successful completion of payment PayPal will provide you with a receipt of your payment and items. Please PRINT THIS RECEIPT for your records.
* This will be your Fee Payment Receipt and Confirmation.
Please bring this receipt page to conference check-in on-site as verification in the event it is needed

Please submit a SEPARATE REGISTRATION for EACH PERSON. Also please include Email and phone information at registration in the event we need to contact you regarding your registration. 

Note: For your convenience, if you should experience any difficulties in processing paymemnt through PayPal you can call their help line directly for assistance: 1-888-221-1161 


Continuing Education Credits (CECs) are available.
(Note: CECs are registered and paid for separately when you arrive on-site at the conference).

  There are Separate fees below for
1. CONFERENCE Program  and
     2. MEALS

1) Conference Program Fees

There are discounts for full time student status, and members of co-sponsoring and supporting organizations. All discounts are with proof of status at check-in on site.
(See separate MEAL fees below): 

REGULAR Registration: 
  1) $ 350 General
  2) $ 320 Supporting Organization Member
  3) $ 290 Co-Sponsor Organization Member
  4) $ 175 Full Time Student

LATE Registration:            
  1) $ 375 General
  2) $ 350 Supporting Organization Member
  3) $ 320 Co-Sponsor Organization Member
  4) $ 187 Full Time Student

* Note: HALF-Conference Participation is also available at the rates below. 
     Half-Conference Registrations are for EITHER:
      Friday and Sunday  -OR-  Saturday and Sunday
      (Please indicate which days when registering)
      Use Hardcopy or Email registration forms for half-conference regs. 

HALF (1/2) Conference Fees 
  1) $ 187 General
  2) $ 175 Supporting Organization Member
  3) $ 160 Co-Sponsor Organization Member
  4) $   93 Full Time Student


2) Meals: *
On-site Conference meals offer invaluable opportunities for networking, additional interactions with presenters, and community building. Some Evening Programming also conveniently occurs in the same ballroom immediately after dinner.
A - Conference Community Lunches and Dinners:
Two diet plans are offered: 1. Poultry or fish, and 2. Vegetarian
There are 5 conference meals (prices include all taxes and service charges):
  1) $ 24 Friday Lunch
  2) $ 35 Friday Dinner

  3) $ 24 Saturday Lunch
  4) $ 35 Saturday Dinner
  5) $ 24 Sunday Lunch

B - * Breakfast is on your own:
The San Mateo Marriott Hotel has an on-site restauraunt for breakfast options. There are also other meal options in the area.

Sponsoring Participants: The ETO Conference is principally funded through registrations. To assist in promoting inclusion, diversity, and accessibility, organizations and groups are encouraged to sponsor representatives and individuals to attend. Tax deductible contributions to the subsidy fund - through the International Humanistic Psychology Association, a 501(c)3 - assist students and low income peace activists from developing societies to participate.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds are given for cancellations received in writing by September 25, 2009, minus a $75 non-refundable administrative fee. After September 25, 2009 no refunds are possible.
Assignments: You may also assign your registration to someone else at no charge (assignments must be made prior to the conference date in person by phone or in writing directly to Common Bond Institute). Common Bond Institute 12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive, Climax, Michigan 49034 USA Ph/Fax: 269-665-9393 E-mail: SOlweean@aol.com Web site: www.cbiworld.org


HOTEL RESERVATIONS  are made directly through the San Mateo Marriott Hotel. (We do not handle hotel reservations)
See details on special conference rates and services at
Note on Deadline:
The hotel has extended the discounted hotel room rate ouaranteed of $115 - for single or double - until November 1 cut-off date.
After this date it is at the discretion of the hotel and on an as availabile only basis.)

Please make your reservations as soon as possible.


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Conference Description:

An important, timely dialogue.....everyone needs to be part of.
     An important, timely dialogue
            .....everyone needs to be part of.

The Power of Compassion

At a time when polarizaton is the culprit,
an international, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary conference examining concepts of "The OTHER" from a universal, cross-cultural perspective to promote wider public dialogue about images of “Us and Them.”

November 12-15, 2009
San Francisco (San Mateo), California USA

Sponsored by
Common Bond Institute (CBI)
Meridian University, Transpartisan Alliance,
National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD)
International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)

Supported by Public Conversations Project 

Endorsed by an international list of over 100 organizations and universities

An Official Partner Event of: The "Charter For Compassion"

Continuing Education Units (CEC) Available


Full Details at:

We Invite You To:
an extraordinary conference to address the roots of fear-based belief systems, negative stereotypes, prejudice, polarization, enemy images, scapegoating, and artificial barriers of misunderstanding and distrust that divide us.

Join over 75 presenters and facilitators - including conservatives and liberals from across the socio-political spectrum, and hundreds of concerned individuals, to take part in 4 days of authentic dialogue bridging the divide and cultivating our capacity for appreciation of diversity, reconciliation, and genuine, respectful engagement.

An important, timely dialogue
                    ....everyone needs to be part of.


Raise the level, depth, and breadth of public dialogue and awareness on core issues.
Explore dimensions and dynamics of "The OTHER" on individual and group levels, and consider how enemy identity is formed, perpetuated, and manipulated.
Identify and compile fundamental questions, dilemmas, and implications for further deep inquiry and examination in an expanding public dialogue, and to recognize and challenge embedded negative belief systems that promote dehumanizing, adversarial perceptions of the "The Other."
Tap our shared wisdom and compassion as a community - from the local to the global - in developing practical applications to address divisiveness and polarization, and to promote increased understanding, sensitivity, and compassion as a means of countering and neutralizing hostility, particularly inter-group hostility.
Formulate findings to make available to all - through publications, recordings, media, local gatherings, etc.
 Create Networking Opportunities for collaboration

An outstanding gathering of more than 75 Presenters and Facilitators with extensive experience in addressing concepts of The Other from diverse perspectives - including social, cultural, psychological, political, historical, economic, spiritual, philosophical, anthropological, and ecological.

List of Presenters and Facilitators:
Huston Smith, Michael Ostrolenk, Michael Lerner, Maggie Herzig, Fred Luskin, Maha ElGenaidi, Joseph McCormick, Corinne McLaughlin, Joan Blades, Amanda Hydro, Max Pappas, Susan Partnow, Aftab Omer, Geshe Gendun Gyatso, Tashi Wangdu, Michael Wolfe, Imam Faheem Shuaibe, Ameena Jandali, Robert Fersh, Lavid Hartsough, Sal Nunez, Kathy Geller, Kirk Schneider, James Hernandez, Stanley Krippner, Mahvash Hassan, Sharif Abdullah, Benina Gould, Skip Robinson, Ilene Serlin, Steve Olweean, Sandy Heierbacher, Philip Hellmich, Len Traubman, Libby Traubman, Osprey Orielle Lake, Meganwind Eoyang, Daniel Tutt, Sarah Talcott, Linda Blong, Cate Creede, Jan Elliot, Kathy Armijo Etre, Tamyra Freeman, Jeff Leinaweaver, Ahmad Hijazi, John Glaser, Carol Glaser, Huda Abu Arqoub, Aaron Hahn, Dave Belden, Kenn Burrows, Steve Bhaerman, Harry Cornbleet, Devi Gursahaney, Marti Roach, Andrew Greene Jr, Sahar Driver, Mutomba M'Panya, Zara Zimbardo, Chip Baggett, Hina Pendle, Gabbriella Yates, Pam Kramer, Roger Marsh, Lynn Finerman, Edwin Rutsch, Spring Chen, Lisa Montana, Ihsan Alkhatib, Tash Terry, Elena Higgins, Vijali Hamilton, Kalsang Lhundup, Jampa Tenzin, Ngawang Tseten


View Full Program at: www.cbiworld.org/Pages/Conferences_ETO_ProgSessions09.htm

Over 4 Days Experience:
3 Keynote Speakers
3 Plenary Panels with leading speakers on theory, philosophy, 
    and historical aspects
25 Concurrent Workshops and Panels
Daily Facilitated Dialogue Groups to engage concepts, 
invite diverse perspectives, and explore practical applications.
Interactive All-conference Experiences
 Morning Yoga Sessions
 Resource and Networking Hub

Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala
Evening Performances, Social-Cultural events, Community

Rich Networking and Action Planning Opportunities.
Multi-cultural Intentional Community. Participants experience the conference program and community as a living learning laboratory to explore conference themes and create a common ground of reference essential to engaging and integrating formal learning.
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 An important, timely dialogue.....everyone needs to be part of. An important, timely dialogue
                                                                                 .....everyone needs to be part of.


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