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Upcoming Workshops

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Looking for one more credit? Here are some great weekend workshops, coming up in the next two weeks!

WKSH 8547 Leadership & Networking for Social Change

Prof: Michael J. Gibbons
Weekend of Feb 26-28
Friday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The complexity and global dynamics of development problems and processes have long transcended the limits of 20th century approaches to organization and leadership. New approaches and practices based on open and adaptive systems thinking are taking shape in the new century, such as network structures, dispersed leadership and inter-organiza-tional learning. This workshop is designed to introduce participants to these new ideas and approaches, and equip participants with tools for practicing these approaches in their own work.

WKSH 8576 Trafficking Nuclear & Radioactive Materials

Prof: Elena K. Sokova
Weekend of Feb 26-28
Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This workshop will address the risks and threats posed by illicit trafficking in nuclear and radioactive materials. The threat that a state or terrorist organization could construct a crude nuclear weapon from nuclear material acquired on the “nuclear black market” has haunted the international community for over two decades. The 9/11 events aggravated these concerns even further. Is there indeed a black market for nuclear and radiological materials? What are the implications and strategies to deal with theft, smuggling, and other unauthorized acts involving nuclear and radioactive materials? The workshop will consider historic and current trends and patterns in trafficking; supply and demand sides of the phenomenon; strategies for prevention, detection, interdiction, response and investigation; links to terrorism and organized crime; and legal and political arrangements and challenges to combat illicit trafficking. Participants will be asked to analyze some real-life cases and devise strategies for response to a hypothetical scenario.

WKSH 8579 Preparing for a Senior Trade Career

Prof: Ambassador Alan Wolf
Saturday, February 27, 9 am – 1 pm
Friday April 23, 2 pm – 5:30 pm (please note the date change)
Saturday April 24, 9 am – 1 pm (please note the date change)
Friday April 30, 2 pm – 5:30 pm

This workshop places you into the role of being a senior civil servant for a government, responsible for trade policy formulation.  You will understand what your country’s economic strengths and weaknesses are; how your government is organized to deal with trade policy decision-making; how stakeholders influence policy; how different parts of a government interact and their relative responsibilities and powers; become familiar with the basic rules of the international trading system; get to know which international trade agreements your country is a party to; understand what the current trade priorities of your current government are; learn about the major trade disputes and differences your government has with the policies of others; and make trade policy recommendations to a new incoming recently elected government.

IMGT 8657 Wks: Globalzation/Localization Marketing

Prof: Vassilis Dalakas
Weekend of Feb 26-28
Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This workshop will outline localization practices as they relate to marketers faced with multiple global markets for their products or services. The elements of strategic and tactical adaptation, in particular product, branding, communication, pricing and distribution, as well as techniques to better determine the changes needed for adaptation to localized consumer response patterns, will be considered. To develop our understanding of the issues involved, we will discuss current business cases and readings from leading scholars and business leaders.

WKSH 8523 U.S. Nuclear Weapons History & Cost

Prof: S. Schwartz
Weekend of Mar 5-7
Friday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This course will explore how and why the United States spent more than $6 trillion to build some 70,000 nuclear weapons, conduct more than 1,000 nuclear tests, and deploy and maintain a worldwide network of delivery systems, sensors, and communications assets capable of unleashing (or defending against) unimaginable devastation. Key developments and turning points in the history of the nuclear weapons program will be discussed, and the economic, environmental, and human health costs of the testing, production, and deployment of U.S. nuclear weapons will be quantified and assessed. Basic knowledge of nuclear weapons is helpful but not essential. This course includes select films and a special guest lecture by award-winning author Richard Rhodes (The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Dark Sun, and Arsenals of Folly).

WKSH 8573 Resolving Conflict in Social Change Organizations

Prerequisites: Course or Workshop in Negotiations or Mediation (does not have to be at MIIS)

Prof: Alana Knaster
Weekend of Mar 5-7
Friday 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This course focuses on the internal deliberations of social change organizations and how they struggle with the competing values of staff and supporters. Often, we think of non-profit groups as having a monolithic point of view.  To the contrary, within each group, there are many different viewpoints regarding the mission of the organization, how that mission should be achieved and over what timeframe, how the group should engage with other groups- both those with similar objectives and those with diametrically opposed positions. The course format will include lectures on overcoming organizational intractability, negotiating the group mission and strategy, and mediation of intra and inter-group negotiations. There will also be a series of roleplay exercises about two hypothetical  social change organizations that are preparing to initiate a major new campaign and how they engage with other interest groups.

IMGT 8671 Innovations for Sustainability

Prof: Laura Strohm, Daniel Robin
Weekend of Mar 6-7
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

Innovative and elegant new technologies that advance sustainability goals appear on the scene every month. Germany and Japan are leading countries in environmental technology exports. What are these new technologies, who’s inventing them, how do they work, and why are they better than conventional technologies for the Triple Bottom Line? These products, practices, and services make financial sense, and at the same time reduce negative environmental and/or social impacts. They are more energy or water efficient, use fewer natural resources, are less toxic, or are priced for a wider audience. A natural affinity occurs between some sustainable technologies and markets that serve the poor of the world. This workshop thus also explores the principles and details of marketing to the bottom of the pyramid, including appropriate products, services, pricing, packaging, sales methods, and host country environments. Success in markets for the poor can establish win-win solutions for years to come.

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