From its inception in 2004, the IBAVI has pursued a range of projects in the service of its overarching mission: to explore beliefs and values and how they influence actions, policies, and practices around the world.  Highly consistent with this mission, and working with other individual and organizational partners, the IBAVI developed a series of summits to focus on how beliefs and values about self, others, and the larger world are internalized in the first place as well as the local and global implications of such processes. 

This initiative – entitled Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self: Summit Series on Transformative Teaching, Training, and Learning in Research and Practice – is hosted by James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia.  Among related topics, the summit series will examine value-based processes of transformation across the IBAVI’s five areas of thematic focus:  Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, Sustainability, Global Education, and Religious and Cultural Understanding.  

More specifically, beginning in March 25 – 28, 2015, the summit series will pursue a number of processes and outcomes, including but not limited to the following:

  • bringing together scholars, educators, trainers, students, practitioners, and leaders from a range of transformation-oriented global movements in order to learn from and contribute to each other's missions, methods, goals, and activities;

  • developing a draft agenda for a global program of research-to-practice on the basis of summit presentations and deliberations (e.g., regarding theory, data, models, methods);

  • specifying the means and methods by which participants may participate in and propose future activities and engage in further collaboration as part of the planning processes for each of the research-to-practice summits; and,

  • identifying scholarly, professional, and organizational venues through which the outcomes, activities, and plans of Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self may be disseminated and furthered over at least the three years of this series of summits.

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