Karen Wald is the Interns for Peace International Co-Director. She has 15 years experience in organizing Citizen Exchanges Workshops, catalyzing IFP training projects in Hungary, Bosnia Herzegovina, Rwanda and Sudan. Karen Wald will discuss how IFP pioneered and proved the success of an affective (emotional) v. cognitive (dialogue) methodology for positive attitudinal change by uniting conflicting development groups in cooperative development, which is of mutual benefit and respects the traditional values of all cultures. During the past decade development workers, academic researchers and social scientists have confirmed the wisdom of the IFP approach to conflict resolution. Be it spurring economic development to end poverty or altering abusive social behavior to end violent conflict, change must be accompanied by a fundamental shift in the value system, which occurs by empowering the stake-holders to take united action to achieve the social change.

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