Track: Keynote

Title Keynote Speakers - Veteran Dialogues
Scott Thompson (SL: Jazz Davidov) & Larry Winters (SL: Brotherkeeper Snowpaw)
Author(s): Scott Thompson; Larry Winters
Moderator(s):Sheila Yoshikawa
Date Friday, March 18 12:00
Location: Central Auditorium
Abstract Coming Unhinged and Feeling Whole: Carbon Based to Virtual World Dialogue

The 2 presenters are both experienced facilitators and have created in New York City, the Veteran – Civilian Dialogue TM. A social healing project designed to bring together veterans and civilians, in equal numbers, to talk about the impact of war upon both groups. Their recent VCD was attended by 87 people, along with the New York Times who wrote an article for the Metro Section on Tuesday, February 7, 2011.

On September 17, 2010 they brought the VCD to the virtual world of Second Life.

Intersections International is a New York-based non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to promoting justice, reconciliation and peace across lines of faith, culture, ideology, race, class, national borders and other boundaries that divide humanity. Founded in 2007, Intersections is a permanent multi-faith, multi-cultural effort of the Collegiate Churches of New York, the oldest corporation in North America, dating back to 1628.

Using arts immersion, social marketing, intentional dialogue and other innovative methods, Intersections' work includes projects that promote pluralism in emerging democracies, eradicate ignorance regarding Islam, nurture global peacemakers, dismantle systemic discrimination against the LGBT community and initiate conversation among disparate groups to develop new ways of problem solving for some of society's most intractable issues. Intersections' work lies in three programmatic areas: amplifying marginalized voices, interfaith dialogue and cooperation and addressing the consequences of conflict.

Bio(s): Scott Thompson: SL: Jazz Davidov

Scott Thompson works in the role of Director of Social Dialogue and Training Initiatives. A twenty year career in psychology, he maintains a private psychotherapy practice and directed mental health training programs in Manhattan. He has presented at local, national and international workshops and has spent his professional career integrating psychological and spiritual approaches to helping others. He also served as the Co-Chair for the Board of the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis and board member of The Center for Spirituality and Psychotherapy of The National Institute for the Psychotherapies. Scott founded and directs Psychosynthesis Manhattan, which offers training to professionals and ongoing workshops for the public. His areas of focus include: Training, Leadership and Organizational Development, Peace Studies, Psychological and Spiritual Development. In addition to state licensure, he holds Master's Degrees in Science and Divinity.

Larry Winters: SL: Brotherkeeper Snowpaw

Born and raised in New Paltz, NY, Larry Winters entered the United States Marine Corps after high school and served in Vietnam 1969-1970. Twenty-five years later, by then a licensed mental health counselor at Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, the veteran returned to Vietnam with other healthcare professionals to study Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the Vietnamese people and to make peace with his past. Larry is a widely published poet, men's group leader and group psychotherapist. He has published his book titled "The Making and Un-making of a Marine".

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