Kroc Institute | August 7, 2018
For five days in June, over 50 attendees representing the academy, nongovernmental organizations (NGO’s), and the government gathered to discuss the intersections among peace studies, business ethics and social entrepreneurship and innovation at the Teaching Peace, Social Innovation, and Business Ethics in Post-Accord Colombia institute. The June 18-22 event in Bogotá, Colombia, was co-sponsored by the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Colegio de Estudios Superiores en de Administración (CESA) with support from the United States Embassy.
The curriculum for the Institute was adapted from Kroc’s annual Summer Institute for Faculty. Program planners also drew on CESA’s knowledge of strategies for social innovation, leadership, and business ethics to build a robust program. Kroc faculty members John Paul Lederach, professor emeritus of international peacebuilding, George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., professor emeritus of peace studies, and Gerard F. Powers, director of the Catholic Peacebuilding Studies program and Coordinator of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, provided input throughout the week. In addition, current doctoral student Angela Lederach, peace studies and anthropology, alumni Maria Lucia Zapata (M.A. ‘07), now director of Javeriana University’s master’s program in peace studies and conflict resolution, and Natalia Tejada (M.A. ‘14) also spoke and convened discussions. Doctoral student Ana Sanchez-Ramirez, history and peace studies, also provided logistical support at the event.
“The connection between business and peace studies during this program was most interesting,” said Powers. “There’s growing interest in corporate social responsibility and business ethics, and business leaders were particularly interested in how they can connect these concepts to peacebuilding.”
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