The International Mediation Institute has been bouncing around an intriguing idea – a replication of the fabled 1976 Pound Conference, but on a global scale and an internet-enabled synchronous platform.
I’m unclear whether this event will actually come to fruition, and the IMI organizers, true to form, have already “Pounded” the event with acronyms such as GPC, LOC and COG — but the concept is so neat that we should certainly be aware of it and monitor its development.
CORRECTION: IMI Board member Michael McIlwrath writes to say:
Peter, YBIWCTF! (You Betcha It Will Come To Fruition!) Anchor funding is already in place, and we have more than the minimum number of cities expressing serious interest, and several have already committed. The idea was initially 15 cities, but so many are already committing or expressing interest that our focus is shifting to ensuring all of the conferences will achieve high levels of quality and broad stakeholder participation.
Sorry, Michael. Sorry, IMI. Onwards and Upwards….