Violence and conflict is a common thread that runs throughout history and across all cultures. It disrupts local, national and international communities, and results in war, displacement and death.
One strategy to addressing violence and conflict is through a public health approach. The Violence Prevention and Restoration (PAR) Model, developed by the International Center for Compassionate Organizations (ICCO) explains how violence begins, spreads, and infects others much like a thought borne pathogen or virus.
This KNOW NOW program featured Ari Cowan and Tony Belak, Director General and Associate Director of ICCO, who discussed how the proliferation of international conflicts and violence in communities can be prevented by utilizing the PAR Model. Xiao Yin Zhao, Executive Director of the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southen Indiana, hosted this program.
Read Cowan's white paper on rethinking violence and listen to the podcast today.
Ari Cowan is the Director General of the International Center for Compassionate Organizations (ICCO). He focuses on the continuing development of the International Center and coordinating its overall day-to-day operations. He is also the key author of the theoretical principles of the International Center as well as a participant in developing, delivering, and evaluating the International Center's programs, publications, partnerships, and initiatives.
Tony Belak, JD is the Associate Director General of the International Center for Compassionate Organizations (ICCO). His focus is on collaborating on the day-to-day operations of the ICCO as well as developing programs and relationships with other organizations. He formerly served as the Ombuds at the University of Louisville; Associate Director of the Center for Conflict Resolution at La Sierra University, Riverside, California; founder of The Institute for Workplace Transition; and the former Executive Director of theInternational Center for Collaborative Solutions at Sullivan University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was also on the faculty of the Master of Science in Conflict Management program.