CMM Learning Exchange Fellowship

The CMM Learning Exchange is an annual forum that brings together a diverse community of individuals and groups to focus on and advance individual and collective understanding on communication, as put forth by the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). AC4 supports CMM as a theoretical framework and methodology for addressing issues of violence and conflict, and for fostering peace and sustainability.

“CMM is the acronym for “Coordinated Management of Meaning,” a phrase that describes what we do when we communicate with each other. … Individual scholars and practitioners, educators and thought leaders, and institutional advocates comprise the core of the [CMM] Institute’s supporters, however, the Institute’s programs and events are open to everyone.”

The 2020 CMM Learning Exchange hosted by the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, in partnership with Columbia University, includes scholars and practitioners, educators, students and thought leaders, comprising a variety of backgrounds and disciplines.

Fostering interdisciplinary approaches to constructive conflict resolution and peacebuilding, AC4offers fellowship awards to the learning exchange for current graduate students and emerging scholar-practitioners as a way to support innovative work and add diversity to the CMM Learning Exchange. Through this fellowship, graduate students and emerging scholars are supported to participate in the CMM Learning Exchange and become an associate of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution. This year, the exchange will take place virtually during the Fall of 2020.

 AC4 will accept five AC4 CMM Fellows who present on projects that address the following topics:

  • Bringing together people in community to help change repetitive patterns of conflict
  • Fostering curiosity and understanding as a strategy for co-inquiry and meaning-making
  • Figuring out how to go on together despite incommensurate beliefs or worldviews
  • Enhancing children’s communicative capacities for living in better social worlds
  • How a “better social world” can be created in the future through cosmopolitan forms of communication

In terms of practical impact, we are particularly interested in proposals that address at least one of these questions:

  • What can we do now? In terms of moving beyond conflict from polarized debates?
  • What can we do for the next generation? How can we cultivate and nurture a “cosmopolitan sensibility” in children and teens to help move on from conflict
  • How might it look in the future? How can the possibilities in the year 2045 for managing differences and conflict, and evolving our social institutions to help expand our consciousness? We are specifically looking for proposals that contribute to developing a personal story or a site for

The learning exchange will be an opportunity to learn more about CMM and the field of conflict resolution, network with professionals in the field, and receive feedback and input on projects. While applicants should have an idea for their project, the purpose of the exchange is to learn and develop ideas further and thus projects do not need to be polished or finished at the time of the exchange. Participants also do not need to have prior familiarity with CMM methodologies. Fellows will receive an honorarium for their participation in the exchange.


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“The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) framework does not only offer a new theoretical approach to understanding communication. It can help us understand how communication can be important for social and political emancipation.”

-Wilfried Zoungrana, 2016 Fellow