Conflict Transformation: Connecting Across Divides

How can we use conflict to transform our relationships and create opportunity? First we have to embrace conflict as a natural part of co-existing, playing out on multiple interacting levels: personal, interpersonal, structural and cultural. This workshop will help you learn tools to identify your approach to conflict, better understand the perspectives of others and communicate with greater clarity and intentionality. We will apply these tools for conflict transformation to your own experiences of conflictthrough hands-on exercises, drawing from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and Paul Lederach’s principles for conflict transformation.


Imhotep Adisa, Executive Director of Kheprw Institute – Imhotep Adisa is the Executive Director of the Kheprw Institute, a non-profit organization focused on youth development in Indianapolis, IN. For more than 30 years, he has dedicated his life to working to address issuesof equity in both the public and private sectors. In addition to building the Kheprw Institute from the ground up, Imhotep spent nine years in public education in various capacities that involved training, facilitation, technology and administration. After leaving this arena, he started and ran a successful business enterprise for more than a decade. Imhotep’s primary emphasis has been and continues to be  developing the leadership capacity of young people through engaging them in community building and community empowerment.

Alvin Sangsuwangul, Marketing Director –  Alvin Sangsuwangul is a part of the leadership team of Scarabys Consulting and Kheprw Institute and has worked to support community empowerment through youth leadership development and facilitation of public forums on critical issues. He is currently 30 years old, grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. He has worked as an activist and advocate for environmental justice and community empowerment across the country and abroad in San Bernardino, Eastern Kentucky and Thailand. For the last 6 years he has worked with Kheprw Institute honing his skills as a social entrepreneur as a co-leader of KI NuMedia.

Diop Adisa, Social Entrepreneurship Consultant – Diop Adisa was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Broad Ripple high school and IUPUI. He is currently 29 years old and has been with the grassroots community organization Kheprw Institute (KI) since it’s inception back in 2003. To describe him simply, he’s an artist, activist and entrepreneur. He’s a part of the social enterprise KI NuMedia ( which is a web graphic video and social media design company. He’s also an independent hip hop artist who has worked within the Indianapolis hip hop community for the past 10 years.

Mimi Zakem, Social Capital Specialist – Mimi Zakem was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she developed a love for nature, creative expression, family, and community bonds. She studied environmental management at Indiana University Bloomington where her passion for social change and food system work blossomed. She moved to Indianapolis in 2015 to work as an AmeriCorps VISTA on the Purdue Urban Farm Incubator Network. Shortly after her arrival, she connected with the Kheprw Institute where she became heavily involved with the Community Controlled Food Initiative as an approach to fresh food access and community building. She currently supports both of these programs as well as other youth development, social entrepreneurship and social capital projects through her capacity as the Social Capital Specialist for Scarabys Consulting. She extends gratitude to those who have poured mentorship, care, and community love into her development. She strives to use self-mastery as a tool for growing her contribution to bringing about, in collaboration with others, a brighter vision for the future.

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