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Biosketch: Dr. Dudley Weeks

Introduction:  Dr. Dudley Weeks is widely known throughout the U.S. and the world for his contributions to many fields, including conflict resolution, education, project planning, organizational development, and social change.  His work has been acclaimed for its far reaching effectiveness, and he was featured as the subject of an internationally distributed TV documentary, The Peacemaker, produced by the BBC and Channel Four Productions.  His concepts, practical teachings, and writings are widely utilized by individuals, organizations, businesses, and national and global institutions.

Conflict Transformation and Resolution: Dudley's Conflict Partnership Process for relationship-building and conflict resolution has pioneered improvements in numerous fields, including mediation and conflict resolution training.  As a Conflict Partnership "catalyst", trainer, and consultant, he has provided services in more than 100 countries for a diverse range of people and groups.  In addition to his work throughout the U.S., he has done extensive work in many conflict zones of the world, such as South Africa, the Middle East, Bosnia and the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, and the Asia-Pacific region.  His work has contributed to the development of peace processes in numerous conflict situations, and his training workshops have reached audiences from the community level to agencies in the United Nations.  One of his books, The Eight Essential Steps to Conflict Resolution (Tarcher/Putnam), continues to be used widely as essential reading in conflict transformation and resolution.

Education and Writing:  Dr. Weeks holds a PhD. in political science and has served as a professor at several universities.  His nonfiction writings focus both on innovative concepts and practical skills, all intended to enrich the potential within humanity to utilize our diversity for mutual benefit.  Steps for developing relationships, dealing with conflict, planning and implementing projects, and bringing about effective social change fill his writings.  Like his nonfiction works, his novels and poetry are enriched by his experiences throughout the world with a vast array of cultures and situations.  Many of his writings have been translated into other languages.

Poetry & Music:  Dudley's poetry has won numerous awards, and continues to inspire people from all walks of life.  As a songwriter and singer, he has performed concerts throughout the world.  Some of his songs will be available on this website, as will his books of poetry.  Sample poems can be read in the Poetry section of this site.

Public Appearances:  Dudley has frequently appeared on TV shows, including Oprah, C-SPAN, and numerous local programs in the U.S. and abroad.  He has also been featured on many radio programs. As a keynote speaker at conferences in the U.S. and internationally, he reaches thousands of people every year.

Additional Information: Dudley grew up in rural Texas, and has lived in many states and several foreign countries.  He now works out of a home he built in the woods of West Virginia.  His work on behalf of human rights in totalitarian societies resulted in his imprisonment as a political prisoner for a year.  He has received several awards, including the first United Nations of Youth Peacebuilder Award, and two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize have recognized his many contributions.

Contact: Full contact information is found on the Contact Us page of this website.