Jaap Van der Sar, Co-Founder, Different Tracks Global, and Co-Designer of Dialogue for Peaceful Change, and currently with Oikos, Netherlands

Jaap van der Sar studied water purification at the Agricultural University Wageningen, Netherlands. He has worked in the field of church and society for both the National Council of Churches as well as for regional and national church-bodies. He noted that many processes in society hamper due to a lack of qualified communication. This was most of the time expressed when differences in view occurred (nuclear weapons, apartheid and how to fight it, climate change, unemployment, but also the selling of a church-building through a parish). He dedicated quite some efforts to develop methods through which at least the communication between opposing groups could be improved. Through contacts within the ecumenical network he connected to Colin Craig. After several years the DPC-method was developed and practiced in many countries in the world. He is one of the trainers in DPC as well as a coach.

Jaap also developed a methodology to quantify the contribution of voluntary work towards society - derived from the international concepts regarding Social Return On Investment. This methodology is applied for churches in the town of Utrecht, for migrant churches in The Hague as well as for mosques in the Netherlands as well as for some other organizations.  Jaap works at Stichting Oikos, Utrecht (Netherlands), and lives in Wageningen. He is proud on his wife, their two daughters and sons in law as well as their four grand children.

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Colin Craig, Director, Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Center,
Northern Ireland, Founder of Different Tracks Global, Northern Ireland,
and ​Co-Designer of "Dialogue For Peaceful Change"

Colin Craig is Senior Partner of Different Tracks Global. Colin has been involved in working in the field of peacebuilding and conflict management both locally and internationally for over 35 years. After receiving an Honours degree in Education, he has worked professionally as a Youth Worker, a Director of an Alternative to Custody Young Offenders Project, a Principal Officer and as a Regional Consultant for a NCH in the Northwest of England.

In 1990 he became Centre and Programme Director for the Corrymeela Community, which is recognised internationally for its pioneering work for reconciliation in Northern Ireland. In 2000 he
​co-founded TIDES Training [Transformation, Interdependence, Diversity, Equity and Sustainability] to allow him to further develop his work as a “Practitioner/Theorist in the developing field of Conflict Management. During his time with TIDES, Colin co-developed a range of accredited training programmes and worked extensively across the public and community sectors as both a Consultant and Mentor/Coach.

In 2004 he led a design team to develop and pilot a Conflict Management Training Programme called Dialogue for Peaceful Change [DPC] for Oikosnet, a global network focussed on working on issues of social justice. DPC has now trained over 850 facilitators and 15 trainers worldwide.  In 2007 as the lead Coach/Trainer/Consultant his work brought him into two exciting and dynamic partnerships with Emerald Consulting in the USA and Stichting Oikos in the Netherlands. Working together on Youth and Gang Violence issues in Antioch California, Colin has co-designed and piloted a new systemic and collaborative building model called Leadership for Sustainable Change [LSC]. This framework links not only his concern for social justice but also a deep environmental commitment. To support this work, he launched his new company of Different Tracks Global in November of 2012.

He is the recipient of both a Winston Churchill and British American Fellowships and was awarded an MBE for his services to community in 1996.  

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Jim Hyde, Dprep LLC Peer Support and Trauma
​Recovery Training, Sacramento

Jim Hyde retired as the Police Chief for the city of Antioch. He has 31 years of law enforcement experience with the Novato, Sacramento, Davis, and Antioch Police Departments. Chief Hyde has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota, a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from the Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Delinquency Control Institute. He is also a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Jim is a certified Executive Coach and he is also a doctoral student studying Organizational Psychology.  He teaches organizational intervention and critical incident management for the State of California’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Program. He is also a co-founder of the West Coast Post-trauma Retreat. The WCPR is a trauma treatment program for emergency service professionals from Guam to London.  He is the board president of the First Responders Support Network. He was the co-coordinator of the Sacramento Police Department's Peer Support Program for 14 years.  He has taught and developed peer support programs for public safety agencies throughout the U.S.

He is the California National Guard’s Embedded Behavioral Health Program Coordinator and lead trainer for the Peer To Peer Combat Stress Program for troops deploying to and returning from the Middle East. He has been a repeat presenter for the Department of Defense National Suicide Prevention Conference, recipient of the California National Guard’s Medal of Merit and the Association of the United States Army’s Patrick Henry Distinguished Service Award.

Jim is the co-founder and editor of PeerSupportCentral.com, which is an online trauma and stress management resource for public safety and military personnel. He is the division chief for Dprep, LLC Peer Support & Trauma Recovery training. He was a member of the Sacramento Regional Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

In  2012 Jim was a presenter at UN Peace Conference at The Hague, Netherlands where the Youth Intervention Network was recognized as one of 4 global best practices. He is the lead U.S. trainer for Different Tracks Global of Belfast, No. Ireland. DTG is a global non-profit company providing community based conflict management, community relations and mediation training for community leaders.

Jim was a co-recipient of the 2010 U.S. Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhood’s Community Outreach National Award.  He is a co-founder of the Antioch Youth Intervention Network and the Antioch Police Activities League (PAL). He was a co-recipient of the 2009 Antioch Citizen of the Year award, the Contra Costa Men of Merit award, and the Dow Chemical Martin Luther King Community Service Award.

Jim is a board member and co-founder of Helping Hands Produce, a non-profit that raises and donates over 1 million pounds of produce annually to the food banks of Sacramento County. Approximately 220,000 hungry people per month benefit from this work.