2022 SF Peacemaker Awards


Julia Roig, The Horizons Project

Founder and Chief Network Weaver

We are thrilled to welcome Julia Roig as the featured workshop leader at Community Boards’ 12th Annual Peacemaker Awards Celebration. For the past 30 years Julia has been deeply involved with impactful international peace-building initiatives. From 2008, she had been working as the President and CEO of one of the preeminent international democracy and peacebuilding organizations, Partners for Democratic Change (now PartnersGlobal) in Washington DC. PartnersGlobal, created by Community Boards’ founder Raymond Shonholtz, advances civil society, good governance, cultures of change, and conflict management in Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, and Africa. Julia is the current board chair of the Alliance for Peacebuilding and is the intellectual architect behind cutting-edge work on Narratives for Peace that just launched the results of a three-year social science research effort in partnership with the Frameworks Institute to uncover framing strategies to communicate more effectively to the US public about peace and peace-building.

Recently, Julia has brought her decades of experience in democracy and peacebuilding back home with the launch of the new United States-based initiative, The Horizons Project. Her work centers on strengthening our collective efforts to address systemic injustices, advance societal healing, and build a truly inclusive and pluralistic democracy. Learn more about Julia and The Horizons Project here.


The Workshop: New Narratives for Peace

As mediators and people working to create more opportunities for dialogue and understanding, we can’t help but be very concerned about the extreme polarization here in the United States.

In her workshop, Julia will lead us through an evidence-based strategy for communicating more effectively about the importance and relevance of peace-building in the United States. She will begin by sharing her approach to Narrative Engagement and the results of new research in the field, and will reflect on the main lessons from her decades of international experience. Julia will engage us in a reflection on the natural tensions between peace-building and social justice during times of extreme polarization. She will share ideas on how we might better create space for collective action, even amongst “unlikely bedfellows.” Throughout the workshop, Julia will focus on how narrative engagement can be a tool to build support for peacebuilding and can address the democratic decline in the United States.


Ticket prices: $50, CB Member | $75-$150, Public

The San Francisco Peacemaker Awards is a benefit event. Please pay what you can afford. All funds will go to support our Neighborhood Mediation program. If you can’t attend, please make a donation.


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