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PCDN Webinar The Future of Work: Is it what we make it?

Craig Zelizer

April 10, 2019

PCDN’s 2019 Career Series is focused The Future of Work in Social Change. We will continue our exploration of the key trends and concrete tips to help you advance a career of impact.

Please join us for our next webinar in the series featuring leading career, humanitarian, legal and peacebuilding expert David J. Smith, President of the  Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc.

In this webinar we will discuss "Future of Work: Is it what we make it?”

The Future of work is already here and trying to prepare yourself for the future now is critical. While there is significant debate how work will change, will there be widespread disruption to stable employment, or will new jobs emerge to replace the ones that will disappear, all professionals need to prepare.

Critical questions include:

Will be all be gig workers? How will be have benefits? What will work life-balance work like?   Given all these factors, how does one plan for the future, if one can at all? 

Those working in the social change world are especially impacted by change because of the changing nature of the challenges we are engaged in, funding streams, preparation approaches including training, and policy priorities.  Is a better approach taking a more proactive strategy in making a career for the future? And how can one start to do this now whether you’re  student, junior or mid-career professional.


Join us for this highly interactive session that will feature plenty of time for discussion and your questions.

Date: Friday April 12, 2019

Time:12 to 1 EST To see the correct time in different zones click on the world clock

Register Here

The session will take place via Zoom. All participants (registration is required) will receive details on how to access the session prior to the event.

A recording of the webinar will also be placed on PCDN after the event.



David J. Smith’s work spans the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and civic and global education. He has over 30 years’ experience as an educational consultant, lawyer, mediator, college professor, trainer, senior program officer, senior manager, career coach, and author. David supports educators, youth, and professionals in developing institution-wide initiatives and student activities promoting civic, conflict, and peacebuilding awareness. He works with groups and individuals in need of career coaching, mediation, and conflict engagement assistance.

He is the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc., a 501c3 not-for-profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. He was formerly a senior program officer and manager of national outreach at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has taught at Harford Community College, Goucher College, Towson University, Georgetown University, Drexel University, and at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. While practicing law in Towson, Maryland, he also engaged in family mediation. He served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tartu (Estonia) teaching peace studies and alternative dispute resolution.

David is a recipient of the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution given by the Association for Conflict Resolution. David is past chair of the Rockville (Maryland) Human Rights Commission. He was a featured presenter at TEDxFulbright “A Curious Picture” in June 2017 where he gave a talk titled “Talking about Peace."

David is the author of Legal Research and Writing (Cengage, 1996) and editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press, 2013). In 2016 he published  Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing). David is co-author of USIP Special Report 246 Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (August 2010). He has published in Career Convergence Magazine,  Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, LinkedIn PulseConflict Resolution QuarterlyCommunity College Journal,  Community College Daily, Journal of Peace Education, Forbes.com,  Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Korea Herald,  Arizona Daily Sun, The Gulf Today (UAE),  South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and The Baltimore Sun.




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